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Eva Varro’s Sheat Dress in Pantera ($172.00) is a great way to express your wild side. Available online: #310 899 6969 Eva Varro – Eva Varro’s brand has been a go to for the celeb set for years. The demand in the land of stores, most recently in the posh Santa Monica Place. The not so Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria, Dancing Diva Karina Smirnoff, 30 Rock’s now Mom Jane Krakowski & 90210’s Anna Lynne McCord are all big fans of the sexy line.

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The Lisa Michelle Collection - Lisa Michelle was busy last year prepping the Grammy noms to step out in style and This winter you too can don one of Lisa Michelle’s Metallic Sequin Bib necklaces ($187). This can be perfectly paired with a silk ensem or simply worn over a cotton T, depending upon your edge and event. Kanye’s ex, the fiercely fashionable Amber Rose is huge a fan. We can see why.

Classic Cashmere Turtleneck in Black by L.L.Bean ($119). Who doesn’t love an L.L. Bean basic? It’s the perfect winter canvas in which to express yourself. Hale Bob - The California based brand Hale Bob has long been a fave of many of the celeb set. Worn around the world by scene stealers, Vergara and soon to be Mom Beyonce are but a few of the celebutante fans.

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By Christopher A. Pape Mention of Mr. Zakarian’s name either strikes pangs of pleasure or induces jolts of despair in the heart of the listener. For the sophisticated and knowledgeable diner, (one day I can only hope to be in that category), Chef Zakarian’s food is the nectar of the gods; and so sublime is his cooking he has received (on three occasions) three stars from the NY Times dining critic. For fellow chefs and restaurateurs (his competitors), in the cutthroat gourmet culinary industry, Geoffrey’s haunting haute cuisine reduces them to a state of paralysis in the knowledge that his food is far superior. Resident



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Chef Zakarian has turned his passion and hobby into an award-winning career and has gained further fame as the biting (but fair) judge on Food Network’s Chopped and as the recent champion of The Next Iron Chef, Super Chefs. In an exclusive interview with NY Resident, Mr. Zakarian gives us his take on being a chef in New York. NY Resident (NYR): First of all, nice to speak with you today and congratulations on the recent win! Geoffrey Zakarian (GZ): Thank you very much, it feels done – it was brutal. It was truly physical and it was shot over two months, from Los Angeles to Montauk, we were all over the map! But I’m very grateful for the experience and for the win! NYR: You are an adopted New Yorker, having been born in Massachusetts, correct? When and why New York and where in the city do you live? GZ: I moved to NY in 1981, I was actually a year and half in Hyde Park, going to CIA. When I graduated in late 1982, I moved to Manhattan. Now I live near Sutton Place on 58th and 2nd. I enjoy Midtown East. I can walk to restaurants nearby and go to my daughters’ school. It’s a great area, safe and close to a lot of businesses. NYR: How does New York color your approach to cooking? Do you think you’d change your style if you were primarily based in another city? GZ: Yes, I’d think I would change my approach if I lived in another food city. But the base of my food is a modernist approach to a clean, classical technique. Obviously the ingredients also inform my cooking. I know I’d be a different chef if I were cooking in Paris than in New York. NYR: New Yorker’s are notoriously spoilt for their restaurant choices. How do you keep the diner engaged and coming back for more? GZ: Well, it depends on the kind of restaurant you have. I have one that is up-market (The Lambs Club) and one that is more neighborhood café (The National). New Yorkers are wonderful - they want to have all types of choices – casual, fancy, expensive, etc. We have some of the best bistros, best wine bars, best little sushi bars in the York; you just have to know where to look. NYR: How hard is it to open and operate a restaurant in the city?

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GZ: On a scale of 1 to 10 – it’s a 20 and if you know what you are doing it’s a 19. It’s a crapshoot, but with the best information, best ingredients, and best staff –it helps. There is, however, no guarantee - it’s an industry with an extremely high failure rate. NYR: Any plans for new restaurants in the city or beoynd? GZ: We just opened Tudor House in Miami. Beyond that I’m always looking, but I’m not right now engaged with anything new. Just looking around for a few good possibilities and we do have a few things on the backburner, but for the moment nothing planned. NYR: Do you have a classic New York favorite dish or restaurant?’ GZ: New York is fantastic! If I want something, I can go to XYZ establishment. I go to neighborhood restaurants, because they are convenient. I very much exist on yearnings; and I have different needs and wants. I’m around food all the time. I just want a plate of seafood or a slice of pizza. It’s never what’s the best pizza slice, etc. Restaurants – I lean toward casual – I love Bond St. for forward and innovative sushi, Balthazar is great for French bistro fare and Molyvos for Greek seafood. NYR: What do you think the next new trends in NYC restaurants are? I would like to eliminate the word trend. We (the restaurant industry) need to focus on service; and we must always give great value to the customer. Trends are always going to come and then going to fade. And I believe strongly, that trends are just going to get the chef/restaurateur into trouble. We put a plate of food in front of a customer; and we thank them for coming and we hope they come back. We are basically innkeepers – we should never forget that! NYR: Is there a New York chef or restaurant that you truly admire? GZ: Of course I am a big fan of Daniel Boulud for whom I worked. I’m also a big fan of Terrance Brennan, Marcus Samuelsson and all of the contestants from The Next Iron Chef. NYR: How was it to work at Le month’s edition) at its peak?

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When I told people I was headed to Mexico City I was met with friends’ furrowed brows and warnings to be careful. The idea that it’s a dangerous place full of drug lords is totally false image. As a native Manhattanite I wasn’t worried, besides, I’d done my research. Mexico City has a sophisticated system of video surveillance cameras to deter crime. It is a cultural metropolis that welcomes more than 12 million visitors a year. It houses 160 museums, 100 art galleries and 500 movie theaters. Foreign Policy magazine ranked Mexico City as one of the world’s top 10 cultural destinations. I was gung ho to go. My trip was in early November, in time for the multi-day Mexican celebration similar to our Halloween, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It’s a time of festive, colorful costumes and artworks of dancing skeletons. Candles lit up the night for the traditional holiday that honors the departed. Mexicans partied hearty in the streets, danced, and played music with abandon. The weather was warm and breezy. Due to its high elevation of 7800 feet, Mexico City is

mild all year. Winters are cooler but they’re nothing like our New York City frigid temperatures. Their “cold” months average 70 degrees. No matter when you go, though, bring a light sweater for the breezy evening and early morning air. I took a taxi from the airport to the boutique hotel, Condesa DF, located in a quaint neighborhood with sidewalk cafes and the large park Parque España. It’s a great place to jog because the path is in a loop so you can’t get lost. We were advised to stay out of the park after dark but that’s just common sense. have charm and there was a fully stocked mini-bar and a basket full of snacks. Condesa DF boasts a treadmill, bike, terrace, equipped gym. The staff was warm and gorgeous. Be sure to get to the fun local attraction, the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. It has

rooms of artifacts including Aztec Calendar Stones and Mayan treasures. Guided tours are available. Xochimilco, a borough outside Mexico City, is known for its canals which reminded me of Venice. The preserved waterways and chinampas—squares of land for growing crops—a vestige of pre-Columbian times. Colorfully painted gondola-like wooden boats called Trajineras are available for rent the same price for one person or 20 and a guide is included. The Mexican government is doing much to preserve this area. The water in the lagoons is clear and the wildlife protected. It is illegal to shoot birds there. At this time

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Lunch was served on the boat—a sweet bread snack along with Horchata, a warm rice and milk drink similar to hot breakfast cereal. I loved the tasty little lumps. Other people on the boat indulged in ancient delicacies—fried grasshoppers, baked worms, ant eggs and bright red mini shrimp that looked like bugs. I did not partake. Thank goodness there was “normal” food available. I enjoyed guacamole, tortilla chips, black beans and rice. Another Xochimilco adventure, and a highlight of the trip, was an afternoon spent at the Dolores Olmedo Museum which boasts the largest collection of Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo art anywhere in the world. “Lola” Olmedo was a Mexican businesswoman, an entrepreneur who made all of her own money—mostly in real estate—and became extremely wealthy. She was friend and patron to Rivera and Kahlo. In 1962, Olmedo bought the estate, including a dilapidated mansion—a large colonial home from the 1600s that was in ruins. She restored everything with meticulous attention to detail. Stunning peacocks wandered the enormous grounds amidst bright yellow the Mexican hairless dogs, Xoloitzcuintle (try saying that

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three times fast), and Olmedo left money to maintain a pack of them on the grounds with their own caretaker. When asked, the caretaker brought out a few dogs for visitors to see up close. They looked threatening, like pit bulls, but gently nuzzled their heads against my leg. It was weird when I petted one, the hairless skin felt like warm rubber. I learned that Mexican food is not the same as the American translation. Portions are smaller yet tastier, hence more satisfying. Dishes contained less cheese, grease and fat. The following day I went for lunch at Arroyo Restaurant and learned of their seventy corn dough stuffed with refried beans and cheese. Delicioso! The music and festive atmosphere was the main attraction. Exquisite looking Mexican men and women danced, sang and played an assortment of instruments. The costumes were bright white The tastiest meal I had was dinner at Rosetta. Chef Elena Reygadas is famous for her Italian fare served in a restored Belle Epoque mansion in the historic Roma neighborhood. The appetizer was beetroot with goat cheese and red wine reduction, followed by butternut squash ravioli, with amaretti and sage. I ordered the house polenta. Dessert was a sinful chocolate mousse with fresh whipped cream. On the last day, I experienced what felt like a magical mystery tour in Zócalo, the huge town square in the historic center of Mexico City. In honor of Dia de los Muertos, the Museo de Arte Popular annually sponsors a competition of alebrijes— brightly colored, over-sized paper maché monsters, dragons and fantastical animals.

