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We’re marching into March! And so excited to be doing so! I’ve got so many things to tell you and I can’t wait any longer. So with no further ado: Tasting New York, our 1st Annual Food Festival is almost here! We are working with Toshi of Flatiron Hotel to produce an event that won’t be easily forgotten. day of good eats, good drinks, good company, and good times! Ernie Anastos is the master of ceremonies and Claire Thomas will be presenting a special food demonstration. Speaking of Claire Thomas, she is our cover feature this month! Her name may not be well known to you, but I’m sure it’s a name you’ll hear more and more frequently. A native of LA, creator of the successful blog, Kitchy Kitchen, and host of Food for Thought (produced by Litton Entertainment; airing on ABC on the weekends), she has already accomplished much at a young age. We sat down and spoke of how she got into the business, her passions and what’s next for her. I know you are going to love the piece! Hutner Ryan Herdlicka the IT boy of Broadway is also featured. We were lucky enough to do the FIRST exclusive photo shoot in the new lounge, 54 Below. We thank them for the space and thank Hunter for his time. He is a good friend of mine and I know that he has a long and successful career ahead of him. He will also be performing at Tasting New York. I’m proud to present Dana Buckley; one of New York’s top photographers. reckoned with. Check out her feature and be inspired! This month it’s all about spring; Spring into Action with great camps for kids, great dining options, and great theater selections. We know if you use us as your guide, you won’t be disappointed. Kitty Pilgrim, the beautiful and talented former CNN anchor turned action writer has contributed another article. Like last month’s piece, Kitty’s wisdom and grace shine through! She is a class act and we are sure you’ll be fascinated to read her experience in Egypt. We also have magical Morocco, tranquil Turks & Caicos and many other wonderful destinations represented this month. As always, we work hard to bring the best in travel – from near to far – and we are dedicated to helping I’d like to thank all of the restaurants involved in Tasting New York. Without you, this idea could never be realized. Finally, a quick mea culpa: on our Uniworld Cruise article from last month we inadvertently put the wrong website address. Here is the correct one: www.

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Claire Thomas is not a name you may know, but it’s one you should. And it’s likely that in the near future it is one you may hear often. Creator of the successful food blog, Kitchy Kitchen and host of the new hit show, Food for Thought with Claire Thomas (produced by Litton Entertainment and airing on ABC on the weekends; check your local listings), Ms. Thomas has been on a roll. We are very happy to introduce you to her and ecstatic to announce her as our special guest at our Food Festival on March 24 at fascinating as I do; come out to meet her in person at Tasting New York. For tickets: Resident: Tell me a little about yourself. Claire Thomas: I was born and raised in LA and grew up very much a California girl - I don’t look it since I’m pale and a redhead – but I have always been surrounded by delicious, wonderful food. My mother and aunt are amazing cooks and we just grew up eating really wonderful California cuisine. I wouldn’t say my mom was a super creative cook, she would just draw from a Betty Crocker or Martha Stewart recipe, but I always really enjoyed it. I never felt like I really needed to be in the kitchen because it always felt like I was taking up space when my mom was in there – and why bother when your mom and aunt are such great cooks!

commercial director and owns a production company, so I’ve been a Production Assistant since I was 12 years old. I did everything from to doing runs to Burbank to pick things up making and advertising. When I was in high school I thought I wanted to be a director. The more I thought about it, the sillier it sounded because it’s so hard to break into. I ended up being interested in development work since I love storytelling and working with directors. I worked a few jobs in college and after I graduated I got producers. Unfortunately, I thought they wanted a story editor, but they more wanted a secretary. They were really nice guys but the job was quite boring and being there from 9am-8pm really drained me creatively. My mom saw this and told me I should to it was right around this point when I started baking my feelings! After a long day of being frustrated or annoyed, I would start tinkering around in the kitchen. I got very much into food history play around, and I started baking stuff and a food blog – which is hilarious since I still have to help my mom put attachments to emails, so I have no idea how she knew what a food blog was!

I started Kitchy Kitchen. Not understanding how the Internet really worked, I had assumed that there would be an audience three months I started picking up the camera and started to shoot food, still deciding what kind of food this blog was going to be about. I decided that this was going to be about original recipes as well as my photography because I knew that if I was going to put something out there it was going to be about something new and truly original. I do love restaurants and I do love chefs, but I’m not into restaurant gossip, which is big in LA, so I thought that I would focus on my goofy stuff that I found really interesting. The blog all of a sudden started getting really popular because of my photography and I was able to get a job as an assistant food stylist on different shoots. Soon after I started work as a food photographer. Meanwhile, I picked up any odd job I could possibly get in food, so while I was a food photographer I became also a personal chef for some families in the entertainment industry, I was a hostess – I did whatever I could to make a buck. That kept me busy, but as I kept working on the blog I decided to create some cool food videos. They began as interviewing people or talking to the camera while doing different recipes. One day a good friend came over with an HD camera that could shoot live action the from there. Before the DSLRs, the only real options to shoot food the way I wanted to


shoot was to use something like a wedge, which, unless you’re a very professional photographer, that’s a very expensive camera to rent.

I taught my friend how to shoot food the way I wanted to shoot food, so we posted that video and it became my calling card very shortly after. I started shooting food the way I saw commercials do it, in short, to the point, 30-45 second intervals. Since I’m not a trained chef, I thought that if I could take a recipe and show people how to make it in under a minute, it’s going to make me want to make it regardless of skill level. If you can be taught it in

under a minute, there’s a good chance you will want to do it. I liked the idea that even for people who weren’t going to make the food it was entertaining, it was a quick bite, and and watch a boring demo. You could watch something with beautiful visuals, fun music and cool graphics. You don’t have to listen to anyone explain it to you – you just watch and enjoy it. In the last 10 years there’s been a big change; the mainstream has become very interested in food and you can see it on the Food Network and all these different YouTube channels, Pitnerest food blogs and the like. It makes the consumer want to see food in a way that feels natural, organic, fresh and accessible, like something they would see in their own kitchen. And that’s how I shot food. R: Tell me more about the show.

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CT: The show’s fantastic! It’s really exciting for me because the show and my blog are so very different, and it allows me to get back to the basics. I get to focus on foods that are really delicious, simple, and yet fun to cook. My blog was initially very regional, about a foodie who lives in LA, and because this show speaks to a national audience I needed to connect with everybody and try to let everybody feel like they can make the food and be a part of the experience. cool for me to take over the Facebook page. Since then I have been on the Facebook page every single weekend, every Saturday morning, responding to questions and connecting with fans. I remember when we - I couldn’t believe 100 people were watching my show! And now we have over 26,000 fans on Fa c e b o o k and it’s amazing

to see this community growing and I’m able to relate to people and their families from anywhere in the world. The fact that every weekend they would watch me with their family and let me be part of their week in that way is so special. It’s a very emotional thing for me that people are trying and liking my recipes since they are so personal. I’m always asking people about how my recipes turned out and to get them to take a photo because it’s so exciting when a family posts something they cooked of my recipes and post it to the Facebook page! It makes my heart skip a beat. R: How do you compare the food and restaurant scene here in contrast with LA? CT: I love New York! I get to go about four times a year and this past year I spent a month in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I rented a little the majority of my cookbook out of a small apartment in Williamsburg, than everyone can make these recipes! And I was just using Ikea equipment that any 20-something would have in their apartment. I love New York food, but it’s very different than LA food. I think that New York has this history and there’s a level of expectation that comes with New York. There’s a certain way that you see things done. There are so many good restaurants that come from this rich history and culture, like Sauce on Rivington Street, which is very new, but it feels like its been there for 100 years. I don’t think you would have that experience in LA. New York food is a slightly different palette; you can

tell that it’s food that exists in weather. You can tell that there’s a fall, there’s a winter, a spring and summer, whereas in LA it’s the land of perpetual summer. There are lots of fresh greens, lots of fresh cultural references. In New York there’s a heavier palette, richness, and you know that if there’s a way to be over indulgent they’ll go for it and it will be so fun and so fabulous. Eating in New York is one of my favorite things to do – well, eating in general is my favorite thing to do – but LA and New York are different, but two sides of the same coin. The coin being delicious food, of course. R: If there was one misnomer about being a home cook, what is it? CT: It’s probably that you can’t cook exciting cooked meal means a crock-pot has been and salt rather than with fresh herbs, spices me, I love “homey” food. My mom’s chicken potpie is absolutely delicious. But I love making food that I like to eat without having to go out every night. I like making exciting hadn’t thought of before. For me, its all about going to the farmers market, getting what’s in season, talking to the farmers about their best it can be. Never be afraid to experiment. The nice thing about food is that it’s just food. It’s not this thing that needs to be super precious or something that you should worry

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The opportunity to visit Egypt comes at a time of transition and turmoil. Kitty Pilgrim explores the ancient and modern threads that connect two very different societies. Everyone fantasizes about at least one travel destination – a place where mystery and adventure blend with the touch of the exotic. Some people hope to visit the elaborate splendor of the Taj Mahal, or the soaring heights of Machu Picchu, the romantic lagoon of Venice, or the bohemian cafes of Montparnasse - all in the interest of experiencing a different culture, expanding horizons and learning something new.

