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27 Mercedes Masohn: Smoking Hot 64 Chris Bauer: A Man with Simpatico

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By Christopher A. Pape Photography by: Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris Styling by: Monica Cotto Hair by: Christopher Naselli Make-up by: Reiva cruze

Upon meeting Mercedes Masohn, I was enthralled. There are few times, if any, that I am in the presence of a true beauty. She is at once tall, striking and has a face that must be considered a magnet for all men. But beyond that (and it’s a lot), she was down-to-earth, sharp, smart and sassy! Both my creative director and I loved every moment we spent with her, as we conducted our photo shoot with her. I’m so happy to introduce 666 Park Avenue’s sexy siren.


I have always had the entertainment bug, but my parents are more traditional so they always encouraged great schoolwork so that was the road I took. I studied psychology and that’s where I thought I was going to live my life. When I moved to America, a modeling scout discovered me and I did that for some time as well. And I realized I could not balance work along with school. It was too many hours; I was not sleeping. So I stopped and my agent at the time said, “ You have always talked about acting why don’t you, just for fun, go out for

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Mercedes Masohn (MM): When I was young, instead of playing hide and seek we would play actor/director; I was always the actress and my friends were the producer and the director. We


Resident (R): Tell us what made you want to be an actress?

this audition?” It was for the movie, The Break Up. I had so much fun doing it and it just went from there. I have been really lucky. R: Tell us about 666 Park Avenue. What is it like? MM: I’m going to plug it - it’s on ABC on Sunday at 10pm! It’s a really fun show; there is nothing else out there like it. It’s kind of sexy, like a throw back to a soap opera, but with a thriller aspect. There is a lot going on with our things about our past. Each character comes from darkness; all of us are pretty wounded in some way or another. I think in an Agatha Christie sort of way we have all been brought together in the Drake and the building has a lot of

the building with his wife who is played by Vanessa Williams. They are really the puppeteers and all of us go to them wanting something. The building is the heart of all that. If you are good to it its good to you back, but if you are not you pay the price. R: How is it to shoot in NY? MM: I love NY. I lived here before I moved to LA so when they told me we were shooting in New York I was overjoyed. I got to come back to my old friends and my favorite restaurants; I am really comfortable here. It’s a home for me. R: Do you think the show could have MM: Absolutely not! I could not imagine it anyplace else


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R: What does it mean to be a New Yorker? MM: I have always described New York as the ex-boyfriend that I still love; the one who got away. So whenever I live somewhere else like LA, LA is the new boyfriend but whenever I come back to New York I feel alive. There is something that just feeds you. Whenever I have to leave New York I get sad. Again it’s the exboyfriend and once you start falling in

love with another boyfriend it starts

R: Any pets?

going over there for late night booty calls.

MM: Yes, I have a little Chihuahua named Wedgie, who is the love of my life. On Twitter, I have #WedgieWednesday and everyone likes to see him because he does the craziest little things. And he does everything with me - he sleeps with me, he watches me shower. He’s either the most loyal dog or a pervert. I have to say I am dreading the winter with him because he’s an LA dog. Everyone says you have to put boots on him but he refuses to do so!

R: What do you do for fun in the city? MM: I really love hanging out with friends. I’ll have dinner parties at my place or go to new restaurants. Every now and then we will have a drink but it’s mostly oriented around food. Thank God I’m not obese.

as a person of mixed ethnicity? MM: Being multiethnic was certainly interesting. Growing up, kids wanted to put me in a box. Everyone wanted to know what I was and in Sweden where there are a lot of fare skinned, blue eyed, blonde haired people; I was sort of the black sheep. I had a little trouble growing up but, there was this one movie with this little girl who was brown haired and eyed and she looked just like me and I loved culture. When I came to the states I was like wow! It’s really a melting pot; I can look just like everyone else. In acting, it can be a challenge – if they want an ethnic girl I look too Caucasian and if they want a Caucasian I look to ethnic, so sometimes I fall between the cracks. R: What’s a typical day like on set? Especially the guy who plays my husband, Robert Buckley, we are like high school girls. We just run around pulling pranks and cracking each other up. It’s like hanging out with your friends. R: What are your career goals as an actress? MM: Acting is my passion but I am in the middle of writing a script right now, and I really want to direct something. I am so Type A and I love the idea of breathing life into something and the idea of choosing shots and picking what each frame looks like so I hope I’ll be

EDITOR’S NOTE I am so happy we had the chance to interview Mercedes. She’s a great addition to the magazine. Look out for her article on her favorite restaurants and I thank her for coming to our anniversary party on November 7th – she’ll be as hot in person as she is in the photos (trust me).



São Paulo: Brazil at its Best

By Narbeh Minassian


s a city of high skylines and vibrant urban presence in a country of rainforests and sandy beaches, it is little wonder why São Paulo attracts the tourist’s attention with such regularity that it has virtually become an obligatory destination for those passing through Brazil or South America. As the leader in international aviation, American Airlines magical city twice a day. With them, get there safely and in comfort and style. the Main Cabin on American Airlines on your way to Brazil because you can enjoy complimentary beer and wine – the perfect way to start a journey. São Paulo is the biggest city in South

America with a most interesting layout. The Southern half, and greater part of the city, is mostly covered by forest, farm and water. By complete contrast, the northern half is almost completely urban. The city was born in the downtown area, which is why many of the historical buildings are concentrated in the center. Contemporary architecture takes over around its circumference. paulistanos (São Paulo locals), particularly in the city center, where bankers, government pursuers are responsible for São Paulo’s claim as the champion of Brazil’s economy, while the more creative, art-driven locals buzz around in this Brazilian beehive. São Paulo is a place of juxtaposition, diversity

and carnival atmosphere, making this city São Paulo is a city seeped in history, which Center of São Paulo, otherwise known as the Downtown district. Over four and a the village of São Paulo de Piratininga. Their initial aim was to convert the local inhabitants to Christianity, and so they established the Colégio de São Paulo, which was a mission made to achieve that the early 17th century and was located where the Páteo do Colégio stands today. Anchieta. Resident

Since its founding, São Paulo has had a strong link to Christianity. Some of the oldest churches in the Southern Hemisphere can be found here, including the Catedral da Sé, whose original structure was built in 1616, and the Capela dos Aflitos, which dates back to 1774. There is also the Jardim da Luz, where the elite of São Paulo society traditionally met, and the Palácio das Indústrias, which is one of the more innovative buildings in its design and used to serve as the town hall. All in all, there are plenty of historical sites to visit in the city. São Paulo is considered a paragon of art and original style. Going to the city and not checking out its art scene would be like going to France and not trying cheese. In truth, even for the art resisters, it would be impossible to miss out as its art scene is simply inescapable and is likely to convert even the most stubborn members of the anti-art brigade. Street art is huge in São Paulo. Just by walking around, you can see the works of graffiti like those of artist Alex Hornest, street artist Fefê Talavera, and Zezão, whose trademark graffiti is called pixação. The epicenter of these art waves however is undoubtedly the Museu de Arte de São Paulo. This museum is found on the iconic Paulista Avenue and its standout architecture has made it a landmark and symbol of Brazil. The art collection itself is internationally recognized as one of the finest displays in the world, particularly for its European art. It is home to artwork from around the globe, but it doesn’t neglect its own country’s pieces and boasts an emphatic assemblage of Brazilian art, prints and drawings. You can find practically anything in São Paulo. While the city has a plethora of street shops and retail hotspots, the two most popular ‘shoppings’ -- as the locals call shopping malls -- are the Rua 25 de Março and Cidade Jardim. The Rua 25 de Março belies its name in the sense that it winds through many streets to form the most famous commercial street in the city. A walk down this route takes you through the Arab, Middle Eastern and, to a lesser extent, the Chinese district of the city, so even if you have no interest in making a purchase, a leisurely stroll still offers a view into the cross section of São Paulo. The Cidade Jardim is the polar opposite of the Rua 25 de Março, considered to be a ‘rich only’ shopping mall. It is certainly the most upscale boutique in São Paulo. One of the most impressive buildings in São Paulo, Cidade Jardim is adjacent to the Tietê River and home to high-end shops and spas. You won’t be left wanting when you visit here. Given that São Paulo has one of the most diverse populations in the world, there are no prizes for guessing that this city has restaurants with cuisines from countries far and wide. However, it would be a shame if this wide range distracted from the native cuisine. The signature dish of