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three hundred vineyards and sampling some amazing wines and viewing some spectacular vistas we returned back to our suite for dinner at the Royal Oak.

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Jake’s specialties. Seasonally changing menu options include Foie Gras Torchon served with Rhubarb Marmalade and Pickled Pearl Onions; Beets & Burrata Cheese watercress salad Roast Fulton Valley Chicken with Peruvian marinade, zucchini selection of delicious steaks and seafood from the Montague Charbroiler like the 20oz Dry Aged Bone-in Strip Steak and the 8 oz. Loch Duart Salmon. Executive Chef Jeffrey Jake, a Napa native, oversees Silverado Resort and Spa’s array of dining offerings. His menus are created primarily from the region’s bountiful array of top-quality produce, cattle ranches, and award-winning cheese producers.

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Today, the mansion houses the registration area, as well as the Royal Oak restaurant, in addition to a lounge and multiple meeting spaces. Through the years, the property has grown in notoriety and prestige by being featured on the television series “Falcon Crest” and by hosting the Senior PGA tour, as well as numerous professional and celebrity tennis tournaments. Most recently, Johnny Miller has returned to head the ownership team of Silverado Resort. This is truly a resort that has something for everyone. The staff was amazing and the experience was spectacular. We look forward to our return there next summer.

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In Manhattan, people talk about location, location, location. On the Caribbean island of Dominica, it’s all about nature, nature, nature -- which is why it is called “the nature island.” Its scenic landscape is so beautiful that you soon understand why the island was chosen for many scenes of “Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3: “Dead Men’s Chest” & “At World’s End.” Our adventure on Dominica began with a onemountains from the Melville Hall Airport to the capital city of Roseau. Our private driver for our entire stay, Benjamin Joseph, took us on a back route about nine miles out of our way to avoid roads that were in poor condition. We wound along one-lane mountain roads in the midst of the dense forest, surrounded by high trees and foliage. Resident

Along the way, Mr. Joseph pointed out items of interest such as dasheen, a root vegetable which is cooked like a potato. What immediately strikes a visitor is how much of this beautiful country has not been touched or developed. Besides the green water of the Atlantic Ocean and the clear water of the Caribbean Sea, many say there are 365 rivers, one for every day of the year. Dominica, not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, is a small island in the Caribbean, located in between Martinique and Guadeloupe. It is 29 miles long and 16 miles wide. English is Carib and West African languages, is also spoken. building on a cliff, next to the public library and across from St. Thomas Anglican Church, we were greeted with a drink made from orange-and-passion-fruit juice and coconut milk. Twenty-four-hour police were on hand, due conferences at the Roseau hotel, whose boutique atmosphere consists of 33 rooms. While eating our buffet breakfast, we overlooked the sea where the cruise ships arrive. We loved swinging in bird’s nest chairs in the lobby while sipping more of the “welcome drinks.” The whole island feels like a big botanical garden, but we had the opportunity to go to the Botanical Gardens, also in Roseau. We marveled at seeing a palm tree shaped like a bottle that was called, of course, a bottle palm. I asked our expert guide for the day, Bertrand Jno Baptiste, aka Birdy, if there were any poison ivy.

Wildlife & Parks Division, Dominica, 2005), Birdy later took us into a former rain forest that was cut in order to grow crops, including coffee, bananas, and grapefruits.

Trail, we spotted a gray bird with white wing bars called a plumbeous warbler, found only in Dominica and Guadeloupe, and a rufus-throated solitaire. We also heard a house wren and a forest thrush. The area is known for parrots. We also saw a plant called David’s orchid, which came all the David in 1979. It’s proper name is spathoglottis plicate. We then bid goodbye to Birdy.

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More adventures were to come. The Emerald Pool in the mountains beckoned. After walking down paths and stairs of the Emerald Pool Trail in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, we reached the Emerald Pool. After climbing over stones, some of which were sharp, the reward was swimming in refreshing water next to a waterfall. Morne Trois Pitons, the second highest peak on the island, is a dormant volcano. Another day we swam in Titou Gorge, after walking in the rain on a desolate nature trail and over a high, suspension bridge. Workmen were sprucing up the area adjacent to the gorge. Hot springs gushed next to the cold water here.

Culture awaited us at the Kalinago Barana Aute (The Kalinago Village by the Sea), in the Caribe Territory. At the museum, the tour guide told us that Kalinago is the name that the Native or Indian population call themselves. The Spaniards noticed human bones in the homes and erroneously called them Caribes, or cannibals. (After their deceased relatives’ bodies decayed in the sand, the Kalinagos took the bones indoors, in order to worship their ancestors.) Approximately 3000 out of Dominica’s population of about 72,000 have Calinago heritage.

feeding. We saw some mother-and-calf pairs. On an island perfect for hikers and divers, we easily worked up an appetite every day. Nancy Osler, an environmental scientist who hails from Canada, served up curried goat at her Talipot Gallery & Restaurant in Roseau. At PaguaBay Bar & Grille in Marigot, owned by Americans Rick and Alicia Davison, we had tasty green, callaloo soup made from the leaves of the dasheen plant. There were also great burgers made with imported chuck meat. It was really relaxing to sit on the outdoor deck and look out at the beautiful ocean view. While driving in nearby Calibishie, we saw some more striking scenery. island of enchantment and excitement and I urge you to visit yourself. If you do, I know that you will leave with a smile on your face and memories that will last a lifetime. brochure from DiscoverDominica. com, presents an interesting reason why the country’s beauty has largely remained untouched: It’s because of development.” If you would like to go explore nature in a place that is not overly commercialized or developed, Dominica is the island for you!

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By Anthony Panzella

Imagine for a moment the joyous smiles of boys and girls when they truly get excited about something they’ve always wanted. As a parent, there is almost nothing as satisfying as that instant. My friends and relatives know that I am guilty of doing almost anything when it comes to my children’s happiness. And I know of no company, who goes to the same extreme, to bring smiles to their faces than the Walt Disney Company. But Disney is not the company it was when you and I were kids. No, they’ve grown and become leaders at pleasing the whole family. Beyond parks and cartoons, they have built and promoted a line of cruise ships that are some of the best in the world. Now they are feeling so bold that they’ve brought their ships to the

hardest market in the world, New York City. When I heard about Disney’s decision to come to New York I was both nervous and ecstatic. Obviously this was a great opportunity for local families to experience the “Disney Magic”. Well, I needn’t be worried because they are masters at bringing out the kid in all of us. From food, entertainment and down to the staff interaction with guests, Disney has created a world-class experience worthy of the pickiest New Yorker’s attention. Since its launch in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has established itself as a leader in the cruise industry, providing a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and kids can immerse themselves in worlds

of fantasy only Disney can create. And with almost nine hundred rooms there is plenty of space to hold a large family gathering but not big enough to feel overwhelmed. So it is easy to understand that beginning in May of 2012 when their cruise line will be setting sail from New York, my family and I aboard the ship. And with a total of twenty cruises including eight-night cruises to the England coast to Canada plus two-night cruises that will give a sampling of the Disney Cruise Line experience over a weekend – there is plenty of itinerary to please all. The 20 eight-night Bahamas cruises will include a day at Disney’s private island,


Castaway Cay; Nassau, Bahamas; and a stop at Port Canaveral, Fla., giving guests an opportunity to visit the nearby Walt Disney World Resort. As part of this itinerary, each guest will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and roundtrip transportation between their Disney ship and the resort. England coast will call at Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick. In these popular Canadian ports, guests can soak in splendid natural vistas, explore historic sites, visit quaint cafes and charming shops and browse Canada’s oldest farmer’s market.