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My obstacle to seeing these wonderful sights in situ has always been my busy schedule. Surely that kind of travel would require weeks of vacation and months of planning. More than I was willing to invest. So instead, hand – the superb Egyptian collection at the Metropolitan Museum and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the British Museum in London or Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland. go to Egypt. The catalyst was a novel. I was in the middle of researching my book, The Stolen Chalice – a romantic thriller with an ancient Egyptian theme. As I started to write, I realized that I could not conjure up the proper images without putting myself on the scene. I needed the vibrancy of life, not the just glass cases in a museum. So tickets were bought, itineraries planned, hotels But not so fast. The so-called “Arab Spring” arrived with unexpected force - an event so sudden, it took even the foreign policy experts by surprise. As crowds were storming Tahrir Square, the U.S. State Department issued a “travel warning” urging all “non-essential travel” be postponed. Thwarted by circumstances, I cancelled my bookings and watched the coverage on TV and the Internet. Egypt apparently was not in the cards. Yet, one year after the uprising, I reconsidered my trip. Cairo seemed quiet. The presidential elections were planned; the political scene was, if not stable, at least in hiatus until voting could take place. Travel companies had started advertising steep discounts on tours. Perhaps this was the time to go. Accompanied by my professional cameraman, (and son) Will Croxton, we set off for Cairo in the spring of 2012 with the intention of photographing as much as possible and researching my book. It proved to be a wonderful time to go. Hotels in Cairo were hard hit by the turmoil and vacancy rates were high. The lobbies In an entire week at the Four Seasons in Cairo, I did not encounter a single American and only a handful of Europeans. Service could not have been better and people were grateful for new business. I was repeatedly thanked for coming to visit. The entire hotel staff was at my disposal for any whim. Hiring a car and driver, as well as a guide for the duration of our trip, proved very simple, and we set off to see everything we could. Was I concerned about unrest? Certainly. But the dynamic of the situation was in my favor. Egypt’s economy is dependent on

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E x o t i c Marrakech with its eclectic mixture of modern and ancient, desert and city, Arab, African and European, has always attracted savvy honeymooners and jet setters. Now, with an unprecedented boom in the luxury building market, there’s even more reason to journey to (Moroccan residences or palaces with garden courtyards) are popping up, vying against each other and perennial favorites for the title of most fabulous. It’s fashionable to buy a riad and have it renovated into a vacation getaway for yourself, friends and paying guests. This makes an impressive array of design, décor and amenity options amid the utmost luxury. The wave of artists, designers and tastemakers with swanky riads make it fun and fascinating to riad hop, or at least dine or cocktail at a few. A pink walled medina, historic ‘old city’, lively Djemma El Fna Square, a huge vibrant souk perfect for indulgent retail therapy, tasty tagines, a cultural biennale attracting eminent international artists and swanky riads with pools and spas - Marrakech may be the chicest place on the planet.


Djemaa El Fna Square, the heart of life in the medina, has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site. It comes alive at sunset. Acrobats, astrologers, magicians, jugglers, snake charmers, henna artists, Gnaoua musicians with drums, castanets and ginbis (3 stringed banjoes) storytellers, and potion sellers chanting cures for arthritis and broken hearts, perform in the open air extravaganza. You can get up close and personal with the entertainers, which I prefer. Or you can watch the non-stop action of the street theater from a terrace at one of the many ringside cafés such as Café de France. Check out the famous food stalls for soups, snails, couscous, tagines ( stews ) and barbecue goat and lamb smoking on the grillades. Water sellers in fringed hats drag heavy metal dispensers around the plaza. Forget Ringling Brothers, this is the greatest show on earth. Behind the bustling square colorful souks specialize in a variety of goods and trades. Tourists and locals wander from stall to stall, buying olives, nuts, dates, freshly squeezed orange juice, incense, cosmetics, pungent spices and ingredients for spells. Following the labyrinthine alleyways and tunnel-like streets, a fantastic world unfolds of beautiful rugs, kaftans, lamps, stunning antiques, jewelry, pottery, leather belts, handbags, instrument makers, designer clothing and beautifully embroidered slippers (babouches). Marvel at artisans working in cubbyhole workshops. Beware of mopeds and donkey drawn carts passing. My preferred mode of travel is the legendary caleche – horse drawn carriages with horns and bells. Enjoy the shopping wonderland, but don’t forget to haggle. It’s expected. I recommend a savvy guide who knows the au courant souk shops. Beyond the hoopla and chaos of the square and the souks lies the world of the cool, calm luxury riads. Lolling by the pool in the afternoon and receiving royal treatment at the spas and hammams is de rigueur at these oases of relaxation and pampering. A class in its own, The Royal Mansour, built by King Mohammed VI just over two years ago to showcase Fifteen hundred workers spent over three and a half years creating this palatial masterpiece. Minutes from the main square, the design replicates a classical medina with Moorish gardens, courtyards, fountains designed riads with exquisite artisanal work, boast antiques, posh fabrics, bespoke furnishings, art and roof terraces with plunge pools. It was hard to leave my riad; I loved languishing in my posh palace. Butler service, gorgeous spa with watsu, swanky piano bar and La Grande Table Marocaine where I savored sublime chicken tagine made me feel like a Queen.

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Close by is charming Villa Des Orangers, where owners with lush fabrics, furnishings and pillow cases embroidered with gold thread. This Relais & Chateaux Riad features spacious rooms whose roof top terraces have views of the Atlas Mountains. After a dip in the pool and a visit to the spa, I feasted on mouth-watering Mediterranean-Moroccan fare in the cozy candlelit restaurant. This might be the most romantic spot in Marrakech. Riad Joya, just two years old, is owned by a small group of savvy Moroccans with impeccable taste. For those who want to be in the busy medina where the action is, this trendy riad features seven plush suites with luxurious Moroccan décor, butler service, spa and a rooftop restaurant with the best lamb tagine I had in Marrakech. A highlight was my lunch at Jnane Tamsna located in the exclusive serene date grove and olive tree Palmeraie area, twenty minutes by car from the medina. The stylish twenty four bedroom luxury sanctuary with Moroccan décor and stunning antiques is owned by esteemed interior designer and Grande Dame of Marrakech Meryanne Loum Martin, known for her house party gatherings and salons. Guests enjoy swimming pools, tennis courts, and a vegetable and herb garden – used for meals. A favorite of celebrities, like Giorgio Armani, Brad Pitt, Donna Karan and David Bowie, you never know who will be at your dining table. It was here that I met Italian Princess Letizia Ruspoli, who owns an elegant, contemporary riad, Dar Seven, in the medina. I also met Vanessa Branson (sister of Richard) who owns Riad El Fenn in the medina, with suites with private pools and an amazing art collection. They told me about Le Salama near the main square, where everyone from Paloma Picasso to Roberto Cavalli dined, Sidi Ghanem, the new hip shopping area, 33 Rue Majorelle, boutique for the best of the best, and The Lotus Club, a cheeky burlesque club. Vanessa is also the founder of the Marrakech Biennale art festival, which attracts

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hile a New York winter can seem endless, only four hours away awaits the sundrenched paradise of the Dominican Republic. A welcome respite from the bitter cold, prepare to be whisked away to paradise where the only tough decisions are whether to lay out poolside or on the white sandy beach or order a pina colada or a mojito. The Dominican Republic has really set the standard of all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Over the last decade the calm turquoise waters and alluring white sand beaches of Punta Cana has seen its share of mega resorts popping up and now accounts for 70% of all international flights to the Domincan Republic, making it easier than ever to get to from New York.


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For avid golfers, playing on the Pete Dye designed golf courses is a once in a lifetime experience. Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore are consistently ranked in the top 100 best Caribbean courses that offer two distinct vantages, one is situated along the dramatic coastline with sweeping views of the Ocean and the other is high on the cliffs with 360 degree views of the Caribbean Sea, Chavon River, Dominican Mountains and Casa de Campo Marina.

Besides golf there are plenty of life enriching diversions available in the all inclusive packages which include access to 13 Har Tru tennis courts, polo matches and horseback riding at the equestrian center, skeet shooting at their 245 acre shooting center, and water sports such as kayaking in the Chavon River or snorkeling in their private Minitas Beach. Boating enthusiasts can enjoy the private Marina designed by Gianfranco Fini & Piero Giacosa after the tony seaside resort of What really makes Casa de Campo truly unique is Altos de Chavon which is a replica of a 16th Century Mediterranean village perched high in the cliffs with striking views


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Accommodations in Casa de Campo can vary widely and range from luxurious hotel rooms with views of the golf course or landscaped greens to opulent oceanfront

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life on the steamy equator. In Guayaquil on my way to the Galapagos, we were bombarded by condoms in the check out lines, potions for el sexo in the pharmacias and diapers for sale everywhere around the Hotel Oro Verde, the best hotel in the heart of town. In the Galapagos, on the Ecoventura ten-cabin yacht we cruised, we described the barnacles on Frigate Rock as having disproportionately huge male organs. Maybe we glazed over a little more than most when listening to nature lectures about the wind and sea currents that cause the two main seasons in the Galapagos: hot and warm; or the migration/adaptation habits that created the species varieties that drove Darwin to distraction. But, we never tired of hearing about the courtship and mating habits of the the exotic birds, iguanas, tortoises and sea lions who invited us into their homes. Here, then, is our takeaway from the Ecoventura nature guides!



“I’m too sexy for my feet,” the Blue Footed Boobies seem to be singing as the do their courtship “dance.» They lift one and then the other maturity. Isn›t that what we look for when we want to settle down? Boobies share baby duties, so this is important. Extra points for Boobies water shoes kept exclaiming. Her girlfriend winced. They were from Portland. Enough said.

SIZE MATTERS FOR THE GALAPAGOS THE GALAPAGOS HAWKS ARE FRIGATE: POLYANDROUS: “steal” from other species. The Boobies are their vending machines. Pull a Booby tail, it spits up a Frigate meal.

They share one woman. Three or four sit on a branch cheering the one going at it, waiting for their turn. To their credit, they all raise whoever’s child it turns out to be. Only on one Island, Espanola, are there monogamous hawks. Possibly, we wondered, since Espanola was formed before the other islands, their hawks are older and more traditional? Fueled by Chilean wine one night on the Ecoventura, a girl confessed her boyfriend of three years had adopted an openly “polyandrous lifestyle” when they broke up. She was also from Portland.


