Resident Magazine March 2015

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MELLON A LIFE LIVED WITH STYLE

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march 2015 Buzz: Around the Town Party Circuit Galas Galore Big Apple Buzz Modern Eye for Modern Art

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The Slap Nicole Noonan Blake Morgan: Hearing is Believing The Lady Shelia Stable Nicole Hanley Mellon: A Life Lived with Style Jamie Colby: An Heir Apparent

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No Knife Facelift Needed! 42 Is Your Smile Aging You? 44 Business: The Brandwagon 46 Ready, Apply, Go! 50 Fashion: Preserve Your Garment with Madame Paulette Backstage Beauty Looks from NYFW Street Style at Lincoln Center Ménage à Toi Simple as Sin

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We’ve finally marched into March (and not a moment too soon!). Hopefully, by the end of the month we’ll feel like we’re living in Manhattan and not the Artic tundra. Here at Resident, we are ready for spring and the pages within certainly reflect the change in seasons! It’s already October? I can’t believe it! Fall is here and it’s my favorite time of the year. Leaves are changing, kids are back to school, the weather is cooling and it means it’s our Entertainment Issue. To celebrate we have the (in) famous gang of The Gossip Table, Vh1’s instant tabloid show. With Rob Shuter, Marianne Grarvey, Chole Meles, Delaine Dixon and Noah Levy the show covers the hottest topics and juiciest stories. All five are working journalists, so these are stories they have broken themselves – and it shows – there is such passion and camaraderie between the hosts and the are literally – as Rob would describe it – Naughty but Nice. We were lucky enough to shoot the cover story at Woodward Gallery on the Lower East Side and thank them for the use of their beautiful space.

As is fast becoming the norm, we’ve decided on featuring two different on two differour newindividuals column, City Circuit, ent covers. Both are special women and both are contributing torepresents the fabricsome of this city. of wonderful the strongest Nicole Hanley Mellon (she of the BNY-Mellon family) is an extraordinary wife, and busigossip pages in mother all of magazine nesswoman. She and her husband, Matt, have recently started their own fashion/lifestyle brand, publishing. Add in Mr. Shuter’s Hanley Mellon, which is fast becoming the go to brand for in-the-know a personal Naughty women. but NiceOn column and note, she was extremely gracious in her time and spirit and we wish herunderstand the best ofwhy luck you can weinareallsoof her endeavors. bullish about the magazine! Our other featured woman, Jamie Colby of Fox News, is out with a new show called Strange Dining, culture, travel and real esInheritance that is the most popular new show to debut on the Fox Network in the history tateBusiness are all editorialized. I will say of that channel. She sat down with us, in her gorgeous apartment, spokethese of her fascinating that and I believe pages are the career, charity work with the American military and what makesbest her designed tick. I think you will find the in the history of the photos and article as stunning as it was to interview her! publication and I am immensely proud of the opportunity to over-

We also have other profiles on Blake Morgan, the founder of look ECR such Music and Ken Austin, the positive developments. founder of Tequila Avión, one of the finest tequila brands in the world. In addition, we’ve featured Stay tuned – even better things are informative wellness and beauty editorial that will help you with your yet tospring come! decisions.

Talking about shooting, take a look some of the hottest trends at New One of the sections proudest showcasing is fashion. This York of Fashion Week. From Tadashi at our sumptuous fashionwe’re shoot month, we have two photo shoots, from a young (but extremely entitled Outside In. Shot at NYLO Shoji to Dennis Basso and Desigual, photographer representing Lueur His we’ve got the tentsPhotography. covered! Hoteltalented) on the Upper West Side, we work is amazing and I think you will love the very sensual group used a breathtaking Russian model shot, as clothing well as, we thecould sophisticated individual the shot. Town with Joe and the finest get Around our hands on; I know that you will Alexander and Patrick McMullan, love it! We also have a roundup of along with Clara Morgan in

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Ariana Grande @ the Grammys

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he music industry’s brightest stars walked the red carpet for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The night’s big winner, Sam Smith, who won Best New Artist and Song of the Year, said, “I want to thank the man who this record is about, who I fell in love with last year. Thank you for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys.” … Christina Aguilera, who took home the Best Pop Duo Grammy for her team-up with Great Big World and said, “Red lips and fragrance always top off an outfit for me.” … Lady Gaga took home the gold for Best Traditional Pop Album for Cheek to Cheek with Tony Bennett, and said, “I’m half living my life between reality and fantasy at all times.” … The award for Best R&B Performance went to Beyoncé, who said, “I get nervous when I don’t get nervous. If I’m nervous I know I’m going to have a good show.” … Country star Miranda Lambert, who won for Best Country Album with Platinum, said, “I don’t mind having a big butt - they’re back in style. But I do a lot of squats to make sure my booty’s not dragging on the ground.” … American Idol winner Carrie Underwood took home the prize for Best Country Solo for “Something In The Water,” quipped, “My cell phone is my best friend. It’s my lifeline to the outside world.” … The late and legendary Joan Rivers posthumously won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Diary of a Mad Diva. Her daughter, Melissa, accepted the award on her behalf, “If my mother were here, she would not only be honored with this award, she would have it

Rihanna @ the Grammys Madonna @ the Grammys

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Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson @ Fifty Shades of Grey premiere


copied and on the air on QVC within the hour.” … Madonna, who performed a show-stopping number during the Grammys, said, “I’m like a cockroach. You just can’t get rid of me.” Sultry Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan says, “You’d be hardpressed to find an actor who isn’t a sex symbol somewhere.” His fiery co-star Dakota Johnson admits, “The secret is that I have no shame.” … Floyd Mayweather celebrated his birthday at 42West in The OUT Hotel. The boxing champ blew out 38 candles on his cake that featured a red boxing glove. The party doubled as kick off for the NBA All-Star Weekend. 42westny.com… Puff Daddy, John Wall of the Washington Wizards and DJ Khaled hosted the ‘The Grand Finale’ party for the NBA All-Star Weekend at 42nd Street hotspot Liberty Theater. Guests included Rasheeda from Love & Hip Hop, DeRay Davis from 21 Jump Street and Charlotte Hornets player Lance Stephenson danced to the beats of Hot 97 Stars Funk Flex. libertytheaterny.com….. Mila Kunis stars in the sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending, “I don’t think it’s true that blondes have more fun… Trust me, it is not true!” Her heartthrob co-star Channing Tatum says,” It’s really hard for men to tell other men ‘I love you’ without putting a ‘man’ at the end of it. Like ‘I love you... man.’”… Seventh Son star Jeff Bridges says, “I had years of partying, and I was kind of surprised and happy I survived it all.” Cornelia Guest is a devotee of Self-Nourishment Counselor and Integrative Nutrition health coach, Jeanette Bronée, who is launching her new book Eat to Feel Full (and Nourish Yourself for Good) on Amazon this spring where she discusses how eating to feel full and satisfied is actually a healthy regimen for weight loss. pathforlife.com … … Big Bang Theory bombshell Kaley Cuoco stars in The Wedding Ringer and says, “I cry all the time. I love to laugh, too.” Funny man Kevin Hart admits, “No man wants to settle down. It just happens.” … The sizzling Salma Hayek stars in Everly, “I keep waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do.” Jennifer Lopez, who stars in The Boy Next Door, says, “I judge people on how they smell, not how they look.” Her bubbly co-star Kristin Chenoweth says, “I read my Bible and I pray. But I don’t think being gay is a sin. Period.” Sexy leading man Ryan Guzman confides, “Girls come up to me and have tried to sneak grabs of my abs and my butt!” … NEXT supermodels Bo ‘T Jong and

Mila Kunis & Channing Tatum @ Jupiter Ascending premiere

Kaley Cuoco @ The Wedding Ringer premiere

Salma Hayek @ Everly premiere

Larry Wohl & Leesa Rowland @ National Arts Club

Sharon Bush & Dianne B. Bernhard @ National Arts Club

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Bo ‘T Jong & Amalie Overbeck @ the Sanctuary Hotel

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Puff Daddy @ Liberty Theater

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Amalie Overbeck took the spotlight at Tender Lounge inside the Sanctuary Hotel on West 47th St. sporting dazzling diamond jewelry by LJ Cross. ljcrossny.com The dynamic duo celebrated Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at a party for fashionxtech with Project Runway All Stars Winner Anthony Ryan Auld. Among the fashionistas were Aviva and Reid Drescher, Project Runway’s Joshua McKinley, Jane Pontarelli, Harry Dubin, Adele Nino, Harry Edelson. The event was produced by Nextpert’s Kathleen de Monchy. tendernyc. com … The Loft’s James Marsden reveals, “It would be cool to be invisible, but I’m afraid of what people would say about me if they didn’t know I was there. Some things are better left unknown.” His co-star Isabel Lucas says, “There’s no point in dwelling on rejection.” … Anna Kendrick, the leading lady of The Last Five Years, jokes, “My anxiety over misreading that handshake-or-hug moment takes up way too much space in my brain.” Her golden-voiced co-star Jeremy Jordan says, “I try to stay as far away from karaoke as humanly possible!” The National Arts Club and its Office of Fine Arts, directed by Dianne B. Bernhard, celebrated the opening of Dali: The Golden Years, an exhibition including early works that have never been shown in public before. Among the guests were Audrey Gruss, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Jamee Gregory, Sharon Bush, Martin and Jean Shafiroff, Herb Karlotz Christine Schott-Ledes, Alex Donner, Sheila Rosenblum, Jill Zarin, Billy Morrissey, design agent John Patrick and artists Anton Perich, and Abdullah Qandeel. nationalartsclub.org

Lisa Jackson @ her Madison Avenue boutique

Floyd Mayweather @ 42West

Jeremy Jordan & Anna Kendrick @ The Last Five Years Premiere


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Every month, Resident Editor Isaiah Negron will take you to the city’s top galas and benefits. Please email your suggestions to Galas@Resident.com.

Christine Baranski, Tracy Ullman and Meryl Streep graced the stage at the Artios Awards at 42West to honor Into the Woods director Rob Marshall. 42westny.com Brooke Shields and honoree Rosario Dawson at amfAR NY’s Gala at Cipriani Wall St. Whoopi Goldberg helped raise more than $2 million for AIDS research. amfar.org

Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones at Phoenix House’s Public Service Award dinner honoring Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films at Cipriani. phoenixhouse.org

Pamela O’Connor & Donald Trump at The American Cancer Society’s Let’s Rock Palm Beach Gala at Mar-A-Lago featuring a musical tribute to John Stoll. cancer.org

Susan Rockefeller, David Rockefeller Jr. and Tina Lundgren honored Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren at the David Rockefeller Award Luncheon for his philanthropy at MOMA. moma.org

Canine Couture designer CeCe Cord and Robert Turner at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory benefitting the East Side House Settlement. armoryonpark.org

Drama League President Jano Herbosch & Alan Cumming honored James Earl Jones at The Pierre. The night benefitted the Drama League Directors Project. dramaleague.org

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Felicity Jones at AARP’s 14th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala, which honored Kevin Costner and Julianne Moore for their achievements in film. aarp.org

Veronica Swanson Beard, Alina Cho & Veronica Miele Beard chaired The Central Park Conservancy Women’s Committee’s Playground Partners Winter Luncheon at the Loeb Boathouse. centralparknyc.org



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magazine hosted the Travvy Awards recently at the Marriott Marquis in midtown Manhattan. The Travvy Awards recognize the highest standards of excellence in the travel industry and honor travel companies, travel products, travel agencies and destinations for their outstanding achievement - consider it the Academy Awards of the travel industry. For a total of 30,000 votes across all categories, this represents the largest database of independent travel agents in the country. While at the soiree, Andy was asked if he would like to appear on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. Said Cohen, “I hate dancing on TV, oh God never.”... According to Variety, Glamour and Sparkle overtook Madison Avenue on February 13 as huge names in fashion and entertainment celebrated the opening of Fendi’s new flagship New York store on 57th Street. Rihanna, who arrived towards the end of the event - looking dazzling in a pink fur and shiny brown dress, toting her two signature baguette designs was one of the five leading designers behind Fendi’s 3Baguette Bag charity campaign. The other four iconic New York ladies chosen to spearhead the project were Sarah Jessica Parker, British model Jourdan Dunn, blogger Leandra Medino and artist Rachel Feinstein. Other attendees included Naomi Campbell and Karl Lagerfeld...

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ou know, come to think of it, when artsy-fartsy folk contemplate and ponder the query to yours truly, “George - who is the next Andy Warhol?” I always tend to reply – George Wayne is the next Andy Warhol, darling! And then when the curious artsyfartsy retorts, “And who is your Fred Hughes?” I tend to say that it’s the new art world genius that I have just unearthed, who goes by the name, Georges Berges. If you know anything about the history of modern art, you will then of course know that without Fred Hughes – his astute gatekeeper and business manager/ genius – Andy Warhol would have not been the master he was in his day. There was no Andy Warhol without the dapper Fred Hughes who many consider ‘the brain’ to Warhol’s prolific ‘brawn’ of creative genius.

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By George Wayne

One thing is clear this current art world wunderkind has one of the sharpest most astute minds in the art world and he is quickly carving a niche as one of the leading art experts on Chinese contemporary art. And so sat for curious George here, more than eager to pick

his brain as yours truly lays the foundation for his re-invention as “The next Andy Warhol.” Yes, laugh and scoff all you want but that is my intent! GEORGE WAYNE: GW considers you the new modern eye for modern art. And what impresses me most is your astute take on China and the burgeoning art movement there. GEORGES BERGES: When you think of it, China’s economy is transforming the global economy and everything is changing because of a rising China. But beyond that, what fascinates me is the cultural impact that China is having on the world. How is China affecting the global art community? And that is why I am flying to China again, because I want to further my embrace of the rising China and its undisputable growing influence of contemporary art and


that is why my focus these days is mostly on China. Money may come and go. Power may come and go, but when you make a cultural impact on society, that lasts forever. Cultural power is real power. That is the reason America continues to be the capital of the world, because of its influence on culture for generations and on an unrivaled global level. And I think more and more the Chinese are beginning to understand that cultural innovation will power their future cultural influence across continents. And what will drive that cultural empowerment? Art – art will drive that cultural empowerment of China and that is why, as I have said, that I have made the commitment to establish the Georges Berges Gallery foothold in China. My plan is to be the lead guy in China; the lead collector and art dealer discovering and nurturing talent from that region. I plan to find and discover and bring to the rest of the world those I consider China’s next generation of modern artists. GW: I am assuming from your flourish here that you must have discovered the next Chinese art superstar. GB: Today artists do not necessarily believe that they have to be in New York City to be discovered and gain relevance. There are very few art dealers who actually travel the world searching for new talent. For most art gallery folk, for them taking the L train to Bushwick is their idea of discovering new art

talent. I want to find the artist who is authentic and genuine and working in his or her own cultural context. And so if I have to go to China or if I have to go to India or Mexico to find that, then I will do so.

perception that Chinese art has to look a certain way. Shuishi is producing very Avant Garde modern art that is completely atypical for a Chinese artist. His work is fresh, modern and original.

I am not interested in the Chinese guy who moves to Brooklyn and paints like he thinks he is Basquiat. I would rather go to China and find the artist there who doesn’t want to leave, who is happy living in China and producing art that is revolutionary within the culture and society that he is in. And so yes, to the original question, I have signed to the Georges Berges Gallery the one artist I believe is the future superstar modern artist who just happens to live in China, Shuishi Liu. What I like about this artist is that he is challenging the perception of what Chinese art is in today’s world. Unlike Ai Weiwei who takes on the government and tries to challenge authority, Shuishi is challenging the artistic authorities and the

GW: Tell me a bit about your background? GB: I have been in the art world for about 10 years. My focus is on art and philanthropy. For me both are the two transformative mediums that I choose to devote my life to. So besides discovering future art stars I also raise money for non-profits such as UNITAR, which is the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. I grew up in San Diego, California of French and Mexican extract. I studied Clinical Psychology and then I went to Seton Hall for Graduate School and studied Art Administration and from there moved to New York. GW: George & Georges – love the way that rolls the tongue and harks well for our future collaboration. I cannot wait for the debut of my millennial art project – POPERATURE – at the Georges Berges Gallery in September to of course coincide with the debut of my book, Uncensored Vanities - being published by the iconic Harper Collins in August of 2015. Pop Art and Pop Literature from the mind of George Wayne. It is all going to be beyond genius – “Queenious” darlings! And I will be in touch.