Activities abound for the family and really set Disney apart from other cruise lines. From activity centers for children, entertaining and spectacular shows, a vast array of dining options and several pools – there is something for everyone here. From youngster to teen and all the way to the seniors among us, Disney has thought of everything. For example, an entire deck is dedicated to children, with activities, areas and programs for kids ages 3-17. Flounder’s Reef Nursery is a full-service nursery for children

ages 12 weeks to 3 years, and there are special clubs tailor-made for teens. Another great club for kids is the Oceaneer Club, a children’s activity center that has much to keep the youngsters occupied. It is the perfect place for kids to dress up as their favorite princess or hero, play computer games and enjoy a wide variety of supervised themed activities throughout the day. Shows are plentiful on the ship and it is exciting to see kids’ faces light up when they see their favorite character on stage performing. Spectacular Disney shows performed nightly at the Walt Disney Theatre, include: such as “Disney’s Believe,” “The Golden Mickeys,” “Toy Story – The Musical,” and “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular.” Tied with the shows is the ability for all guests to greet, meet and take pictures with all of the major Disney characters throughout the stay on the ship. From Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and all the other characters, this is the opportunity for each guest to beam with pride as their photo is taken. In addition, what’s each day! Meanwhile Disney holds deck parties each night that are out-of-this

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world; and the best part is that they are the at sea. The pools on the ship (there are three freshwater ones – all are themed) are a great escape from the heat and a way for families

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for adults only and one for the family are suited to meet all needs. Rotational Dining – allowing guests to enjoy pool with a charming portrait of Goofy on Animator’s Palate is one of the main dining restaurants. Celebrating Disney

cruise industry here. Disney Cruise Line is so thoughtful and considerate in satisfying

is that guests aboard Disney Cruise Line can one of their guests that no matter what I on a state-of-the-art jumbo LED screen. Families can gather at the Goofy Pool and Italian cuisine for dinner and is a real treat

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The Radisson Fort George Hotel is set on the beautiful coast of Belize in Central America. Our hotel’s location is convenient to the cultural and commercial attractions of Belize City. The services and amenities of the Radisson makes it an ideal destination for both leisure and business guests visiting Belize. The hotel features three room types: Club Tower rooms overlook the Caribbean Sea, Colonial rooms offer partial garden and sea view and the Villa Wing rooms have partial garden and pool view, most with its own private balcony. Since June of 2010, we introduced our business class rooms especially designed with our business travelers in mind, additional amenities include a laptop safe and iHome radio with iPod connection. The hotel consists of 102 beautifully appointed rooms featuring air-conditioning, cable TV with over 100 channels of free cable, alarm clock/radio, small refrigerator, private bath, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, large work desk with easy access electrical plugs, Asira body care amenities, room service, granite vanities, two direct dial telephones, complimentary coffee and water daily, and Sleep Number beds. The Hotel also features two restaurants, - the historical St. George’s Restaurant known for its fine dining and our poolside Stonegrill Restaurant for a unique and healthy dining experience which allows your meals to be cooked and served on super-heated natural volcanic stones. For a quick meal, refreshing cocktail or local beers stop by our legendary Baymen’s Tavern or try the Le Petit Café that is well known as the breakfast hotspot in the city. The Radisson most recently opened its very own spa “Nim Li Punit”. Nim Li Punit Spa features soothing and rejuvenating treatments of body massages, facials and foot care. Nim Li Punit Spa is located within easy view of the tranquil Caribbean Sea and overlooks the pool and Jacuzzi. Enjoy soothing massages while absorbing the cool sea breeze. Our knowledgably staffed Business Center is ready to assist in booking your adventure tour of Belize. From ancient Mayan sites to the magical Barrier Reef, an adventure in paradise awaits. With all the fun you’ll be having the Lamanai Fitness center which is available to all guests free of cost is there to keep you on track. The Radisson Fort George is committed to Responsible Business Practices and is very conscious of the positive impact it has on our environment and community. We are a part of the world’s largest industry and increasingly customers would prefer to deal with companies and brands that take responsibility for their own presence and activities. With this in mind, we don’t just aim to do business. We aim to do Responsible Business. At Carlson Hotels, Responsible Business is essentially about three important areas: taking responsibility for the health and safety of our employees and guests, respecting social and ethical issues within the company as well as in the country, and reducing our negative impact on the environment. As a part of our social responsibility we have fundraised for the Belize Cancer Society, Living with Hope Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Belize just to name a few. The hotel has adopted Liberty Children’s Home and in partnership with our guests have donated US$ 140,657.00 to date to the Children’s Home. This past year, the hotel has donated in excess of US$60,000.00 to non-governmental organizations, charitable and educational institutions. Another step we’ve taken is to educate our staff on responsible business so they have a deeper understanding and are able to put these into practice in the workplace and at home. Resident


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The Pico Bonito Lodge, situated along the emerald green flanks of the Pico Bonito National Park, is an eco-resort for the adventurous soul. The scenic National Park contains 270,000 acres of unexplored tropical wildlife. This boutique resort, nestled along the National Park, is a sanctuary for those who wish to escape the everyday bustle of their lives and submerge their efforts into an expedition of bliss, adventure and observation. Resident

The luscious tropical agriculture surrounds you on your ride down the bumpy road leading to the Pico Bonito Lodge. The sounds of the rocks bouncing against the tires remind you that you are far from the concrete jungle of New York City and deep into a blissful tropical one. Since it is early morning, the clouds are heavy as they Park inhabited by the many species of birds, bugs and animals. By the time the sun burns off the fog, a strong visual takes into effect, as you look deep into the superlative jungle forests.

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Upon arriving at the oasis, otherwise known as Pico Bonito Lodge, a friendly host greets you; “Bienvenido” she beams behind her reception desk. You instantly feel welcomed upon arriving, as if the staff has been waiting for your arrival. The tropical air smells fresh and full of life. If growth and greenery had a scent, this would be the source. As you walk to your cabin, you are entertained by the sound of orchestrated birds singing an ensemble of sweet, cheerful notes. Although pitching in on the performance, you can only spot six through the dense greenery. We are told by another friendly guest that you can spot the remaining birds on one of the many hikes Pico Bonito has to offer. After showing interest, we were instantly informed about the eight ecosystems, home to nearly 800 species of birds, within Pico Bonito’s Lodge and National Park proximities. Pico Bonito’s cabins are bundled against the jungle canopy range. They are made of stone and wood, authentic to the Honduran

culture. There are twenty-two cabins, with about six rooms per cabin. Each cabin, with louvered wood and screen windows, has an overhead fan and air conditioning if requested. A landscaped pool sits amidst the lodging grounds for those who wish to lounge. Common areas within the resort include: farm, serpentarium, the restaurant, and four story observation decks. The restaurant at the lodge provides their guests with an excellent dining experience. The authentic room, modeled with Honduran pine, is enclosed with screens to keep the bugs out while welcoming in the night breeze. The menu includes an exotic array of Central American food choices their guests eating preferences. The food is Mero dish is highly recommended. Since

fresh seafood is brought from the Caribbean Sea (only twenty miles from the resort) to the lodge daily, you always want to keep an eye out for those options on the menu. The dining room’s ambience sets a warm tone for pleasurable dining as you look out into the tropical gardens. During summer, the temperatures average at 90°F during the day and a comfortable warm 80° F during the day and a refreshingly is humid, but comfortable for a tropical standard. Although the days are sunny for the most part, on a typical day the rain will fall for about 20-30 minutes before the sun takes comes out once again. This is what gives Pico Bonito such vivacious wildlife for both plants and creatures. The lodge is not only accommodating to their guests, but also appealing for the hundreds of species of animals, bugs, and birds who love to visit the fruit trees

around the lodge. When you indulge in an exciting hike through the rainforest foliage, you’ll see the wildlife has fully grown to the around each other as if the forest has tangled fauna mesh together as you get deeper into the rainforest. The monstrous size of plants will have you reassess your standards on what the typical tree or plant size should be. On the skirts of Pico Bonito’s lodge, is a loop trail. It is intended for guests to hike independently or with family members and friends. However, if one does not wish to explore the jungle, you may choose to request a tour guide. The beauty of the excursion pours in when you come across one of the waterfalls or swimming holes along the way. One of the infamous trails leads up the Rio Coloradito. This narrow and steep river pours into the jungle-clad abyss, which provides swimmers with a unique swimming hole. The water is the perfect temperature for a break in the middle of a warm hike through the trails. Another enchanting hike will lead you to Unbelievable Falls, also known as the ultimate destination upon hiking through

the National Park. This particular waterfall is a double drop waterfall that spills for one hudred feet before it reaches the glimmering hole. Typically, these holes are not too crowded given the various other activities intended for Pico Bonito’s guests. Of course, the resort provides guidance to participate in additional adventures such as whitewater rafting along Rio Cangrejal, a twenty-mile timers to experienced kayak enthusiasts. Snorkeling ten miles off the shores of La Ceiba will land you on the world’s second largest barrier reef. Pico Bonito Lodge is a true getaway for those who wish to escape into the deep forests of Central America. The level of comfort achieved from the convenience of the nearby activities, accommodating staff and savory meals will please your body and mind. Experience it for yourself, you won’t leave disappointed!