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São Paulo is the Virado à paulista, which consists of rice, tutu de feijão (a paste of beans and manioc flour; sometimes made of corn flour, in order to be drier than the manioc flour), sautéed collard greens (couve) and pork chops, typically bisteca. It is usually accompanied by pork rinds, bits of sausage, a fried egg and a fried banana. São Paulo is home to D.O.M., which was recently awarded fourth place on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. It goes without saying that this is the best place to try authentic Brazilian cuisine. This takes us on to São Paulo’s nightlife,

which simply needs no introduction. I challenge you to find a major city anywhere that does not have a significant Brazilian, salsa or samba bar. It is the most widely recognized form of partying, and while its imitators do a decent job of spreading Brazil’s party fever, nothing beats the real thing. Paulistanos party until the early hours. The southern tip of Rua Augusta is the center for São Paulo’s nightlife, particularly among the youth. While here, be sure to stop by the popular Z Carniceria. Even Avenida São Luís in the traditionally old city center is undergoing something of a Renaissance as its modernization now

happily accommodates avid partiers. As the next host of the FIFA World Cup in 2014, Brazil regards soccer with the utmost importance. No nation has won more World Cups than Brazil, nor, arguably, has any nation produced more iconic footballers than the Samba Boys. While in America our attention seems to be divided between ice hockey, baseball, basketball and American football, it is soccer that reigns supreme in Brazil. With no less than four soccer teams in São Paulo, including global powerhouses Corinthians and São Paulo, this city, alongside Rio and Buenos Aires, is the best

place to experience the most passionate and vivacious pastime on the continent. If England is the birthplace of the beautiful game, then Brazil is its home.

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Nestled between the green mountains and Hawaii is Aulani Disney Resort and Spa. Secluded but not isolated; Aulani is far away enough from the crowds but close enough to be the aim of becoming a center for Hawaiian of Disney to make the stay there all the more doubt that you are in the presence of quality and the fantastical.


It goes without saying that everything Disney does is big, grand, and anything but subtle. However, at Aulani, Disney has taken a different approach and focused on native Hawaiian culture; as Disney spokesman John McClintock has said ‘We’re a storytelling company and when we came to Hawaii, we didn’t come to tell our own stories. We came to tell the stories that already exist here.’ Aulani is a center for Hawaiian culture. Its biggest aim and true raison d’être is to demonstrate and preserve all that is Hawaiian. This is a theme that runs through the entire complex, starting with their employment policy; all employees must speak the Hawaiian language and have a

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strong grasp on and knowledge of Hawaii’s history and traditions. Everything from the wood used to the food served is locally provided and decorated in a quintessential Hawaiian style. Moreover, Aulani boasts the largest collection of contemporary Hawaiian art in the state, the rooms and in the lobbies, which are designed under the inspiration of traditional Hawaiian houses; built using timber and wasn’t enough, Aulani includes interactive pads that give you the A-Z on the Hawaiian story.

Hawaiian waves, offering locally inspired treatments such as ‘lomilomi,’ which is a traditional Hawaiian massage that stimulates healing, a technique that has been honed and perfected over the course of centuries. Aulani offers activities that tie include Hawaiian craft lessons taught by local experts, learning to perform the most iconic of Hawaiian dances, the Hula, at the ‘Ohana Hula, or practise the Ukelele under the guidance of skilled players. Their outdoors area is exactly what you would expect from a Hawaiian resort; pristine

waters, white sand, and palm trees. Their standout feature however is without question their 8,200 square feet, multi-million dollar, world-class pool complex. This complex is home to the island’s only snorkelling lagoon, at which you can get a close-up look at the rich and teeming aquatic life. There are numerous slides and adventures at the pool. The most exciting of which is probably the Volcanic Vertical at the Waikolohe pool, although the ‘extreme Waikolohe stream is just as likely to quench your thrill thirst with rapid twists through caverns. For the calmer swimmers, there is a much more serene stream through a lazy river that glides gently along the Hawaiian landscape; there is also Wailana pool, which offers a peaceful retreat from the excitement of the main pools. The water activities are very

interactive, particularly at Waikolohe valley, riding, dancing, and much more. Disney takes more of a laid back approach relative to other Disney resorts, as Mr. McClintock said, Disney is essentially the mouth piece for a largely untold or unknown Mo’Olelo storytelling activity,as guests of all for a night of enchanting tales— complete with puppetry and magical effects—led by ‘Uncle’, a master storyteller and the Resort’s Hawaiian elder. However, Disney itself is still very much present at this resort. The Disney characters can be found around the hotel, at breakfast, by the pool, or just walking around, and they are always willing to take pictures and sign autographs. The rooms have quilts with Micky Mouse’s face quite subtly on it, and statues and carvings can be found by the pool area resembling some of the favorites of the Disney family.

dining restaurant, Ama’Ama. Here, gourmet chefs use only the freshest of local ingredients are juxtaposition between the traditional and the modern. And conveniently, they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is perhaps a great testament to the wealth and value of Hawaiian traditions and culture that Disney decided to choose it as the theme of its latest resort. This is the most imaginative and creative way of championing what is one of the most unmistakable cultures in the Northern Hemisphere, and it is done in a way only Disney could do. Aulani’s very ostensive aim means that this is a resort for

Aulani 92-1185 Aliinui Dr. Kapolei, HI 96707 (714) 520-7001




Scottsdale By Lisa Loverro

Set in the arid Arizona desert, the W Scottsdale is a hip and trendy resort with a vibe and Los Angeles or New York City. Located in the heartbeat of Scottsdale’s downtown shopping and nightclub district, the hotel provides the perfect mix of modern rooms, excellent dining and year-round activity. Their signature “whatever/whenever” service extends throughout the resort, from room service and hospitality to poolside assistance and spa indulgence, the service here is impeccable.