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Michael Nouri in NBC’s New Miniseries,

‘The Slap’ By W. A. Muller

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eteran actor Michael Nouri is appearing in five of NBC’s eight-episode miniseries, The Slap. Based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas and Australian television series of the same name, The Slap is produced by Matchbox Pictures and stars Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Zachary Quinto, Melissa George, Thomas Sadoski and Brian Cox. Written and co-produced by Jon Robin Baitz (“Brothers & Sisters’), co-produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (“Gladiator,” “Men in Black”), and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids are All Right”), The Slap takes an unflinching look at how one little slap can have a huge impact. The show follows Hector, played by Peter Sarsgaard (“Blue Jasmine,” “An Education”), a public servant and father who explodes when his hothead cousin slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. This moment ignites a chain of events that will uncover long-buried secrets within this group of friends and family that vigorously challenge the core values of everyone involved. Nouri, who has enjoyed a successful career spanning film (“The Proposal,” “Finding Forrester,”), television (“Damages,” “CSI: NY”), and theater (“Victor/Victoria” opposite Julie Andrews), will play Thanasis Korkoulis in The Slap, a successful attorney and childhood friend of Brian Cox’s character, Manolis, the patriarch of the family. On Monday, February 9, 2015, Nouri joined the all-star cast of The Slap who gathered for the New York Premiere Party hosted by NBC and Vanity Fair at The New Museum. On the red carpet, Nouri expressed his excitement for the show’s premiere, saying “the cast and crew have been just sensational to work with […] this has been an incredibly thrilling project to be a part of.” Nouri’s upcoming feature credits include “The Squeeze” which is being released in April, 2015 in which he also serves as a co-producer, “Teleios,” “The List,” and “Street Level,” in which he co-stars with Danny Trejo. Nouri recently co-starred in the feature film “Taken Away” which aired on Lifetime in Fall 2014. For more information: nbc.com/the-slap

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Nicole Noonan

THE FAIRY GODMOTHER OF DIVORCE By Nathaniel Goehring

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ovitas, a UK-based matrimonial financing company, has tapped divorce attorney Nicole Noonan, JD to take charge of its newly formed US operations. Novitas UK provides over 400 law firms with funds for divorce proceedings, and now Founder and Managing Director, Jason Reeve, has his sight set on exponential growth of the company’s market share in the United States. Reeve commented, “Having Nicole Noonan, who is both a top lawyer and a leader in her field, who has immersed herself professionally in every aspect of divorce law, was essential.” As the former founder and CEO of National Divorce Capital, Inc., Noonan was the prime candidate for the job. “I think Novitas US can become even bigger than Novitas UK,” says Noonan, regarding plans for the future. Dubbed “The Fairy Godmother” of divorce for her prowess in financially aiding divorcées to help them negotiate favorable settlements with their more-moneyed spouses, Noonan does not take her moniker lightly. “It’s an honor. I try to live up to it every day,” she says. Practicing divorce law during the time of the US housing market implosion, Noonan saw how essential outside cash infusions could be from both the viewpoint of the law firm and the litigant. “I heard that this service was available in the UK and I saw a need for it in the US,” she says. “I was aware of Novitas and I was impressed by their streamlined way of underwriting potential business. It’s all webbased and simple as possible from an attorney/client perspective.” As CEO of Novitas US, Noonan does not provide legal or financial advice. Those decisions remain between lawyers and their clients. To ensure each client’s ability to repay Novitas, pending a favorable settlement, Noonan and her colleagues evaluate the entire marital asset pool as well as the individual substance and reputation of the attorney in question. There is the possibility of a lost investment in cases that do not resolve the way in which Novitas predicts. However, Noonan explains with complete confidence, “Those cases are few and far between. If you do your due diligence, it shouldn’t be an issue.” Clients often do not have the liquidity to engage in divorce proceedings or to afford living expenses such as mortgage payments, school tuition and other personal costs during the proceedings. Novitas funds can “level the playing field,” enabling litigants to fund their attorney and expert fees while maintaining their standard of living. Repayments are not made until an equitable settlement is reached. Novitas is designed to provide funding so that no one is forced into a settlement less than they deserve, and both men and women turn to Novitas to be empowered with funding. Divorce funding recently made headlines with the high profile case of billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen’s divorce. However, as Noonan stated, “My challenge is not providing the funding, it’s getting people to know this resource even exists.” In an age where 50% of marriages end in divorce, it seems as though there has never been a better time to spread such awareness. For more information: novitasus.com

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’m waiting for better angels” sings the recently deceased ‘it’s my party’ legend Lesley Gore on her last album Ever Since. Not since Johnny Cash did a cover of ‘Hurt’ has an aging icon found a better fit. Had Sondheim’s Desiree been a former pop icon rather than an actress, this rendition would have replaced her Send in the Clowns reprise. While Gore’s gravelly but tender tone evokes a kind of weltschmerz, the lyrics beckon change. The thought provoking arrangement that juxtaposes a cabaret sensibility with melancholic folk elements is the brainchild of Blake Morgan. Just months after releasing the song on his own album, Burning Daylight, Morgan handed it over to Gore. His passion to selflessly do what’s best for a song speaks tomes about his commitment to music. It should come as little surprise that the artist behind Better Angels has been on a Quixotic mission ever since: a mission to empower music’s prophets, defrock its corrupt clergy and unmask its fraudulent angels – especially those like Tim Westergren, Pandora Radio’s co-founder. While cashing in shares at a steady rate of one million per month, Westergren – who presents himself as a selfsacrificing music industry savior – claimed his business model was unsustainable unless musicians agreed to lower their royalties. Morgan responded, ruffling this business angel’s feathers with polite but poignant criticism. His remonstrations went viral shortly after their email exchanges got the attention of the Huffington Post. The message was heard: there was something seriously wrong with a content-providing service (Pandora) lobbying already underpaid content creators (musicians) to martyr themselves for a place on a heavenly sound cloud where only the harp would go unpaid.

By Rory Winston Photos by Noam Galai/Getty Images

By January 2014, Morgan took on the music industry’s most sacred order, terrestrial radio. As Morgan’s #irespectmusic floated through cyberspace, musicians woke from their stupor: America was among the only countries where radio stations didn’t compensate musicians for airplay - ‘while songwriters like Otis Redding receive royalties, performers like Aretha Franklin didn’t get any Re-s-p-e-c-t in the form of money.’ Countries that shared American radio’s slave labor policy: North Korea, Iran, Vietnam and China (the latter, incidentally, in the process of changing their legislation). Also, since US based stations didn’t pay foreign musicians, foreign stations wouldn’t pay ours. Despite having the highest number of hits internationally, American musicians received no royalties. Morgan’s apostasy was soon embraced by everyone from Taylor Swift to Pink Floyd. In the words of Morgan’s classic, “Better late than not at all; better to make the break than take the fall.”

The Velvet Revolutionary

When it comes to clean breaks, Morgan excels. Though far from being a media-hungry iconoclast, Morgan has had his share of ‘velvet revolutions.’ The charismatic and lanky artist with a disarming smile and raconteur’s wit spoke to the Resident about the road less traveled. Sometime after finishing Berklee College of music and recording six raw demos, Morgan got signed to the shortlived N2K label by the legendary Phil Ramone. As Morgan explains, “People often think a big record deal is the dream-come-true. For me it felt like seasickness. You feel

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like you’re drowning but to your friends it looks like you’ve just boarded a cruise ship and you’re riding the waves. Anyway, I’m at my album’s first strategy meeting – incidentally, uninvited – and someone from the label informs us that I’ve just topped at number 8 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. So the astute marketing expert asks, ‘That’s great but does someone know how many are ahead of him?’ And he wasn’t joking. Heartbreaking, really. My job is to play, sing, create… and here I am with supposed experts… Needless to say, I was already looking for a way out of my 7 album contract. Phil was cool about it and obliged. Six months later the company goes down like the Titanic. And no wonder. I mean, when my record came out, they invested 100,000 dollars in a massive Billboard ad with a big picture of me. Public response: ‘who the hell is this guy? He doesn’t even have a record out.’ It just pissed people off. Same money… I could have used for making a great record… Hell, 10 great records.” Released from his contract, Morgan returned to ‘label-hunting and showcasing.’ In his words, “The most unmusical un-rock and roll thing you can possibly be involved in. Playing for suits at 4 in the afternoon.” Morgan continues as if in reverie, “So there I am walking with my mom, and I tell her that in the end I’ll probably wind up with an unsatisfying deal like before, and if I had any guts I’d take all the musicians who’ve recently asked me to produce their demos and start my own label. So my mom turns to me and - with best intentions - says, ‘yeah, if you had any guts that is what you’d do.’ It was an epiphany. Right there while walking on 5th Avenue and 11th, I suddenly decided that’s exactly what I had to do. I launched my own label, ECR (Engine Company Records) from my laptop a few months later. And it’s been going for over 13 years now.” While those years have been the recorded worst in music history - with labels either having gone belly up or having shrunken by as much as 90% ECR has grown. Their break-even rate on albums - rather than being the usual 2% (a figure based on the nearly 75,000 albums that came out last year) – is a steady 80%. The reason for the difference, as Morgan explains, “At ECR, success is measured by the high note as much as it is by the bottom line”. In practice, Morgan’s strategy is simple: create the best music possible, music the artist is proud of. A marketing plan only comes into it after this phase is complete. “99.9% of labels”, Morgan affirms, “start with ‘what’ll make us money’ before looking for the best music. Their whole raison d’être should be to help win an audience for an artist they believe in rather than believe in an artist that can help them get an audience. That’s why I only sign artists I can see myself having a long-term relationship with. The idea of working on 7 records over a 10-year period is inspiring. It excites me as an artist, as a producer and as a label owner.”

contracts to distribute and publish a given work. As for what stops an artist from going elsewhere…? “Nothing,” says Morgan candidly, “but since our inception, no one has ever wanted to leave.” The simple reason, Morgan avers, is that ” We’re in a partnership with the artists – we’re both forced to give a constant 100%.” Morgan’s metaphor: “Margaret Atwood once wrote that ‘wanting to hang out with famous people because you admire their work is like wanting to meet a duck because you love pate’. It’s senseless to own the artists. It’s a fatal mistake that every other label (as far as he knows) makes.”

Lesley Gore’s Last Resting Place

Despite ECR Music Groups diversity in genre, there is a definite Blake Morgan signature on the entire artist rostrum. The emphasis remains genuinely evocative melodies and moods over contrived soundscapes. It takes no more than a listen to the Jazz-inflected sultry sound of the Finnish born singer Janita to tell what direction her new album will be headed in. “Beautiful,” Morgan muses, “2 years in the studio and her album’s finally ready to come out. It took about the same amount of time for Melissa Giges whose Just When I Let Go came out last summer… Melissa’s been on tour, TV, and has a new video coming out. Then there’s David Cloyd out of Buffalo who’s in recording. His album’s due next year. Together with myself, and the late Lesley Gore these are our cornerstone artists.” Morgan describes his own most recent album, Diamonds in the Dark, as a Dorothy discovering Wonderland experience. Listening to Morgan sing “you’re the best bad idea I ever had”, one senses how extraordinary it must feel to fall hopelessly in love with something as irrational as making music. After all, if these are Morgan’s ‘best bad ideas,’ even his ‘worst good ideas’ are bound to land Grammies. Forever evolving, Morgan remains a favorite of alternative rock fans and music aficionados alike. From his well lauded debut album, Anger’s Candy, to his more rumantive pieces that sound like urban cantorials for an agnostic age, the singer/producer/ composer/independent label owner Morgan has always done precisely what he wants by maximizing the means at his disposal. Like the late great Lesley Gore, Morgan has gone through life telling everyone from the major labels to those like Pandora “You don’t own me.”

Another unique element: “We sign works, not artists.” Unlike other labels, ECR only makes license

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Sheila Rosenblum with thoroughbred filly Justoneofakind @ Linda Rice’s barn in Bemont

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he world of horse racing is getting a new generation of committed women involved. Sheila Rosenblum is the owner of Lady Sheila Stable and chief investor and manager of Lady Sheila Stable Two, an ownership collective of high profile female investors. A resident of Manhattan, Ms. Rosenblum has experienced great success in the racing industry since becoming an owner in 2010. “One of the main challenges of the horse racing industry is operating in a predominantly male-oriented world,” she confides. “I’m a new woman on the rise and the new kid on the block in the industry, but I always like to see how much we can push and

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By Isaiah Negron

how long we can keep going.” Her passion and interest in thoroughbreds prompted her entry to racing following a successful career as a model with Wilhelmina and Ford. She is also an alumna of The Royal Ballet School in London and the School of American Ballet. “I think the industry is happy to embrace my syndication as we bring enthusiasm, joy, honesty, integrity and a touch of beauty as well,” Sheila said. “Sound, healthy, and happy horses are my goal. Of course I can dream for The Triple Crown yet be thrilled with a graded stake win. Being in the winner’s circle is pure joy as I’ve now had a great many to appreciate. Winning is an incredible feeling, but to accept defeat

with grace is a challenging must.” Since teaming up with Linda Rice, the world’s top female trainer, in 2013, the dazzling duo has been a formidable pair on the racetrack. “I have great respect for Linda. She became the first partner in Lady Sheila Stable. She is the most dedicated trainer I know,” Rosenblum says. “Linda doesn’t know what a sick day means, as she has only missed work once in the time we’ve been working together.” The stable’s top runner, La Verdad, has become one of the best New York-breds in training and has won six of eleven starts in 2014, including the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aq-


Sheila riding 17 hand Dutch Warmblood Marshmallow @ Campbell Stables in Bridgehampton ueduct. “I never thought I’d want to be competitive again after ballet and modeling, but I did and the goal now is to bring in other women, both C.E.O.’s and mothers alike, to be part of this world,” she explains. “A lot of mothers can sit next to any C.E.O. and speak as eloquently as they can. They’re the C.E.O.’s of the household.” Another of Sheila’s passions comes in the form of her philanthropic work. This spring, she will be honored along with her 18-yearold daughter Kara with the Par Excellence Award at the March of Dimes’ upcoming “Spirit of Beauty” luncheon on May 11th, one day after Mother’s Day. Sheila has been an advocate for the charity, which works to help moms have full-term pregnancies, for over ten years and has been on the board for over 5 years. “When I started Lady Sheila Stable, my two children were getting older and I felt it was the right time in my life to devote the hours needed and learn more about my passion for horses and the thoroughbred racing business,” she explains. “I am always there for my family and they want to see me succeed in this as well. It’s great to have them behind me for support. Now I balance that love with my

love of horses.” She’s instilled the spirit of generosity into her children as well; her daughter is an intern at March of Dimes and has created a youth group for the organization. Sheila has always known that although she can’t save the entire world, she can do everything in her power to save a person. Fifteen years ago, she did just that without even initially realizing it when she met a two year old named Destiny, who was born to an incarcerated mother and an unknown father, at Hale House. She instantly connected with the child and became an advocate, mentor and mother figure to the now 16-year-old, who is now looking at colleges. “I’ve been a mentor to a foster daughter for the past 14 years. It has allowed me to bring more love into my life and give that love back,” confides Sheila. “That extends to everything I do, from my family, to my horses. I’ve had misfortune, but the good has far outweighed the bad.” Sheila, who brought her two children Erik and Kara to Hale House weekly, wanted to make sure they knew what the real world looked like with all its positivity and negativity. Sheila had Destiny volunteer at Green Chimneys, which helps children who have emotional and behavioral challenges by having them interact with animals.

Stable Two, a horse syndicate that is owned solely by women, including Douglas Elliman C.E.O. Dottie Herman, “Real Housewife” Jill Zarin, Diane Davis, Iris Smith, Jessie Laiken and Donna Bernstein. “I think women have to work just a little bit harder to prove ourselves in a male-dominated industry,” Rosenblum says. “I’m an all or nothing person and I passionately put my heart into everything I do, from my kids to my horses.” Rosenblum recently celebrated the acquisition of three new two-year-old fillies under the Lady Sheila Stable Two colors that will hit the track this spring. Sheila looks forward to even more successes in 2015. “I think I’m a bit of what the industry wants and needs right now: more women plus a little bit of glamour. I’m going to dream, as always, to win the Triple Crown or get a Stakes win. I am going to continue to raise sound horses. Without sound horses, there are no horses. This year I’m going to continue to further my racing syndicate and go for as many wins as we can.” For more information: ladysheilastabletwo.com

Her latest success is the launch of Lady Sheila

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No Knife Facelift with Little or No down time? By Rafael G. Magana, M.D.

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his FDA approved technology seems to be taking over the world of aesthetics, even though the idea and technology have been around for much longer. Of the fast and non-invasive solutions to natural appearing facial rejuvenation, it has a merit that must be recognized. It actually works! In fact, we in the plastic surgery community haven’t seen anything like this since we were wowed by the effects of Ablative Fraxel LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) on skin contraction with collagen formation and skin rejuvenation. The results were and are frankly impressive, but with trade offs, namely… some pain, discomfort and a few days of downtime. The new technique I have mentioned is based on Ultrasound energy (Ulthera) not LASER. Not only is the functional principle fascinating from the scientific point of view, but also, it genuinely creates a facelift that looks natural. How does it do this you may ask? In a nutshell, it delivers energy under direct visu-

alization with ultrasound to the different layers of the face and neck. It does so by targeting tiny intermittent rows of tissue to which it delivers the energy. This energy denatures (unravels) the local flaccid collagen leaving small bridges of normal tissue. The tissues then contracts through the formation of new collagen (Neo Collagen formation), which is better-aligned giving tension to the muscle, subcutaneous tissues and Skin (all three layers targeted separately). This is what a young face normally possesses, “aligned and full tissues - tensile strength that has not yet given in to our enemy, the combination of gravity and tissue laxity. Collagen formation is a thing of wonder and a term that is overused in the beauty and cosmetic industry without really defining mechanisms or degree of collagen formation An Ultrasound facelift however, is the real deal. It creates new collagen in different layers and contracts flaccid tissues; this is why it is so effective. No other technology does this in the three layers I mentioned. When applied with experienced hands, it gives a dramatic initial result that continues to progress with time (months) as collagen continues to form over the entire year following the procedure. It does not have the stigmata of a traditional surgical facelift. It does not require Anesthesia and may be done in the office. It can even be used in areas such as the lower eyelid and the décolletage. Arguably, it is superior to FRAXEL LASER because of less downtime, less discomfort and progressive contraction of multiple layers of tissue also with new collagen formation. Another very appealing feature about this technology is that people will start to notice it

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and not quite be able to “put their finger” on what the secret is, because it progresses with time and changes become visible in days. This is gold, because as the new collagen forms and creates contraction of the flaccid tissues, it is like having ongoing facial rejuvenation that looks better and better over the subsequent weeks and persists. My practice uses ultrasound facelifts as a part of its armamentarium to defy the stigma of age in a way that appears natural and gives a pleasant and radiant appearance with more defined and youthful facial features. It is a welcome addition and one that is a standalone technology that I use in combination with other technologies for truly remarkable results. Ultrasound (Ulthera) facelifts and combination treatments are already available at “facelift ultra” on Park Avenue and are applied exclusively by a plastic surgeon. For more information: Dr. Rafael G. Magana 935 Park Avenue, Suite 1B NY, NY 10028 646.943.6042

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IS YOUR SMILE AGING YOU? By Irene Grafman, D.D.S.