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It’s January 2012 and we’ve all made our resolutions and promises to make this the best year yet! And we’re going to keep them - of course we are. I love this time of year – the city is aglow with an aura of hope and renewal. We’re all snugly dressed in our warm winter wear. If we’re lucky we hot toddy. The majority of the holiday tourists have left so it’s the perfect time for New Yorkers to enjoy our sparkling city. vacation and start treating myself well in the place where I live, work and get stressed out. After all, people come from far and wide to visit New York. Why shouldn’t I, an actual city it as a real vacation - which meant a posh home away from If I found that the results were fruitful, this ‘retreat’ could be incorporated into my regular schedule. With this in mind and my boyfriend in tow, we set out for our New York vacation. What better place to relax, renew and rejuvenate than an overnight and spa treatment at Taj’s iconic Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park. Its lobby with signature rotunda and trompe l’oeil murals dazzles. And the room, elegant and luxurious, has a breathtaking view of the park. Silks and brocades with a pale ivory, taupe and coral décor create a lush ambiance. I could get used to this. I liked this New York City oasis. We scheduled the Jiva in-room couples spa treatments with Stephanie and Vladimir. They are not the ice skating duo from the Olympics; they are excellent massage therapists who sent both boyfriend and myself into a state of bliss. They brought two massage tables with all amenities into our room. We both opted for the full body treatment to soothe tired muscles, relieve stress and energize. First our feet soaked in a basin of warm water and Jiva oils and were massaged. We inhaled the ginger and jasmine scents and began to breathe deeply. We learned that the principles of the Jiva Spa draw on ancient Indian wellness heritage and use all organic products, from oils to linens. Once we got on the table, the sterling duo worked their magic. Boyfriend and I were transported to a serene and restful realm. Our consummate professionals knew where we were tense and how much pressure to apply. I even got a creative solution to a work idea while I was getting massaged – without thinking about it. In-room afternoon tea was the ideal après spa compliment.

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Next we headed to the Lambs Club in the Chatwal Hotel for a pre-theater dinner where famed restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian (our cover story this month), winner of the Food Network’s Iron Chef competition, helms the kitchen. The dining room, with red leather banquettes, celebrity photos lining the walls and surroundings. I wondered if the cuisine could live up to the touches - did not disappoint. I chose a strawberry gimlet and boyfriend picked Guillermo Wallace – tequila, honey and peated Scotch from their famous old world cocktail menu – served with hand carved ice. At this point, I could not tell if the happy smile plastered across his face was from the Jiva massage or Guillermo’s tequila combo. No matter, it was all good. For starters, tender, well seasoned and excellent grilled octopus with lemongrass, turnips and potatoes. Hand cut beef tartare was bold and delicious. Hamachi Sashimi was fresh, and well balanced with celery root and compressed apple; quite tasty. A mouth. I chose a robust entrée, lamb loin with chorizo, piperade and sofrito across the table was prepared to perfect consistency. All Everyone in the room was smiling and chatty creating a cool, clubby vibe. I was expecting someone from Mad Men to walk in any second. We were taken back to another era, when

Speaking of grand, we were just down the block from Times Square where two of the brightest lights are currently shining on Broadway - Harry Connick, Jr. in “ On A Clear Day You Can See Forever ” and Hugh Jackman in his one man show. As a diehard fan of the handsome singer/pianist who has been compared to Frank Sinatra, I would go to see Harry Connick whistle Dixie. So off we headed for our entertainment jaunt to spend an evening in the theater with my favorite blue-eyed crooner. Forget about trying to analyze the wacky plot where a patient David is a reincarnation of Melinda - a feisty big form and wardrobe, singing and dancing, during the hypnosis sessions, and Connick falls in love with her. Sit back and enjoy the New Orleans crooner with a voice like velvet as he sings that classic Burton Lane/Alan Jay Lerner score. That’s reason enough to go. On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. St. James Theatre 246 W. 44th St. 212 239 6200

Massage and Overnight at the Pierre – check. Dinner at Lamb’s Club with Good Food and Fine Wine – check. A Broadway Legend as Entertainment– check. As Mae West, a native New Yorker herself said, “ You only live once, but if you do it right – Once is Enough.”

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Some years back the Parks Department attempted to build an ant hill of a slope in the hopes of attracting skiers to some city parks. That idea went downhill faster than the skiers could muster any speed. Nordic

There is a truism amongst ski resort operators that unless skiers see snow or other skiers with slats on the rooftop of the car heading north, they think there is no snow and they opt for dinner and a movie instead. of spotting a convoy of skiers heading for the Thruway is somewhat slim and, except for the odd blizzard the streets are bereft of the white stuff by morning. And, frankly, what little snow is left on city streets after a couple of hours is unattractive and uninviting, mountain resorts. Another little known fact is that there are more ski areas in New York State than in the mountains of Vermont and many of them offer the same terrain variety and enough diversity so as to cater to any skill set.

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skier, a mountain is necessary. City skiers often prefer day trips to maximize their time on the slopes and many resorts within an easy day’s drive of Times Square are perfect for day trippers, there are some within that reachable circle that also offer overnight and weekend accommodations. hair more than two hours away are Belleayre, Hunter and Windham. All three are an easy drive on the Thruway to Exits 19, 20 and 21 and then about a half hour on local highways. Belleayre is an anomaly in that it is run by the New York State Department of Environmental Protection. That is a double edged sword because while it keeps the price of lift tickets reasonably low (to the consternation of Windham and Hunter) it is also at the mercy of Albany budget cutters who can’t think beyond the tip of

their collective noses. Interestingly, it shows that some government operations can work. While privately owned resorts are able to budget for promotion and events such as and improved, Belleayre was not permitted by DEP to participate. In spite of this, Belleayre has a diverse double chair lifts carrying about 1,200 skiers per hour to a high speed, detachable quad moving 2,400 an hour. Belleayre’s six lifts that even on holiday weekends the lift lines move along at a rapid pace. There are 13 green trails, 24 blues and 9 black diamonds. For the truly insane there are 13 double blacks that’ll chill the heart of most city skiers. off the Rt. 28 entrance. Belleayre is located about a half hour from Thruway

A true skier enjoys the scenery almost as much as speeding down a mountain trail. Skiers have been known to stop along the trailside and just stand there, admiring the scenery.

before Margaretville. If there is a downside to Belleayre, it is the fact that overnight accommodations are virtually non-existent. A move to build resort accommodations others point to the jobs it could create. No resolution in sight. For snow reports and information, check out: Nearby Hunter Mountain has been a favorite for the high school and college crowd since its inception and weekends tend to be crowded, although skiers do spread out over the resort’s three mountains. Reached by Exit 20 and then following the well-marked signs, Hunter is also about a half hour from the Thruway. There are a wide variety of skill trails with 16 greens over the three mountains, 14 blues, West caters only to experienced skiers and offers no green trails. It has three blacks and three double blacks. Hunter One is best suited for the casual skier with nine greens, Mountain covers all four skill designations. The resorts 10 lifts can easily handle an amazing 16,400 skiers per hour while the

Handle Tow drags about 550 bunny slopers. Hunter has installed one of the most enjoyable zip line adventures in the country. There are several that carry passengers through the tree tops and one that runs some across the valley in a spine-tingling ride. The zip doesn’t come cheap and it is not included in lift ticket prices, but it one of the most exciting rides you’ll ever experience. There are a number of overnight and weekend accommodations in close proximity to Hunter. For information check out: The third resort in this triumvirate is Windham Mountain off Exit 21, only about 118 miles from New York City, and about a half hour west as are the other two. The area around Windham offers a wide variety of accommodations, restaurants and activities.

and one double and an overall uphill capacity of some 1,600 skiers per hour. The crowd at Windham appears to be just slightly older than those skiing at Hunter and upstairs in the lodge is a great place to relax and then have lunch or dinner in the adjacent restaurant. For information, check out: The excellent road network connecting these three resorts to the Thruway, provide an excellent opportunity for day trippers to take advantage of limited time to get to and from the resorts. Whichever one you choose you can’t go wrong. Close to the city and fun for the whole family is the name of the game here. Go and enjoy and laugh to yourself as you watch others travel all those hours to Vermont knowing that your skiing enjoyment is only around the corner.

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If you visit Peru, your guide will undoubtedly tell you certain things, many of them food-related. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll discover that there are, thanks to the 28 microclimates, some 3000 varieties of potato grown in the nation. That the distinctive Peruvian gourmet corn, with kernels nearly the

size of incisors, is raised in a specially demarcated region similar to the ones set aside for growing top-grade Cuban tobacco and grapes for champagne. That Punoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rain forests produce the best organic coffee in the world, and pisco, the incomparable national beverage, was developed by Italian

immigrants who were trying to distill a Peruvian variant of grappa. And that there are roughly 5000 Chinese restaurants in the country, and chifa, as the cuisine is called, is Peruâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular food.