Year Round Activity In the summer months the outdoor pool, known simply as “Wet,” beomes a playground for the cool and happening scene of Scottsdale (which surprisingly exists). If you’re not interested in socializing with young partygoers, this might not be the place for you. This is, however, the perfect spot for anyone looking to mingle in the pool, drink in hand, with the local crowd. The seasonal, open-air bar, “Sunset Beach” is situated amongst cabanas, daybeds and lounging pods. You can reserve one of their 13 private cabanas, personal services and High Speed Internet Access. In the winter months their “Wet” pool deck is transformed into “Chill,” a 1,600 square foot outdoor skating rink where you can sip on cool cocktails and lounge in a private cabana. It’s the perfect winter activity set under the beautiful starlit skies of Arizona. Their restaurant, Suki Roku, is a supreme dining experience featuring an Asian fusion menu specializing in, what else, but Sushi. Try the Miso Eggplant and Tuna Tartar and then move on to the baked Cod and Grilled Filet Mignon with Miso sauce…all superb! The rooms, all playing along the “W” theme, range from the “Wonderful” room, open and airy, perfect for a couple or business traveler hitting and panoramic views of Camelback Mountain, complete with a spacious living room, intimate dining room, 1

As for activities in the area, a hike up Camelback Mountain will sure to test your aerobic ability and a hot air balloon ride provides panoramic views of the expansive desert. All

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My fascination with Ischia began when a native Tuscan raved to me about the island’s thermal waters, top spas and delicious cuisine. Ischia also offers sandy beaches

with gorgeous plantings and a private beach for swimming in the sea.

haunt of Europeans in search of curative springs. Located in the Bay of Naples an

rustic thermal pools, popular with the ancients, are dug into the stone walls of a canyon. The healing thermal water induced a joyous sensation throughout my body and

Coast, a visit to Ischia will not disappoint. The European medical community considers Ischia’s thermal pools heated by volcanic action as healing treatments for a variety of maladies, from arthritis and body springs that revive body, mind and spirit have had spas and resorts built around them I call the modern thermal/spa venues

minutes from Negombo, is a pastoral oasis. The property is a verdant garden, with all varieties of plants, fruits, vegetables and herbs, which are used for the tasty cuisine in its restaurant. Lovely spacious villas verandas with panoramic vistas. With a huge swimming pool, the beach just steps away

and groups of friends relax and socialize are excellent eateries on premises - it’s Italy. Here are some highlights. Poseidon is the largest of the thermal of different temperatures, some with hydro massage or waterfalls. This thermal paradise, my favorite, boasts an Olympic size sea water swimming pool, restaurant and a bar.

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Terme built on the Gurgitiello spring features a rooftop pool with bar and stylish rooms and suites. The extensive spa, considered one of the best on the island, uses the potent thermal water with many treatments such as mud, clay, detoxifying and rejuvenating therapies. There’s also an array of massages and customized treatments with natural products. Don’t miss the hotel’s 2 Michelin star restaurant, Il Mosaico, where Chef Nino performs artistic wizardry with his culinary extravaganza. Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa I relished amazing pasta with prawns at Hotel Miramare e Castello in Ischia Ponte,






masterpiece using local organic ingredients.

Take a short ferry ride to Procida, a charming untouristy island for lunch at Fishbone - a seafood eatery fronting the quaint harbor. Head to Capri on the Hydrofoil; pamper yourself with a massage and superb pasta at the stunning JK Place, after a dip in their pool. Catch a boat to nearby Positano on the the scenic veranda savoring Mediterranean specialties at the exquisite 5 star Relais & Chateaux Il San Pietro Di Positano Hotel. Imperatore Travel For information about travel in Southern Italy

I wanted to personally thank my Tuscan Italo Train friend for recommending Ischia, so off I headed from Naples to Florence on the new stylish high speed Italo train. With A standout was the Relais and Chateaux Il Falconiere, a restored villa in Cortona with frescoed walls, original antiques, landscaped gardens, vineyards, an a British accented GPS for the best way to Etruscan spa and gourmet restaurant. see Tuscany - driving the gorgeous rolling With wine tastings, cooking classes, green landscape and copper lit hills, with the number 1 pinot noir in Italy and best roast pig ever, it’s a home run. Also and wine. noteworthy was Castello del Nero, a 5 star boutique hotel with superb restaurant La Auto Europe Torre, close to Florence. Truly unique, the exclusive 5 star Nun Relais in Assisi 1 800 223 5555 eighteen-suite hotel all built on the ruins of a Roman amphitheater.

No visit to Italy is complete without stopping at the Eternal City. The Intercontinental De La Ville with well appointed rooms located atop the Spanish steps was ideal for my Roman jaunt. I swung by the 5 star Hassler Hotel next door, epitome of sophisticated luxury and favorite haunt of royals, celebs and diplomats, for a sublime feast at their Michelin starred panoramic restaurant ‘Imago.’ A private underground tour of the Colosseum, dinner at seafood restaurant extraordinaire ‘Assunta Madre,’ a nighttime drive through Rome in a Rolls Royce and transfer to the airport in a Maserati, was arranged by Amanda Tour. What a way to say arrivederci Roma! Luxury offerings booked through travel agents.


The Carlton hotel, part of the Autograph Collection’s distinctive portfolio, is an iconic property located on Madison Avenue and 29th Street in the heart of Manhattan. The 317-room historic hotel, which originally opened in the early 20th century as the Hotel Seville, is paying tribute to its early beginnings with the creation of three new specialty suites and the revitalization of its two penthouse suites, all debuting this fall. Designed by W+CO Design Studio, The Broadway Diva Suite, The Speakeasy Suite, and The Terrace Suite each provide guests with a

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unique experience, bringing signature elements of New York history and lifestyle to the suites’ designs. With these new suites, guests are able take a step back in time, as the ambiance and atmosphere capture the essence of their bygone eras. In addition, the two penthouse suites bring a resurgence of edge, elegance and luxury to the hotel. Paying reverence to New York’s vibrant theatre district and the birthplace of Broadway, the Broadway Diva Suite stirs up images of the palatial dressing rooms for a leading lady of a hit show. The suite encompasses the feel of a backstage haven designed as a tranquil escape from the bustling city streets, while the Speakeasy

Suite transports guests to the Prohibition years for taste of disobedience. The ambiance assimilates many elements that gun displayed in a cabinet, poker table and a small bar, among others. The Terrace Suite gives guests a bit of greenery for a private oasis in the city with a terrace overlooking room is accented with a grass cloth wall, a rolling bar cart and a comfortable sofa with chaise lounge and throw pillows. The Carlton has also restyled its two penthouse suites, adjoining spaces on the total combined square feet. One is a

and entertainment for the sophisticated set. Discerning gentlemen and ladies alike Centennial billiards table, accented with a

The luxury property features one of the Millesime, French for vintage, is a vibrant seafood brasserie within The Carlton hotel,

Lastly, the adjoining penthouse suite ignites the imagination with its menagerie of Art Deco console table in black lacquer. The

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colorful and framed New Yorker magazine providing guests with a look into the past.