Patient wanted a natural smile. Her severely worn teeth were bonded to restore youth to her smile and give her a more balanced appearance.

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t would surprise you how many ways a dentist can help with your quest for youth. Through modern dentistry we can not only help change the shape of your teeth, but the shape of your face and make you look and feel younger - without surgery or fillers. Cosmetic procedures are the most commonly known and practiced anti-aging procedures, but a new wave of dentistry is not only looking at your teeth but at your overall health. Your personal anti-aging prescription are found in these 3 main aspects of your smile and health:

1. Aesthetics (Whitening, Bonding, & Veneers) Whitening is the easiest way to take a few years off your appearance and to brighten your smile. Reversing this discoloration is an easy and inexpensive way to fight the aging process. Bonding is one of the most conservative procedures to whiten and reshape your teeth and thus, your smile. With bonding we can lengthen, straighten and even whiten teeth while not having to take away tooth structure. If your teeth are poorly shaped, crooked, discolored or worn down, bonding can completely redesign your smile and improve the shape of your face. Veneers are one of the fastest and most effective ways to create a youthful smile. By creating a white, straight, and well proportioned smile, we can remove years off of your appearance. Porcelain Veneers allow us to improve severely misshapen teeth, reposition crooked teeth and lengthen ground down short teeth.

2. Facial Development Facial aging is due to loss of volume of both hard and soft tissue. During the aging process, we lose fatty tissue, and the bones of the face shrink in size. As the bones shrink, our skin starts to sag, creating the appearance of wrinkles. Traditionally this loss of volume has been replaced with injections of facial dermal filler such as Restylane®. The revolutionary appliances I work with help increase bone volume, which treats the underlying problem and decreases the appearance of wrinkles, lines and folds; therefore giving you a more balanced appearance. Additionally, you will find improvements with a wider smile, higher cheekbones, less tired looking eyes, as well as improved quality of sleep. The most amazing part is these only worn at night. The way your face develops also affects development of your jaws and how your teeth come together. Re-establishing a correct bite will improve the proportions of the face and make you look younger.

In my practice, since I focus primarily on anti-aging, I have developed a whole person approach to making you look and feel younger through alternative dentistry. Through extensive continuing education in all areas of dental, holistic, and aesthetic approaches, I have developed and easy and relaxed way for you to achieve youth and health. For more information: smilehealthspa.com 212.532.5377

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more of those columns that brandished recycled quotes from industrial magnates as though they were surefire formulas for amassing fortunes. Our age had a surfeit of howto books where Google-searched aphorisms passed for wisdom and serendipity posed as science. Reading such ‘recipes for success’ often felt like watching a celebrity chef lend his name to a TV dinner. It didn’t bring viewers any closer to earning a Michelin star. And yet, as someone regularly exposed to luminaries in the world of business, I knew there was invaluable information to be had – stories worth sharing, lessons that could benefit both startup companies and newly ordained entrepreneurs alike. After months of raptly listening to stories about my meetings with business dynamos, My Feature Editor finally convinced me that it was time to let our savvy Resident readership in on the secret. And so, I decided to go to one of the most dynamic entrepreneurs I knew, a man who eschews rehearsed re-

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sponses and approaches situations with childlike fascination and passion, a man who truly lived with both feet planted firmly on a cloud: Ken Austin, founder and chairman of the very aptly named Tequila Avión. After all, when it comes to flights of fancy, gravity defying leaps in branding, elevating the public’s appreciation for a product, and a sky’s-the-limit mentality as regards premium quality, Avión was a perfect place to begin.

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Armed with an M.B.A., Ken Austin went from Price Waterhouse to Gallo to Seagram to Marquis Jet and also serving on boards such as Steve Case’s FlexCar (merged with ZipCar) – each of these roles an essential component in bringing to life a vision that was about to be born. As Ken is the first to admit, “My time at Gallo and Seagram taught me a lot. I learned about what the ‘drink space’ entails. I could afford to make my mistakes and grow having the safety net of large organizations. Our company President at Avion, Jenna Fagnan, also did her time in this sector working for

Moët Hennessy. This is a real advantage as compared with entrepreneurs who think they can catapult themselves into the billions by whimsically deciding to come up with the next spirit. Experience counts. It helps you know what to look for. The fact that I was one of the guys who started Marquis Jet also gave me clearer insight into high end luxury products and what the select consumer demands. In a sense, I wanted Avión to taste and feel like flying a private jet… pure luxury.” The inception of the Avión Tequila concept, however, did not come by way of careful deliberation but arrived with the force of a revelation. As Ken admits, “Intuition is my best ally… having the spider senses telling me whether this or that person is right to align with, knowing if a brand or product will serve a consumer need or finding a need that people aren’t even aware exists yet comes from a gut feeling.”

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In a scene reminiscent of a Hollywood movie, Ken’s intuition literally took flight: Ken sits at a closed NetJets poker tournament that goes down annually in Vegas. High stakes. (figu-


Jesus Maria in Jalisco, Mexico. Austin is eying the agave plantations. At 7000 feet above sea level, this is the highest elevation in the region. The rich soil and major temperature swings make this the most sought-after location for growing what is a considerably naturally sweeter agave. But Austin wants more. He wants to create an ultra premium tequila – one that people can drink without getting the ‘burn’ – one without that bitter aftertaste that Denis Leary in No Cure for Cancer referred to as the ‘old whiskey drinker’s face’. It is this ‘burn’ that keeps women at arms distance from the spirit, and the same burn that makes many mistakenly think of tequila as solely an ingredient in a cocktail or a spirit to be mitigated by limes and salt.

Passing Go

Weeks pass. Austin works day and night with the Master Distiller. Hand-harvesting, roasting in brick ovens for three days, getting rid of the heads and tails or the part we don’t necessarily want to drink of the distillate. Employing a proprietary ultra-slow filtration process, it is clear that yield or efficiency is a secondary issue. As Ken explains, “Our goal wasn’t money. The mission was to create a liquid of extreme purity that isn’t “off the shelf” tequila. One that maximized the flavor of a crop that took seven to ten years just to grow. It wasn’t just about going to a distillery and starting a brand. We go the extra mile without compromise. We don’t cut corners. It’s all about creating a consistently great product. To this day, I taste every single batch that’s bottled.”

ratively) Small circle. As the angle widens, we see Warren Buffett warily eying him across the poker table. The two men know each other. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns NetJets Aviation while Ken is president of Marquis Jet. It’s Austin’s play. He pauses; then orders tequila from the cocktail waitress. Buffett is wondering about Austin’s hand and strikes up a conversation about the Mexican spirit. Austin answers in stride, explaining that he is a “tequila guy” and aside from Patron there were essentially no key players to challenge the brand. Buffett finds this odd and says that is very interesting. Austin sips his drink and as he explains, “that was the moment I had the epiphany” and decided to head to Mexico to work on creating a superior ultra premium sipping tequila. The scene ends without us being told who won the tournament. Austin does say he knocked out his chum Dean Cane (known to many as Superman) and that Janet Gretzky who is a “heck of a poker player” ultimately knocked him out. One week later, Austin is on a plane to Mexico – on his way to visit a family that has grown agave for 5 generations – the plant known for producing tequila.

bottle was designed with just such a task in mind. As a side note, actor Bob Odenkirk who was Mark Cubans partner played Ken Austin on Entourage. “The show made a big difference,” says Austin. “But we were only in NY and Cali at the time and most people didn’t even realize the brand was real or was such a high quality tequila. It may have brought us the 21 to 45 year old audience but we’d still get questions like ‘which came first the brand or the show?’ and this is years after I created the product.”

Flying High

By 2012, Avión had won the highly prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition in the category of “World’s best White Spirit” and “World;’s best tasting Tequila”, having beat out all tequilas, vodkas, gins and white rums in a blindfolded taste test by scores of industry experts. As with Entourage, Avión was once again included in pop culture without any marketing money being transferred: Young Jeezy has mentioned the brand in his lyrics in the company of Jaguars, Mercedes, Audemars, and hot women who were “On the Avion”. Meeting up with Jeezy months later, Austin was impressed by his perspicacity and work ethic and soon decided to make the hip-hop mogul his Multicultural Advisor. “The fact is, African American consumers are extraordinarily brand loyal and quality counts. They don’t

The spirit hit the market in 2010. As for the next chapter in Austin’s story… Fans of HBO’s hit TV show classic, Entourage, are likely familiar with some of the aspects. The brand did more than make an appearance in the show; it became an essential component of the plot, a driving force behind the main characters. No product placement, no marketing money devoted to its inclusion, Avión was written into the script in an attempt by Doug Ellin (close friend of Austin and partner Kenny Dichter) to increase interest in the character Turtle. Turtle would be a kind of obsessed Hollywood entrepreneur with Austin’s interests. All the former idiosyncrasies of the character would remain but he would also take on parts of Austin’s own obsession. When we hear Turtle’s dialogue: “slow down; the bottle is a cool shape, I’ll admit that; but I’ve promoted clubs and I’ve bartended and the simple fact is that you need a bottle that’s easy to grip,” the information came directly from Austin’s own concerns as the Avión

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get respected enough from marketers. It usually takes about 10 years to earn their trust as a brand, but in our case, we did it in 3 years. I think it’s because everyone can sense there are real people behind this product. Tequila itself doesn’t discriminate as mostly everyone will drink a fine tequila. Unlike other brands that could point to a target specific audience, our audience is anyone with good taste. The sole reasons we’re not the most expensive tequila is because I want the brand to remain an affordable luxury to all. Remaining attainable is as important to me as maintaining premium quality based on my personal values.” By late 2014, Pernod Ricard - that had initially bought a 20% stake of Avión back in 2011 - upped its interest in company’s holdings by investing over 100 million in order to gain majority. “Pernod Ricard’s involvement was and is indispensible in terms of distribution. They can get into markets and accounts that are difficult for entrepreneurs like us. The better we did, the more the competition used its sheer size to try and stop us. Pernod Ricard put an end to that imbalance. The brand is still run by me and my team, but now that Pernod Ricard has more skin in the game, we are getting into a way larger number of markets. In tequila, there’s a limited window to become an iconic brand. We aren’t there yet in the sense that our brand is a staple in every bar the same way that Absolute Vodka, The Glenlivet or Jameson Irish whiskey is but, that said, we are well on our way and managing to break through in a market with an otherwise limited shelf and bar space. It is an amazing feeling to see people now requesting Avion in restaurants, bars and liquor stores”

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When asked what accounts for his success, Austin doesn’t hesitate: “People, product and belief”, then after a brief pause, “Look, luck helps but luck many times is no accident. By people, I mean surrounding yourself with people you like and trust – those who are smart and very positive thinkers. Not cheerfully oblivious, mind you. Because I certainly keep a distance from Yes people and sycophants. I love people who are up for a challenge and know things can be done if they really try and work out how. Negativity is way too easy. It’s lazy thinking. Believing in things that may not be in the realm of the probable but are definitely possible is essential for any entrepreneur. You need to actually be able to envision results, to visualize them in your head. Working with people you enjoy makes you work harder because days don’t feel long and you want to win with and for them.”

Based in New York, Austin – in the words of Jeezy – ‘puts on for his city’. As Ken says, “Being part of this city is a big advantage and I love New York. It’s a clean market with a strict liquor authority, which I love. Brands really have to play fair here. I was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island and still work most of the time in the city when not on the road. Bartenders and consumers here are very diverse, demanding and savvy. I learn a hell of a lot from them on a regular basis.” Now that Avión has mastered its many lines - Silver, Reposado (aged six months), Anejo (aged 2 years), Espresso Liqueur (with Italian espresso), and its highly sought after Reserva 44 (aged 43 months in oak whiskey barrels and an additional month in petite oak barrels) – and the bottle designs have been perfected, and Pernod Ricard is distributing, what was left for Austin to busy himself with? “Besides brand related things, mostly blocking and tackling… meaning getting everyone to taste Avión at least once and hopefully falling in love with it.” As my Feature Editor and I reread the final draft of the Austin interview, we decided a final toast was in order. And so we downed a glass of his remarkable tequila and called it a day. It did not take long before the two of us looked at each other, recalling Austin’s final words: “Once people taste Avión, it’s very hard to go back to drinking anything else.” For more information: tequilaavion.com

Don Winter is the CEO & Co-founder of EMG, a sister company of Resident Magazine.


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hortly after Ballet Russe’s Parisian debut of Scheherazade in 1910, couturier Paul Poiret ran from the theater as though seized by a revelation. For the next few months he immersed himself in studying everything from harems to geishas to Chinese ceramics. Integrating Orientalism into European design, he harmonized exotic motifs with his own period’s aesthetics. While his sensibility remained incontrovertibly French, the themes strayed as Far East as the zeitgeist would allow. Paradigm shifts in art and design have always been more about infusing an existent tradition with nuance than about abandoning the conventions entirely. The ability to revisit our world with fresh eyes and imbue familiar forms with unfamiliar perspectives was as true for Elsa Schiaparelli (who used inspiration by surrealists like Dali) as it was for Claire McCardell who saw the movements of sports through an artistic filter in much the same way Nijinsky had seen it while choreographing Jeux years earlier. A similar notion of incorporation and cultural cross-pollination holds for the highly gifted contemporary couple that makes up the prestigious brand, Hanley Mellon –HM (not to be confused with H&M) While the M of their HM brand stands for Matthew Mellon, the H belongs to none other than Nicole Hanley, who - having studied philosophy, political science and economics at Oxford in New College – carries her interdisciplinary vision as well as her insouciance wherever she goes. The Greenwich Connecticut born entrepreneur is a living reminder that certain people have a knack for transforming their environment simply by showing up.

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It is daylight, New York. We are sitting in her apartment. Such is Nicole’s quiescence that I get the distinct impression that were I to open her door, what I would find outside is not a hallway but a gently bobbing yacht on the sun-glazed waters of the Cotes d’Azur. Nicole’s elongated features stretch across her spacious room. The milieu shifts again from grandiose to cozy. Nicole smiles as I take a seat. Explaining that she has an easy time to talk about most anything except herself, I stammer ‘so tell me about yourself.’ Nicole gives way to a mellifluous giggle that ends in a sigh. Her laughter is both genuine and contagious. “Okay, well, to begin with I had several different internships starting in high school,” she confides, “There was fashion, politics, finance, decorating. As you can tell, I had no real sense of where I was headed.” By way of explanation: “Thus the ensuing philosophy courses in university…” There is an exciting air to her movements; with understated gestures but expressive eyes, Nicole explains how her early summers were for experimentation. “I learnt about many industries before realizing what really stirs me.” These experiences proved invaluable, as did her subsequent four years at Ralph Lauren. By the time she had her own line, there would be little she would be unfamiliar with in terms of fashion. “At Ralph Lauren, I started as assistant to the Senior VP and VP of children’s design and for his Blue Label.” She recalls, “They really watch you. My boss put me on the Rugby Line’s conceptual design team and everyone was just so talented that it inspired me to work around the clock, making me feel there were ideas worth being passionate about.” Nicole eventually landed a styling position. Noticing her drawings one day, a colleague encouraged her to show them and pursue her own line. “I don’t know how I found the courage. It feels more like I blacked out, and by the time I awoke it was done,” reflects Nicole.

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Nicole throws her head back with a winsome air as she announces, “You know, seemingly low level jobs taught me the most. People assume when you start out you’re doing unimportant things but –.“ As if making sense of it for the first time, Nicole proclaims, “The fact is, managing the Senior VP’s calendar put me at a great advantage when I started out on my own. I learnt the whole fashion thing right then and there.”

weaves to pastel colors to Scottish plaid and tartan, their Kenya is not some selfindulgent Lion King theme park. Like most real design, it is highly personal and born of interaction. “We worked with the Maasai junior elder and recruited his wife to collaborate on the creation of our necklaces,” says Nicole. “This doesn’t mean,” she continues, “we attempted to recreate authentic tribal ar-

When Nicole’s line finally came out it consisted of three tops and dresses. “I started building and trademarking,” she states. “And I opened my little Upper East Side store. Pretty soon, however, Matt and I got together - we got married, had 2 kids and, well, at some point, I shelved the operation.”