What can’t be conveyed in language, however, is the incomparable majesty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, nestled high in the Peruvian Andes, and the urbane elegance and surprising variety of the nation’s capital, Lima. These must be experienced, and one could do far worse than to do so from two of the most recent luxury properties opened by Libertador, Peru’s leading hotel group: Tambo del Inka, in the Sacred Valley, and the Westin Lima, both designed, with signature suavity, At some 9000 feet above sea level, and with an average year-round temperature of 55 degrees, the Urubamba Valley (as the Sacred Valley is properly called), sits between two Andean sub-ranges in the Cusco region, and is the preferred place for summer houses among the nation’s elite. And no surprise – apart from the temperate climate, the landscape is uncanny: the mountains rise straight up the valley; on the higher surrounding plains, acres of rolling farmland combine with the proximity of the high peaks, Wagnerian cloud formations, and eye-searing crystalline light to The area was deemed sacred by the Incans, not for its beauty, but because the

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Urubamba River, which crosses the valley on a north/south axis, mirrors the route of the Milky Way: the ancients believed that the two “rivers,” earth-bound and celestial, would meet at the end of the world. Its geographic pleasures notwithstanding, the area is best known for its standout attraction, the 15th-century Incan “lost city,” Machu Picchu. Set on a vertigo-inducing mountain ridge, the UNESCO World Heritage monument, now widely believed to have been the summer palace of the Inca’s king of kings, Pachacuti, is one of the most popular destinations on the planet. Last year was the one-hundredth anniversary of its discovery by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. Picchu is easy to visit, thanks to the

retains strong visual and actual connections

and extremely well-organized ten daily train trips (ranging from no-frills to ultra-luxurious) to Aguas Calientes from points around the valley. Tambo del Inka is the only hotel with its own Machu Picchu train stop (the trip takes twoand-a-half hours), and that is only one of its charms. The 128-room resort, which opened

is a superlative restaurant, called Hawa (“heaven”), which draws on the abundant local ingredients and specializes in “Novo Andina” cuisine. “The sky is the color of a donkey’s belly” is a saying I heard from several individuals in Lima and in fact, while it (allegedly) almost

and abstracts the Andean vernacular building retreat that, hard by the Urubamba River,

linked structures recall shed and lean-to construction on a palatial scale; with their balance of local chihuahuaco wood, stone, regional textiles, and woven rattan (the interiors were executed by Roberto Caparra), the guest rooms, suites and multi-story public spaces combine luxury with an overlay of craft-based simplicity. From the “man does not live by Machu Picchu alone” department: Tambo del Inka outdoor lap pool(all of which, regrettably, can only be accessed by walking through the main lobby in your sweaty gym clothes or bathrobe,

never rains, the sun seldom made a proper appearance during my stay. But do not let the weather – or the fact that the city has 225,000 taxis and none contain meters (meaning a fare negotiation for every trip) – stop you from visiting. Lima remains a cosmopolitan yet low-pressure city with, distributed among (ranging from the expected Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean Revival to unexpected examples of Deco, Bauhaus and Tudor); ample park space (including, in the upscale odd architectural sites; impressively creepy catacombs; an exceptionally well curated, utterly absorbing pre-Columbian art museum, with a delightful (and, I must say, educational) erotic pottery gallery (Museo Larco, in an 18th-century mansion constructed atop a seventh-century pyramid); and – when the charms of cultural tourism pale – casino gambling and a beach popular with surfers. San Isidro, the city’s garden district and center and, despite its heavy business, tourist

old-world aristocratic quality it developed as a colonial enclave in the early 20th century. San Isidro is home to “El Olivar,” a fourcentury-old park and historic landmark; Huaca Huallamarca, an archaeological site dating from 100 B.C.; and the Virgen del opened last July, it has the distinction of being in the tallest building in Peru. Accordingly, Arquitectonica’s sleek, undulating tower seems consciously contrived to be a contemporary icon for a booming city and, indeed, everything about it feels – indeed, is – outsized. The 20,000-square-foot spa – the largest in any South American city – has 17 treatment rooms, multiple water features center that would pass muster with the most discerning gym rat. No less monumental is the business center, with its 18,000-squarefoot convention facility – the largest indoor meeting room in Peru – and numerous smaller venues. So it’s surprising that, with its multiple “largest in” distinctions the Westin Lima is actually an inviting place to stay. This owes much to the interior design work, by the Chilean Sergio Echeverria. Much attention

has been paid to the material palette, which in the guest rooms and public spaces is almost unfailingly warm, organic and, where appropriate, luxurious; furnishings that gain notice for being more thoughtfully considered than the ones typically found in generation hip-hotel style clichés; and most of all the art program, which has been curated carefully enough to cause you to actually stop and consider what’s on the walls. Best of all, among the Westin Lima’s various dining venues can be found a powerhouse: Maras, overseen by chef Rafael Piqueras, whose resume includes Antica Osteria del Teatro in Italy and, not least, Spain’s late, great El Bulli. Piqueras’ tasting menu more than delivered the goods. Tuna tartare with ceviche-style scallops; a corn tart wild mushroom Porcon sauce; grilled deeppumpkin ravioli: it all added up to one of the most thoroughly satisfying dinners I’ve had in years. And as it was the last experience I had before leaving, several hours later, for a to a visit that was, in every sense, savory.




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Chelsea Piers Summer Sports Camp: kids spend their days bowling, playing football and hockey, doing gymnastics and more – all at a world-class athletic facility. The camp is designed for the active and sports-oriented youth (Pre-K to teen). The program will run from June up from a single week to a total of 11 weeks. In addition to gaining a well-rounded sports education, campers also receive lunch and participate in special activities. Past summers have featured appearances by professional athletes vary for ages and individual sport camps, although most are half-day or full-day camps beginning at about 9 a.m. is located at 23rd Street and the Hudson River at Pier 62.

Curious Jane: by letting girls (grades 3-6) decide how they spend their each week. Options include Toy Design (developing an imaginary company), D.I.Y. Fashions (practicing alterations and decorating), Wired 101 (working with electronics and robotics), ‘Zine Scene (creating a collaborative magazine) and more. Younger girls (grades 1-2) can join the Curious Jane Junior group. Camps are offered Monday through Friday at Manhattan’s Marymount School, The Brooklyn Free School and The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn. Regular hours are from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. However, earlybird drop off and after camp is available for a slight daily charge. Curious Jane also offers discounts for multi-week enrollment and enrolling with friends or family.

Kids Creative Summer Camp: it’s the scene for the young rising Broadway stars. Returning for its thirteenth and work together as they create musicals. Campers split their time between musical production and engaging in The camp is divided into three age categories: Create-ATale (grades Pre-K-1), Create-A-Play (grades 2-5) and Create-A-Dream (grades 6-8). Hours are from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at P.S. 87 William T. Sherman School. Early drop-off, early pick-up and late pick-up are about this camp for shining stars.

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Camp Intrepid: invites kids to hop aboard the ship that is the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex for an exciting and educational journey. The camp topics such as aviation, marine life, astronomy and life at sea. Campers also choose from weekly themes enhanced by hands-on interactive activities and museum exhibits. Themes include Underwater Exploration, A Pirate’s Life and more. The camp is both an indoor and outdoor experience. Campers participate in relay races and obstacle for returning campers and those who register before April 15. The camp is offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. during 10 weeks of summer. The museum is at West 46th Street and 12th Avenue at Pier 86.

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New York Resident (NYR): Tell me how you came up with the name of the company?

And the headquarters of “Pas de deux”

Ms. Kim and Mr. Choi (Pas de Deux): The name of the company, “Pas de deux” (French, steps of two) is a duet in which ballet dancers perform the dance

It truly is a trendsetting committee of

when the passion of the chocolatiers, and the quality of the chocolates are synthesized or harmonized to make a perfect duet. Both my son and I think of

Pas de Deux: It’s been about a decade since we introduced and positioned the

Our brands, “Pas de deux” and “Pas de deux meme” are responsible for different parts of the company. First, “Pas de deux” manages the education from beginner manufacturing and sales of our chocolates. The second brand, “Pas de deux meme” is inspired by “Pas de deux” in both philosophy and culture. NYR: Other than you and your mother, Pas de Deux: All the employees who are de deux” and they all work as stockholders of the company. We all engage in a classes, baking classes, chocolate applied products and many kinds of chocolate drinks. Many graduates of “Pas de deux” chocolate shops all around the country.

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gather all the Pas de deux’s graduates, the

NYR: Where did you learn your technique? Pas de Deux (Ms. Kim): My major Japan to study more about my major but I

NYR: What do you do exactly - please be

and since then the handmade chocolate market has shown consistent growth. The

graduating, I worked simultaneously as a chocolate shop in Paris, taking the Eurothe head patissier at an European Hotel.

of Western style sweets and desserts and subsequently, for many, they are turning this passion into a profession. “Pas de deux” is the pioneering chocolate school

NYR: thing to make?

productions of chocolate, chocolate applied baking, education of chocolate drinks, consulting for chocolate businesses,

chocolate. By doing so, we feel that this

with foreign countries. NYR: Why chocolate - what about this

Pas de Deux:

something right. It is a thrilling happiness to be able to express in chocolate. NYR: outside of Seoul? Pas de Deux: For the past decade,

Pas de Deux (Ms. Kim): chocolate since I was a kid and thought the an art and admiring gift. When I thought about it, handmade chocolate really does design. And once I realized I could make art with them I made a decision to become a chocolatier for rest of my life.

such as cakes, desserts and chocolate

de deux”. Therefore, we are now seeking countries who recognize the worth of

our company and help us to distribute throughout the world. In early 2012, we are planning to sponsor at the Korean (K) Pop Star Awards in Japan and hope it can help us to achieve more brand recognition. NYR: Do you work with any foreigners/ Westerners? Pas de Deux: We are always able to communicate and work with foreigners. Through a variety of global exchanges, we seek to share Korean handmade chocolate culture, industrial information and the great taste of our chocolate. We are also hoping to gain attention for the Korean

handmade chocolate market through this interview. Lastly, we are constantly maintaining connections with Japanese chocolatiers and every year we visit them to share trends, market updates and other useful information.

long-term purpose is to make a Korean chocolate association and academy of chocolate studies so that research and development of handmade chocolate can be improved.