Driving in the dusk through the relative wilds of the Pocono Mountains on our way to the Skytop Lodge, we were unaware of the majestic beauty and grandeur that awaited us. As we turned into the main entrance to the resort, located on 5,550 acres of pristine forest about 90 miles west of Manhattan, a ribbon of road unfolded in our view, crisscrossing across an expansive lawn that ended at the entrance to the Lodge. The building itself was an impressive site, lit up in the night like a European castle with evenly spaced spotlights facing the

greets you, richly paneled in oak, and serves as the main welcoming and meeting spot of the Lodge. A plethora of comfy couches and Queen Anne chairs provide a place to not just rest one’s bones after the drive from New York, but also to serve as a comfortable respite various tables and shelves, or enjoy afternoon tea with new and old friends at the Lodge. There is literally something for everyone, including families, skiers, foodies, yogis, etc. Skytop appeals to many types, and offers the chance to do the things we like, as well as the things we’ve never done

four enjoying a full day of outdoor activities including rowing and

year old twin boys, we enjoyed the many games in the rec center, swimming at the pool, taking hayrides, and boating out on the lake.

throughout the day and into the evening, offering supervised play, activities, and movies. When we wanted some alone time, we would drop the boys off and head out on our own for a bit. One of the most enjoyable activities we took advantage of was to go mountain biking to one of the local waterfalls, and of course, we took a refreshing dip Breakfast was the perfect time to plan out the day while enjoying some be found in the main dining room where all meal services are located, but often there were offsite barbeques in addition to the traditional lunch service, including one we enjoyed lakeside. Afternoon tea provided a nice break to load up on caffeine and sweets, while the including rack of lamb to venison to wild salmon, all washed down with selections from a surprisingly vivacious list of wines and spirits. For these reasons, one can surmise that the Skytop Lodge’s uniqueness but more so, from its ability to touch ones’ heart, as it has for many generations of visitors. Winter 2012/13 Update the summer months, but with the days get shorter and nights colder, destination. Winter is a magical time at Skytop, where there continues to be no shortage of activities…from dog sledding, ice skating, and tobogganing, to skiing and snowboarding, all are included as part of your stay. And if you need lessons, a trained staff of instructors will

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Welcome to NAPLES, FLORIDA! This is the same as being greeted “Welcome to Paradise”! There is a reason why Naples has long been called Florida’s last hidden gem. A place which, for a long time, was known only to the distinguished and the wealthy. Nestled in the lowest part of Florida’s southwest coast is a place I like to call Home. A place where the average temperature is a perfect 75 degrees Fahrenheit. A place where wildlife, world famous golf courses, cultural events, fine dining and an unparalleled shopping selection come together with sugary white sand, tropical palm trees, clear blue water and sunny skies. It is a place where luxury and lifestyle meet like no other. Here are some interesting facts about our beautiful city provided to us by the Chamber of Commerce: Conde Nast Magazine named Naples on its Top 20 list of Best Beaches in America in 2006 There are over134 art galleries in the Greater Naples Area Naples has the most golf holes per capita in the country Naples is the only city in the world that has two Ritz-Carlton hotels The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is regarded as one of the top bird watching spots in the U.S. Everglades City has the reputation of being the “Stone Crab Capital of the World” Collier County, which includes the cities of Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City, is the largest county in Florida with a total area of 2,305 square miles and at least 80% of it is set aside as preserve lands such as parks, wildlife refuges, etc. Collier County is home to the endangered Florida panther

There are plenty of reasons why Naples, FL is an amazing place to live. I invite you to come and discover yours! Call me to find out how you can call Naples Home too!

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MARCHE REGION By Christopher A. Pape

With a feast of wine, spirits and gourmet products distinctive to this

festivals (“sagre”) and reenactments, which are abundant everywhere throughout the year. In addition to the historical appeal, there are several small family businesses, some of which have turned into

that stretches from the mountains to the sea, boasting 120 miles of

Scavolini), household appliances and yachting industries secure a stable prosperity to this region, although the rural sector is crucial to the overall economy.

churches, abbeys, monasteries and sanctuaries. Visiting these villages

artists, such as Renaissance painter Raphael, composer Rossini, tenor

residents are part of the experience, as well as getting to participate in

area has a strong touristic appeal not only because of its natural and architectural beauty, but also for its genuine, yet delicious wine tradition that will satisfy the food lover with the most discriminating

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By Narbeh Minassian Oftentimes do the writers of our fair magazine bring to you faraway beauty within reach

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Whether you choose to choose to stay overnight at the Conrad Hotel or just stop by –it really depends on the manner of your visit- either way you are in for nothing but the best service and enjoyment. For those electing to stay over, These new luxury suites feature Wi-Fi access, a 2-room contemporary layout with separate living and sleeping areas. Enjoy easy access to your own virtual concierge by way of Conrad Concierge, providing the ability to make dining reservations, order room service, request additional suite amenities, and more via television, laptop, touch pad, or smartphone. My highest recommendation is to the name suggests, overlooks the Hudson and a New York skyline. This view is particularly breath-taking at night, as you feel a sense of peace and calm from the river while sensing the vivacity and life from the great city; a quite unique juxtaposition. The Conrad is also, of course, perfectly suitable for a one-off visit. Indeed, the Atrio Wine Bar and Restaurant is worth the visit alone. Here is an elegant and grand setting with an open plan kitchen, so you can see your food being prepared. Given that the head chef comes from Italy and Lebanon, two culinary powerhouses, it is not surprising that their food has a strong Mediterranean and Middle

The rooftop bar, Loopy Doopy, although seasonal and only open from May through to October, is well worth taking into consideration. Aside from providing creative and more traditional drinks from the bar, Loopy Doopy offers a view over the river and New York City, giving an ambience of grandeur and opulence. We New Yorkers tend to accumulate considerable air mileage on our bucket lists, going from continent to continent in search of new cultures and foreign beauty. This is not something to be ashamed of, on the contrary, we are privileged to not only live in what is arguably the greatest city, but to have access to the rest of the world, and we acknowledge this on our part. It is therefore easy to forget that while we live in what is considered by many to be the capital of the world, we do not always experience it to its fullest. For example, ask a number of your friends if they have been to the Statue of Liberty, or Wall Street, or actually been inside the Rockefeller Center; the answers may surprise you. So, whether you decide to stay over or stop by, Conrad New York will reacquaint you to the city that

both quality and quantity in its diversity, but the pick of the bunch is arguably their San Marzano Pizza, which is cooked in a pizza oven with such care that it will feel like a gift from Italy itself. popularity is their ability to host wedding receptions. With vastly impressive event spaces and an experienced and talented team of professionals, weddings - and virtually any event for that matter - are guaranteed perfection within the perfect city. Any important event in your life deserves the meticulous care and attention that Conrad Hotel will undoubtedly provide.