“Initially,” explains Nicole, “we were drawn to Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. It’s an amazing fashion school with some of today’s most remarkable talents. We also realized Antwerp was a portal between the New World and the Old, between the US and Africa, between our past and present. In fact, the Red Star Museum sports mankind’s earliest remains from… of all places, Kenya. It was serendipitous to note that where we had landed tied in with where we had been.”

Nicole and Matt did eventually decide to do something together. As the brains behind Jimmy Choo’s men’s shoes collection as well as the founder of the prestigious Harry’s of London, Matt had been in the game for a while. Boasting the revolutionary dress shoe with sneaker sole, Matt’s signature fusion design attracted jetsetters and politicos alike. A lifestyle brand with his wife was a natural next step. As Nicole explains, “Our collections are based on our travels – they each have their very own cultural references, each demanding an entirely different approach. The results are as unexpected as they are inspired.” Though often inspired by remote landscapes and cultures, the Hanley Mellon collections eschew ethno-kitsch. For them, travel is a springboard to reinvention, a catalyst to finding out more about who we are in the context of others. Case in point: Hanley Mellon’s Spring 2015 Kenya collection. Think ‘Kenya’ and ‘fashion’ and one can’t help but conjure forth a host of exploitative images from generic tribal symbolism to uninspired safari motifs with bright colors. Not so with the Hanley Mellon variation. From net-like

Hanley Mellon’s Pre-Fall collection, Northern Renaissance, is less about a location than it is a journey into the 15th Century with contemporary eyes. Reinterpretation is key: What may once have passed for a male tunic returns in the form of a casual dress. With olive greens, sapphires and chartreuses tones informing velvets and silks, it is a Van Eyck canvas come to life. As for the upcoming Fall Collection, it pays homage to Antwerp, the Belgian import/export capital of the 16th century.

tifacts. On the contrary, we wanted to find a contemporary interpretation of age-old patterns. The important thing is to use your own reference points rather than to fake being something you aren’t.” Nicole went on to explain that they were also collaborating with Under the Acacia, an organization to better the lives of those beyond the reach of NGO’s in a sustainable way.

Nicole excitedly continues, “There were amazing migration stories. One young Russian woman made the crossing to New York all on her own with four children. That kind of courage… I suddenly realized that most Americans were descendants of the courageous few – the exceptions – those that left everything behind, clamoring for the unknown. It’s little wonder that the entrepreneurial spirit is within us.” With two young children of her own, a career in full-throttle and an art form that demands constant reinvention, Nicole inhabits the New York of our forefathers, the mythical city of opportunities where parallel lifestyles and multiple realities miraculously coexist. Like the city itself, the Hanley Mellon brand is the ultimate juxtaposition: it is a place to dream a future, explore the present and reinvest our lives with the heirlooms of our past. In the words of Nicole, “lifestyle has always been ‘life’ before ‘style.’” For more information: hanleymellon.com

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ne day all this will be yours’ begins the hackneyed phrase. As for what ordinarily follows: ‘A tract of land,’ ‘a house,’ or ‘a list of inconsequential chattel.’ What we don’t expect is a gun used by Bonnie and Clyde, an amusement park, a valley’s worth of dolls; that is unless we’re watching Fox Business Network’s new smash hit Strange Inheritance - a show that not only manages to live up to its name, but has itself been bequeathed the most invaluable and surprising treasure in the form of a polished and perspicacious show host, Jamie Colby. With remarkable acumen in both legal and business matters, Colby is a hybrid talent whose areas of expertise beg the same question her show asks: How did one person come into possession of such distinct gifts? In her case, the question could be reformulated to: How has a TV news anchor acquired an extensive understanding of everything from disposition law to financing given the highly competitive and focused mindset that success in television often demands? To further complicate the anomaly, ‘Enter the seemingly insouciant blonde who – unlike the rest of the city – appears approachable, interested and well rested.’

Never the Meek

With a benevolent smile, Jamie dismisses my comment about her having been a child genius (attending University at 14 and getting her JD by 22) insisting instead, “Precocious maybe, but primarily it’s about my philosophy which has always been: to remain unafraid. That’s what allowed/allows me to try new things. I didn’t start out with ‘Hey, I wanna be on TV.’ I studied to be a doctor then switched to accounting. Since I was too young to take my CPA exam I did a couple of years at law school. When I graduated I decided to work in the entertainment industry so I sent thousands of resumes to LA & NY. I was applying in some office when ‘Bombastic Bushkin’ (Henry Bushkin, lawyer to Johnny Carson and Joan Rivers) entered. ‘Hey kid what are you doing here,’ he asked. Since I didn’t know enough to be intimidated I said, ‘I’m looking for work… you got anything for me?’ He told me come back the next day… and I said ‘how’s 11?’ Looking back, Bushkin was probably just being polite. But to his surprise I was there the next day at 11; and next thing I know, I’m in.”

Never one to be meek, Jamie was just out of law school when she inherited a battery of exciting projects and got to meet everyone from Joan Rivers to John Travolta. Since Johnny Carson regarded her as a wiz kid, he took her under his wings. “My ears were always opened,” Jamie explains, “10 years of law, many varied projects; I learned how to have everyone who left the negotiating table feel like a winner. It’s the same ‘thinking on the go’ knowhow you need in a breaking news situation. You prep yourself zipping through 100’s of pages. Then you go on the air with just 2 words. Like I did with: Ford Died. On the spot, I had to explain all of America the significance of President Ford’s life and legacy.”

“That I can do”

When her grandmother had cancer, Jamie met her surgeon. “He was tremendously kind,” she admits, “We fell in love. He was going to be Chief of Surgery at St. Vincent’s in the Village and he talked me into moving to New York with him. He was much older… Getting married, changing jobs all in the same week. Not recommended.” Though born and raised in Forest Hills, Queens, Jamie no longer had any family members in New York. With a mandatory 6-month waiting period as stipulated by the NY Bar Association, she was balked from practicing law locally. When a friend of hers - an agent - asked her to fill in for a client on maternity leave at NBC, Jamie - in true Chorus Line manner - leapt at the opportunity: “Teleprompter…?” - ‘That I can do.’ “Report on legal and business issues?” - ‘I can do that.’ “Again, I was unafraid despite being like a deer in the headlights with my French braids. Nevertheless, just two days after I started, I was sure that TV afforded me the opportunity to help a much larger number of people than I could with pro bono community service.” After her brief stint at NBC was up, Jamie headed to a station on Long Island (WLNY, Channel 55) where - because of her background as a gourmet chef - she was asked to do a cooking show relating to quick meals and the regular working family. Again, without hesitating, Jamie jumped in. As she says, “I shot, I edited, I wrote and I did 3 news packages a day. Once promoted, I got to anchor the 11 o’clock broadcast – at 50 dollars a day!” “About two years in, the station owner says ‘a friend’s child is desperate for a kidney.’ And everyone at the station is like ‘oh, wow, we just did your other friend’s grocery store opening etc.,’ but I said: why not? So I did the story. The kidney comes through. Suddenly, an executive producer from Extra calls, saying ‘I saw your piece and would you like to be a national correspondent. ‘

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Quantum Leaps

From WLNY, Jamie literally leapfrogged to WCBS prior to moving on to CNN. Then, on a beautiful morning in 2001, while reporting on a mayoral primary, Jamie heard the first plane hit the Twin Towers. “So we switch immediately to a different kind of story, interviewing a man who works for Boeing, but happens to have been at the Hilton Millennial Hotel’s 50th floor when... Well, I ended up talking to a lot of survivors that year.” Just two years after winning the Gracie Allen Award (2000) for investigative reporting, Jamie won the coveted Edward R. Murrow award in for her coverage of 9/11 – a fact that Jamie forgets to mention. Jamie appears distracted. “Yeah, I was traumatized,” she confides. “There were some people who talked about it later like it was a film;” there is an unprecedented vulnerability to her delivery. “I mean one woman said, ‘Oh yeah, I saw that 9/11 thing on TV but I didn’t know anyone in the buildings,’” she breaks off.

guns and cars and… kids watch and learn about baseball card collecting and different things.” Enthralled by New York, Jamie admits to being ever more capable of enjoying the nuances on offer. “The old Jamie didn’t take a breath till she got home at night. Like most locals, I ran about frantically without time to consciously experience. The new Jamie is way more Zen. I see the smiling faces, I take in the streets, I appre-

ciate the museums, the parks, the restaurants, the theaters, I experience all that is New York including being able to stay in all day and order anything and everything up.” Forever undaunted, Jamie is truly media’s child – one whose sheer gumption has led her from behind the camera to in front of it, and one whose already prodigious repertoire continues to grow. Jamie is living proof that it is not the meek who shall inherit this world’s strange wonder.

After a slight pause, Jamie resumes, “I just kept learning. Then a FOX News executive calls me in 2002… First I think it’s my brother who’s playing a practical joke on me again… but no, Fox likes my stuff. Anyway, CNN was really nice about it when I told them the position I was being offered. They threw me a farewell party and.. well, that was 12 years ago. “

The Inheritance

“Fox gave me a front seat into history. I covered a lot of things. Military things. People needed to know why our troops had to go protect us. What it’s like for them when they get back. Post-traumatic stress. The works. I got personally involved. In the past it was with helping homeless women; since 9/11 it was with helping our returning patriots. Coming to terms with the war, cleaning their credits, going to rehab and getting their lives in order. They’ve been through so much for us.” Besides her charity related projects, Jamie is renowned for mentoring others, believing it’s an obligation to pass on what you know. When the concept for Strange Inheritance came along both she and the network saw the show as a perfect fit for her. Jamie had the interdisciplinary background to make it work. Legally aware of what it meant to accumulate wealth, she could grasp how disposition was governed. “These were tremendous stories,” explains Jamie, “These people are real characters… Our team scouts the best stories by way of folklore, word of mouth.” Debuting with the highest ratings ever for the net, the show is loved for many reasons. As Jamie concludes, “Women love it because its about families and characters. Men because of

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Going Underground at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park By Norah Bradford

ondon’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is a luxury hotel in London’s exclusive Knightsbridge neighborhood overlooking Hyde Park. Widely renowned as not only one of London’s though also the world’s most celebrated hotels, it features world-class accommodations, extremely knowledgeable concierge staff, and extraordinary dining. Hidden from view behind and underneath the classic façade of the establishment and following an extensive excavation plus renovation lies the new Fitness center and swimming pool. The facilities have a cutting edge design blending chic materials into a subtly powerful visualization of what an ideal luxury gym and swimming pool should look like. To see it gives you the feeling that the facility is to fitness what a power-breakfast haunt is to business moguls. The underground heated twin lane pool has a lap timer feature that will delight fitness enthusiasts. This

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feature enables swimmers to select a target speed that they wish to swim to and then try to keep up with the pacer light that runs the length of the pool embedded along the bottom of the pool.

The twenty four hours a day gym is equipped with the latest fitness and entertainment technology by Technogym including treadmills, cross trainers, bicycles and a rowing machine. However, one of the key criteria for a stand-out exercise facility is the quality of the available instruction. Ruben Tabares has brought a hand-picked team of professionals who have an impressive record using unorthodox techniques to achieve fast results to enable people achieve their fitness goals. So alongside dining by Daniel Boulud and Heston Blumenthal the London Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has another five star string to its bow and yet another reason to not put off a stay in the near future. The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park promises a stay that will delight and refresh visitors who seek the ultimate in comfortable and elegant accommodations in the heart of London. For more information: mandarinoriental.com


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Hotel de Sers: Your 5 star pied-a-terre for a visit to Paris Fashion Week By Norah Bradford

aris fashion week is imminent this March 4th-11th 2015 and the Capital will be awash with designers, their latest collections, models, media and not to mention Parisians themselves. The timing of the event really makes it a mental turning point from winter into a first hint of spring. One of the challenges with Paris fashion week as one of the ‘big-4’ shows in the calendar is identifying the right accommodations – somewhere chic, good location, quality services and dare one say je ne sais quoi ? The Hotel de Sers serves exactly this mix in the right quantity that will leave you wanting more. The location could not be better close to the Champs Elysee and literally footsteps from the iconic George V Hotel. All the rooms have a very contemporary, fashion forward boutique feel. Bathrooms are designed with luxurious quantities of Italian marble. Technological flourishes such as flat screen televisions and iPod docking stations. 96 • Resident March 2015

The Panoramic Suites of Hotel De Sers offer a theatrical panorama of Paris’ finest monuments. Cast your eyes over the city of light from Sacré Cœur to the Eiffel Tower and feel like you have been transported to a movie set with you as the star. An aperitif at the S’ Bar, a few steps away from the Champs Elysées offers an intimate decor interesting libations, try for example ‘The Besse Signature’ from a wideranging cocktail menu, a subtle blend of Champagne, violet syrup and crystallised violets, against a background of jazz music.

Pearl-coloured tables and deep armchairs surround the Carrara marble bar with a mirror changing color from second to second adding to the aura of a magical atmosphere. Dining at the De Sers Restaurant is an ideal meeting place and people watching venue for catching glimpses of personalities from the fashion and art worlds. Chef Jordan Delamotte and his kitchen produce a cuisine based on seasonal biological products carefully chosen directly from French producers. On Sunday’s the restaurant hosts a 100% organic brunch which has a following with both guests and visitors. The Hotel De Sers also cares for your wellbeing with a fitness room, sauna / hammam and a variety of beauty and massage treatments which can be delivered to your room. Wireless access is also complimentary which is something always a’la mode... For more information: hoteldesers-paris.com


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Golfing meets gastronomic pleasure at The Phoenician Resort By Norah Bradford

he Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona today has its roots in a late 1980s venture by Charles Keating, whose vision was to create a luxury resort at the base of Camelback Mountain, l a site that was originally home to one of the first hotels in the area, constructed in the early 1900s. The resort has won numerous awards and in particular high esteem is held for the golf operations, which has been ranked amongst the “Top 75 Golf Resorts in America” by Golf Digest publication. In addition, the Phoenician Golf courses have been named “North America’s Leading Golf Resort” by the World Travel Awards. The 27-hole Championship golf facilities comprise three, 9-hole courses created by course designers Ted Robinson, Sr. and Arthur Jack Snyder (later reworked by Homer Flint), and managed by Troon Golf. Designer Ted Robinson, Sr.’s work can be evidenced most clearly as the famed “King of waterscapes” in some of the hole designs on the Oasis course. The Canyon course has players traverse

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the lower level of the mountain, bringing elevation into play. The desert nine plays as a classic Scottsdale experience. Other interesting features of the golf experience at The Phoenician include bluetooth enabled remote control follow Stewart XIX carts for moving golf clubs

about, Callaway rental club availability and 27,000 square feet of practice area. However all this golf can work up an appetite for which Relish Burger Bistro is well placed to serve. A dining destination in its own right, the bistro offers classic American fare with one of the largest collections of Tequila in Arizona. The menu includes a variety of no less than twelve signature gourmet burgers, all also offering a “Knife & Fork” bun-less option, complemented by select garnishes. Try for example, the Cowboy Burger, with grilled Kobe beef, fried onion rings, bacon rashers, jalapeños, sharp cheddar cheese and house-made steak sauce; or the Classic “You-Build-It” Kobe Burger, with a choice of two toppings, from fried egg to chili verde. All this golfing activity coupled with the gastronomic delights of dining makes the next logical step booking a stay to enjoy a respite from the east coast weather. For more information: thephoenician.com


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hile this year has seen its share of snowfall, take advantage of winter time activities and become one with nature in just under 2 hours by car at The Emerson located at the base of Mount Tremper and Esopus Creek.

log cabin style with mountain or stream views, whirlpool tubs and gas fireplaces. At the pet friendly Emerson, man’s best friend is treated like a VIP, Very Important Pet, with a variety of amenities offered and an outdoor dog park for pets to run and mingle.

Spend the day on the powder at nearby Belleayre or Hunter Mountains and relax in the afternoon at their award winning spa or in the beautiful and cozy lodge. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Adirondacks surrounded by majestic pines and century old maples that characterize the Catskills. The resort offers two styles of accommodations. The Inn combines luxury and comfort with an Eastern influence which is currently undergoing a refurbishment to be completed by late spring. Choose from one of the 26 premium apartment sized suites offering between 620 and 1000 square feet of living space including marbled bathrooms with a Swiss shower and jetted tub for two, a sitting area, canopied draped bed and private deck. For those looking for the utmost in comfort book the 2 story, 2 bathroom loft with a living room downstairs and bedroom above. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the 27 room Lodge which blends seamlessly with nature and designed in a traditional and cozy Adirondack

After an active day of outdoor activities relax in their acclaimed spa that specializes in Eastern and Western treatments. Enter through the imposing 17th century Rajasthani palace doors where guests are transported to an otherworldly retreat of peace and tranquility. Indulge in an Ayurvedic ritual that can be tailored to individual needs creating physical, mental, social and spiritual harmony.