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KATORI HALL’S “The Mountaintop” appeared to be a sure thing - winner of the Olivier Award, starring Samuel L. Jackson as Martin Luther King Jr. and Angela Bassett as an attractive chambermaid named Camae and directed by Kenny Leon. The playwright seems determined to bring King down to earth, starting the work with the civil rights leader calling to Ralph (Abernathy, presumably) to get him a pack of cigarettes. Then, he goes to the bathroom offstage and audibly urinates, after which a cup of coffee and it is delivered by drink alcohol and discuss politics, among other things; she expresses views closer to Malcolm X’s. I won’t reveal the weird directions the two-character play takes but they are ridiculous, despite a strong montage section near the end. Jackson (wearing a wig and sporting a mustache) is completely credible, as both the public and the private Dr. King. Bassett is equally gifted, with an extraordinary range of facial expressions and vocal intonations but she is misdirected into overacting and lapsing into comedy

shtick. Setting the play in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis (where Dr, King stayed) on developed it as a play. On the plus side, David Gallo’s motel set looks real and Branford Marsalis’ score perfectly sets the mood. “The Atmosphere of Memory,” a new play by David Bar Katz, directed by Pam MacKinnon (with a modest set by David Gallo), is a send-up of autobiographical plays, like those by O’Neill and Williams. It begins with a play within a play, in which the author (Max Casella) has cast his mother as herself. Things go awry when his other is offended that she is depicted as having played with his genitals in the bathtub when they were children. Then, the author’s cocky deadbeat dad appears to add his caustic comments. Katz is lucky to have Ellen Burstyn and John Glover as the warring parents. While some of the jokes score, the work quickly becomes tiresome. To transform this unhappy childhood into art would require better writing than is on display here.

(because after learning his father’s secrets the young man disappeared, changing his name and moving into a basement apartment in Greenwich Village, where the work is set). Antonescu tracks him down and proceeds to have his son pose as his gay lover so that the crook can pull off one more big scam, using his heterosexual son as bait. The see the dated work—Rattigan wrote some excellent plays, but this isn’t one of them—

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son’s girlfriend, Zach Grenier as the sleazy businessman/mark and Michael Siberry as Antonescu’s right-hand-man Sven. Francesca Faridany is amusing as Antonescu’s wife, though she seems to have wandered in from a Noel Coward comedy. Director

BOY Frank Langella, Adam Driver Photo: Joan Marcus. BOTTOM. Angela Basset in the Broadway production THE MOUNTAINTOP. Photo: Joan Marcus.

comedy, or perhaps a stronger drama than this. In any event, Langella is worth the price of admission.



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THE 1971 ROCK MUSICAL “GODSPELL” is based on “The Gospel According to St. Matthew,” but takes a jokey approach to the material. Now back on Broadway (at the Circle in the Square Theater) in a production directed by Daniel Goldstein, the book by John-Michael Tebelak has been updated with references to a host of well served by an energetic cast. The savior and his apostles are a sort of rainbow coalition, led by Hunter Parrish, who seems closer to Justin Bieber than Jesus Christ. He and his followers splash around in holy water, leap on trampolines and play charades with members of the audience. The musicians are placed around the theater and the show is wholesome family fun, assuming your kids are old enough to deal impressive since she is an understudy), “Day by Day” by Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, and good-natured. To celebrate the anniversary of “Godspell,” Masterworks Broadway has released a of the show and the differences between the recordings. The original cast recording City” and also features, in the role of Jesus, the young Victor Garber. I was pleased to learn that there will be a recording of the Circle in the Square production. Also from Masterworks Broadway are “Follies In Concert” (with a fabulous cast, including

with composer Eubie Blake playing piano and songs performed by Thelma Carpenter,

Masoch (from whose name “masochism” is derived). An actress with an attitude shows up for an unscheduled audition and soon plays head games with the author-director of a theatrical adaptation of the novel. The play-within-a-play device works in this instance and the actress, played by Nina Arianda, soon has her would-be employer eating out of her hands. As she demonstrated in the original off-Broadway production, she has the same effect on audiences. The

good news about the Broadway version, directed by Walter Bobbie, is that Arianda has an ideal love-hate partner in Hugh Dancy. precursor of the screwball romantic as a vehicle for himself and Gertrude varying success. The current Broadway revival, directed by Richard Eyre, stars Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross and they skillfully maintain the love-hate balance throughout. Their stick-in-the-mud

spouses are well played by Anna Madeley and Simon Paisley Day. Coward provides plenty of laughs and any show where towel is off to a promising start. “Private



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his “semester” on Broadway, there is serious examination of the interplay of race, gender and ethnicity – a veritable survey course in the introduction of sociology. Lydia R. Diamond’s Broadway debut, Stick Fly (Cort Theatre), presented by Alicia Keys (who also composes original music for the production) is a superb tri-fecta. This dramatic comedy of the LeVay family is set in David Gallo’s incredible set, a Martha’s Vineyard summer home for the wealthy African American family. Tony award winner Ruben Santiagoneurosurgery practice is emulated by his plastic surgeon son Flip (a prowlingly arrogant Mekhi Phifer) and Kent/Spoon be launched. An unimpressed Joe that “paid for law school, business school in a master’s in sociology,” and questions when Kent is “going to get a job.” Having gone to law school, graduate school and gotten an advanced degree in sociology, I felt for Kent when he “shrank,” according to his new fiancée Taylor, played with compassion and ferocity by Tracie Thoms, an earnest entomologist who is deemed still lacking, despite a background as a semi-acknowledged (but

legitimate) daughter of a Pulitzer Prize winner. While the “surprise” of the weekend was supposed to be Flip’s white (no, Italian, no, WASP) girlfriend Kimber (Rosie Benton), a privileged woman who works with inner-city students, the truest surprise of this play (which is ultimately more about family dysfunction than anything else) is young Condola Rashad, as second generation housekeeper Cheryl. This young woman receives second billing to the more acclaimed and famed, who should watch out – Rashad’s Broadway debut follows on her acclaimed performance in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning Ruined, and I predict she will someday soon bring a Tony to place on her own family’s mantle. Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar (Golden Theater) is conducted by the superlative Alan Rickman as Leonard, who purrs, snarls, mocks, mimics and otherwise tortures four aspiring writers (Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Jerry O’Connell and Hettiene Park), disarmed Broadway audiences in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, leaving all of the women wanting to sleep with him, it should come as little surprise that he has a similar effect on his seminar students, even as he trounces his way through their writing (shared brilliantly with the audience by oral rendition). Chinglish (Longacre Theatre), is David Henry Hwang’s new comedy of manners, ethnic misunderstandings and the non-material culture or words and gestures, which we call language. With superscripts in English translating between Mandarin Chinese and English, Daniel Cavanaugh (Gary Wilmes) tries to explain how a bumbling signmaker ties to forge a deal with a second city, dealing with unable translators, a corrupt government, a duplicitous intermediary (Stephen Pucci) and a very able second in command, Xi Yan (the superbly linguistic and comedic Jennifer Lim). Those who enjoy (or enjoy being frustrated by) signage will howl, as will those who appreciate superscripts (which have unabridged language). For those who seek language and exploration through movement, rather than verbal communication, Parsons Dance returns to The Joyce Theater from January 10-22, 2012, with a program that includes two World Premieres, a new untitled piece by David Parsons as well as a new untitled work choreographed by emerging choreographer and former Parsons dancer, Kate Skarpetowska.


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THE 3 COHENS are a world class group of musical siblings. They differ from other famous jazz families (such as the Marsalis and the Heath brothers) in that they are from Israel and one member is a sister Anat, who plays sax and clarinet. Her brothers are trumpeter Avishai and soprano saxophonist Yuval. They each have their own careers but get together periodically to record and tour. The latest album is appropriately titled “Family” and is dedicated to their parents. Performing with them is Aaron Goldberg on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums and the special guest artist is the charming vocalist Jon Hendricks. The CD gets off to a swinging Both Yuval and Avishai penned tributes to Charles Mingus—“Blues for Dandi’s Orange Bull Chasing an Orange Sack” and “With the Soul of the Greatest of All,” which recalls the mood swings in the late bassist-bandleader’s compositions. They evoke the early days of jazz with their fresh versions of “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?” and “Tiger Rag.” Hendricks adds charm to “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and

on February 11th, Anat Cohen will perform with her Quartet at Miller Theater at Columbia University. Not all Cohens come from Israel. Emmet Cohen, a 21 year old rising star, was originally from Florida and he grew up in New Jersey. The pianist already has an impressive resume and has been Downbeat's Best Jazz Soloist and leader of the Best Piano Competition. His debut CD, “In the Element” is mostly a trio date with bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Rodney Green, supplemented by trumpeter Greg Gisbert on three tracks. Included are four originals and six covers. His funky composition, “Just Desserts” with Gisbert sounds like a classic Blue Note track, something that Lee Morgan could have recorded, while “Good Morning Heartache” exudes emotion. Cohen comes up with inspired re-workings of pop standards, as in the opening “It’s Alright With Me.” Clearly, this young man lives up to the hype. On February 18th at 199 Chambers Street. work at Capitol and at the label he formed, Reprise. “Best of the Best’s” chronological At Heart,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “All The Way,” and “Come Fly With Me,” as well as the Sinatra recording that is the theme of “Married With Children,” “Love 1980, are also featured, including “Night And Day,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Strangers In The Night,” “My Way,” and “Theme From New York, New York.” “Best of the Best’s” 2 CD version adds a previously out-of-print Seattle concert recording, and is packaged in a lift-top box with an expanded booklet Sinatra in 1957 at the peak of his powers with a full band led by Nelson Riddle. The material is all from the Great American Songbook with only one ephemeral tune, “Hey Jealous Lover.”