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A leading hotel and landmark of Japan’s capital city, Imperial Hotel Tokyo has been known to welcome royalty, heads of state, celebrities, and top international businessmen for over a century. The hotel was an unscathed survivor of the great Kanto earthquake in 1923, which is testament to its size and incredible architecture. It is little wonder why Imperial Hotel is unquestionably one of the greatest hotels in East Asia. The Hotel is located just south of the Imperial Palace grounds, next to the previous location of the Palace moat. The modern hotel overlooks the Palace, the 40-acre western-style Hibiya Park, and the Ginza neighborhood. This is a carefully selected location; the hotel was originally built to Western tourists to Japan. This proposal was pushed forward by the aristocracy of Tokyo, and the hotel was owned by the Imperial family for much of its history. This should give you a clear sense of the grandeur we are talking about here, and that’s before I even mention that Princess Sayoko chose Imperial

Hotel as the venue for her wedding. Imperial Hotel is considered to be the most international hotel in Tokyo, which perhaps explains its high popularity with locals. It has a plethora of dining options; all of thirteen banquet fare was French cuisine, which Hotel’s dining scene. Les Saisons is often the most sought after restaurant –particularly since its recent redecoration- in the hotel prepared by the brilliantly talented Thierry Voisin, fresh from Rheims’ multi-Michelinstarred Les Crayeres. There are of course options for those who want to try the best that Japanese cuisine has to offer, with 4 restaurants dedicated to their native palate and a further 2 Sushi restaurants. This Hotel houses some 26 different banquet and function rooms, many equipped with the newest state-of-the-art support systems for conferences, seminars, fashion shows, exhibitions, and gala receptions, and there

are smaller rooms for more low-key parties and practical functions. Their executive center is the largest of its kind, taking up th

main building, complete with conference rooms, meeting spaces, and work stations. Back to their more leisurely amenities, they exclusive to guests and features a pool, sauna, and massage parlor. It is rare for a hotel to become so entrenched in the fabric of a city that it practically becomes a landmark, but that is exactly what has happened with Imperial Hotel. With over a century’s worth of experience in hospitality to Western visitors, this place

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As the wonderfully last and most secluded of hideaways on a stretch of Punta Cana shoreline, Sivory Punta Cana Boutique Hotel is a place to be gloriously alone. Where your every need is fulfilled by a staff practiced in the art of anticipation. Imagine isolated days spent lounging by the infinity pool or at the Caribbean’s edge.

Embrace the gentle solitude of this intimate resort, with holistic spa escapes, artful restaurants and a devotion to the pleasure-seeking lifestyle destined to transport the most discerning of travelers to a state of complete relaxation.

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Being a New Yorker, I’ve experienced it all. From mingling with celebrities, to amazing dining experiences, there is so much our fair city has to offer. But, sometimes, it’s nice to get off the island and explore the world. Recently, I had that opportunity when I visited Vancouver, British Columbia. With perfect weather and an adventurous spirit, I was amped for my trip; I had heard so many wonderful things about the city and the hotel that I was planning on staying at, the OPUS Hotel Vancouver. Situated near the waterfront and in the heart of a trendy section, Yaletown, OPUS Hotel Vancouver is a four-star boutique property with an edgy décor and modern amenities.

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A stirring design is the hallmark of the hotel; it has personality to spare. And it is no understatement to say that it was the perfect place for this world-weary traveller to stay. From the friendly staff to the large and plush rooms, everything was right. According to a previous guest, staying at OPUS Hotel Vancouver is “like a cool friend with a great sense of style who threw me the keys to his condo for the weekend.” Clearly, this remark hints at the essence of the hotel guest experience. Created to serve a new generation of traveler, one seeking stylish hotels with vitality and is in a league of its own. Using bright and

vibrant colors, sensuous fabrics and natural light – the hotel speaks to those that aren’t looking for the drab and traditional hotel. Beyond the rooms, inside the heart of the very metropolis, lies Yaletown, a hip and happening neighborhood that is the perfect stomping ground for young couples, retired lovers, gays and in-the-know families. Yaletown is our Soho. The neighborhood is an elite 12-block historic district and is home to the area’s most stylish restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, spas and cafes. Like Soho, refurbished warehouses and brick buildings, house interesting and varied fares, and a short walk will lead you to Vancouver’s premier shopping boulevard, Robson Street.

OPUS Hotel Vancouver makes it easy to research and explore the city. First, use their complimentary mobile in-room iPad; they’ve taken the opportunity to load on a Lifestyle Concierge application that can help to pair recommendations based on personality and preferences. Then use their bikes (also free to use) to ride around this ultra-clean and peaceful city. The city has made it easy to explore; use bike and pedestrian paths that run along the waterfront; traverse the extraordinary waterfront seawall, taking in Stanley Park, Sunset Beach and Coal Harbor. The hotel is strategically located. Getting to and from Vancouver International Airport is fast, easy and convenient. The YaletownRoundhouse station of the Canada Line Skytrain is mere steps away from the hotel’s front door and whisks you into the airport itself in just over twenty minutes, or take a

taxi, which is cheaper to use than our cabs. If you like Asian culture, you are in luck! Vancouver has the highest per-capita Asian population in the world, outside of Asia. This lends itself to some wonderful restaurants and cultural activities. I very much enjoyed the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. With its ornate architecture and gardens are a true sanctuary. And the best part was that it was so easy to get to – I biked my way there! Mention should also be made of their fabulous new Italian restaurant, La Pentola. It is an ode to Northern Italian cooking. Adam Pegg and Lucais Syme of Vancouver’s award-winning La Quercia restaurant deliver artfully crafted cuisine. The chefs present handmade pasta and custom Vancouver hot spot. I was enthralled with rich, creamy pastas, which were as good as any in New York and almost as good as my

grandmother’s. Since I was in Vancouver during their Thanksgiving (beginning of October), we enjoyed a turkey dish. Let it be said that I am no fan of turkey, yet theirs was the most succulent piece of this poultry I’ve ever had. It was certainly worth it! From its beautiful airport, to its shimmering sea, Vancouver is a city that’s so easy to love. And OPUS Hotel Vancouver is a property You’ll love its rooms, people and feel. Stay for a night or a week and you’ll come to enjoy it

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The Face of New York By Christopher A. Pape

I’m not a huge proponent of social media. Or, I guess I should say I’m not very savvy at it. But, thank God, this magazine forces me to be in tune with what’s going on. Recently, Chris Wragge of New York’s CBS Channel 2 and WLNY Channel 10/55 fame, connected with us via Twitter (I guess he was a fan of what we had to say!). One thing led to another and I asked him if he’d like to be interviewed; continuing my quest to access only the hottest and best New York has to offer – he readily agreed. What follows is an extensive interview with a passionate man who loves the news, broadcasting and New York. I’m so happy to report that he will be at the party; I hope you like the piece as much as I liked interviewing him!

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Resident (R): Where are you from? Chris Wragge (CW): My folks got divorced when I was young so I split time in different towns, but Mahwah, NJ is my hometown and where I’ve been since the 6th grade. T-Bird Country! R: How did growing up in New Jersey affect you? CW: I have a tremendous sense of pride about being from New Jersey. I love the fact that it’s so close to the city. But, the “daily defense” of hailing from a state that is as badgered and bullied as New Jersey has prvoided me with a tough shell. It has come in handy in my line of work. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

contract in 1992 was to get back home and by home that meant to the NYC market. I grew up watching Ch 2 and to be able to work here and be one of the news anchors of record for my family, friends and other people I grew up with provided me with an instant fan base. I’ll take whatever advantage I can get. R: Do you live in the city now? CW: I do. On the Upper West Side, I love it because it’s quiet; I don’t hear sirens and I don’t live that far north (of CBS studios) but, it’s very quiet; it’s probably a little bit of an anomaly that I am not married and I

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don’t have kids and everyone else around me does. It’s like walking the streets with a scarlet letter because I don’t push around a stroller. Mornings at Starbucks are great, I just stand there and hold the door for people trying to handle the kids and their coffee. I keep waiting for tips. R: How did you get into the business? CW: I wish I could say there was a blueprint, but there really is no right way to make it. I was a college football player in school and when I was playing my senior year I would be interviewed by the local television station and one of the local stations said, “That guy is pretty articulate for a football player, see if, when he’s done with school, he wants to come on and do some college

football announcing for us.” That was my Manchester, New Hampshire. As soon as I graduated, they hired me on full time and it just took off from there. I was there for two years and then went onto the NBC station at Hartford for a little under two years and Entertainment Tonight for four. I moved to Houston for NBC Sports where I covered the Olympic games, the NBA, ND footbal and the PGA Tour. In 2004, I was approached by CBS to come home to NYC to become the stations new Sports Anchor. R: Tell us what you exactly do now ? CW: I’ve had every job here, except for news