Poor Lonesome George: seemingly the only animal not doing it in the Galapagos. He was the last male Pinta Island tortoise. But, he just didn’t know what to do with the ladies. The Darwin Institute actually put a 21 inch TV, showing tortoises humping, into his pen. The tortoise porn didn’t work. Scientists started looking around the world and found a more studly Galapagos Tortoise in the San Diego Zoo.

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DIEGO’S NOT THE ONLY HOT AMERICAN TO ENJOY THE GALAPAGOS: Brad and Angelina, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan are among the couples who have trysted there. They probably went for the striking volcanic topography, different colored sandy beaches and unique ability to interact with the compelling like puppies. In water, they glide under and around swimmers, often mimicking their human company.

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s Grand Central Terminal turns 100 years “grand” this year, there’s a new hotel up the block on 42nd Street that recently celebrated it’s grand opening. The new Westin New York Grand Central (formerly the New York Hemsley) opened its doors this past October 2012 after a $75 million renovation, unveiling a modern and stylish hotel in the heartbeat of this magical city. The landmark property, fully licensed and approved by the MTA to use “Grand Central” in its name, features 774 very spacious guest rooms, all over 300 square feet. The hallways and rooms are adorned with iconic images of both NYC and Grand Central Terminal that will instantly put any guest in a New York state of mind. But the room’s subdued earth tones, minimalistic feel and contemporary furnishings offer up

a more gentle and calmer NYC inside, in contrast to the bustling street life outside. Part of the Starwood group, the Westin signature services do not disappoint at this property. Their WestinWorkout studio, a attentive service professionals and upscale amenities would make any visitor feel at home. The hotel takes its approach to sustainability very seriously as they maintain a high level of environmentally sound practices, utilizing energy conserving LED lights, water conserving plumbing systems Their restaurant offering, The LCL: Bar and Kitchen is exactly what this neighborhood needed. It’s hip, sans the attitude with farm to table comfort food. Their deviled eggs

and chicken pot pie were winners while rhubarb syrup and bitters) quenched my discerning gin-loving addiction. They also serve a grab and go breakfast including Organic Avenue juices and Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Needing to work off my indulgent overnight experience here, the hotel offers a 3-mile morning run down the East Side with their “running concierge.” Ok, he’s really their Food and Beverage Director with a passion for running, but nevertheless, the perfect running companion for any out-of-towner who might be a bit intimidated to take on the streets of New York City for an early jog. The Westin New York Grand Central is the perfect spot for both the business and leisure traveler and could not be a more welcome

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CORONADO, CALIFORNIA’S CROWN JEWEL By Laurie Heifetz and Richard C. Murray Photo Credit: Richard C. Murray, RCM IMAGES, INC

We experienced a feeling of escape from New York upon reaching Coronado, the beautiful beach town a bridge away from San Diego.

mussels from Washington State—sautéed with the brewpub’s own Golden Ale, garlic, pico de gallo and butter—sizzled with taste.

Despite locals calling it Coronado Island, Coronado has been a peninsula for the last 30 years. Spanish for “the crowned one,” it has a semi-arid climate and a population of 26,000.

One sunny afternoon, we dined under a gazebo at Current restaurant in the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa. The Grilled New York strip steak was unusually soft and succulent. Chef Frank Sanchez explained, "It is sliced against the grain, creating an easier way to tear it apart and chew."

We upped the relaxation factor while swimming in the heated pool and enjoying the hot tub at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. The grounds and lobby exude a lightand-airy, tropical feel. Signature restaurant Mistral—our favorite on island—offers Mediterranean cuisine and sweeping ocean views. Its chef, Patrick Ponsaty, has become the 51st “Master French Chef ” in the U.S. His Santa Barbara Blue Prawn with ricottapresentation was elegant and understated. Another night, the Coronado Brewing Company served up cheer. We were intrigued with the vat of Blue Ridge Coffee Stout in the backyard brewery. The Ale House black-farm

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The most memorable part of the trip was bike riding along the coast from the Marriott to the Stephen Clayton Gallery, located at the Coronado Ferry Landing. We viewed the colorful exhibit, “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss,” paintings for adults that were released posthumously. “Surly Cat Being Ejected,” an example of surrealism, features a topless woman and a distraught feline. The work is reminiscent of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.” Meeting with photographer, Dan McGeorge, was another special experience. He masterfully captures vibrant nature scenes using dramatic exposures.

(“Babe”) Ruth, who was close friends with a few of the residents, hangs in the gallery.

is a popular, casual cafe. It features unusual items, such as jalapeño jam and a bacon Bloody Mary. The tender, juicy burger is made from short rib and brisket. Many of the restaurant’s ingredients are sustainable. We were in for a real treat when we saw the comedy, “See How They Run,” at is redolent of the “stateroom scene” in the Marx Brothers’ movie A Night at the and out of a room. Coronado is home to the Navy Seals and the birthplace of Naval Aviation. We vintage aircraft and land vehicles were on display at Naval Air Station North Island. Coronado Speed Festival—varicolored race cars roared around a track, all the while raising money for the military. Mr. McGeorge took us out to the ocean for expert lessons. He brought along a few tripods and taught us how to photograph night scenes. We were then left to our own devices amongst a rainbow sunset and crescent moon.

onto the beach where we observed a unique character, Bill Pavlacka. “The Sand Castle Man” begins sculpting castles and buildings early in the morning. Pose in front of his masterpieces—he appreciates tips!

The renowned artist has his own school and a gallery where his scenic images from around the world are displayed. Although he states, “Photoshop is the digital darkroom,” he keeps retouching to a minimum.

was a noted island resident in many the winter. Although he wrote The Wonderful

Afterwards, we walked inside the Hotel del Chef de Cuisine Robert Hohmann, a Staten-Island native, wowed us with Crudo of the Day—tuna sashimi with a mint salsa. The sautéed-mushroom side dish is the talk of the town.

the other three books in the series were and later rented a house a few blocks away, which we photographed on a walking tour. The Coronado Museum of History & Art has an extensive collection of snow globes black-and-white photo of George Herman

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making it great for skim boarding and walking, and the sand has a silvery sheen because of the presence of mica,” he said. The Crown City holds a regal place in our hearts. Calmness is characteristic of Coronado—everything seems easier there.

The historic Del is where the acclaimed not only for hosting U.S. presidents, but for being haunted with the ghost of a hotel guest from long ago named Kate Morgan. and never checked out. The Sunday buffet brunch at The Del’s Crown Room features seven, epicurean serving stations. The Southland Coastal Cuisine section offers tempting, Alaskan king crab. Fruit and pastries are presented in an artistic, steel-basket display. After brunch, we stepped directly outside




Manhattan, some lucky dogs enjoy designer clothing and accessories, expensive grooming, and fabulous services, but their ultimate treat is living in a luxurious dog-friendly high-rise. While New Yorkers love their dogs and can be challenging. It’s very rare for rental buildings to allow more than one dog, a dog that is more than 25lbs or breeds considered aggressive like Pitbulls, Rottweilers and Dobermanns. A positive development for dog owners in recent years has been that a number of pet-friendly luxury rental apartments have sprouted in high-rise, amenity-laden skyscrapers that offer overthe-top amenities for dogs. Just some of these amenities include in-door showers, exercise rooms, runs, private landscaped parks, and pet spas that provide an array of services such as on-site veterinarians, professional trainers, walkers, and dog sitters. Basic amenities are included in the monthly rent, while some are offered a la carte or through membership packages–but like everything luxurious in New York, these splurges for your dog must for you and your dog, these three dog-friendly luxury rental buildings will offer you both the style and comfort you deserve.

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MiMa, 450 West 42nd Street: 63-story glass wall residential tower developed by Related. It offers Studios, Junior-4 one-bedroom, and traditional one and two bedroom homes; many of these units feature magnificent unobstructed views of Times Square and Downtown Manhattan. This stunning rental building offers a breath-taking attended lobby, three landscaped outdoor terraces, an outdoor cinema, a full-size basketball and volleyball court, an indoor lap pool, a state of the art fitness center by Equinox, a screening room, private party room with a chef’s kitchen, an internet café, and a card and billiards lounge. For your dog, MiMa offers an exclusive fully-equipped and professionally-staffed pet spa, located on the third floor, named Dog City. It features indoor and outdoor play spaces; wash, dry and groom facilities; on and off-site vet care; pet training; scheduled dog walks; and pet play dates. Residents can purchase an annual membership that includes basic services and add other services at an additional cost. MiMa Towers’s pet policy allows dogs that are less than 50lbs, but on a case-by-case basis might consider passive dogs that are between 50 -80lbs.

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76-story skyscraper designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry and developed by Forest City Ratner. New York by Gehry features over 200 unique floor plans with spectacular views from every perspective on each floor. This ultramodern high-rise building has been designed with amenities and services traditionally found only in world-class hotels and resorts. Residents have exclusive access to a selection of exceptional health, wellness, social, and entertainment amenities accommodated by 22,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces; which include a private dining room, drawing room, indoor swimming pool, wraparound sundeck with lounge chairs, screening room, children’s playroom, a library, a spa treatment suite, and the 3,300 square foot state-of-the art fitness center offers a number of specialized areas. In addition there are dedicated studios for group fitness, boxing and private training. New York by Gehry’s pet policy allows one 40lb dog or two 25lb dogs per apartment, but aggressive breeds are not allowed. Your dog will enjoy walking along the East River and there are many dog parks in the vicinity.