FEW MOVIES in recent years have moved an audience to rise from seats at the conclusion, applaud and stand still while watching the credits. War Horse was one of them. One of the best war movies—make that one of the best movies ever produced was “The Killing Fields.” The film showed the absolute brutality of the vicious Khmer Rouge in Cambodia slaughtering millions of their own people. Audiences left theaters absolutely drained war naked and drew the audience into the brutality of man vs. man. War Horse does not skimp on the brutality of war, but it shows a human side to the combatants and how even those trying to kill each other can show compassion and humanity. Joey, the War Horse, has an understanding of those around him shared by few humans. He responds to kindness and patience and is forlorn when another horse he has bonded with dies. With all the horror and death in the end it is an uplifting tale. Spielberg has cast a virtual unknown, Albert Narracott, a young English farm boy who raises and trains a horse only to breaks out. Think “Call of the Wild,” about a dog that goes from master to master in Alaska, sometimes fending on his own and at other times eking out life in the care of of “The War to end all wars,” and you can have “character,” Joey, the stallion has it in spades. He survives artillery attacks, cavalry charges and entanglement in barbed wire. Although some of the


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instances border on the preposterous, the audience is forgiving because the story is so compelling. Some in the audience commented that the story could have been trimmed somewhat to shorten it’s nearly two and a half hour length. The majority of those in the theater did not appear to agree. Peter Mullen, cast as a downtrodden farmer harboring dark feelings over his role in the Boer War, has turned to drink and buys Joey at an auction, spending money that should have gone to pay the rent on his farm. Mullen is perfectly cast in the role as is Emily Watson as his formerly beautiful wife,

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Carlo manages the trade shows and operations while Clorinda works closely with the company’s sale representatives scattered throughout the country. Both share responsibility in designing La Villa Collections’ products. Some designs are exclusively Carlo’s, while others are the result of Clorinda’s fashion and art expertise. The scene at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is a familiar one. On 2012 New York International Gift Fair. Buyers and designers will enter, weaving through the display maze of housewares and accessories. And Carlo and Clorinda Palandri will man their booth for La Villa Collections. There, the company plans to unveil its nine newest lines of European glass, ceramics and tableware. Three years ago, the Palandris built La Villa Collections on a foundation of heritage, specialties and networking. Now, Carlo and Clorinda are the Jack and Jill of all trades. The husband and wife team oversees the entire process, from the drawing book to the actual production to the sales.

At age twenty-one, Carlo moved to the United States from his Tuscan homeland. While in Italy, he apprenticed for a furniture maker and attended art and dance school. Once in the States, he opened a furniture business. His involvement and connections in the industry helped him forge relationships with overseas factories. As Clorinda puts it, one thing simply led to another. décor was made in Italy, which seemed appropriate considering the country was perhaps the greatest source of inspiration for La Villa Collections. They continued to make a handful of collections strictly out of Italy, but have since expanded. One of the biggest changes came

in the past year and a half, when they began using Turkish factories to produce glassware. “Right now it’s hard for a lot of factories overseas,” Palandri said. “A lot are eager to work with us, and we have close personal relationships with them.” These close relationships with glass factories in Florence and ceramic factories in Umbria require year. Palandri said she is not quite as lucky as her husband, but believes it is also a good excuse for him to visit his family members. The Palandris started their business during an economic time as fragile as their products. But La Villa Collections has managed to survive – a feat that realistically is the company’s greatest accomplishment, Palandri said. In an effort to appeal to a broader audience, La Villa Collections has turned to designing more price-conscious selections for its glassware, their best-selling product. Colored glass and stemware from Italy and Turkey will be among these new collections. Palandri predicts new products from India will also be even more competitively priced.


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At age 8, Marilyn Hoffman knew what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. For her, it was an obvious choice. Real estate was in her blood. Hoffman, an international real estate broker and founder of Hoffman International Properties, Inc., was the daughter of a Texas developer and racehorse breeder. Early exposure to the real estate industry shaped her specialties and provided her with background knowledge. “I never wanted to do anything else,” Hoffman said. “[Real estate] was appealing because you get to travel, sell beautiful places and meet interesting people.” that she began smashing sales records. She $5.2 million Dallas estate – three times more than any previous sale in Dallas. Since then, Hoffman’s listings have continued to grow, both in importance and price. She has even set records for selling the largest homes in multiple states. Hoffman credits well-executed shows, expert advertising, colorful brochures and creative marketing for the success her company has

After completing her educational training in real estate, a 21-year-old Hoffman dove into the industry. She kicked off her real estate career working for a few different companies. Hoffman noticed, however, that each company marketed houses in the same non-proactive manner. “I knew there had to be a better way, and I knew I had to start my own business in order to make it happen,” Hoffman said. So in the early 1970s in Dallas, Texas, she did just that. Although Hoffman was successful at the start, it was not until the following decade

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seen. She said she believes customers are attracted to the company’s beautiful exhibits, which feature a VIP tent with brochures and videos on current listed properties. “Nobody else in the world does what we do,” Hoffman said. “We are completely unique.” The company organizes exhibits at a number of exclusive events. Some notable ones include the Hampton Classic, an annual dinner event at the Kentucky Derby, the Festival del Sole in Napa Valley, the Bal de la Mer gala at the

Monaco Yacht Show and the Salon du Cheval show in Paris. Hoffman will host an exhibit at the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic on January 19.

Hoffman International Properties the titles of both the Best International Luxury Broker and Best American Luxury Broker at the Jaguar Gold Elite Awards in London.

While the exhibits require significant planning, they also reap rewards for Hoffman. An exhibit in Ohio even led to the company’s involvement in overseas sales, she said. At the event, Hoffman met the owners of an Irish castle. After she attained that listing, the business in Europe skyrocketed. She later expanded business to both Central and South America.

Other big transactions for Hoffman include

Hoffman International’s property listings now cover the map. According to Hoffman, she is one of the few brokers in the world who is licensed in several states. Her clientele are often a who’s who in the world of sports and business, including the CEO of the largest company in the country. She has sold homes for golfer Lee Trevino and the late quarterback Don Meredith, and she has sold homes to billionaire T. Boone Pickens, the owner of a major sports team and others. Deion Sanders also listed his $21 million home and $7.5 million penthouse with Hoffman. In 1984 the International Federation of Estate Agents presented Hoffman with the Superstar Award. The accolade recognized Hoffman as the agent with both the highest weekly and yearly volume for sales. It also represented another achievement: in a mere seven days, she sold a total of $7 million worth of homes. One of the sales during that record-setting week was the $4 million home of cosmetics empire queen Mary Kay Ash.“It was a normal week. Just a great week when everything came together at once,” Hoffman said. Similar achievements have also earned

of the home assembled artisans from every corner of the world. Hoffman said those who visit usually say they have never seen anything like it before, and are often overwhelmed by its unique style. A prospective buyer from Dubai visited, but Hoffman has yet to sell the $58 million home. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of Hoffman’s real estate strategy is her ability to integrate her career and hobby. She breeds horses and donates them to the same charity galas that feature exhibits for her company. princess. She also donated ten horses to the American Cancer Society and raised $25,000 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities when one of her horses sold at a fundraiser. Hoffman gets much pleasure from being able to introduce horses to people who have never thought of buying one. And once the buyers have the horse, she said she has

Marilyn and Dean Fearing at the New Years Gala at Fearings Restaurant, which was picked as one of the Top Ten Restaurants in the World. Marilyn’s guest at the gala included Isabelle Cottrell, former owner of the Texas Rangers with President Bush. Marilyn has the listing on Isabelle’s Preston Hollow estate in Dallas, with an 11,000 sq ft. Neo-classical mansion on a 2 acre gated estate with pool, tennis court, and guest house. a $20 million Wisconsin home. Hoffman said the Wisconsin sale, which she closed for full price in 24 days, was her most memorable. The real estate gem that has captured Hoffman’s attention for the past four months is an 84-acre California property. To bring his

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Owned by the Maccioni family of Le Cirque fame, the restaurant offers upscale Italian fare built upon a foundation of signature Tuscan recipes under the direction of Executive Chef Michael Galata. The menu is served in a lively, sophisticated setting reminiscent of the old-style European circus tents which inspired the restaurant’s name and for which the family has become synonymous. On our visit to the restaurant, we were struck by the charming interior and delicious food. True to its name the restaurant has bright blue circus rings suspended with gold stars, sculptures of monkeys swinging overhead, playful clowns dancing above the open kitchen and a ceiling hung with tapestries - all to reinforce the vibrant circus theme. And the food is just as effervescent! Balancing classic Tuscan dishes and more contemporary seasonal offerings, Circo is a treasure for New Yorker and visitor alike. There were many dishes that we loved, but a few were standouts. We were enthralled by the Polpo alla Brace – grilled octopus with fennel, artichoke, tomato and a pine nut salad with basil and vinaigrette adding needed acidity. Pastas abound and a knockout was the Ravioli di Mamma Egi. Here it was served with ricotta di bufala and spinach in a butter and sage sauce. It was divine – tender, sweet and savory at the same time – a true masterpiece!