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director (laughing). When I was hired I was brought in to replace Warner Wolf. I was the main sports anchor for two years. Eventually, the station approached me and asked if I’d transition to the news. When big news breaks, me that regretted not having a bigger role. When important things happen and I think post 9/11 that probably hit home the most because I was was an attack on the country but, because it was more a less an attack on my home and to not be there and to not be a part of it, combined with being a sports anchor, made the role seem news anchor, the opportunity to be a little more immersed in the bigger stories that cross our desk everyday was appealing. I became the News anchor at 5pm with Kristine Johnson and, shortly after Kristine and I did the 5, we were assigned to the 11pm news. About three months after that, the network approached me to do Saturday mornings Friday night, sleep for about three hours and get up and do that Saturday Early Show for the network. That lasted for about three and half years and then I was approached to do the Early Show full-time. The one regret I have is that it didn’t work out a little bit better but, it happens, new bosses come in and make their decisions and I am totally at peace with what happened. These guys here were kind enough to welcome me back. R: How do you like it here? CW: It’s like a family environment. Lonnie Quinn, Kristine Johnson and Dana Tyler are three of my very best friends. We do holidays together, take in games together and honestly enjoy each other’s company. I couldn’t ask for better colleagues. R: What charities are you involved with? CW: worked with a variety of charities from Asbury Park to East Hampton throughout the years. There are many wonderful organizations that I’ve been involved with including: National

Chris Wragge anchors CBS 2 News at 6 p.m. weekdays with Dana Tyler. He also co-anchors the 9 p.m. newscast with Tyler on WLNY-TV, WCBS-TV’s independent sister station.

Ambassador/Advisory role. We provide the voice and exposure for the nonand the connection I’ve made with the kids will last long after I’ve been replaced by somoene Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisWragge


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Sometimes you speak to someone that you intrinsically connect with. Perhaps it’s similar personalities or interests or some vague feeling of simpatico. Whatever the unnamed feeling, it’s what I experienced when I interviewed Chris Bauer, of True Blood fame. He was witty, fascinating, engaging and completely straightforward. I appreciated the time I spent with him and hope you like the interview as much as I liked speaking with him. Look out for an article written by him and I can’t wait to meet him again at our big party. Resident (R): Are you a native New Yorker? Chris Bauer (CB): No, but I have lived in New York for 20 years with a serious departure going to LA to shoot True Blood. R: So now you live in LA? CB: Blood I commuted. We have a place in Dumbo and in Sag Harbor. We then we moved out to Sag Harbor; imagine my commute, it’s bad enough to have to commute from LAX to JFK, but you have to throw that extra two hours in to get out to the end of Long Island. It was such an a way to get my kids in school here in LA for when we shot and when I was off, they would come back to New York for school here. Common sense eventually took over and because we are a family that likes to stick together we relocated out to LA. It’s only temporary, for as long as the show goes. But let me tell you my kids will not let a day go by without letting you or anyone else know that New York is home. R: Are they at an age where they can identify which place they like better? CB: They are and it’s such a tribute to New York. My children are transient; children of the circus because my job has taken us all over the place. New York has always been home and it has always been where we return, it has such a strong pull that I can’t blame them. R: Where did you grow up? CB: I was born in LA. The only thing rarer than a native New Yorker is a native Los Angeleno; the only reason people are in LA is because if they kept migrating they would be in the ocean. R: What are the qualities that make up a

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My favorite thing about New York is the amazing dining scene. Being a self-described foodie, I have to say restaurants are my favorite things shows. Anthony Bourdain is one of my favorites, I love the idea of him traveling; I love him discovering new and different cultural foods and I love that he goes to small villages - not just the big towns where grandmother will cook for him; I love, love, love that. I actually look for that when I travel. So it is no surprise that in New York, I have a long list of places I want to go to that friends have

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LIVING WITH AN OPEN HEART THIS HOLIDAY SEASON BY JANE SEYMOUR The holiday season is all about the cherished moments we celebrate together. It’s about the love we share with friends and family and the strength we take from these special people. It’s about giving thanks and being joyful for what we have. This year, I encourage everyone to not only take time to show appreciation for their blessings, but to look at how they can make a true difference in the world. While this seems like a monumental task, it really is as simple as living with an Open Heart. My Open Heart philosophy was born from my artwork. Every time I painted a heart it was open, and when there were two or more, they were connected. I came to realize that this reflected my mother’s advice that love should have no boundaries and should flow unconditionally. Life is full of challenges, but when your heart is open it can never stay broken and love will always find its way in. One of the most intimate and personal ways we can embody this spirit is by embracing the families in our lives. When I say families I don’t just mean the traditional family unit, but also the extended families that we create from the people we open our hearts to as we journey through life. Family is reflected in the moments we have in life when we are touched by another— when we open our hearts and souls and trust one another with our deepest feelings. These people become our Open Hearts Family.

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We’ll See? By Eileen Wacker

I can’t believe it. My kids are talking about their holiday wish list already. My younger children are still trapped in two worlds their kid world with toys like nerf guns grown-up world that wants phones and all the accompanying accessories. They still believe in a list. My ten year-old son includes internet links/addresses on his list so I am sure to get the requested items right. Our older two fourteen year-olds are “all in” for electronics – and, they are each asking for an iPhone5. November is a mom-crushing month. We have the fall schedule with sports and activities in high gear, plus the pressure of holiday shopping, planning and events. I’m not ready for this yet; I’m not even close! My kids are already asking whom we are going to visit, whom they can bring to what and if they can have and go to parties. I just reply, “We’ll see. Let’s get through Halloween I call a family meeting. “Okay everyone listen up. I need to know if anyone is going out trick-or-treating? And does anyone need a costume?”

My oldest daughter says, “I don’t know what everyone is doing yet.” I say, “Who decides what everyone will do? Don’t you just decide if you want to go?” She answers, “MOM, really, if I don’t know if people are dressing up, I can’t. And I have to wait until the other kids decide if there will be a party or maybe we’ll go to the mall.” Her perplexing reasoning is stated as though it is perfectly obvious. I am, of course, wondering who are these “deciders’. Is it some kind of position and how do you earn it? Is ‘proposer’ another position? My next son says, “Halloween is lame and dressing up is for losers. Can I go back to my room?” Last year, he was in a contest with his brother to see who could get the most “good candy”. Good candy, I learned, is something like a Reese’s peanut butter cup while a lollipop is considered bad. I guess a lot changes in a year when you are thirteen. My sweet nine-year-old says, “I want to go as a spotted puppy. Can you be my master and I’ll go on a leash?” I am envisioning children’s family services not seeing this as funny, but just say, “we’ll see.” She says, “Why do you always say, we’ll see?” I think

about it and decide not to tell her the truth. I say “we’ll see” when I don’t have a good reason to say “no” but want to, so I say “we’ll see” until I think up a good reason to say no. Our oldest daughter comes in and corners me. She has the iPhone3 – not even a 3G if you can imagine! She claims, “I am the only student in my whole grade with a broken-down 3 and now with Instagram, it is more embarrassing than ever! My photos are a total nightmare. Can I please get an iPhone5 for Christmas?” Before I ask how she can handle this humiliation every day or answer whether she can ask for an iPhone5, her ‘embarrassing phone’ beeps and she runs into a corner, crouches down and starts texting with her two thumbs and a unreadable expression. So after a family meeting with nearly no productive input, I come to terms with the fact I am going to have to face the holidays as usual. I am going to gear up for a marathon of sports, holiday parties and events, gift decisions and family commitments and rest after the New Year. I’ll be hanging out with a puppy off a leash on Halloween night and