50-story glass and stone residential tower Designed by the renowned Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Luxury rental apartments include one, two, and three bedroom layouts which begin on the 21st floor and soar to the 50th. The building’s entrance features a landscaped drive-through courtyard that provides direct vehicular access to the residential tower lobby. 1214 Fifth Avenue features amenities and conveniences that include a residents’ lounge with dining area, private screening room, fully equipped fitness center, 60-foot indoor lap pool, children’s playroom, landscaped terrace with breathtaking Central Park views, bicycle storage and an underground parking garage. This building is wonderful for dogs because it’s located right across from Central Park and a short walk from dogfriendly areas of the park. 1214 Fifth Avenue’s pet policy restricts aggressive breeds, but allows dogs that are less than 50lbs.

Although these buildings welcome dogs, they might still require a letter of reference from your current landlord or condominium association stating that your dog didn’t cause any damage to the unit or a letter from your veterinarian stating that you have been diligent in your pet’s medical care and verifying that your pet has been spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies. When you are ready to view one of these luxury apartments, additional deposit, one-time fee, or monthly fee for keeping a dog is required. Pet deposits typically range from $500 per dog to an additional month’s security. Before submitting your rental application, make sure that you understand the building’s pet rules, but most importantly that the lease you will be signing indicates that you are allowed to have a dog. Keep in mind that a verbal approval, even in a dog-friendly building, won’t be enough



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East Rocks 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms - Lake front Recently Renovated Large deck and pool area Short walk to the beach All new flooring, paint, lighting and upgrades Bob Berning 239.699.9597 Resident

COCOA VILLAGE, FLORIDA From the welcoming columned foyer to the large riverfront balcony, this tastefully decorated condo is pristine and move in ready. Featuring a large great room, luxurious master suite and bath, upgraded kitchen cabinets and stainless appliances, separate laundry room and a private under building garage, this well appointed condo home is located in Historic Cocoa Village with great shops and restaurants. The complex has an exercise room, sauna, pool with spa and well decorated community rooms.

Offered at $329,900. CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA Beautifully furnished and well maintained. This condo will not disappoint. Lakeside balcony with views of the lush tropical grounds, lake and island pool. This lovely home features a large living/dining room, versatile den/study, lots of closet space, pantry and private under building garage. The condo has been freshly painted and has been barely used. Solana Lake has deeded beach access and resort style amenities to include heated pool, exercise facility and tennis court.

Offered fully furnished at $224,900. MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA Located at the perfect height in the building for privacy, this corner condo home has both an unobstructed view to the north and a sunny view to the west. Upgrades include storm shutters, updated carpet, custom paint throughout, custom permanent a/c filter, newer refrigerator, glass door in guest bath and many other thoughtful touches. The under building parking space is conveniently located and has additional storage space. Wonderful Central Merritt location close to dining and shopping.

Offered at $189,900. PORT ST JOHN, FLORIDA Well priced pool home in convenient Port St. John. Split floor plan with living room, dining room and den with wood burning fireplace. Two car garage. Back yard is fenced and pool is screened. Master bedroom is generously sized and adjoining master bath has double sinks, a jetted tub and separate shower. Convenient to shopping, dining and quick access to I-95.

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ST. MICHAELS WATERFRONT: Eastern Shore Authentic Telescope home close to historic St. Michaels offers 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths dating back to the late 1700's. Recently guest house, pool, and 225’ pier w/ boat lift. Beautiful sunsets. $1,095,000

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$2,295,000 French styled masterpiece filled with high end finishes, heavy architectural woodworking, marble and hardwood flooring, state of the art kitchen and baths, faux finishes and trompe-l’oeil, columns and arches. Great wine cellar/tasting, 3 car garage as well as outbuilding with additional garage.

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Saddle River Saddle River $2,998,000 Completely remodeled and updated old world estate. Gated and fenced offering privacy and tranquility. This stucco and stone colonial manor showcases rolling lawns, beautiful pool, spa and stone veranda renovated in the 2000’s. Highest level of woodworking and craftsmanship throughout. Elevator from first to third floor, wine cellar, state of the art kitchen/ baths. High vaulted media room on the second floor.


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By Christopher A. Pape Every so often you meet someone you instantly connect with. This was precisely the case with Dana Buckely, the awardwinning photographer. Sitting down with us to discuss her new book, Living Desert, was entirely pleasurable. Not only is she an immensely talented photographer, but a wonderful person. I hope you enjoy the piece as much as I enjoyed interviewing her! Resident: How photography?





Dana Buckley: I went to a boarding school for high school and they had an emphasis on the arts, but I didn’t like the way I drew. My father had a roller-cord camera and I picked up the camera and started taking pictures. it’s been so long! R: Where are you originally from? DB: I’m a born and raised New Yorker! I grew up in the city and went to boarding school for 11th and 12th grade – and that’s when all the photography began. R: What is your work known for if you had to describe it yourself ? DB: Well, I know at this point for my nature photography. I was in a commercial world for 25 years and my expertise was in children’s photography. So I did advertising and children were my specialty. In the commercial world that’s what I’m known for. But side projects and photography are things that I’ve always done, kind of paralleling my commercial growth. I decided now that move away from commercial. I had a gallery in New York at the Howard Greenburg gallery, so my focus is really on my personal expression at this point, where it’s just the camera and me. After many years of slaving away, it’s a wonderful place to get to. R: Tell me the difference between commercial photography and art photography. Also tell me the impetus on the desert book. DB: The difference between art and commercial photography is that when you’re doing commercial work, it’s a collaboration with a group of people. Ultimately they’re looking for you to express through your vision what they need to sell. You have to follow directions and there are certain restrictions and desires, and you have to take that information and create a product.

It’s really about - in my case of advertising - about selling a product.


In the personal work – well, to get the commercial work they looked at my more personal work with kids – you don’t always end up doing 100% what you want to do. You have to listen to what they want and make them happy. In my personal work I don’t have to do that! Generally, when I start on a project, it’s a series of pictures about something that moves me. Something will give me a message that this is what I’m supposed to be doing right now. In the case of my desert book, I was going down to Palm Beach, Florida, to do talk on Photography For Collectors and I had to bring down a body of my work. At that time all I had was

sudden I had to learn this new medium. I like digital for color, but I’m not quite convinced on it for black & white. I still feel like black

I obviously needed to show them something relevant, as the industry was changing to digital, so I photographed a picture of some cactus when I was out in California. So I have one picture that was a digital picture, and the other of about thirty were primarily in black and white. I then I ran into one of these collectors and he referred to me as “The Cactus Photographer.” I was little shocked! But I thought, maybe I should go

the best printer or the best web designer, the best is here. I tremendously appreciate New York for that. I love the diversity of the people that live in New York versus coming to the country where it’s more homogenized. I think we operate a little faster than the average person. We’re always moving, doing, and accomplishing something. I feel the best when I’m accomplishing something and I’m much happier when on the move, doing things and exploring new venues.

I have always bee drawn to the desert. In ways I believe it’s reminiscent of the city, in that the dry desert is like pavement, the mountains like skyscrapers. Clearly this is an abstract vision, translating a cityscape to a desert, but there is a similarity. So I went down to California and started taking pictures of the different desert life and I found it so amazing that under these

with what I was able to achieve digitally. I’m comfortable with it at this point – but I’m not R: So tell me, what does it mean to you to be a New Yorker? DB: You get spoiled here because you can get anything at any time – quickly – that you want. There’s pretty much the best of

can put us down! I found with the desert book these plants growing in the middle of really the same in this regard. Sandy was a disaster and we lost a lot of things, I lost a lot of art and photography, but you just suck it up and deal with it and move on. That’s it. That’s how we do it in New York. There’s no time to sit and feel sorry for yourself. You just

beauty. It’s a real message of survival. Think – when you’re in the middle of nowhere and it’s dry and dusty sand, and then there’s this unbelievable bloom in the middle of it, it’s a pretty wild sight. That’s what attracted me to it. I realized that it started to get very go back and visit people to help me identify the work. Once this started happening and began photographing places where cacti or different desert life actually had plaques so I knew what I was photographing.! The book is a combination of those two things. It was a truly enriching experience. R: In the book you mention that you mostly transition to digital?




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Manilow on Broadway, Dusty Off-Broadway By Demetra M. Pappas


anilow on Broadway, at the St. James Theatre, is a fun evening hanging out with a few hundred lost friends from youth and an eminently youthful looking balladeer. The Brooklyn native croons and chats, showing pictures of his Williamsburg childhood, album covers from the 70s, In the course of 110 minutes and three quick changes, Manilow does more than sing standards (and a few jingles, to show his roots just as much as a long lost tape of his grandfather trying to prompt the toddler to sing). He takes the audience on a journey back to misspent youth, singing at concerts, dancing in aisles and – at least on the night that I was there – declarations of love shouted out from both women and men, which he returned with self-effacing charm and mock horror.