Located in the heart of Chelsea, this artisanal-inspired, handcrafted restaurant whose chic interior and hip staff draw-in large crowds is owned by Donatella Arpaia, the maven of food television and visionary of Italian cooking. From the moment we walked in to the last bite of food, we were in love with the restaurant. Its appetizers were scrumptious (try their Calamari Fritti, Crocchette di Patate and Arancini). We loved the fried calamari, but the two dishes we obsessed over were the potato and mozzarella croquette and the fried rice balls. These two encapsulate Donatella’s love of the Abruzzo region of Italy (she has familial roots there) and brought back memories of my many trips to that beautiful region. The pizzas were out-of-this-world, partly because each one is cooked in a 700 degree wood burning oven to create a pizza that is both soft in the middle and crispy on the ends. This is in keeping with the authentic Neapolitan tradition. We had the Rotolino with (from the Parmigiano). It was perfectly balanced and it showcased the care and skill that Donatella’s kitchen is achieving. Resident


fact that we’ve seen everything before – haute Barnyard, rustic Italian, myself that if I see one more clever way to use foie gras I might just stop in the light of the recent opening of Gravy, a fabulous new restaurant Southern cuisine with a twist. delicious new cuisine draws inspiration from the traditional fares of such notable cities as New Orleans, Savannah and Charleston. Housed in a landmarked printing press building, the space boasts eighteen foot ceilings and original brick walls. Recently colleagues and I had a lavish lunch here. And from start to with the quality of the ingredients, the technique on display and the tastiness of the food. And we promised ourselves (and have followed up) that we would return for another meal.

What can be said about Southern cuisine that hasn’t already been said? Its richness is legendary and it is often considered the pride of American cooking. But for so long here in New York it was derided and underserved. Now with Gravy, New Yorkers can rejoice that we have a restaurant that caters to lovers of all things Southern. was almost literally out-of-this world! Served with a tomato aioli it was crisp and meaty at the same time. We loved the knew from this bite that we were in for a treat. Other appetizers that appealed to us were the spinach crab dip and the blue crab bisque. The spinach crab dip was perfectly made and its sweetness rang true, but that seen scraping the bottom of the bowl for the last spoonful of soup. boy served with green apple, avocado and arugula. The sharpness of the apple melded perfectly with the butteriness of the avocado and the sweetness of the shrimp. It was a true home-run. praised and I predict it’s here to stay for a long time. With I urge you to try it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed! Resident


For some time, popular and trendy spots in New York were synonymous with dining experience. But recently, things have changed. With the opening of two new spots, Gastroarte and Employees Only, the tide is shifting toward pleasing the consumer, providing well-prepared, thoughtful food in an atmosphere that is cool and vibrant. kitschy psychic at the entrance of Employees Only to the beautifully intricate paintings at Gastroarte, there was a chic and debonair feeling to both.

When one walks into Gastroarte, one knows one has arrived at a special place. Located on the ‘garden’ level, the space is bright, airy and has a wonderfully landscaped courtyard that serves as inspiration for an excellent meal. During the visit, we were struck with their innovative use of ingredients. We especially loved an appetizer of shrimp perfect combination with briny pungency and savory notes. For another starter the soft, and lobster ragout went beautifully with the loved was the Salmorejo – salt-cured rock shrimp, hitachino, white ale and grapes. The shrimp was perfectly plump and tender and the acidity of ale was paired nicely with the sweetness of the grapes. For a main dish we ordered and enjoyed the Serrano-wrapped

Employees Only, on the other-hand, invokes a speak-easy that tries to play off the rage in members-only clubs. With a sleek and modern bar, the dining room is somewhat of an afterthought. However, their food isn’t. Matched expertly with handcrafted cocktails and made with the utmost of care, my guest and I were thoroughly impressed. One of the most innovative dishes I’ve ever had was the bone marrow poppers. Served with a pastry shell and a bordelaise, it was a truly succulent and tender pieces of pork I’ve ever had. It was accompanied by black-eyed peas and Savoy cabbage. The peas gave a nice textural contrast to the pork, while the cabbage was rich and savory. Have a glass of their Provençale made with lavender infused Plymouth gin and stirred with Herbs de Provence-infused vermouth and cointreau – it was a real winner! Resident

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By Christopher Pape Here in the city we are spoilt for choices when it comes to Asian (pan, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, etc...) food. From the high to the low and everything in between, options abound for the picky New Yorker eater. And it isn’t necessarily the case (as it is typically in French or Italian) that cheaper means lesser quality. In fact, there are two places that I frequented radar. Take my word for it; these are two places that can’t be missed.

Full House Café: Located on the outskirts of Chinatown on Bowery, Full House Café is designed for a younger crowd of native Chinese customers and in the know non-Chinese seeking authentically delicious food at reasonable prices. With a modern décor and a full assortment of Chinese delicacies they are poised at becoming one of the hottest Chinese restaurants in town. It was telling that even my friend, who originates from Beijing, was impressed with the quantity and quality of their offerings. From their steamed crab meat and pork juicy dumplings (a perennial favorite of this journalist and done perfectly here) to Shanghai salted duck, each dish was made with care and consideration to the China they are highlighting. My friend, of aristocratic means and a fan of more subtle pleasantly plump with a full range of smoky

Republic: Popular among the NYU crowd, Republic located in the northwest corner of Union Square serves up deliciously prepared panAsian dishes that are sure to please. From appetizers like Fried Calamari which were breaded and had spicy mayo, watercress and sesame seeds which were equally imaginative and hearty to soups whose rich broth made me swoon – we were smiling through the whole meal. Their noodle dishes must be tried. Amongst their varied and interesting choices, our favorite was the spicy duck served with rice vermicelli, shredded duck, curry, coconut milk, bean sprouts and cilantro. Its rice vermicelli it also recalled Vietnam. The cilantro added needed brightness and the duck was succulently tender. Perfect for late night cravings or brunch plans, Republic has been churning out quality food at reasonable prices for years. Besides their savory options their dessert and drinks deserve praise. Go for yourself and you’ll see what I mean – it’s more than a bargain, it’s delicious too!

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On a recent trip to Wales I was put to test on a daily basis, mountain biking, sea kayaking rock-hopping, river rafting and coasteering into the Irish Sea. We found the best way to calm the nerves or celebrate the day’s success was with one of the country’s many spirits, another one of the countless gems that we discovered along our Welsh way. So, if you are looking to drink in the spirit of Wales this holiday season, you may want to consider stocking up on a few these Welsh beauties to place behind your globally savvy, holiday bar. Whiskey Time – Penderyn Scotland packs a punch on the whisky front, not to mention their neighboring Irish imbibers. So, it should come as no surprise that the Welsh too have a beautiful brand of whisky meant to be given as a gift (hello holiday bottle) or shared on a special occasion. Penderyn Distillery set in the foothills of Brecon Beacon has four single malt whiskies; The Madeira Single Malt matured in bourbon barrels and dry Oloroso sherry casks, The Penderyn Sherrywood Single Malt Whiskey with rich tones of dry sherry, Penderyn Peated, handcrafted to perfection with a subtle complexity of vanilla, citrus Cask, limited edition of 216 bottles hand signed by the Master Distiller Dr. Jim Swann himself. Anyone would drink to that.

Gin–If their fellow Brits can bang out a beautiful gin, one might suspect that they too could try their hand. And that’s exactly what they did. It was clear from with aplomb. Same Penderyn distillery, yet quite a different approach with botanicals from every corner of the globe infused in to their gin. Juniper berries form Macedonia, orange and lemon peel from Spain, cassia bark from China, licorice root from Sri Lanka, angelica root from France, nutmeg from India, coriander from Russia and orris root from Italy, made with water pulled million year old rock formation makes for a silky smooth herbaceous gin best left alone for quite some time. Try it for yourself and you’ll see why I love it as much as I do!

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Preparation: Beat egg yolks and sugar in a medium saucepan. Slowly beat in 2 cups of the milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until thermometer registers 150 degrees, or mixture coats the back of a metal spoon, Remove from heat; strain into container. Stir in remaining milk, Jim Beam Black, vanilla and nutmeg. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or overnight. Sprinkle with additional nutmeg. Makes 6-8 servings.




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