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By Narbeh Minassian Christmas and New York go hand in hand; the most wonderful time of the year at the most wonderful city in the world. Forgive my snobbery, but to be anywhere else but in a Christmas enveloped NYC is almost not fair, and as an only recently adopted New Yorker, I can vouch for this being a widely held view in the rest of the world. One of the reasons for this fame is the iconic Broadway scene, and, this Christmas, it seems as though ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’ is set to be the main attraction for the Thespian’s Christmas.

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A Christmas Story, The Musical first played in a tour in 2011 and it was its strong showing in a critically acclaimed final stretch of its tour in Chicago that got the theater lovers purring, putting John Rando’s production on the fast-track to Broadway’s most popular time of year. With a richly experienced and talented cast that includes Dan Lauria (from Sullivan and Son and The Wonder Years), John Bolton (Spamalot, Contact, Titanic), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s Erin Dilly, this is a play that gives a much celebrated

We sat down with John Bolton, one of the stars of the show. He plays Ralphie’s dad and is not only excited to be involved, but thinks the movie makes for a perfect adaptation, “The film lends itself so well to become a musical because there are so many fantasy sequences in it that sing all by themselves.” Set in 1940’s Indiana, this is a play that takes you back to a simpler time. Bolton agrees, “The music is a classic America musical sound with smart lyrics and respect to the source material.”

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Michael Albert, well-known New York artist, is proud to produce works of art that are completely orginial and are loved by children and adults alike. For our party, he created a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. I sat down with him out more about his works. We are big fans and hope that you will be too! Resident (R): What made you get into art? Michael Albert (MA): I started going to museums and I thought art is important and special and that’s why its treated the way it is; kept in museums and collected by people all over the world. And I wanted to do something special in my life; it took me into a new world that I could secretly create masterpieces. R: Tell us how you got into the work you are doing now? MA: As I got out of school I continued to draw and I started making collages. I was aware of the fact that if I didn’t make art I would become a businessman and less of an artist. Eventually I started making collages because there is so much waste that if you don’t know what to do with it it could make you crazy. So I started using stickers and stuff from junk mail and photos that weren’t so great and evolved from there. Using things that were perfectly good materials, but I had no use for them. Eventually I got into this practice of cutting and pasting and got away from drawing. I came across an empty Frosted Flakes box and I don’t even eat them, but I couldn’t bring myself to throw it and in a free moment I cut it up and rearranged the pieces. It was sort of like Warhol and the Campbell’s

Soup Can, but rather than it being a silkscreen it’s a totally hand done process and what I realized in doing my work is that I’m saving this stuff from R: Are you in any museums or galleries? MA: I don’t have a gallery I work with, but I have had many shows. I have run my traveling “Cereal Box Collage Workshop” program in many museums including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and libraries, schools & children’s museums all over the Eastern coast & Midwestern USA and in Europe. It’s interesting my book is in a lot of museums like the MOMA, but I have not gotten any of my originals in those types of venues yet. I think the people decide what art is

important, then the galleries & curators come on board—as it happened with Keith Haring My version of the Last Supper is called the Last Breakfast and it has my Sir Real character surrounded by the twelve apostles and I put messages in like do the right thing, live each day as if it were your last and love thy neighbor. When I started using Pop imagery from famous consumer brands coupled with ideas like these, I think it made my art more meaningful. Like taking the Gettysburg Address and spelling it all out letter by letter, word by word,. If someone can see the amount of work that went into that collage and therefore appreciate the famous Lincoln speech more, that gives my work and life


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In mid-October, Edi Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban –the head chefs at Seasonal restaurant, New York- went live on NBC’s Today Show to make Wiener Schnitzel, Spaetzle and Apfelstrudel for 5 Million viewers. To see and taste why their food is so renowned, you need not be a presenter on said program, merely a customer at Seäsonal Restaurant & Weinbar. Over the years together, Wolfgang Ban and Eduard Frauneder have perfected their own modern take on Austrian cuisine - one that combines traditional techniques, contemporary innovations, and updates to some of their favorite childhood dishes. The pair has teamed up with the caterers behind the prestigious private catering group, Elderberry Catering, and a small group of investors, to open Seäsonal Restaurant & Weinbar, which marks is to provide elegant home-cooking in a sleek but welcoming setting. The design is by Ron Gushue of ERG Architects in Greenwich, Connecticut. He worked to create an intimate setting that would enhance the sophistication of the food. The furniture is largely brown, which offers a subtle contrast to the celestial ceiling, punctuated by tiny threads of light shaped into branches, creates a glowing canopy to the dining room. They leave the walls a bright white and this feature acts as a canvas for the works of many German and Austrian artists, which change as the menu changes. The menu itself is of course of Austrian theme, and you can expect only the freshest ingredients in all dishes. You may have already sussed out that the menu is ever changing in accordance with the seasons (hence, the name), which means it is the perfect time of the year to go at any time of the year. Their ‘tastes of Austria’ menu is a forte of the restaurant, and their weiner schnitzel (Veal Cutlet, Potato, Cucumber, and Lingonberry) is a particular delight. It is not unheard of to have one world-class chef in a restaurant in New York City; in fact, I’d say it is commonplace relative to the rest of the world. However, even with this wealth of talent, having two world class chefs in the same restaurant is something of a rarity and this alone is reason enough to pay a visit. They just



By Narbeh Minassian When Michael Lomonaco opened Porter House in New York, his vision was clear; he wanted to take the values of the traditional steakhouse and bring it together with a premium seafood program. As part of the prestigious Restaurant Collection in Time Warner Center, it is fair to say that Lomonaco has seen this vision become a reality. Anyone with a vested interest in American cuisine, or indeed the culinary world as a whole, may be aware that Lomonaco’s name has become synonymous American tradition ever since it was adopted from the French after the 18th century, and Lomonaco has acknowledged this and made Porter House one of the leading steakhouses in New York City. Porter House prides itself on its service. The smartly dressed waiters are there in numbers and you will never be far from or have to wait for good service. Hospitality is not only demanded constantly, but also to be of the highest quality.

of the cooking team’s philosophy to bring the best of traditional steak but with a contemporary twist. Diners can expect delicious USDA aged prime beef sourced from the highest quality ranches in Southern California. Porter House New York’s Prime Rib Eye has been consistently distinguished by New York Magazine for being the seafood to choose from: Maine Lobster, wild Alaskan salmon, local tuna, and striped bass. Wayne Harley Brachman is renowned for his desserts, which you may know if you have ever followed Food Network on television. If you have never watched Food Network or caught Brachman on it, it is nothing to worry about as you will understand exactly why he is famed when you reach the tail end of your stay at Porter House. In a city brimming with some of the best steakhouses in the country -many which the best is. All we can tell you, without reservation and without any