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Enjoy the bounty from the Hudson Valley at

the family friendly Catamount Restaurant, also known as The Cat serving a variety of classic American fare with breathtaking views over the valley. Locals come in for their nightly specials that range from prime rib dinners, steak and shrimp night, to their famous burger and open mic night. Other comfort food specialties include braised beef brisket shepherd’s pie, maple roasted double cut pork chop, and pepper seared beef tenderloin tornados. Over the summer Woodnotes Grille will be opening which was inspired by the work by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Home to the America’s largest kaleidoscope, this 56 foot silo has been entertaining guests of all ages with its brilliant moving images designed by kaleidoscope artist Charles Karadinos and psychedelic artist Isaac Abrams and choreographed to a musical score by Gary Burke. The Kaleidoshow runs every 10 minutes throughout the day and can only be found at The Emerson. Snowbunnies can take advantage of The Emerson’s midweek pricing starting at $53 per night per person with $30 day ski lift tickets. For more information: emersonresort.com


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ocated in the Florida Keys, Little Palm Island Resort and Spa is a 5.5-acre island resort, so exclusive that it’s only accessible by boat or seaplane. For those seeking complete privacy, not tourist attractions, this island retreat is perfect for the digital detox getaway; cellphones are not permitted in pubic areas and there are no in-room TVs. Upon arriving to this tiny slice of paradise, via a motor yacht that transfers you from the check-in on Torch Key, a welcome cocktail awaits along with smiling faces. Immediately you’ll feel at home here and as you walk along the pathways lined in seashells while taking in the sights and sounds of Little Palm Island. You might even encounter a Key Deer (only found in the Florida Keys) that roam the island and, at times, act like one of the guests, as they seem to make themselves at home by the pool. There are individual oceanfront villas with sundecks, private hot tubs, outdoor showers…all offering picturesque views of the ocean. In the center of the island is the pool surrounded by beautiful, lush vegetation; fountains, lounge chairs, and a tropical Tiki bar. There are non-motorized water sports such as kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Private bungalows and suites

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at Little Palm range from classic Floridian décor to very opulent and luxurious furnishing. The resort’s Island Escape Suite features 550 square feet of tropical living with a private deck and gorgeous ocean views, as well as an outdoor shower surrounded by bamboo. Most bathrooms are equipped with a hot tub and all with indoor showers. Interiors feature traditional West Indies touches blended with true island design. Striking vaulted ceilings rise to thatched roofs. A substantial king size bed with signature Noble House bedding is separate from the living area. Suites are equipped with mini-bars and a coffee display while the Bungalows are air-conditioned, and are all non-smoking. The Spa provides all the luxurious amenities

you would expect from an island resort; facials, ritual bath experiences, massages and a fitness center. Activities range from deepsea fishing and scuba diving to sailing and kite board lessons. The resort offers boating excursions to Key West for guests who wish to experience the lively entertainment and nightlife on Duval Street, but most travelers who venture to Little Palm Island do so for the privacy and exclusion and don’t venture off the island except for the occasional dive or snorkel trip. All meals are served in “The Dining Room,” a fine-dining restaurant, and the only one on the property. The resort, however, also offers in-room dining as well as private dining on the beach. Dress on the Island is casual, however when in The Dining Room, gentlemen are asked to wear a collared shirt and swimsuits are not allowed. The island is located about one hour by air from Miami and Key West. Seaplanes will pickup guests just about anywhere in the state of Florida and transfer them over to the resort. You can also opt to drive to Little Torch Key, and hop on the resort’s yacht over to Little Palm Key. As the saying goes “getting there is half the adventure,” and this resort certainly fits the bill. For more information: littlepalmisland.com


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Scottsdale’s all season Four Seasons Resort at Troon North By Norah Bradford

cottsdale, Arizona offers an alternative, great respite form the bitter winters of recent years to hit the United States. The kind climatic conditions in the winter coupled with the golf, spa and increasing dining scenes make a visit a change from the often more familiar visit to Florida. In terms of hotels, there are many though few which offer an all-round mix of quality in terms of accommodation, dining, spa and golf. The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North should be right at the top of your list for four reasons – one for each season of the year; Accommodation: The resort has some 210 guest rooms including some 22 luxury suites and some 25 adobe casitas. All the luxury suites have experienced recent renovation and amongst the features include new rugs, upholstery, sleeper sofas and the new “Signature Sleep by Four Seasons” customized bed offering an even more restful night. Dining: Three restaurants – Talavera, Proof and Seguaro Blossom plus the Onyx Bar & Lounge can cater to just about

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every authentic taste of local and classic cuisine. Talavera offers a unique perspective on the Steakhouse with prime cuts from local purveyors. Proof offers a continent-wide road trip in just one location offering classic American diner cuisine. Saguaro Blossom specializes in light poolside fare - try their seafood cobb salad. Onyx Bar & Lounge offers drinks and small plates against the backdrop of the colouful palette of the Sonoran sunset behind Pinnacle Peak.

Spa: By the numbers – 14 treatment rooms, 10 different types of massage, no less than eight combinations of facials, 5 signature treatments. Ladies – why not try the Pinnacle facial. A decadent experience indulging both the face and the body. An intensely stimulating facial that uses the anti-inflammatory properties of gold brings radiance to the complexion, while the body is treated to a gold-infused sugar scrub and shimmer oil. For Gentlemen the Golfer’s massage - a unique therapeutic massage using warmed golf balls and stretching techniques to knead tight muscles and ease golf-related stiffness. Golf: Troon North manage a spectacular desert golfing experience with two, eighteen hole courses – Pinnacle and Monument. The upkeep of the course is first class and the club facilities, not to mention the staff are outstanding. Best of all – the course is a few minutes from your hotel room. For more information: fourseasons.com/scottsdale


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Culina Modern Italian Celebrates 5Th Anniversary Four Seasons long By Norah Bradford

estled within the iconic Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills hotel is a reclusive star whose fan base continues to grow and for whom time has seen a continual improvement. This is not an actor or actress but rather the restaurant Culina, Modern Italian which is celebrating this year its fifth anniversary. A hotel with the reputation for attracting mega-watt superstars regularly at which is informally known as the headquarters for the Awards season, requires an equally captivating dining establishment which Culina, Modern Italian delivers. Under Executive chef Mette Williams, winner of the television competition Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell on Food Network, her team continually craft exquisite dishes focused on the culinary stage where classic and modern Italian cuisine meet. Boasting LA’s only crudo bar, Culina Modern Italian has garnered

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a series of well-deserved accolades from food and wine publications Zagat & Wine Enthusiast to its entertainment vibe courtesy of Equire & The Hollywood Reporter. The restaurant space has both an indoor as

well as an outdoor space, the latter boasts dining in the midst of a mediterranean garden. The interior design emphasizes warmth, intimacy and chic lines of furnishing coupled with interesting materials which blend invisibly into the background though are always present. Culina Modern Italian maintains service throughout the day with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menus. One of the recent additions to the menu, in keeping with the focus on fresh local ingredients is SQUEEZED – a menu of some 20 fruits and vegetables which can be turned into a juice drink to enjoy with, or as breakfast alone. For dinner try the signature Lombatina Capricciosa (or breaded veal chop). This delicious entree is coated with ciabatta crumbs and lightly crisped, then finsihed with a simple salad of tomatoes, wild arugula, vinaigrette and Parmigiano Reggiano. For more information: culinarestaurant.com fourseasons.com/losangeles



The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester offers guests a taste of two worlds By Norah Bradford

ust about every journey within New York by taxicab or subway takes at least half an hour. Situated only 30 minutes from New York City is a five star luxury hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, which is among the top-50 wealthiest counties in the United States. A stay at this establishment offers you easy access to the metropolis to the south or alternatively turn north into the gentrified Hudson Valley and follow some of the historical trails, antiquing and the spectacular scenery. Alternatively you can point yourself North-Westwards to the hipster communities rehabilitating the Catskill Mountains, Woodstock, the Upper Delaware Water Gap and Bethel Woods. Some 146 guest rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, include 38 suites of three different kinds. Dining options include an award-winning BLT Steak on property and lighter fare served in The Lounge. In addition, in-room dining is an experience to be treasured as Chef Kennardo Holder oversees the quality and consistency of the dining experience at The Ritz Carlton, Westchester with considerable aplomb. He began his career in 2000 at The Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall Golf & Spa in Jamaica as Chef De Partie then The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel

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as a Sous Chef, The Abaco Club, a RitzCarlton managed club in The Bahamas as Chef De Cuisine. Holder is a member of the American Culinary Federation, the Bahrain Red Crescent and the Chef Congress of America. He received Middle East Magazine’s “True Human Asset” award in 2005. With his many years of experience and his unparalleled talent, he is sure to bring only the finest cuisine and beautifully executed culinary masterpieces to The RitzCarlton, Westchester. A 10,000 square foot spa complex, the largest currently in Westchester County offers an amazing array of treatments in state-of-the-art facilities. Some eleven treatment rooms including a couple’s suite, and healing hydrotherapy facilities highlighted by a Vichy rain room and an opulent Japanese soaking tub. The expansive complex also features a rooftop indoor swimming pool with skyline views of the town and southwards towards Manhattan. The spa facilities are open not just to guests, but anyone appreciative of high quality relaxation. If too busy to stay, why not try a one-day spa experience? For more information: ritzcarlton.com/en/ Properties/Westchester



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Corinthia’s Cornucopia A

new world was about to begin as a millennium came to a close. A dareto-dream generation of young cosmopolitans anticipated great change. Having been born into relatively multicultural societies – ones wherein paradigm shifts in both science and lifestyle were occurring on a near daily basis – many hankered for sociopolitical reform. It was assumed that an all out artistic renaissance awaited society; while enormous cultural changes were just around the corner. Of course, ‘the corner’ being alluded to in this case was not the year 2000 but 1898; likewise, the Millennials in question are not Generation Y but the former residents of the great city of Budapest who eagerly anticipated the 1000th anniversary of the Hungarian nation. As a recent member of the formidable Austro-Hungarian Empire, Hungary’s capital was set to host the most mas-

By Rory Winston

sive expo ever seen – one slated to include the first electrified underground metro on the entire European Continent, dazzling technological wonders, hitherto unseen illuminated fountains, a newly constructed bridge, two major museums – one for applied arts, the other a majestic Hall for fine Art – as well as

the first large scaled luxury hotel on the most impressive avenue of the inner city. Located on the ever-burgeoning Grand Boulevard, the Grand Hotel Royal boasted its very own post office, bank, hairdresser, ticket office, two highly distinct gourmet restaurants, a café, confectionary and private dining rooms. As over 5,800,000 people flocked to Budapest to attend the millennial celebrations, the posh hotel that today goes under the moniker of Corinthia Hotel Budapest became an instant hit with both the international cognoscenti as well as the local gentry and royals. By 1903, guests of the hotel were given direct access to one of Budapest’s most opulent spas. Christened nearly a full decade before the hotel was established, this hidden gem of lattice-like inlays embellished in gold evoked the monarchy in both tone and

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exclusivity. With a majestic blue swimming pool coursing through the hidden chamber like an artery, and Jacuzzis, steam baths, saunas and treatment rooms punctuating each corner, the Spa is a brilliant addition to the cornucopia of comfort that is Corinthia. The renowned 5 star luxury hotel - recipient of the World Travel Award, Condé Nast award, the Traveler’s choice award for Top Hotel and Romance category - is far more than a sentimental paean to a lost era. Beyond her French Renaissance façade, the Belle Époque masterpiece elicits a singular sensibility - one born of an unapologetic time where shameless ambition, flamboyance and sheer hopefulness reigned. It was a generation that stared through the future’s window and saw a 1900 unfettered by illness, oppression and want. Theirs was a zeitgeist that could never have imagined the destruction that two world wars would soon engender. Although the more recent multimillion-dollar restoration revives the past with recherché furnishings, fine tapestries, rich décor, and ornate asides, it is the hotel’s approach to lifestyle and ambience that resuscitates

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the grandeur of the prewar era. Sipping an ever expanding range of Hungarian sparkling wines, I was amazed by just how finely developed regional vineyards there were when compared to even the finest in authentic Champagnes. More than that, there was a level of generosity I felt surpassed all luxury counterparts world over. It was almost as if success hinged upon patrons being able to lose themselves in hedonistic rapture. Such lack of consideration to time and expense was especially rare in a venue where there were no incurred costs beyond the stay.

At Corinthia’s executive lounge not only did the wine flow freely at all hours of the day but the insouciance was contagious. Light lunches, gourmet tidbits, canapés, and tapas-like specialties… all freely available whenever the fancy should strike. With wines, beers, aged whiskeys, cognacs, liquors and even cocktails all on the house, the Corinthia feels less like a hotel than a stay at your very own palace. Reinterpreting Art Nouveau within a contemporary context, the suites and rooms eschew faux historicity in favor of emotional accuracy. After all, those who first stayed at the hotel in the early 1900’s were not embarking upon a nostalgic trip down ‘national memory lane’, but taking the most lavish and contemporary vacation of their lives. With state-of-the-art amenities, newly implanted timber floors and mirrored walls, 24-inch LCD, personalized temperature control, heated bathroom floors, massage level showers and baths, a Nespresso coffee maker in each room as well as custom designed trappings with expansive beds and emotive lighting, each spacious suite is a portal into a parallel universe. As a timeless centerpiece to


the bustling city that surrounds her, Corinthia has played host to generations of geniuses. From Bela Bartok to Josefin Baker to Ella Fitzgerald, Jehudi Menuhin and Andrew Lloyd Weber… many greats have traversed her palatial courtyard. While more recent guests included Sean Connery, Isabella Rossellini, Catherine Deneuve, and Jose Carreras, it is not hard to imagine just how much this property influenced those like Wes Anderson whose film Grand Budapest Hotel overtly mimicked Corinthia’s chocolate box aesthetics. The hotel’s historical ties with film dated back to the very inception of cinema. Shortly after presenting their invention in Paris, it was here that the Lumière brothers screened their work to a foreign audience for the first time. Years later, the hotel would convert an area of the ballroom into the Apollo theater (in later Soviet times, Red Star Theater) – one of the most important film houses in a country whose commitment to cinema furnished Hollywood with everything from studio executives to academy awarded directors, cinematographers and actors.

By way of illustrating Corinthia’s regal past, imagine a hotel whose history includes a Poet in Residence. That the nationally celebrated Ady Endre lived in Corinthia for months on end, free of charge, is a testament to the values of this institution. In an attempt to keep such tradition in tact, the Corinthia has Royal Residencies for longterm guests who desire fully equipped kitchens and homelike conveniences. Walking through the Grand Ballroom with its Italian limestone, Spanish marble, South African carpets and Slovakian

furniture, one is quickly reminded that Hungary had once been an expansive kingdom whose bounty flowed into its capital. Sitting under the transparent soaring ceilings of the Atrium, I indulge in a final champagne breakfast. With fine cheeses, fruits, smoked fishes and warm dishes around me, I realize the poet Ady was right after all: “We are never on time with success, our dreams, our heaven, our embrace. We are the men who are always late”. Perhaps the twentieth century – the one imagined by those living in 1896 – would only now be arriving. Late…? Certainly; but, at least, it would arrive with all its grandeur and glory in tact… It would arrive as we had initially dreamt it: warm, ambitious, and – like Corinthia - with its head forever in the clouds. Corinthia was the true Millennial – the one born hundreds of years too soon. For more information: corinthia.com

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DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS DEAD SEA RESORTS By Janis Turk S educing travelers with tingling waters and salt-encrusted cliffs like clear rock candy, the Dead Sea has long beckoned vagabonds, Bedouins, Crusaders and kings— and even mere Everyman travelers like me.

Along the highway that cuts through the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea emerges as a welcome mirage—a cerulean oasis in a brittle, parchment-paper-colored wilderness. Bordered by the bleak desert mountains and pale valleys of Palestine, Israel and Jordan, the world’s deepest hypersaline lake is legendary in size and story. Lying 430 meters below sea level, and reaching a depth of 701 meters, the “Salt Sea” rests close to the ancient cities of Jerusalem and Amman and not far from the lost horizon of legendary Petra and wind-swept Arabian Deserts. For happy wanderers like me, the Dead Sea’s allure is not just the sweet sting of salt on my skin or some sexy sunbathing scene; and it’s not the water’s oft-lauded health and beauty benefits, either.

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Rather it is the tony resort hotels that spoon its salty banks and its close proximity to the ancient treasures of art, history and culture that lures me to the lowest place on the planet.

Float Like a Butterfly

The Dead Sea contains the highest salt concentration of any other body of water, so swimmers float effortlessly in a seated or standing position, enabling them to read a newspaper without getting it wet. That makes a fun In-

stagram photo, but even more fun are the posh pool and spa areas of the local resorts on both the Jordanian and the Israeli sides. With lush gardens, tented cabanas and posh outdoor lounge spaces, infinity-edge pools that blend into the blue horizon, outdoor fire pits, intimate spa tubs under the stars, private beaches and shady al fresco dining spots, hotels at the Dead Sea are luxurious retreats. For the first day or two I explore the resorts, but after enjoying a Dead Sea mud scrub and a dip in the salty waters, I feel relaxed, prune-like and pretty—ready to explore the secrets of Jordan and Israel beyond these briny banks. I like to think of the Dead Sea as my own discovery, but of course it’s been a spa playground for kings and commoners since the beginning of time. Even Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have stayed here.