Top Photo: Kirsten Holly Smith Photo by Thom Kaine

As hilarious as this was, the absolute line of the night I attended was “I was the Justin Bieber of the 1970s, really.” This brought the house down, just audience was recovering from Manilow’s woebegone comments about his hair on one of his album covers. Manilow’s endearing presence and commentary are interspersed with songs ranging from Mandy to I Made It Through the Rain to I Can’t Smile without You (though I admit the smiley face image, circa 1970-something, may have been a tad much, even for die-hard Fanilows). Background vocalists Kye Brackett and Sharon Hendrix sing, dance and make the

man who writes the songs look good while he makes the music. If Manilow on Broadway is a visit to a pleasant past with a slight Nick at Night feel (rather than an MTV one), then Forever Dusty is like a sad Lifetime for Women Special. Kirsten Holly Smith stars as the one-time Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien, a shy Catholic schoolgirl who is partially goaded into becoming a backup singer for a local group by a brother whom she soon outshines as she goes on to become Dusty the group her brother founded). A frequent family story, but this one adds the element of groundbreaking Motown meets Brixton (which the play does not explain would have been an almost completely Afro-Caribbean enclave of London at during the 50s and 60s, notwithstanding Dusty’s peaches and cream complexion and blond locks). Smith, who also wrote the book (with Jonathan Vankin) for Forever Dusty, has a tremendous voice, as do her co-stars, especially Christina Sajous as Dusty’s lover, Claire. This prompts the unlikely critique that sound designer Matt Kraus might want to dial it down a notch to let the stars shine in the off-Broadway house at New World Stages. Manilow may write the songs, but Smith (as


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Hunter Ryan Herdlicka: Ahead of the pack By Christopher A . Pape

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Resident: Where did you grow up? Hunter Herdlicka: I grew up in Dallas, Texas. Actually it was Plano, but close enough. My family moved all over: New York, in Texas. I graduated from Plano West Senior High School in 2005. R: When did you come to New York? How do you like it compared to your hometown? HH: I moved to New York City the day I graduated college in May of 2009. It was that which was for the musical I would later make my Broadway debut in, playing Henrik Egerman in Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” playing opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, followed by Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. New York was certainly louder, faster, but not funnier than visited in the 2nd grade. R: How did you get into musical theater? HH: a church production in Seattle. All I remember about the show was walking down the aisle with a large, living sheep and waving to everyone I knew (or didn’t know) in the audience. That’s - the Broadway production of Cats, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, who would later become my R: What have you starred in? HH: Aside from starring on Broadway for nearly two years, I’ve had leading roles around a new production of The “Tempest” at Dallas Theater Center and a production that ended in December of the Broadway musical “Something’s Afoot” at the historic Goodspeed Opera House. I recently debuted a new solo cabaret at the Austin Cabaret Theatre in Texas for a sold out engagement in January, and am excited to announce that the show will be playing at New York’s hottest new cabaret club, 54 Below, on March 25th. I’m really very proud of the show and couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s very funny and touching as I tell stories from growing up in Texas to moving to New York and meeting my idol, Stephen Sondheim; the show also features music from esteemed composers and lyricists such as: Porter, Jerry Herman, Comden and Green, among others. R: Favorite role you haven’t been in yet? HH: I just saw a wonderful play in London called “The Judas Kiss” by David Hare. I wouldn’t mind being in that at all. Or “The Goat” by Edward Albee. “Sweeney Todd” is also amazing Anything Shakespeare. I could go on and on.

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R: Favorite people you’ve worked with? HH: Elaine Stritch, Bernadette Peters and Hugh Jackman. David Hyde Pierce is great to work with! I’m so blessed I’ve gotten to do so much at such a young age and I am so thankful that I am constantly surrounded by these wonderful artists who have been such idols, and now mentors, to me. R: What part of the city do you live in? What do you like about it? HH: I live in the center of the Theatre District...Hell’s Kitchen. I recently moved into an awesome new apartment with a large, outdoor patio and garden, imagine! Needless to say, I haven’t been able to enjoy it in this cold weather, but I’m very excited about spring. I can’t imagine living anywhere else; I love the noise, the hustle and bustle, and let’s face it, the convenience of this crazy neighborhood. R: Any charities that you’re involved with? HH: concerts for various charities i.e. The Actors Fund, Broadway Barks, Broadway Cares and the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative. R: Describe your sense of style. HH:


Actress & Animal Advocate By Kayla Baken


ith a notable international acting career that spans over 25 years, blonde beauty Leesa Rowland has come a long way since her days growing up on her family’s Texas cattle ranch. Leesa knew from a young age that she belonged on the big screen. After earning her degree in broadcast journalism at Texas Tech, she headed to Los Angeles to study at Victoria in Troma Entertainment’s “Class of Nuke ‘Em High,” Parts 2 and 3. Her tour de force performances set the tone for her career. Leesa has played leading

dub her “The Scream Queen.” She currently costars in director Travis Campbell’s “Slaughter Daughter,” where she plays Phyllis Adjani, an eccentric mother who drives her daughter to insanity. The thriller premiered at the 7th Annual Freak Show Horror Film Festival in Orlando this past October and took home the award for Best Feature Film. in Los Angeles and will also be making a cameo in Troma’s “Return to Nuke ‘Em High,” slated to premiere on STARZ later this year. On top of all of this, Leesa and her friend and fellow actress Lisa Gaye cohost a successful YouTube series called “Two City Girls” where they chat about everything from the best vegan recipes to tips for living a green lifestyle. Currently, she is in postproduction on a documentary about the entertainment industry in Los Angeles called “LaLa Land” that she is producing with No Logik Films. Leesa’s biggest passion in life is animal advocacy, and she’s been a vegan most of her life. “There’s plenty to eat without eating animals and plenty to wear without wearing animals. It’s the compassionate choice,” said Rowland. Since 1989, she has served as the New York liaison for Last Chance for Animals, a national exploitation through education, investigation, and legislation. She has been on the chair committee for LCA’s Annual N.Y.C. Gala. The latest was held at Peter Max’s studio. Rowland is planning to launch her own cage shelter in N.Y.C. “My inspiration was The N.Y.C. Animal Care and Control Kill List that I receive every day,” said Leesa, who receives messages from all over Animal advocate Leesa Rowland at Peter Max’s studio for the Last Chance for Animals Benefit

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“I know that I can’t save all of the animals, but I will do my best to save as many as I can, one at a time,” said

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Arik Kislin

Real Estate Developer & Philanthropist By Joe Alexander Since arriving in the United States in the early 1970s, real estate developer and entrepreneur Arik Kislin has made a major imprint on the New York City landscape! was the original site of the National Biscuit Company, currently known as Chelsea Market. From 1992 to1998, Kislin developed and managed 3.6 million square feet of real estate in New York City, including this 1.5 million-square-foot complex. The project sparked the conversion of the Meatpacking District from a tired industrial enclave to neighborhoods. Subsequently sold in 1998 for about $60 million, Kislin says, “In retrospect, I wish I had kept the building,” which would be worth close to 1 billion dollars today. In 2001, he partnered with the Achenbaum family to form the Gansevoort Hotel Group. Kislin was one of the key developers of Meatpacking District in 2004. This property helped further the transformation of the area into an international fashion, dining, and nightlife destination. Park Avenue, which opened in 2010. Located at 420 Park Avenue South, the hotel has 249 rooms and boasts a rooftop bar and pool area. Additionally, Kislin and his partners opened the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos as a third-party manager in 2009. This property was highlighted on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” and Travel + Leisure’s “It List” in 2010. Kislin is also the founder of Ocean Blue Management, which manages a half-dozen mega- yachts around the world, and JFI Jets – a full-service private aviation company, Kislin is a creative entrepreneur with a business vision unlike any other. “You can of his Internationally acclaimed hotels and ease. Kislin has built an empire that spans land, air, and sea,” says Bob Seidel, CEO of JFI Jets.

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By Kayla Baken Alex Donner has inherited Lester Lanin’s title as America’s top society bandleader. During his illustrious 25-year career as an entertainer, he has performed with his orchestra for President George W. Bush, the Queen of Sweden, Donald Trump, Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, and the Rockefeller and Roosevelt families. Donner has come a long way in 25 years, having headlined at the Café Carlyle, The Algonquin’s Oak Room, and Club El Morocco, where the Vanderbilts and Hearsts mingled with Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Ethel Merman. Just as intriguing as his accomplishments is the path that led him there. No stranger to high society, Alex grew up on Fifth Avenue in New York City and attended Princeton University. Following college, he went on to Fordham Law School and became a divorce lawyer. His passion for performing, however, was never lost. “I was doing divorces during the week and playing weddings on the weekend with the band,” he explains. This unusual

professional combination generated lifestyle stories in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and his business boomed. signed on as a client. “Whenever there was live music to be played there I got the call because the owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell knew I loved to perform.” This exposure led him to sing at even more mitzvahs and garnered him opportunities to play parties for celebrities, including Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote and Halston, an accomplishment most rising artists can only dream of. When asked about his “big break,” surprisingly, singing for Sinatra or Jagger wasn’t it. He gained international recognition after performing at a lavish second-time-around wedding in India for a former divorce client who happened to be a famous oil heiress. Upon returning to his law receiving more calls from individuals seeking

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ive food trucks competing on the back nine of a golf course ... Is this the setup for a joke? No, it really happened at the sixth-annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. Country Club painted a dramatic backdrop for the opening event, “Food Truck: Impossible.” Food Network star, Robert Irvine, revealed chefs who began drumming up their dishes. Meanwhile, he played in the Golf Digest Celebrity Chef Golf Cup with the other judges. At 5:30 p.m., Irvine announced the winner to the satiated crowd. Curbside Gourmet took the prize with lemongrass-Asian steak tacos, avocado, cilantro-lime slaw and mint cucumber. This was paired with heirloom tomato salad, Argentine steak, rocket lettuce and beer-battered shallots with basil vinaigrette.

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Wonderland. The kaleidoscopic lighting, palm trees, live music, colorful cocktails and cooking creations adorned the spectacle. At one table, Boulud carved up a gargantuan, beef-steamship roast dripping with horseradish beef jus, served with endive-and-gruyère potato gratin. The following day, we were off to Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach for “Burgers by the Beach.” Brinkman grills packed Champagne comprised the scene on the oceanside patio.

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Although all of the signature burgers were mouthwatering, we especially reveled in Chef Darryl Moiles’ Creekstone beef-andlobster roll (Four Seasons) and Chef Kevin Sbraga’s succulent yogurt-brushed za’atar lamb burger with roasted red pepper, pickled cucumber, mint and fresh dill (Sbraga, Philadelphia).