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Lotus Blue offers dishes inspired by a unique family of Chinese food. This full service restaurant offering cuisine from the Yunnan province of China. The Yunnan province is found on the south-western tip of China, beginning as tropical lowland in the south and rising steadily up the steep slopes of the Himalayan Mountains to the border of Tibet in the north. Such in Yunnan’s food, as chefs have a wide variety of ingredients to choose from. This provides clear explanation for Lotus have everything you would expect, from sea bass, to prawns, to steak, to chicken, and in your desired quantity; be it a small plate or large plate. The StirFried Smoked Pressed Tofu won the award for best international food as decided by Time Out. Their can be customised and moulded to suit your needs and preferences. For example, if you pop in during your lunch

The restaurant is an intimate and modern setting, experienced most fully at night when the dim lighting brings out the romantic red colouring of the walls. The Bar, though modest in size, is ideally located and designed to complement your meals with any one of which is everything that the name suggests it is and is a good way to kick (literally) your taste buds back in to life. The owner, Robert Zhu, puts everything into his restaurant. His knowledge in business and his home-grown know how from Beijing make for a very successful dining location; enough to attract the likes of Macy Gray to frequent there on occasion. Lotus Blue is a unique experience both for your taste and for yourself. Their focus on Yannan cuisine has proved to be an inspired choice in a city where it seems no new food style can be

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he two restaurants below have nothing in common, except, of course, that they are both delicious. For

the outskirts of the West Village and Galli a new Italian restaurant in Soho are serving up some delicious food. Both Narbeh and I urge you to try them!

We all have a favourite Italian restaurant, but before you remind yourself of your choice, allow us to throw Galli restaurant in the mix. Found in Soho, this restaurant is surprisingly spacious and has that special touch of class to it that only the Italians can bring. Their food is described as ‘comfort food’, but this should not be misinterpreted for fatty food that makes you feel anything but comfortable at the end, it is pure and simple healthy food. From the pasta to the I recommend trying the Galli salad before your main to get an idea of the skills at Galli restaurant.

Galli 45 Mercer St. (212) 966-9288

Located in West Village, Fatty Crab is a small restaurant specialising in Malaysian cuisine. They adhere strictly to the Malaysian way of cooking, but what makes this place so unique is their tendency to pull from the palates of Malaysia’s surrounding nations and employ western techniques in the cooking process to create dishes that are In terms of atmosphere, Fatty Crab prefers to be referred to and meals make this an ideal spot for your lunch break while its elegant oriental décor and extensive wine list qualify it as a popular dinner choice. Whenever you do decide to go, you will be met by a service that guarantees satisfaction. Their crew has been working together for years for the most part, and they are picked for their bubbly personalities and ability to make smiles contagious. As far as recommendations from the menu go, I suggest trying their famous Dungeness crab, although the choice is really up to you and your tastes- either

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By Narbeh Minassian The Salumeria Rosi Oarmacotto is an Italian Salami shop and in Parma, where they have been running salami shops for decades commonplace in Parma and can be found on virtually every other corner of most Italian towns and villages, the Rosi’s salami shops are exclusive elsewhere in the world, with locations in only two other cities, the other being Paris. There are two small salami shops in New York; one on Amsterdam Avenue and the other on Madison Avenue. Both are small and welcoming, but the restaurant on the former Avenue is designed by Oscar award-winning art director Dante Ferretti. The interior here is inspired by an old ship, which represents how Italian foods were shipped to the States over the last century. A large Arcimboldo style

Once you have tried all that the focus of the menu has to offer, or indeed before, you can try from the Formaggi menu to taste from the impressive collection of cheeses that they offer. And this can all be washed down with any choice from their wine list. Italian food is arguably the most celebrated and most popular cuisine nothing new for us to try from this palate, but such is the depth and variety of the Italian culinary imagination that there is almost always something else to try, and the Salumeria Rosi Oarmacotto is testament

Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto 283 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10023 (212) 877-4801

is in black and white, except for the region where Parma resides, which is located with colorful representations of the produce sold in the shop. Italian produce selected by Parmacotto to taste on the spot or understand the unique format of this restaurant, it soon becomes clear that this is an inspired system. There are two main parts to the menu: the assaggi di salumi and assaggi della cucina. Assaggi is Italian for ‘tastes’, so what this essentially does is offer you a taste of a very wide variety of things on the menu. This means that you can try virtually all the salami they have to offer from one part of the menu, and any dish from the ‘kitchen tastes’, which includes salads, soups, and hot dishes from the other part.


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LAST WORD By Ed Druckman

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The bar also allowed a confessional turn of mind, where strangers over a night of a few drinks developed a sense of intimacy that in other circumstances might result in an SDS test a few days later. This was never an issue. Said strangers would talk, laugh, ponder and then part into the waning Saturday night good humored and ready to face what the week would bring. In one of these confessional turns, a mirror of memory, I encountered Janis, a woman in her mid-thirties, petite in stature, nursing a California chardonnay. She then asked me to please pass the “assorted nuts.” Such detail, I liked her already. An hour and a half later, I found out that Janis lived just around the block from Da Filippo on 70th Street. She had a one-year old daughter, Melanie, who she thought was average but average was okay; a husband Irving, who was a nerd, a CPA, but she loved him, in that order. Periodically, she would tell Irving that she needed to get away, not telling him where. He trusted her. She’d come to Da Filippo to just sit by the bar and drink a glass of wine or two, to slip away from her life, which

she did love. Janis stressed that it wasn’t an escape as much as “work release.” I believed her. Having seen my own marriage falter, I was an expert at recognizing the signs. She wasn’t exhibiting any of those. All that being said, I left for the night and said my good-bye to Janis. What’s that you ask? Was my hunch correct about Janis and Irving or with divorce does it take one to know one? Was Melanie average? I couldn’t say. Our schedules never again overlapped, though I did meet many others, seldom the same person twice, which is okay. Da Filippo was like life that way. People slip in and out, gone, no tidy endings, no symmetry, unlike art. And now Da Filippo is gone, the past tense to which I referred earlier. Actually, it has been gone for going on two years, a casualty of the Second Avenue subway. Why this eulogy long after its passing? In his Foreword to “Here Is New York,” written years after the essay, E.B. White wrote: “The longer true of the city, owing to the passage of time and the swing of the pendulum.” But White pointed out, better than I, that “the essential fever of New York has not

changed.” Landscapes change. People, for good or ill, remain the same. olds not yet here, those who will see the Second Avenue subway as much a given as I did Manhattan without elevated lines and good riddance to them and those who chronicle them, those who live in past. Let me tell you as one who has traveled your path. They existed, though I never saw them, and they carried people going to and from their jobs intersecting with other people going to and from their jobs, and sometimes these people who otherwise might not have traded stories about the ebbs spoke casually then honestly and then said their good night never to meet again but always residing in memory. They did this at places in Manhattan too numerous to know that are no longer there. think about when you’re on the Second Avenue subway reading “Here Is New York” on what will surely replace the iPad or whatever your technology du jour, if you think the iPad reference dated, give it some




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