Biblical proportions

In Old Testament days, King David hid from his enemies in caves near the Dead Sea. More than 900 years later,


King Herod the Great built a palace and fortress overlooking the western shore on Mount Masada. Today the ruins of Herod’s reign are not only a popular tourist attraction with a museum at its base and cable car to the top, but such vestiges of history also the setting for a 7,5000-stadium seat amphitheater where the Israeli Opera Festival hosts performances each summer. Next year’s festival (June 2015) toasts “Tosca” and “Carmina Burana.” With Masada as a dramatic backdrop, it’s as though the ghosts of two millenniums join in a spectral chorus. Twice weekly, April through October, the amphitheater also offers a nighttime light show that brings to life the history of Masada. Ninety miles from Masada, the ancient walled city of Jerusalem sprawls, a marketplace of myriad wonders—its gilded Dome of the Rock gleaming in the sun and stone streets teaming with rivalling cultures, histories and commerce. There, on summer evenings, the story of Jerusalem also unfolds in a colossal sound and light multi-media “Night Spectacular” at the Citadel at the Tower of David.

illuminated by 1,500 candles on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays nights each summer—and it’s just as spectacular by day. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985, Petra, is one of the world’s most famous historic archeological sites, an architecturally astounding city of towering edifices hewn into cliffs. Dating early as 312 BCE, today it is Jordan’s most-visited tourist attraction and rates among the top 7 Man-Made Wonders-of-theWorld.

Caravan

South of Petra, the Wadi Rum area was the setting of the adventures of T. E. “Lawrence of Arabia” and is still home Bedouin encamp-

ments where travelers can ride camels and sleep in tents. Set far off road on the way to the Red Sea city of Aqaba is the Feynan Eco Lodge, an idyllic “green” candle-lit lodge resting in the antediluvian deserts of the Wadi Feynan valley. About a 45-minute drive from the Dead Sea resorts, travelers also enjoy the Evason Ma’in Hot Springs resort: an oasis of waterfalls and steaming hot springs. Ancient Roman ruins litter the yellow-flower-dotted fields of Jeresh near Amman. Throughout the region, shops, galleries, churches and museums showcase the intricate mosaics and colorful hand-thrown pottery of local artisans.

Drop-Dead Sea Beauty

With the Arabian nights magic of moon-scape-like deserts, it’s no wonder travelers love this area. Yes, the hot, shadows-less lands surrounding the Dead Sea have the savage beauty of a big chalky gravel pit; but, in their midst, raw splendor emerges. There, sapphire waters glisten like a gemstone found half-buried in the sand—a reminder that, even in lowly places, something astonishing may appear.

Petra by Night

Across the Dead Sea in Jordan, the ancient rose-colored sandstone ruins of ancient Petra are

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Montenegro’s Heaven on Earth M

ontenegro has rapidly emerged as the Adriatic playground for the mega-rich, rivaling the nearby hot spots in the Côte d’Azur and the Costa Smeralda which have hosted international billionaires and jetsetters for decades. Seeking respite from their usual destinations which have now become less a novelty, Montenegro offers a change of scenery and unspoiled beauty. Positioned to become the next Monaco, the Porto Montenegro, which was once headquarters for the Austro-Hungarian Imperial Navy, has been transformed into a luxury yacht marina complex and waterfront development including posh private membership clubs, nightclub and lounges, fine restaurants, a museum, and five-star hotels catering to the elite. The first hotel to venture onto the scene was the Regent

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By Jennifer Pelaez

Porto Montenegro, which has been dazzling its guests since its opening in August 2014. Located on the palm-lined shores of Boka Bay,

in the picturesque town of Tivat, the Regent Porto Montenegro boasts expansive views of the sea that contrast with the towering mountains framing it. Charming nearby city streets, palaces and squares, all built in grey limestone from the adjacent mountains set the stage for this five-story, terracotta roof hotel. Sophisticated yet stylish, the Regent artfully preserves the historic character and best of the past with that of modernity. Designed to reflect the area’s rich history and culture, the Regent successfully draws inspiration from the Venetian Renaissance Masters and the local architecture. Upon entering the impressive central double-height atrium, you are greeted by graceful warm interiors accented with wood furniture and vibrant striped textiles. The elegant yet


contemporary style carries over into the living spaces, 51 rooms and 35 suites and residences, all commanding similarly impressive views of the bay or mountains. Paying homage to its nautical heritage, Paris-based interior designer Tino Zervudachi captures the essence of luxury yachting with sleek yet comfortable rooms evoking life at sea. All rooms feature modern amenities like flat screen TV’s, Wi-Fi, spacious bathrooms with deep tubs, king-sized beds, and a furnished balcony or terrace. The grounds are just as pleasing with plenty to do to unwind during the day. Stroll through the lush gardens, courtyards, and the unique submergible stone catwalk within a water garden, which connects the hotel to its own gorgeous private island. Take a plunge in one of the two pools, an indoor and an infinity-edge outdoor pool that connect in the summer, or book a spa treatment to refresh and reinvigorate the mind and body. After your holistic pampering, decompress in the relaxation room, followed by a heavenly

dip in the hammam. The Regent is perfectly situated, allowing guests the option to enjoy leisurely downtime or walks along the marina village to discover all its offerings, from tennis to elegant lunching and shopping, to an overview of Montenegro’s maritime traditions at the Naval Heritage Collection. For more sightseeing and exploration of the region, book a full-day tour, starting with a drive to nearby Cetinje, followed by a boat ride to the small delight-

ful village of Virpazar. Wine enthusiasts must stop by the Kopitovic cellar door to purchase some of Montenegro’s best wines. For a more extensive sampling of fine cocktails and liquors, head to the Library Bar which offers a menu filled with some of the world’s finest cognacs and whiskies, an ideal spot for splendid sunset-watching. In the evening reserve at table at the Dining Room, the Regent’s main restaurant featuring elegant yet simple gastronomic wonders from Executive Chef Jusman So. His creations are prepared utilizing the best local ingredients and include such dishes like lobster au gratin with zucchini mille feuille, and wagyu beef carpaccio with olive oil pudding and black truffle mignonette. With its situation in the Adriatic sea Montenegro offers the best of what the Mediterranean is known forfine living, exquisite wines and tantalizing gastronomic fare. For more information: regenthotels.com/EN/ Porto-Montenegro

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Kempinski’s Crowning Touch O

verwhelmed, blown away, smitten:’ each an ordinary superlative and each - just as verily - implying a form of marvelous defeat. Whether overcome by an awesome spectacle, captivated by a seductive melody, knocked out by a ‘breathtaking’ meal or held in the throes of a rapture that ends in la petite mort, the recurring theme is one of ecstasy by way of submission. Historically speaking, this makes sense. After all, countries such as Hungary had been occupied many times over and each time around, they benefitted culturally. Celts, Mongols, Romans, Ottoman Turks, the Hapsburg Empire… they all had invaded her lands. In return, Hungary inherited: bathhouses, viticulture, Viennese pastry, spires, and a host of influences that catalyzed dynamic changes in music and cuisine. While the hordes that had once conquered the Magyars have disappeared into the annals of history, the Hungarians have managed to retain cultural elements from each. ‘Pity the victor for it is the vanquished that has inher-

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By Rory Winston

ited the best of both worlds:’ It is the art of incorporation, juxtaposition and adaptation that is responsible for Budapest’s most auspicious creations. Nowhere is this ability to both maximize as well as harmonize conflicting traditions more evident than in the luxurious Kempinski Hotel, Corvinus. Entering Budapest’s Kempinski Hotel is like walking onto a lavish proscenium created for a György Ligeti opera. Though historical ref-

erences to the Belle Époque are inherent in the composition, the overall theme elicits a parallel universe – one wherein things have a natural tendency to fall upwards. With soaring ceilings reaching for the sky, stately brown stone rising against a glimmering Crystalux wall, an expansive ascending metal balustrade, and columns like ovoid shells stretching towards some unseen gravitational center overhead, the sensibility is one of Art Nouveau-meets-contemporary weightlessness. This idea of elegant ascension is translated into everything from design to cuisine. Ensconced within the city’s most exclusive fashion and gastronomy oriented district, the Kempinski is a bastion for several colliding realms: Váci Utca’s elegant ChampsÉlysées-like promenade, the panoramic strand running alongside the Danube with its view of castle-topped hills, the bustling Bohemian Jewish Quarter and the Neo-Gothic realm of the parliament and its surrounding area. Highlighting this decadent dualism, the hotel’s ground floor restaurant named, ap-


propriately enough, És Bisztró – És meaning ‘and’ or ‘as well as.’ Judging from the endless battery of sumptuous choices, it‘s clear that the French inspired brasserie lives up to its moniker. Its cuisine is both Hungarian and Viennese; the ingredients local, the approach international; the milieu casual, the variety resplendent; the service personal, the mood haunting. In short, the brasserie-cum-bistropub-wine bar is Austro-Hungarian tradition presented in the form of a 21st century remix. It is a venue perfectly up to the task of hosting the hotel’s complimentary breakfasts – a place where both discerning locals and savvy hotel guests can be equally astonished. Helmed by former BMX champion Norbert Körösi, És is a balancing act between showmanship and content, reasonable pricing and high standards, down-to-earth fare and razzle dazzle. Of course, dazzle is something the hotel has mastered on many levels. With the finest corporate collection of Modern Hungarian art anywhere, it’s easy to get lost among the glass mosaics and fine fabrics. The hotel is a world of beige offset by turquoise and punctuated in silver. Each room and suite is adorned in New Empire style and includes all the state-ofthe-art amenities of a Five Star Hotel. With spacious rooms, king sized beds, individually controlled air-conditioning, LCD TV’s, DVD players and

large bathrooms with heated floors, separate bathtubs and showers, Kempinski makes it easy to look out over the city’s fairytale landscape and feel as if all of it had been written especially for you.

only Nobu restaurant in all of Central Europe. With 326 rooms and 33 suites, it makes sense that Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa shoes Kempinski as the perfect place in which to expand his dynasty.

From the spectacular view it’s on to the fitness club - with its fully equipped elliptical trainers, treadmills, recumbent bikes and cutting edge machines – before winding down at the Spa. Whether its bubble baths, steam baths, Finnish saunas or specialized massages and Elemental Herbology treatments you’re looking for, Kempinski won’t disappoint.

With theme suites that include everything from Herend porcelain to Queen Erzsébet, the hotel is a journey through Hungary’s past as much as it is a symbol of its ambitious future. Though it’s rare to take special positive notice of staff at a massive hotel, Kempinski’s crew was yet another example of ‘És:’ attentive and inconspicuous, convivial and unobtrusive. They were as ready to entertain with a humorous anecdote as leave you to your own devices. In short, they possessed all the charm of the city itself. Overwhelmed, blown away… call it what you will. Staying at Kempinski allows one to inherit several centuries’ worth of tradition with all the ease of a monarch and all the pageantry of a coronation.

Although the entire neighborhood is crawling with some of the best restaurants imaginable, it is Budapest’s Kempinski which boasts the

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Experience the new Kona Kai L

ocated on Shelter Island in San Diego, California, Kona Kai Resort and Marina is a unique way to experience San Diego. The property acquired in 2013 and newly renovated by Noble house capped at $22 million. The transformed 129-room cozy two-story mission style hotel sits right on the bay across from houses on the hills of Point Loma and is a quick 10-minute ride from the airport. Escape the cold weather of New York City to wake up each morning to the view of a sea of sailboats and encounter seals sunbathing on the far docks of the marina. The recently renovated property provides a private bay beach (the only one in San Diego), luxury spa, upscale

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By Mary Pfeifer

restaurant, bars, flexible meeting and event space for elegant banquets, themed parties, weddings, and more.

Couples can have a destination wedding on the Bay outside or in the ballroom. It is fun and relaxation all rolled into one place. Among the resorts Amenities include: • Spa Terre and fitness center • World-class Dining at the Vessel, private dining room, Bars & Lounges, Spacious Pool cozy cabanas • All Rooms have a Private Balcony or Terrace Activities: Stand up paddle board (SUP), Sailing, Kayaking-- all by the yachts in the marina The Vessel, Kona Kai’s upscale waterfront Restaurant, is a blend of elegant contemporary décor with a moon lit


backdrop of boats seen from the large glass windows. Relax with live music out on the patio overlooking the docks. Some favorite signature dishes include: Spicy tuna tacos, Diver scallops with ratatouille Enjoy a glass of wine poured from one of the most unique wine decanters made from hand blown glass standing almost 2 feet high. Take a day excursion to enjoy all that San Diego has to offer: Dan Diego Zoo, Take a tour on the USS Midway Air Craft carrier museum. Book a beer tasting at Mission Brewery. In 2007, the owner re-established the brand and relocated the manufacturing and tasting room to Downtown San Diego in the Historic Wonder Bread Building in the East Village. It is considered one of the best craft breweries in San Diego County. The casual friendly staff shared their beer knowledge well.

treatment rooms, two manicure stations, three “pedicure thrones” and a “Zen Den” relaxation room -- is the latest of several changes and additions made to the nearly 60-yearold property. Indulge your mind, body and soul. Choose from exotic Indonesian, Fijian, or Thai spa experiences and rituals that are custom-designed to replace stress and tension with the feeling of utter relaxation and

renewal. More than just another hotel spa in San Diego, at Spa Terre, nurture your body and spirit with a massage on the exclusive heated ‘alpha-quartz sand bed’. Discover the healing power of warm sand to alleviate pain and promote health. On our last day of our stay we went on a sunset sail on ‘Stars and Stripes’, a 78- foot past winner of the Americas Cup. The crew of 6 men and one woman was very friendly and clearly enjoyed teaching us. We got to help steer the boat and raise the sails. We passed seals sleeping on the buoys. After the dinner we ended our trip on the beach sitting around the fire pit roasting s’mores. I look forward to a return trip to Kona Kai after the renovations are complete. For more information: resortkonakai.com

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ohegan Sun is known for its casinos, dining, shopping, and most of all, hospitality. Take a stop by Casino of the Earth, Casino of the Sky, and Casino of the Wind to experience over 5,000 slot machines and over 300 games such as, Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. And Poker. Nightlife attractions are offered at a number of facilities including the Mohegan Sun Arena, The Cabaret Theatre, and Wolf Den. You may fancy yourself a trip to the Elemis Spa or if you’re feeling active, perhaps a few games at the Mohegan Sun golf courses will do the trick. The property hosted the 12th annual Sun WineFest in Connecticut from January 23rd to the 25th. WineFest has become a popular fixture over

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the years, and one that many look forward to attending. Each year wine and beer enthusiasts, along with food fanatics gather to cel-

ebrate in selecting from over 1,000 brands and enjoy tastings, as well as sample featured dishes from highly rated restaurants and this year was no different. There’s a package offered called “Grain and Grape,” which comprises of multiple perks including tickets to Friday night’s Bourbon event and Saturday’s Grand Tasting. Last month, guests flocked to snowy Connecticut to take part in the festive weekend. Activities kicked off at 6 p.m. with Friday night’s Bourbon event at the Convention Center and Uncas Ballroom. Attendees were presented a variety of fine bourbons from Jim Beam to couple with gourmet selections. Cigars were available at Cigar of the Gods, and were to be enjoyed in the designated smoking space. Spin Street


sold cookbooks written by Sun Winefest’s celebrity chefs and hosted various book signings throughout the weekend. Saturday’s Winefest Grand Tasting was a sold out occasion. Situated on the Main Culinary Stage, celebrity chefs set up cooking demonstrations for their audience. Featured chefs included second season winner of The Next Iron Chef, Jose Garces, Todd English of television cooking show Food Trip with Todd English, Michele Ragussis, who prepared a scallop, corn, and prosciutto dish, Bar Rescue’s Brian Duffy, Chris Coombs of dbar in Boston, and winner of Food Network’s Extreme Chefs Terry French. The Elite Cru Tasting took place next, with two different sessions, one from noon tvo 2:00 p.m. and the other from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This tasting was designed for Sun Winefest attendees to discover the “best-of-the-best vintages” and to meet the winemakers behind them. Presented in the cozy setting of the Cabaret Theatre, the Elite Cru Tasting also highlighted a raw bar hosted by Georges Bank presenting their South Bay Blonde

Oysters, shrimp from Mazzetta Company, an appetizer from Vermont Creamery and specialty cheeses from igourmet.com. To guests, igourmet.com gifted $50 certificates for their website. The prime event happened from 8:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. Celebrity Chef Dine Around featured celebrity chefs preparing their best dishes at cooking stations. Guests were encouraged to watch, sample food, and pair each dish with

a premium wine or beer. Sunday’s activities concluded the food-andbooze-filled weekend with a final Sun Winefest Grand Tasting. Mirroring Saturday’s event of the same name, guests were offered to sample over 1,000 wines and beer. Celebrity chefs presented demonstrations. Featured chefs included Betty Fraser of Top Chef: Los Angeles and Manouschka Guerrier of Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell’s Kevin Des Chenes, Georges Mokbel who penned the book Everyday to Gourmet, owner of Catalyst Restaurant in Michigan William Kovel, and Sandy Squillante. Overall, the 12th annual Sun WineFest was a tremendous success and Mohegan Sun served as a scenic backdrop to such a phenomenal occasion. Make sure to schedule this event into your social calendars for January 2016. For more information: mohegansun.com