That evening, one of the most memorable events—“Daniel and Friends”—was lavishly presented at Café Boulud’s terrace and the Fountain Courtyard of The Brazilian Court

We were forced to abscond early in order to catch “Corks & Champagne with Bites by Norman.” Chef Norman Van Aken (Tuyo, Miami) and Virginia Philip teamed up to

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host an afternoon of cheer at the Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy. In 2002, Philip was crowned “Best Sommelier of the United States” by the American Sommelier Association. She gave us a private tour of her favorite varietals, while Van Aken signed copies of his new

The greatly-anticipated gala,“An Evening with Le Cirque,” honoring iconic restaurateur Sirio Maccioni, sold out early. The Breakers Hotel, modeled after the Villa Medici in Rome, Italy, was the quintessential choice of venue.

de cuisine, prepared a marinated, whitetuna carpaccio; chef-owner Marc Murphy of Benchmarc Restaurants, New York, a pan-seared snapper; and chef-owner Julien Gremaud of Pistache French Bistro, a sautéed lion of Chilean sea bass.

A dapper Maccioni, who recently celebrated his eightieth birthday, arrived in Italian fashion. A throng was eager to meet and pose with the guest of honor. When asked how he felt about being honored, he told the Resident, “It’s too much. I wouldn’t ever choose myself.”

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Chef Olivier Reginensi (Le Cirque, New York) batted leadoff with the restaurant’s famed “Lobster Salad Le Cirque” — avocado, crème fraîche and caviar. The second course was prepared by Le Cirque alumnus, Daniel Boulud, who anchored the legendary New York eatery for six years. His crispy paupiette sea bass with Barolo sauce was prepared to perfection — the skin and sauce were divine. Pamela Fiore, co-author with Maccioni of A Table at Le Cirque: Stories and Recipes from New York's Most Legendary Restaurant, stated at the podium, “When Daniel was the chef, it was the strongest kitchen in New York. Sirio hired people like Daniel and ignited their careers!” Three superb courses later, another alumnus, Chef David Burke (David Burke Townhouse, New York) seduced everyone with his dessert — butterscotch panna cotta with crunchy curry and cocoa meringue. The following morning we participated in Ferrari’s “Ride and Drive.” It was fun commanding a limited edition, silver Ferrari FF — one of ten built exclusively for the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. Although the $400,000 masterpiece soars from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, an omnipresent Palm Beach police force quelled all temptations. Another beautiful day, another fascinating affair — “FOOD4THOUGHT: A Farmto-Table Lunch.” Under an enormous party tent, we dined at Swank Farm in Loxahatchee, a local-restaurant supplier of organic and hydroponic vegetables, greens and herbs. The fourth course showcased the adept talent of Chef Irvine. His braised, boneless short ribs with goat-cheese sabayon, roasted root crops, hominy hash and collard jus were succulent. Later that night, PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar was the scene for the “SUSTAIN” event. We were hooked by three sumptuous

WORTH shopping center — arguably the most upscale mall in the country — chefowner Eric Grutka (Ian’s Tropical Grill — Stuart, Florida) won the $10,000 “Grand Chef Throwdown.” His tri-tip steak garnished with feta cheese and roasted corn delighted all. And we would have eaten the whole thing if they would have let us. over twenty charities, including the Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation” (founder David Sabin), we weren’t quite ready to leave the Sunshine State; but the Big Apple beckoned. Bon appétit until the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2013 — December 13-17. We can’t wait until next year and we we were so Photos by Richard C. Murray/RCM IMAGES, INC




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Chef Bobby Flay poses with Mohegan Sun Chef Lynn Mansel (Photo credit: Mohegan Sun / Khoi Ton)

In 1996 on the banks of the Thames River in Southeast Connecticut the history of Mohegan Sun began with the 180,000 square-foot Casino of the Earth. It was a tribute to the heritage of the Mohegan Tribe. The casino was circular with four entrances representing the four seasons of the year. In 2001 the Casino of the Sky opened with four quadrants representing and water. It contained the world’s largest fully functional indoor planetarium dome and added 119,000 square-feet of gaming space. In 2002 the 34-story, 1,200 room hotel tower was completed. It included the 20,000 square-foot Elemis Spa and a 10,000 square-foot indoor pool. The Casino of the Wind opened in 2008 and added 45,000 square-feet of gaming space. It symbolizes the tribe’s history and contains a 55-foot tall waterfall. Mohegan Sun casino is among the largest casinos in the U.S with over 300,000 square-feet of gaming space. Casinos are measured by the amount of gaming space

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The festivities started for the 10th Annual Sun WineFest Friday night with a Bourbon tasting ($90) and the use of a cigar lounge. Saturday featured a trade and press hour, followed by the Grand Tasting ($80-repeated on Sunday-$70) with over 1,000 wines, craft beers and spirits. Both days had chef demonstrations, including Todd English, Mary Ann Esposito and Donatella Arpaia. I heard the late Saturday afternoon grape stomp was fun for both the participants and spectators. I was told that the Elite Cru Tasting, with a separate admission of $200 (including admission to the Saturday Grand Tasting), was less crowded than the Grand Tasting. Wineries poured included: Duckhorn, Terlato Wines International, Moet Hennessy USA, Gloria Ferrer and Willamette Valley Vineyards. Approximately 10,000 people attended the two days of the Grand Tasting. Saturday night featured a Celebrity Chef Dine Around with separate food, wine and spirits stations ($185). Between the sessions there were winemakers’ seminars and book signings.

Chef Robert Irvine and Mohegan Sun Chef Lynn Mansel smile for the camera (Photo credit: Mohegan Sun / Khoi Ton)

The Mohegan Sun has over 40 different restaurants, bars and lounges including: Michael Jordan’s, Todd English’s Tuscany, Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain, Ballo Italian Restaurant & Social Club and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritville. There are 36 shops and specialty stores as well as Mohegan Sun Country Club at Pautipaug. The 18hole course is less than 30 minutes from the casino.

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Francisco Wine Exchange, Gallo Family Vineyards, Frederick Wildman & Sons, Scott Wines. What was different about The Sun Winefest was the multitude of beer tables, in a separate section, up one person I did have to try one of Brooklyn Brewery’s offerings. Interspersed among the wine tables, lifestyle and restaurant (extra charge) exhibitors were several spirit exhibitors including: The Balvenie, Beam, Hendrick’s Gin, Kahlua, Sailor Jerry Rum and Reyka Vodka. Dessert - served at Bubbles & Bon Bons

The weather forecast was for light snow so I decided not to drive but to take Amtrak to New London (2 1/2 hours) very early on Sunday morning. A casino limo picked me up and in 20 minutes I was relaxing in my room getting ready for the Sunday press and trade preview of the Grand Tasting. It was a great learning experience for me. The 11AM-Noon time also had All Things Food with Bobby Flay ($50 including a copy of his book- Burgers, Fries & Shakers). Since even I could not be in two places at once I chose the early entrance into the Grand Tasting. I sampled a Massachusetts apple ice wine from Still River and learned about the Taste of Massachusetts Wine Festival this June. Mead from the New Hampshire based Moonlight Meadery was another newcomer for me. I was charmed by the handcrafted ceramic wine charms by Dani Titterton. I had a chance to become reacquainted with old friends including: The San

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The Sea Fire Grill

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The latest newcomer to the restaurant scene by the UN is The Sea Fire Grill. Brought to us by the team behind Benjamin Steakhouse, seafood is to Sea Fire as steak is to Benjamin, with perfect execution of modern American seafood by Ted Pryor of Opia, Orsay, and Les Halles in a beautifully appointed and inviting atmosphere. Every paired with rosemary focaccia. Classic dishes like a cold seafood tower or raw bar, lobster bisque, pan roasted scallops, and jumbo lump crabcake are the perfect way to start the dining experience. For the main course, new takes on perennial favorites offer tantalizing cumin, delicious surf and turf stuffed with lump crab, lobster mac â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n cheese, and buttery lobster sliders. To complement the palette for seafood dishes, beverage director Jason Ferris has curated a select wine list and developed exclusive crowd pleasing cocktails such as the Fleur Garnis with gin, lavender, lemon & champagne and also Thyme Will Tell with bourbon, thyme and maple syrup. Stop by for happy hour for $1.50 oysters with half priced wine, beer, and select cocktails. In an area with mainly classic restaurants, The Sea Fire

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Avenue and the surrounding area, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always on the lookout for new places to dine or have a drink before or after a show. Our prayers were answered when KTCHN opened last year. There may be some letters missing in the name but nothing is lacking in the ambience or delicious dining under executive chef Dale Schnell. There is a bustling bar in the front room and then a more spacious dining room in the back. The tables are spaced well apart, so you can carry on an intimate conversation without the nearby diners listening in. The cuisine is labeled New American but has a Mediterranean bent, both from Southern Europe and northern Africa. The dishes are tasty and are artfully presented. Just look at the Duck Breast with broccoli rabe, cranberry bean ragout, and nicoise olive and the East Coast Oysters with leek fondue and basil caviar in warm champagne sauce. We began our feast with the luscious Crispy Maine Lobster Risotto Cubes and the addictive Sexy Fries (which were a bit spicy and could be ordered as a side dish). Another unique starter suggested by our knowledgeable waiter Jefferson was Braised Cherry Wood Smoked Bacon with crisp artichokes, golden polenta and blue cheese vinaigrette. For main courses, KTCHN has all the bases covered. Sea food lovers will

Black Sea Bass with gnocchi noir, green beans, crispy bacon, and poached squid in sorrel sauce. For meat eaters, there is a classic Grilled Filet Mignon (served medium rare as ordered) with wild mushroom ravioli and baby spinach in pinot noir sauce. Vegetarians have such delectable options as Moroccan couscous with golden raisins, harissa and root vegetables. We left room for dessert: Fresh Donuts (for two) with chocolate, salted caramel & raspberry sauce, which brought back memories of beignets at the CafĂŠ du Monde in New Orleans. KTCHN is open for brunch, dinner, and late night snacks. Keep your eye open for special events, such as evenings with live music or a DJ. The show and prix have been a hit. KTCHN is worth a trip


Gowned in my burgundy Akris and matching Manolos, I headed out to celebrate the nuptials of the ‘couple of the year’. The bride, beautiful, and social, was a business associate of my boyfriend. Warm and personable with a great sense of humor, I adored her. The groom, a handsome, outgoing, hugely successful international consultant, could not have been nicer. Together, they were the essence of cool and all anticipated a knockout bash. The lovely ceremony, written by the bride and groom, was romantic and poetic. We laughed, we cried; it was sublime. We proceeded to give well wishes to the delightful duo. Then, entering a generic looking room for the reception we were served doughy hors d’oeuvres followed by a tasteless dinner and the dullest band I ever heard. What started out as an enchanting evening quickly turned into a dud event. This was not the wedding that the fabulous couple would have wanted. What were they thinking, I wondered. Clearly, they were savvy, stylish and lived the good life? It was not surprising when I discovered that they had planned it themselves. Lesson learned: For a memorable event leave it to the experts. I always remember the ‘wedding that could have been’ when any noteworthy occasion arises. Which brings me to my was my best friend’s combination birthday and new career celebration and I wanted it to be special. I had been hearing rave reviews about this catering company, notably that the food was superb, the service impeccable– that they were a class act. Then I met Andrea Correale, owner

moment, it was apparent that the stunning blonde was a consummate professional

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planning better than anyone else. Andrea prides herself and her company on always delivering an affair to remember with sophistication and style. I learned that the favorite of the Hamptons summer set for

everything from delicious barbecues to chic weddings that make the society pages. Additionally, they are the premier choice for philanthropic, corporate and private clients from Manhattan, Connecticut, Westchester and New Jersey, for both big bashes and small intimate gatherings. They sounded pitch perfect for what I was looking for.

accents – my friend’s favorite color, created a gorgeous ambiance. Andrea also found a fantastic trio of musicians who played the birthday girl’s favorite songs. Tantalizing sesame tuna, ginger shrimp, seared sea scallops and braised short ribs over porcini risotto were among the scrumptious edibles that wowed the group. The standout dessert was called ‘ death by chocolate boxes.’ It was spectacular. The event was a smash and the birthday girl was ecstatic. She gushed that it was a divinely delicious

What I really loved was the caring feeling from each person on the team that they were there to make the clients happy. You knew you were in good hands and were able to enjoy the whole process. Andrea went music, colors, lighting – everything.

Andrea’s creativity, talent and passion for what she does went into each step of planning and execution of the event. Her excitement is part and parcel of the company’s ethos. They really care about creating the right ambiance and you get that right away.

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I was impressed with Andrea’s precise attention to detail and driving ambition to make the event a knockout. In addition to creating spectacular edibles with dazzling presentations, she pens a column ‘ Ask The Expert ’ on, was featured on Martha Stewart Living, VH Real Housewives of New York City, The Fabulous Life of the Hampton’s and Millionaire Matchmaker. Notable celebrity clients include Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon and Hillary Clinton, to name a few. She had quite a resume.


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Mirasol Country Club MODEL PERFECT! Golf Equity is available with this home. This sought after 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath home is light and bright with an open concept and very appealing. The kitchen has raised panel doors, 42” cabinets with complimentary granite countertops. Throughout the home are volume ceilings,

8 ft doors all with applied moldings. Tile throughout the home are 24” on the diagonal with a decorative inlay in the foyer. The luxurious master bath has a Roman Spa Tub, and frameless shower door. The guest baths all have marble vanity tops with complimentary cabinets. Additional interior enhancements are crown molding, surround sound in the living area, master suite and patio. This home has

a water filtration system. In addition, there is an Aqualink system controlling both rear landscape lighting and interior pool settings from inside the house. The pool and patio area are enhanced with an extraordinary lot and a very private water view. This beautiful home is a pleasure to entertain in.

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Ibis Golf And Country Club FABULOUS PANORAMIC WATER AND GOLF VIEW. This lovely home has 3 bedrooms with 3 full baths. The patio is oversized and screened with a gas heated pool

with raised spa. Enter the home through double French doors into a large foyer and living area. The Kitchen and Family Room are very open with plenty of room for entertaining. The kitchen is “Chef ’s Dream” with an abundance of 42”cabinets, complimented with a custom

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Mirabella Palm Beach Gardens, FL Charming “Bella” home with a lovely tropical feel. It sits on a premium lot with a fantastic lake view. The second bedroom is oversized and can serve as two bedrooms; very versatile. Upgraded features include an Oversized Lot, upgraded kitchen, central vac and crown molding. Mirabella is a gated community with a spacious Clubhouse, fitness center and aerobics room, 4 tennis courts, large heated pool, card room & business center.

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There is an actual “Marco” at Marco Polo Ristorante. This 29-year old haute Italian restaurant is, in fact, named after the youthful and engaging Marco Chirico (as well as the Venetian explorer, of course), son of original owner Joseph and current chef. The restaurant, located in the heart of Carroll Gardens, also has a tremendous discretion in not disclosing details). Tables are spaced amply, but not in isolation, allowing for diners to “visit” other tables and patrons, or to have privacy. This theme is evident with the superb staff, which does not hover, yet is instinctively at the ready if a bottle of sparkling water or basket of bread needs replenishment, or if plates need to be cleared. Ultimately, whatever the atmosphere, people go to Italian restaurants for the food and stay for the company. handmade mozzarella) is served on thin slices of tomato, and bright basil leaves, with an olive oil and balsamic reduction that leaves a memorable kick. True green brightness is in the tricolore salad, which goes beyond the traditional radicchio, endive and spicy arugula, to include tomatoes and olives in a pleasing (and healthful) mound. There is also a Bloody Mary raw bar and a variety of oysters Rockefeller and traditional baked clams. All make for great eats.

One feature that I like is that the hand made fresh pastas (made with organic eggs) are also available gluten free, which makes a whole array of dining opportunities available to some who have thought they bit into their Marco Polo made with Manila clams). However, the seafood could make even the most dedicated pasta lover look away toward salmone scotatto (seared salmon with lemon and capers) served in thick pieces with a variety of sole encrusted in potatoes) is a standout for delicate cherry tomatoes. Desserts at Marco Polo are exceptional. The Italian ricotta cheesecake is replete with cheese and has just enough cake to make it stand on its own, proudly wearing its strawberry embellishments. The lady coffee and tea are available with, or after, dessert (a nice but not overbearingly so. That the restaurant is encased in a lively neighborhood and a block from the subway makes it all the more convenient to Manhattan dwellers (such as the person who accompanied me on my visit), and Brooklynites.

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Residential Communities. The Polo Club of Boca Raton is a premiere private golf club, tennis club and resort residential community in South Florida. Encompassing 1,100 meticulously manicured acres, The Polo Club provides its members with two premier Championship Golf Courses, a nationally recognized tennis facility with 27 courts, a world-class activities.When it comes to quality, design and amenities, The Polo Club of Boca Raton sets the standard to which all other country club communities aspire.

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Named after a city in Northern India, Benares focuses on the lush spices and diversity of Indian cuisine. Though the town is known for the outstanding vegetarian cuisine, there is an abundance of vegetarian choices with seafood dishes as the true star of the menu. Owned by restauranteur Inder Singh, formerly of Devi and Baluchi, he partnered with Peter Beck who came from Tamarind. As Chef Beck notes â&#x20AC;&#x153;In India, every 100 miles the food changes. From abundance of chilies for cooling purposes in Southern India, each state is very different.â&#x20AC;? While the tastes of Indian cuisine can be quite strong, Benares does a great job of tempering spices into a delectable culmination of regional dishes such as Benarsi Dal with a blend of malka masour, chana and arhar mixed with ginger and tomato with desi ghee or signature dishes such as the Sevai Tomato Kurma (mussels, scallops, rock shrimp and crab claws tossed in a garlic tomato sauce over Indian style rice noodles) and the Tandoori Cornish Hen. To complement created mixing fruit and spice like the Herradura Tequila Cocktail with Roasted Pineapple, Orange Liquor, and Chili-Laced Grenadine. After a successful opening in the Theatre district, Benares opened a visually striking outpost in Tribeca with warm wood paneling contemporary Indian artwork and photos of the famed city, and

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Shelley is proud to represent these fabulous homes... Spectacular 2 story courtyard home by Tuscan Harvey Builders in Seasons of Boca Raton, Fla. This breathtaking lakefront cul-de-sac lot has 5 bedrooms + den, playroom/loft and guest house. The home was all redone 3 years ago Custom gourmet wood kitchen with all upgraded appliances and granite 6th bedroom with crown moldings. Three bedrooms plus playroom/loft and a wrap around balcony/deck on fabulous lagoon style heated pool with raised spa and built in BBQ area.

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kitchen with granite and stainless appliances. Beautiful limestone fabulous all custom courtyard home has one of the best views of the electronics included, speakers throughout the home and the patio. moldings,stained glass window. Guest bedroom upstairs with terrace overlooking the pool and spa. 2nd guest bedroom with terrace overlooking the lake. Built in BBQ grill in an all marble outdoor summer kitchen. Large master suite with stunning master bath overlooking the fabulous lake. Tropical heated pool and spa, and so much more.