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Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro & Wine Bar under New Ownership By W. A. Muller eteran Restauranteur Sarid Drory breathes new life into legendary restaurant with plans to introduce new menu items, online cheese store, and sidewalk café Renowned French bistro and wine bar Artisanal Fromagerie – located on Park Avenue in Murray Hill - is now under the direction of veteran restauranteur Sarid Drory, one of the original owners of The Waverly Inn and The Cub Room. He has unveiled plans to take the restaurant in a more upscale direction, with an expanded wine and cheese list, a chef’s table in a private room named “The Cheese Cave” and exciting new menu items such as a Fondue Burger with Artisanal’s famous three-cheese fondue. For over 14 years, Artisanal Fromagerie has served up playful twists to classic French brasserie dishes, with a particular emphasis an outstanding array of artisanal cheese and wine. “We are excited to build off Artisanal’s excellent reputation and head into a new exciting phase,” says Drory, who took over previous owner Terrance Brennan six months ago. “Our regular customers will be pleased to know we aren’t touching menu favorites like our signature French onion soup, beef tartare which is considered one of the best in New York City, and our macaroni and cheese which was featured as Time Out’s Best, but they will see some amazing new

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menu additions and new creative cocktails.” The new 12oz Artisanal House Beef Fondue Burger served with Artisanal fondue and specialty sauce is melt-in-your-mouth delicious and the Lobster Roll with butter brioche, fresh leaves and fries is a welcome addition to the lunch and brunch menu which features five types of fish, five types of burgers, seven types of macaroni and cheese and four sandwiches. The Dover Sole Meuniere with crushed fingerling potatoes and spinach, which was previously only available as a special on Wednesday’s, has now become a menu fixture. These new additions join a host of masterful bistro classics and a daily ‘plat du jour’. Artisanal’s highly-skilled mixologist Carlos de Vazquez, who uses a large range of creative seasonal ingredients that supplement the menu, says one of the most popular new cocktails is the Raspberry Mint Julep, which has bourbon

whiskey, fresh raspberry juice, Amaro Ramazzotti, mint and freshly squeezed lime juice. Since taking the helm, Sarid Drory has expanded Artisanal’s already-generous wine list, which now boasts 600 bottles and 80 wines by the glass, as well as the bar menu which now includes 79 high-end scotches, 50 tequilas, 75 vodkas, 45 bourbons, 45 gins, and six sakes to pair with a variety of cheeses. Artisanal’s knowledgeable staff and head fromager, Charles Mahal, can point out perfect wine pairing for one of the 250 soft and hard artisanal cheeses on offer. A chef’s table in the walk-in “cheese cave”, a temperature and humiditycontrolled room where a number of the world’s finest artisanally-made cheeses are aged to optimum ripeness and peak flavor, seats eight people for an exclusive six course tasting menu. Drory says there will soon be a separate late night menu added and live jazz music every Sunday during brunch. He says interior renovations under the direction of original architect Adam Tihany, will revamp the expansive 160-seat restaurant ahead of a grand reopening in September, 2015. Artisanal 2 Park Avenue New York, NY 10014 212.725.8585 artisanalbistro.com


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Named after a bright blue berry, which is known for its piney flavor and use in flavoring gin, Juniper has a stylish color palate of teals, greys, and bursts of orange. Large, custom-designed lamps hang from the hand-painted patterned ceiling, adding texture and decoration to the room, and beams made from reclaimed wood bring an earthy vibe to the space. Approachable and decidedly unpretentious, the hive of activity at Juniper can be seen through large front windows which draws in passersby’s and will become alfresco from spring. All-day light spills over the attractive front space, with vintage hightop bar stools and small tables provide for casual dining. The main bar area, featuring a deluxe 48ft stone “smart bar” with USB charging stations for cell phones and tablets, is situated beside a dancefloor and elevated DJ booth, which leads through to a 30-seat dining room lending itself to a more intimate environment. With large TV screens providing unobstructed views, Juniper is a sophisticated place to gamewatch with friends. Downstairs, Juniper’s chic entertainment space offers the option to fully customize both food and beverage packages to ensure guests are presented with a unique and exciting event. The space has been cleverly designed with black banquettes, mirrors reflecting marble top

cocktail tables and white chandeliers, giving it a low-key, sexy lounge vibe. Juniper boasts a generous menu of delicious wraps, sandwiches and gourmet burgers that go perfectly with one of their numerous draft and bottle beer offerings or a selection from their wine bar. The Lobster Club with thin cut Applewood smoked bacon and lemon aioli is quite simply delectable, and the Burger Menu features specialties like the spicy Fire Breathing Burger and the Thai Style with avocado, papaya, watercress, spicy chili glaze, and goat cheese ginger mayo. Other items on the menu are Mexicanmeets-Bistro, tapas style appetizers. You’ll find fresh Maine Lobster Tacos, Cheese Steak Spring Rolls with aged provolone, and for the more health conscious there are lighter options including Edamame Hummus or Kale Artichoke Dip served with oregano pita chips. On the Entrée list you’ll find supremely well-executed classics such as the Filet of Salmon wrapped with thin cut potatoes, wood sorrel, and balsamic gastrique, or Bourbon Steak with 14 oz N.Y. Strip, sweet potato mash and bourbon jus. Juniper Bar 237 West 35th Street New York, NY 10001 212.967.2511 juniperbarnyc.com



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hile the concept of the Japanese Izakaya seems to be the latest trend in the culinary front, Bara is the middle ground between East and West combining the creativity and casualness of a Japanese Izakaya with the romantic flair of a Parisian wine bar. As New York City is known as the world’s greatest melting pot, Bara is a prime example of the success of fusing the best of multiple cultures. Housed in a gem of a space, the ambient lighting offers a cozy hue against the exposed brick walls and open air bar. Executive Chef and native New Yorker Ian Alvarez has had a multi sensorial and multi cultural culinary experience spending time in the kitchen at Spuntino, Momofuku, and French Louie where all of his experiences are culminated at Bara with an inventive and creative flair to favorite dishes. Start with the mackerel tataki, lightly dressed napa cabbage salad, sweet crab chawanmushi or steamed manila clams in enoki broth. Specialties of the house include the grilled flat iron steak with bok choy and bara Worcestershire,

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tea smoked duck breast, juicy fried chicken with 3 sauces, roasted black bass with garlic ginger tare and spicy cucumbers, and buckwheat noodle with oxtail and prawn. Exotic libations span the best of both worlds with a creative bespoke cocktail program that

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estled on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Downing Street in West Village, Café Clover specializes in delicious, healthoriented meals with affordable prices. A creation from the minds of partners David Rabin, previously of The Lambs Club, Kyle Hotchkiss Carone, and executive chef David Standridge, this state of the art café opened its doors last month and has become quite a hit amongst the New York dining circuit. Café Clover is a 70-seat restaurant with a spacious, triangular dining room. Described as casual elegance, this West Village café was designed by Steven Gambrel with a whiteand-blue color scheme. Using plaster casts from artists’ works, such as Alberto Giacometti and Max Ernst, created light fixtures to contrast antique mirrors lining the walls. The health-inspired menu is a combined effort between Standridge and consultant Mike Roussell, PhD and Director of Nutrition at Peak Performance. Roussell provided insight into crafting Standridge’s usual heavy dinners into lighter portioned options that still capture the appetizing taste that diners desire. With their expertise, Standridge and Roussell unfold a menu that satisfies cravings in

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a healthy manner. One such example of the changes made to typical restaurant dishes, is the use of coconut oil in place of butter in the roast Nova Scotia lobster meal. This minor difference highlights delightful flavor without the unnecessary extra calories. Several notable appetizers include a sweet gem wedge with chia seeds, shaved roots and fine herbs, the Octopus a la Plancha with cauliflower, new potatoes and chili, and the Market Crudité bowl with green goddess, smoked vinegar, and sesame ranch dressings.

The mouth-watering main course dishes are masterpieces of Standridge, such as the Organic Scottish Salmon with spaghetti squash, turnip greens, and black trumpet, as well as a beef lover’s dream, the Local Pasture-Raised Striploin with Brussel’s sprouts and olive oil potato puree. For vegetarians, the Cauliflower “Steak” with romesco and vegetable chutney is a popular choice. Not only does the eatery serve impeccable cuisine, Café Clover also offers an full bar under the reins of bartender Johnny Swet, previously of The Skylark and Jimmy. One of Swet’s specialties is the Gold Rush, mixing Bullbeit bourbon, clover honey, and lemon. Swet’s drinks have a strong taste, but nutritional value is also considered, going along with Rabin’s overall vision of clean eating. Reflected through the restaurant’s dedication in delivering an extraordinary experience for each guest, Café Clover’s atmosphere is inviting to those who seek healthier dining options. Cafe Clover 10 Downing Street NY, NY 10014 212.675.4350

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here are many ways to get from point A to point B. You can fly economy or first class, take the subway, Uber or even a chauffeur driven Maybach. But in life, what lingers in the memory after arriving at the destination are the journeys flown first or business or riding in style, much like dining at Zuma. You can find your Japanese fix anywhere in the city, but a meal that’s remembered long after its over can only be had in a handful of places, such as Zuma. With outposts in destinations sporting the most flagrant displays of conspicuous consumption such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Miami, Hong Kong, London, Istanbul , Dacta Peninsula, and Bangkok, Zuma has perfected the Pavlovian bells and whistles that attracts the moneyed and beautiful jetset crowd like bees to honey. Modelesque DJs, a sexy and stylish bi level lounge and dining space designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu, exotic cocktails with rare sakes and wines, and an otherworldly Omakase menu are enough to support the hype of New York’s most anticipated newcomer.

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After waiting weeks for a reservation, the best way to experience Zuma is to live large and order the premium Omakase menu which leaves your culinary journey in the capable hands of Executive chef Rainer Becker who curates a tasting flight of the most indulgent highlights of the menu. To experience the most popular dishes try the equally as impressive classic Omakase. Touted as a contemporary yet

elevated Izakaya, the menu encompasses the fine art of Japanese cuisine with a sushi bar, a robata grill, and open kitchen that prepares classic dishes with bold and intense flavors. With the Omakase menu each dish is not revealed until it’s served which entices the dining experience with the element of surprise. Highlights from the premium menu included a rich and spicy lobster miso soup, toro and seabass sashimi, lobster tempura, tataki beef with truffle, seared tuna with ponzu, king crab with ponzu lime butter, artichoke with a truffle dressing and a succulent and perfectly marbled medium rare wagyu beef tenderloin. Save room for the dessert which is a decadent ending to a memorable meal- an ice sculpture holding exotic fruits, a molten chocolate cake, rich ice cream and sorbet and a kinako cake with cocoa crumble. Afterwards head up to the sleek lounge to end the night with an exotic cocktail and embrace the high style living of New York City. Zuma 261 Madison Avenue NY, NY 10016 212.544.9862

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trendy eatery located on Carmine Street, Ellary’s Greens’ interior reveals walls lined with bricks and communal tables with stools for guests to settle in comfortably. The restaurant’s founder, Leith Hill desires to serve quality food that also happens to be organic and healthy. Named for Hill’s grandmother and great-grandmother, Ellary’s Greens establishes a menu that is delicious and nutritious. Paired with a friendly environment, this cafe provides an exceptional experience for every guest. Opened in April of 2013, Ellary’s has continued to make its mark on the city. The healthconscious menu gives options to every dietary need. They offer freshly-served dishes that cater to vegans, vegetarians, and those who stray from gluten and dairy products, while still supplying satisfying nourishment for those who eat a little of everything. Chefs Kurt Alexander and Alejandro Munoz prepare each plate with care. Breakfast is served from nine a.m. to eleven a.m. on weekdays, giving each guest a choice of house-made baked goods, organic eggs, cereal, sandwiches, and tasty juices and smoothies. Additionally, there are sides of housecured and smoked bacon, smoked salmon, and fruit salad to complete each meal. On the weekends, a brunch menu

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is available. Guests can choose from organic eggs, sandwiches such as the open-faced BLT and grilled cheese panini, “from the griddle” options such as whole wheat French toast and house-made almond-spelt pancakes, several salads including Tuscan kale, as well as mimosas, Bellini’s, and sangria. Possible sandwiches you may want to sink your teeth into are the chickpea burger with escarole and roasted tomato jam on a house-made whole-grain English muffin or the garden wrap with sprouts, avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red pepper hummus in a spinach wrap. The protein section lists possibilities such as the crispy roasted chicken breast with a puree

of seasonal vegetables and fresh herbs, and the green Thai tofu curry with seasonal vegetables, ginger, coconut milk and brown rice served on the side. The café’s juices are a delight. Each juice combines natural, gluten-free ingredients. “The Lunatic” mixes celery, cucumber, apple, cilantro, ginger, and cayenne, while “Go!” blends carrot, apple, beet, celery, cucumber and spinach. You may also be in the mood for a sweet smoothie. “Just Peachy” fuses peaches, strawberries, bananas, apple cider, and cinnamon. Be sure to stop by Ellary’s for their relaxing happy hour lasting from four p.m. to seven p.m., Monday through Friday. Candles are lit and wine and beer are served. The happy hour menu includes small plates of house smoked organic deviled eggs, shrimp scampi, chipotle hummus, savory spiced nuts, and lemon olives. If you are looking for a vibrant setting and healthy entrees that fill you up, Ellary’s Greens is the place for you. Ellary’s Green 33 Carmine Street NY, NY 10014 212.920.5072

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allo Italian Restaurant and Social Club is known for authentic Italian cuisine with a complimenting wine list, as well as constant devotion to visitors. Guests can gaze at Ballo’s immaculate cathedral architecture resembling a Tuscan abbey as they sip on a specialty cocktail. The lounge charms with a grand marble bar, as well as comfortable couches and cocktail tables with dim lighting, perfect accessories for intimate conversation. Be prepared to salivate over their traditional Italian dishes. Owned by John Tunney, Ballo’s entrees are cooked with fresh ingredients and locally grown produce. Begin your Italian meal with scrumptious appetizers including the classic eggplant parmigiana with house pomodoro, mozzarella, and basil, or the P.E.I. mussels with roasted garlic, white wine, and tomato. There are several possible salads that can serve as a light appetizer as well, such as arugula with parmigiano, lemon, and pine nuts or the mixed green salad with fresh mozzarella, sweet peppers, vegetables, and white balsamic. Pizzas, pastas, and other

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entrees are available on the dinner menu. Ballo’s specialty pizzas feature the black truffle with ricotta, guanciale, roasted garlic and mushrooms. If you’re in the mood for pasta, there are dishes of ravioli, tagliatelle, tortellini, bucatini, linguini, or the conventional spaghetti and meatballs. Entrée favorites include the veal porterhouse with mushrooms, potatoes, and marsala, the day boat sea scallops with honey glazed carrots, walnut, and goat cheese polenta, and the delectable zuppa di pesce, poached lobster tail, calamari, shrimp, shellfish.