Offered at $168,900 Absolutely beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bath home. Extremely large screened tiled patio with pull down hurricane shutters and nice view. Split bedroom plan. Nice large master bedroom with walk in cedar closet and extra built-in closets. Nice master bath with walk in shower. Bright kitchen with sky light and newer appliances. Beautiful formal living and dining room. Family room with kitchenette area looking out at the fabulous large screened in patio. Air conditioned 2 car garage with newer hurricane garage door. Sprinklers run off a private well. Great quiet and desirable neighborhood, pet friendly. Clubhouse with theater, pool and exercise room and sidewalks.

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The chances are that, in a typical year, there will be at least three or four occasions that require a cake, be it for celebrations or just for a grandiose dessert. We all, therefore, probably have our favourite bakery or cake shop that we rely on to provide us exactly what we need for the graduation party, birthday celebration, bar-mitzvah and so on. For those that don’t and even those that do, Resident strongly encourages you to consider or reconsider a new cake shop – Creative Cakes. offering all these years of experience and proven pedigree. Bill creates three-dimensional cakes, such as Shea Stadium, Yankee Stadium, any type of automobile or building. He can also replicate your wedding or bridal/baby shower invitation. He specializes in children's birthday cakes. His more creative desserts have included personalized Monopoly boards, New York Times, New York Post, Time Magazine, People Magazine or any front cover of a newspaper or magazine; and he can personalize it with text and edible frosting pictures for your special occasion. Creative Cakes has received rave reviews from prestigious publications like Time Out magazine, New York Magazine, and it can now add our name to the ever-growing list. Recently, Creative program. Such acclaim, however, has made it very high in demand and because of its popularity, you should ensure that you get in touch with them at least three weeks prior to the time you need the cake. We assure you, it is worth the wait. Located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Creative Cakes is in an area of prestige and where only the highest in quality survive. Creative Cakes will guarantee that you will not just have a delicious and beautifully presented cake, but also that your dessert will become a focus for conversation; if you didn’t know any better, you could be fooled into thinking it were a furniture decoration. That is what separates good desserts from great desserts.

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Brooklyn’s Home Away From Home By Bob & Sandy Nesoff Residents of Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill section nearly went into mourning in 2011 when their neighborhood café, Kush, closed its doors. It had been a gathering place for families and friends, a place to send a few hours relaxing while enjoying a good meal. The black crepe and shiva period didn’t last long as the doors were soon opened to a smart, new eatery and community gathering spot…The Hill Café. What had essentially been a local favorite over the years soon turned into a metropolitan destination as food lovers learned of the news eatery and the tasty food it was serving. Caravans began heading over the Brooklyn Bridge and down the wide thoroughfares of Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue, turning off to Putnam Avenue and the Café. Hill Café offers diners an eclectic combination of fares ranging from Mediterranean to hamburgers. In between are crab and shrimp fritters, hot chicken wings, moules (grantinee or frites) and a variety of bruchettas.

Seating provides several tables across from the bar with a bigger one near the front window. Hill Café has an offering a very relaxing experience in warm weather. Not interested in a full meal? No problem. Tapas are offered at the bar and everything here is moderately priced. If the atmosphere inside is cozy, the wait staff is an integral part of the ambiance. It’s not unusual for them to greet returning diners by name and many regulars have their favorites, timing their arrival so that they know who will be waiting on them. Too often vegetarians have a limited choice and end up with an expanded house salad. Not at Hill Café. There is a varied vegetarian menu for those who would rather have their main course harvested. Relaxation and enjoyment are the order of the day at Hill Café. Dress is casual although the atmosphere can

If you enjoy fruites de mer, try the brochette de crevettes (shrimp skewers) or BBQ oysters. Fried calamari with remoulade and tomato sauce is amongst the top choice of diners. There is also moule gratinee with New Zealand mussels, crème frache, butter and garlic persillade. Start off with a delicious French onion soup done to perfection. Check with the waiter for the always popular “Soup du Jour.” Those seeking a main course of meat are fortunate as well. The cote de porc is a signature dish at Hill Café. It has apricots, chestnut and grilled leeks, kale with chipotle glaze and roasted potatoes. Beef Bourguignon, steak frites will satisfy the taste for a heavier dish and the “meat and potatoes” kind of guy. The aforementioned “burger” is pure Angus beef and arrives with grilled onion, tomato and is crowned by a fried egg. There is the de rigueur side of French fries to compliment the burger. Trying to pigeonhole Hill Café into a particular is done with a delicate touch and loses nothing in the translation.

Hill Café 17 Putnam Avenue Brooklyn, NY 718.230.3471


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A German Feast

By Marianne Belmonte


recently had the pleasure of experiencing German Cuisine in a delightful establishment called Landbrot. It was such a pleasant surprise to taste authentic German dishes right here in my own backyard. I was in Germany and Austria in December of last year for the Christmas Markets and it was there that I discovered my other roots and their rich cultural traditions; food being one of them. This came as a great surprise to me having grown up in an Italian household and rarely having German food. (If you are even just a little bit Italian you

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will understand that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe any other cuisine exists, that is, for the occasional Chinese fare.) The only German food I had ever had was when 86th Street was considered Germantown and my mother felt obliged to take us there or on the few occasions that we visited the Amish Country in Pennsylvania. Having said all that you are in for a real treat if you take my suggestion and go to Landbrot in the West Village or their other location on the Lower East Side. Considered to be a bakery bar, the menu

is actually quite large with freshly baked breads and pastries and pretzels the size and varieties you have never imagined. Their name Landbrot translates to country bread and let me tell you it truly is the real deal. I had spatzle and brats and it rivaled any I had had in Germany. The spatzle was creamy and delicate and the brats were spicy and as well and of course had a German microbrew to accompany my meal. The dessert was top shelf and I highly recommend you treat yourself and try their warm apple

strudel or their German chocolate or cheese cakes. Whatever you choose you won’t regret it; it will have been well worth the calories. Of course what would a German Bar be without a great selection of beers and wines. The beer is some of the best I have ever had and the wine list is very impressive with wines from Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Spain. Having tried the micro-brew had to indulge myself to some Riesling to accompany my dessert. It was outstanding

and brought me back to my trip to Germany when we sailed down the Danube River through the wine country. be back there. Back to New York City and Landbrot. The West Village location is a true mix of bar and bakery, very reminiscent of what one would

staying open until 2am from Thursday to Saturday.

If you are craving something different and are bored with the usual fare and enjoy a great glass of beer or wine you must give Landbrot a try. Both locations are opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also have an outstanding variety of coffees and teas to go with any meal. Although this establishment will pass the test of time and become one of NYC’s must picks for authentic, delicious meals one can have in this great city of ours. Please go as soon as you can, you’ll know you have made the right choice!

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T h e r e f o r e I A m . O r A m I ? By Ed Druckman confess. I Twitter, or is it Tweet? Further confession, I am loath to embrace new technology. I didn’t pick-up a cell phone until 2003. Actually, that wasn’t so much my Luddite streak as fear of brain cancer. But Twitter slyly lured me to it, very much like the Entenmann’s display at the end of the aisle in The Food Emporium.

Before I continue, a pause for you oldesters, remembers their CB handle, for some exposition so wooden I apologize in advance if you get splinters. Twitter is a community web site where you answer the question “What’s happening?” by text, image or web site link. And from what I’ve gleaned what’s happening with many of you is that you’re eating or procreating since most of the photos are of food or toddlers. A general note, photos of your recent polyp free colonscopy doesn’t generate much interest if you’re not Katie Couric. The reward for this? Fellow tweeters (tweeterers?) follow you. It seems everyone wants followers. In 2009, Ashton Kutcher had a Cheshire cat smile not because he was schtupping Demi Moore but because he surpassed CNN’s breaking news feed of over one million. Today, that number pales in comparison to Lady Gaga’s thirty-

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four million. Perhaps it’s her Twitter slogan: “When POP sucks the tits of ART”? Perhaps not. And those who tweet are equally expanding in nonlinear fashion, from pop stars, celebrities to politicians and everything

question, “What’s happening?” that started me thinking, always a slippery slope. How would certain people answer that? So with apologies to David Letterman, I give you:

that is, @TheTweetOfGod.

10. “Ready to take the plunger again. On imaginary”-Manti Te’o

It’s the latter category that intrigues me, those who don the cloak of the famous or infamous, some of whom have tens of thousand of followers. (Adolf Hitler (@ DictatorHitler) has over 140,000. I have yet to decide if that’s amusing or alarming.) It begs the question why the need to assume another identity in the hope of achieving note? Is ours so lacking? Do we so crave a legacy? Do we just have too much time on our hands? All of the above? Myself, I don’t feel the need to have followers whose number exceeds that of the of child molestation cases reviewed by Pope Benedict XVI when he was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. I don’t like to draw attention to myself. It may have been my mother’s words that shaped this humble nature. “Are you sure about this? Everyone can write. That’s a lot of competition.” With Twitter, to borrow a line from Chance The Gardner, “I like to watch.” And it was this trait along with the rich cast of characters, real, not real; real role playing the real and not real answering the

The Top Ten Twitter Answers To “”What’s Happening?”

Benedict XVI 8. “Thinking about starting my own bicycling competition, Tour de Fraud.”Lance Armstrong 7. “Parole hearing, hoping it’s lucky number 35!”-Charles Manson 6.”Cigars are sooooo 2003.”-Monica Lewinsky 5. “Posting on Craigslist for slightly used missiles or VERY big sling shot.”-Kim Jong Eun 4. “Working on a new defense for my tight end.”-Jerry Sandusky 3. “Going through waterboarding to drown (ha ha) this liberal crap about torture.”-Dick Cheney 2. “Reminding Dick to update his will.”Lynne Cheney 1. “Not running in 2016.”-Hillary Clinton It’s my hope those lightened some of your burden. And if they moved you to follow me on Twitter, ah… sadly, I’m guilty as the rest. Oh the pain, the pain… another thing Jerry



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