The signature cocktails and wine list is extensive. Wash down your hearty Italian meal with the Ballo Liminata, consisting of lotus Italian vodka, san Pellegrino limonata, and blood orange. Other enticing mixtures include the blood orange cosmopolitan, with lotus Italian vodka, Solerno blood orange liqueur, cranberry, and lime, and the Nero Manhattan, blending Michter’s bourbon, amaro nonino, and angostura bitters. White wines are served by the glass, including moscato, pino grecio, Riesling, and chardonnay, as well as red wines such as pinot noir, merlot, and cabernet. Wine can also be ordered by the bottle. On the menu, there is a long list of red, white, and sparkling wines to choose from. Guests will be floored by the impressive service Ballo Italian Restaurant offers. The wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable, as well as friendly and inviting. Considering the well proportioned fresh food, the sparkling wine, and comfortable dining area, at Ballo Italian Restaurant you simply cannot go wrong. Ballo Italian Restaurant & Social Club 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd Uncasville, CT 06382 860.862.1100 balloitalian.com


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CUTTALOSSA FARM: This property holds an iconic position in Bucks County's history. This 18th

WHISPERING CEDARS: Located in a quiet corner of Tinicum Township, Bucks County.A long cedar line drive delivers you to this very private 11 plus acre parcel. The home was designed to resemble a Bucks County barn and the architect did not disappoint. The interior offers an open floor plan that is perfect for entertaining or supplies an easy way of living. Wood beams and other indigenous mill work create the feel of a barn’s interior. Pool and pool house. $1,349,000

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THE OLDWEAVER HOMESTEAD: The home offers a European style kitchen with fireplace and glistening wood floors. The large living room shares the same polished flooring and period perfect walk-in stone fireplace. There is a quintessential Bucks County barn with neat stalls and a greenhouse area for winter vegetables. In the rear of the property is a converted barn that has storage on the first floor and a complete one bedroom guest apartment on the second level. There is also an in-ground pool. $1,229,000

WILDCAT FARM: A spectacular stone, stucco RIVERWATCH:

and log home sited on 16 acres in the rolling Tinicum countryside. The genesis of the home is the original log portion with wide chinking. This section of the home has become a large family room that exudes charm and history. As the centuries passed, the more affluent additions were added.Wildcat Farm offers a period perfect barn, in-ground pool and cook house. $1,175,000

STONEY MEADE BARN: The Barn,once part of BOXWOOD MANOR: the neighboring homestead, has been lovingly • Almost 3 prime Bucks County acres converted into a family home over the years.The • 6,000 sq. ft home stone and timber barn offers a magnificent first • All public utilities floor arrangement. The open floor plan moves • Salt water pool graciously from the dining area that looks into the • Beautiful gardens kitchen and then into the family room.The exposed $1,295,000 beams and timbers add a rustic influence within the elegance. Brand new septic. $679,000

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An exclusive enclave of four townhomes in the RiverVillage of Upper Black Eddy. Each unit has community rights to a riverfront deck and water activities. The homes will reflect the architectural vernacular of the surrounding area and offer 3 bedrooms, 2.5-3 baths, private elevator, 2car garage, fireplace and numerous options. The views will be spectacular and only minutes to Frenchtown, N.J. and I-78 to NewYork. Starting at $569,000

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he Portugese have empanadas, the Indians have samosas, the Jamaicans have patties, the Russians have fried pierogis, and the Thais have curry puffs. This delectable snack consisting of a hot crispy pastry shell oozing with a delicious filling transcends borders and satiates the appetite in any culture. This beloved street food is what inspired Thai native Phet Pater to replicate in the US and thus Puff Cha was born. Noting that all of the Thai restaurants, especially in Hell’s Kitchen, served the same types of dishes that were exotic 20 years ago but have since become de riguer, like Pad Thai, Masaman curry, Pad Kee Mao, he set out to do something different and serve authentic Thai food not found anywhere else in the city. So he started out with a tiny shop making fresh curry puffs which were an overnight hit. The origins of the curry puff came from the Portuguese right after World War 1 where native chefs substituted custard fillings with a Thai spiced palette. Phet’s unique and delicate puffs are stuffed with curried chicken, and taro, basil chicken, Korean

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BBQ, and Thai BBQ. Wanting to expand his menu beyond these beloved curry puffs, Phet worked with his good friend and soba master Shuichi Kotani, the former executive chef of Totto Ramen to create an authentic ramen and soba program that is equally as authentic and satisfying. Kotani has spent over 10 years mastering the art of the buckwheat noodle has taught his craft to some of master chefs of Ja-

pan and New York including Joel Rubichon. Easily some of the best ramen and soba to be had in the city, Phet simmers his broths for over 8 hours to create a perfectly rich and flavorful broth with bold flavors which are delicately laced with aromatic exotic Asian spices like lemongrass or five spice. Try the duck noodle with thin sliced roasted duck in a savory broth that’s perfect for a cold winter night. Other pan Asian specialties are the rich Kao Ka Moo a stewed and caramelized pork tender leg that melts off the bone and cooked in delicious Thai spices, the spicy Made in New York Noodle which is a healthier version of pad thai topped with chili, dried shrimp, ground pork, and a fish ball. To whet the appetite start with the savory and spicy Puff cha wings one of Thailand’s most famous street foods, or the steamed chicken dumplings. Even if you don’t live in Hell’s Kitchen a visit to Puff Cha is well worth the trek. Puff Cha 457 West 50th Street NY, NY 10019 646.682.7709


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ew York City’s Social Bar & Grill has become one of the Theatre District’s most popular after work and nightlife venues. This three-story bar, grill and lounge boasts an impressive specialty cocktail menu, along with expertly-crafted bar fare, lively entertainment and daily specials. Social Bar & Grill offers something for everyone, making it the go to spot for locals and theatre-going visitors alike. Social Bar & Grill offers guests a comprehensive menu of bar favorites. Diners have come to love Social’s signature dishes such as the Social Burger, an 8oz. beef burger with Thai sweet chili glaze, avocado, papaya, watercress, red onion and goat cheese ginger mayonnaise; Chicken Naan, Thai styled chicken on charred naan bread with a sweet chili lime sauce, avocado, red onion and cilantro; and Social Sliced Steak, sliced skirt steak sandwich with sautéed onions and melted Dubliner Irish cheddar on country bread. Social allows guests to enjoy all-day dining with the restaurant’s flavorful lunch and dinner options. Social Bar & Grill invites both the dinner and post-dinner crowd to indulge in their original cocktail menu and extensive

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selection of bottled and draft beers and wine. Guests can treat themselves to one of Social’s specialty cocktails including the The JB, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Fresh Lemon, Angostura Bitters, Maple Syrup and topped off with Blue Moon. The Spicy Patch, Herradura Tequila, Chartreuse, Pineapple

Juice, Fresh Lime, Simple Syrup, Cilantro, and White Lady, Stoli Vodka , Kahlua, Milk, Forbidden Bitters with a number of bars located throughout Social’s three floors, bar service is always a breeze.

With its contemporary yet refined design, Social Bar & Grill effortlessly combines traditional elements with modern décor. Each of Social’s three floors is styled with chic statement pieces and bold accents. The sprawling wood bars, sophisticated leather seating, decorative fixtures and mosaic tiled walls create a flawless backdrop for a fun night out or intimate evening. In addition to Social’s All-American Cuisine and Cocktails, guests can also enjoy the exclusive entertainment throughout the week including Trivia Night on Mondays, where winners receive a $25 bar tab and Karaoke Wednesdays hosted by Major Mayhem Karaoke. Social also offers daily drink specials including the popular All-Day Happy Hour on Sundays and Mondays, as well as a traditional happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Later in the week, guests can enjoy Social’s house DJ, spinning the Top 100 songs every Thursday through Saturday night. Social Bar & Grill 795 8th Avenue New York, NY 10019 socialbarnyc.com


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ith frigid temperatures abound what better thing to crave is luxe comfort food. From burgers and lobsters to South American steak and caviar, it’s all about indulgence this spring.

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Quite simply said, Burger & Lobster serves only 3 items consisting of lobster or burgers, which is the perfect solution for an indecisive foodie. A simple concept that has taken over London by storm, this New York City outpost is destined to be a hit and occupies a sprawling 13,000 square feet bright and airy bi level space that can seat up to 340 guests in the heart of the Flatiron. One of the best deals in town for $20 you can choose from a New England style lobster roll generously stuffed with a 1-1/2 pound lobster, a 1-1/2 pound lobster served steamed or grilled, or a 10 oz. Pat La Frieda burger available with bacon and cheese all served with crispy thin fries and a salad. For those with a heartier appetite choose from larger lobsters that weigh up to 15 pounds which are on display in the main floor and have been playfully named. Be sure to visit the “lobster condo” downstairs that holds up to 4,000 crustaceans delivered daily. 772 Ninth Avenue, NY, NY

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K Rico South American’s take their steaks seriously. Veteran restaurateur and chef John Greco partnered with his brother Tommy Greco to create Hell’s Kitchen’s latest steakhouse with a South American flair. The secret to the South American style of grilling is the “plancha” grill that sears the meat to lock in juices and flavor before grilling it to order which has been masterfully executed by Chef Steven Cruz who has travelled extensively to the region. Choose from South American specialties like fufu de chorizo, arepas- Columbian corn cakes, roasted oysters with queso de cabra, creamed spinach and bacon, shrimp cazuela, beef empanadas or mixed seafood ceviche with a jalapeno and passion fruit vinaigrette. The steaks are grilled to perfection and served on a sizzling platter with the signature K Rico on the bone sirloin steak, filet mignon or entrana skirt steak with a cactus salad. End the night with one of their indulgent desserts such as a chocolate espresso flan or rich quarto leche cake.

Olma Caviar Boutique & Bar Champagne wishes and caviar dreams come to life at Olma Caviar Bar and Restaurant in the Food Hall of the Plaza Hotel, which specializes in precisely that- champagne and caviar pairings. While this delicacy has been associated with a life of luxury and excess Olma scours the world for the best caviar a poisson can provide. If money is no object it is here that you can find the rare Russian Siberian Baeri, Russian Osetra Karat or Beluga caviar which will set you back $420 for 2 ounces. Other indulgent bites include foie gras, salmon caviar or smoked lox served on blinis. The best way to taste a range of the complete selection of Olma caviars is the tasting platter for $80 to start the night in the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous sort of way.

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iver & Warren is the latest addition to downtown Manhattan’s flourishing community. Located at 212 Warren Street in the northernmost part of Battery Park City, and surrounded by the Hudson River as well as Rockefeller and Teardrop Parks, these luxury condominiums will offer an unprecedented level of design detail previously unseen in the neighborhood. Designed by award-winning architecture firm CetraRuddy, the completely reimagined residences of River & Warren were thoughtfully conceived as a place for New Yorkers to call home.

After designing the residences at One Madison and the extremely successful, record-breaking Walker Tower, CetraRuddy has brought their eye for refined luxury to their latest endeavor in River & Warren. Developers and buyers alike are drawn to CetraRuddy for their ability to create well-crafted and carefully designed residences which contextually inhabit their respective neighborhoods. At River & Warren, CetraRuddy was inspired by the Hudson River and surrounding parks in their design, which is light and fresh with subtle aquatic references. Custom-stained floors, wood portals, and Miele appliances set against a white backdrop create a neutral palette for residents to customize their spaces. Nancy Ruddy hand-selected each stone surface

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from Italian quarries, ensuring an uncompromising level of quality. The layout of each residence serves to draw the eye to the expansive windows featuring spectacular river and park views. Each considered detail combines to create environments that truly feel like home. As a full-service building, River & Warren also includes amenities such as a fitness center, roof deck, and nautically-themed children’s playroom. River & Warren is located in the burgeoning new downtown on the banks of the Hudson,

steps from Tribeca. Battery Park City has become fully realized and, with River & Warren now on the market as well as a number of distinguished additions to the area, it is entering a new phase of sophistication. The vibrant community organizations, and flourishing culinary, retail, arts and entertainment districts define Battery Park City as a neighborhood with a distinctly mature and refined Manhattan charm. The neighborhood offers the conveniences and sophistication of an urban lifestyle with the lush outdoor spaces and serene setting of the suburbs. “River & Warren brings elevated, luxurious residential design to the now fully realized Battery Park City,” said John Tashjian of Centurion Real Estate Partners. “The epicenter of Manhattan has shifted downtown and River & Warren is designed to take full advantage of everything new that Battery Park City and Tribeca have to offer while evoking the welcoming spirit of suburban life.” River & Warren is a joint venture between Centurion Real Estate Partners and Five Mile Capital Partners LLC with Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group as exclusive sales and marketing sales agent. For more information: 212.888.0076 riverandwarren.com


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ocation may be everything, but the right amenity package at the right address is a combination that’s rare to find, even in Manhattan’s fast-paced residential market.

or night. The space includes lounge seating, chaise lounges for sunbathing, dining tables and an outdoor kitchen, for the utmost in city outdoor entertaining. Outdoor lighting allows this respite to be enjoyed well past sunset.

RFR’s new condominium development 300 East 64th Street has everything on a buyer’s wish list. Located on the coveted Upper East Side of Manhattan, the development boasts both an impeccable location and a carefully curated amenity package offering special lifestyle experiences exclusively to buyers. Designed by Stonehill Taylor, the building’s amenity spaces are crafted as extensions of the modern homes, enabling condominium owners to convene, entertain, and exercise in cool and comfortable settings.

Inside and on the fifth floor, buyers can watch movies or their favorite shows on a large screen in an elegantly-finished, private media room with rich wood and marble detail. Here, owners can enjoy the space as part of a movie night series, or as a romantic date. Adjacent to the media room is a fully-stocked library serving as a private cocoon for reading and hosting social gatherings. This multi-purpose

One of the most important must haves amenities in New York is outdoor space and among the offerings at 300 East 64th Street is an open-air, landscaped rooftop terrace. Capturing the energy and excitement from the streets below, this dramatic outdoor living room boasts four exposures that showcase river and city views. Buyers and their guests can venture outside and enjoy distinct social and entertaining areas at any time of day

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den is sophisticated and homey, designed with wood, stone, wool textiles, art and custom lighting. In addition to the fifth floor amenities, 300 East 64th has a fully equipped fitness center with the latest cardio, conditioning, and weight training equipment in a private clubhouse feel. It offers a multipurpose training room in an impressively-volumed space where buyers can access over 100 fitness-ondemand classes, available 24 hours a day, taught by the industry’s best instructors. There is also a spa treatment room where buyers can indulge and unwind by booking appointments with a massage therapist after a difficult workout. Parallel to the fitness center is the laundry lounge, which serves as a lounge where owners have access to Wi-Fi and can hang out on the oversized couches. From homes that offer modern conveniences and classic architecture to amenities that will fulfill all of your needs-300 East 64th Street is more than a building, it’s a lifestyle. For more information: sixtyfourcondo.com


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COCOA VILLAGE, FLORIDA Located directly on the Indian River, Whitley Bay is a beautifully designed and maintained luxury condominium complex. At just the right height in the building to enjoy the view of the ever changing river and Cocoa Village Marina, this surprisingly large and well proportioned condo would make a perfect transition from a single family home. Just steps away from the restaurants, shops and all the charm that Cocoa Village has to offer. Offered at $429,900

COCOA VILLAGE, FLORIDA Perfectly located in the building for privacy and maximum view of the river and marina, this beautifully decorated condominium home will not disappoint. The floor plan features a separate den/media area, laundry room, breakfast area, plenty of storage space, luxurious master suite and best of all, breath taking river views from the moment you walk in the front door. Amenities include pool, spa, fitness center and beautiful community rooms. Offered at $424,900

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COCOA VILLAGE, FLORIDA Luxurious condo home located in charming Historic Cocoa Village directly on the Indian River/ICW. This third floor condo is at just the right height in the building to take advantage of the views without sacrificing privacy. Private under building garage included. The complex has a pool, spa, sauna, community room and exercise facility. Whitley Bay West is located within walking distance of great restaurants, shops, parks, entertainment, and easy access to New listingOffered priced atat only $379,900 . Orlando. $379,900

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COCOA, FLORIDA Castle Alta Vista will delight owners and guests alike. This hill top Mediterranean villa on a half acre lot is designed for privacy but is perfect for entertaining. Spacious rooms, abundant storage, remodeled kitchen and baths, aviary, large garage plus extra parking, amazing 25 X 60 pool, hot tub, cabana, lush tropical landscaping and spectacular views of the entire Cape make this a truly remarkable home. A ground floor bedroom with a handicap accessible bath, makes this home truly multi-generational, while poolside swing, slide and play area provide fun for everyone. Community dock and boat ramp provided for voluntary HOA members. Offered at $379,900


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f you’re looking for an extraordinarily peaceful lake, whose shores embrace a wildlife refuge, a county park, and a historic plantation, come home to Charlotte’s best kept secret, Mountain Island Lake. This unique location offers an incredibly quick, 12 mile, commute to Charlotte and the international airport. Mountain Island Lake is technically a reservoir supplying drinking water to over 800,000 residents of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Powerboats, jet skis and kayaks are welcomed onto this 3281 acre lake, with 2 public access ramps for those not having a private waterfront dock. Void of marinas, restaurants and crowds, this picturesque lake affords residents the type of peace and tranquility only communing with nature can provide. Mountain Island Lake is fed by the Catawba River is the smallest of the three man-made lakes that border Charlotte, and is maintained by Duke energy. It was created in 1924 to coincide with the building of Mountain Island’s hydroelectric station. Nature lovers appreciate the many miles of

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Mountain Island Lake’s undisturbed shoreline. The Cowans Ford Wildlife Refuge provides 850 acres and 4 miles of shoreline of natural habitats for rare plants, animals, and an important bird area designated by the National Audubon Society due to its diversity of wintering waterfowl and migrating songbirds. Rural Hill is a 487 acre county park that provides 3.2 miles of undisturbed shoreline. Comanaged by the Catawba Valley Scottish Society it features a magnificent plantation built by Maj. John Davidson in 1760. In addition to the historical preservation of the plantation, Rural Hill hosts numerous annual events including the Scottish Society Festival and in April the Lock Norman Highland games. Fall Family fun starts in September with the Amazing Maize Maze and in November hosts the Sheepdog Trials. There’s also a beautiful 2.5 mile hiking trail around the perimeter of Rural Hill where you can take in natural habitat for sightings of rare nesting birds such as the Eastern Bluebird, Savannah Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlarks, Blue Grosbeaks and Indigo Buntings.

The Latta Plantation enriches the Mountain Island Lake area with over 15 miles of pristine shoreline. The heavily forested 654 acres of the historic Latta Plantation includes not only the historic plantation, but also a nature preserves, a raptor center, equestrian center and 16 miles of trails for all to enjoy. Kayaking enthusiast will find two landing areas to enjoy these tranquil waters. Our featured home this month has panoramic views on Mountain Island Lake including a direct view of Latta plantation’s beautiful shoreline. So if enjoying nature, peace and quiet are in your bucket list you need to consider Mountain Island Lake. Located just north of Charlotte North Carolina, where you can work, live, play, and enjoy nature all in one place. Come explore the south ...were the living is easy! For more information: ALakeHome.com


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