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The subject of “Shoah” is, as Lanzmann has said, death. The subject of “Unjust” is life. It’s a miracle that Murmelstein, in his position of terrifying proximity to barbaric overlords, was able to save as many Jews as he did—and to save himself.” Richard Brody
A MONUMENTAL FILM.
Murmelstein is one of the richest and most moving characters to appear in a film in ages, whether fiction or documentary.” Kent Jones, Film Comment
UTTERLY FASCINATING. a reminder of another way documentaries can be made: simply, agonizingly, without comedy or narcissism, and with unforgettable, almost unbearable power.” Stephen Marche, Esquire
EDITOR’S NOTE Happy Holidays! It’s that time again and we are so glad it is! From the gift guide we curate to the restaurants we review to the hotels we frequent, we’ve chosen the best for this joyous season. I hope you’ve seen a marked improvement in both style and content; my team is working hard to produce a magazine that is current, relevant, easy-to-read and most of all, pleasurable to the eye.
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In that vein, we have the compelling story of Alexa Ray Joel. Gracious, talented and beautiful are just some of the adjectives that can be applied. She sat down with us, in her apartment and conducted an exclusive photo shoot (at her boyfriend’s restaurant, Bolton & Watt) and gave us a taste of her most intoxicating life. We are so proud to showcase her and are thrilled to report that this is her first magazine cover. I think you will also agree that we have some of the most captivating social commentary available in New York. From Joe Alexander, George Wayne, Patrick McMullan and Flo Anthony we offer our readers the juiciest tidbits of NY city society in a manner that is tasteful without being intrusive. From Caribbean hotels to the Queen Mary II, we’ve got your travel needs covered. As I’ve said many times before, we scour the earth to bring our readers only the best. Use these pages as your wish list and I promise you will love every minute of your fabulous vacation. We have also committed ourselves to bringing you stunning fashion pages this month. All the way from Russia, up-and-coming model Pavel Zaretsky whose exotic looks and extraordinary body guarantees we’ll be seeing much more of him on both our own pages and beyond. Included herein are family/parenting issues and real estate. In fact, we’ve recently secured expert advice from one of the major real estate brokers in the city. He will be guiding us through the most important trends, as well as giving us insights into what to look for when buying your next property. Look for this early next year.
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Around The Town With Columnist Joe Alexander & Photographer Patrick McMullan
ennifer Lawrence on The Hunger Games: “Don’t go see the movies, I’m a troll. I think the movies are great, but their biggest mistake was me.” Hunky Josh Hutcherson on getting in shape for Hunger Games: Catching Fire: “I put on fifteen pounds of muscle by eating a lot of chicken and sticking to a high protein, low-carb diet but Heaven is a cheeseburger with doughnuts as buns.” Josh says his fans are creative. “I’ve seen some insane signs: ‘Is that a loaf of bread in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?’ One just said, ‘I will do unspeakable things.’ I thought that was very interesting - and mildly terrifying!” lionsgate.com/movies/ catchingfire/… Philanthropist Michelle Riggi partnered with the Saratoga YMCA and The Saratoga County Shelter for her annual Halloween extravaganza. This year’s theme was “Adopt Don’t Shop” and called attention to our homeless four legged friends. Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist showcased puppies up for adoption during the party for 2,000 people including singers Consuelo Vanderbilt
Orlando Bloom @ XL Nightclub in the OUT NYC
DJ Alex Cecil, rocker Madame Mayhem & actor Steve Stanulis @ DL Rooftop
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Costin and Madame Mayhem, DJ Alex Ceil and society bandleader Alex Donner hopeanimalrescue.org … Ender’s Game legend Harrison Ford on being an icon: “I don’t know what an icon does, except stand in a corner quietly accepting everyone’s attention.” if-sentinel.com… Artist Hedy Klineman, whose work is collected by Uma Thurman and Richard Gere, opened her exhibit Buddhas in the Garden at the Tibet House Museum saying, “The Gardens in my life both real and imagined are magical places for me to connect to and realize the beauty of nature and the tranquility of the Buddha.” The show closes on December 12th. tibethouse. us, Klienman’s other show Ancestral Spirits, African-American Portraits at the Smart Clothes Gallery, features a painting of Russell Simmons and runs through December 20th. Guests at the opening included event planner Harriet Rose Katz, starchitect Josh Held, dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Mark and couturier Charles James biographer Michele Gerber Klein. smartclothesgallery.com
Lady Gaga @ Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year
Chloë Moretz as Carrie
Dr. Kenneth Mark & Aleksandra Milicevic @ Hedy Klineman exhibit
FEATURE Rockin’ Wellness founders Mike Wall & Seth Luker with Leesa Rowland @ Peter Max Show
Chris Hemsworth on the set of Thor: The Dark World
Josh Hutchersonon stars in Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Judith Murat @ the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Gala
Jennifer Lawrence @ Hunger Games: Catching Fire Premiere
Jamie Alexander @ Thor
Asa Butterfield & Harrison Ford @ Ender’s Game Premiere
Elaine Sargent @ Shea: Prince of Christmas
Michelle Gerber Klein, Alex Donner & Cassandra Seidenfeld @ opening of Shea: Prince of Christmas
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Hedy Klineman & Unik Ernest @ Buddhas in the Garden
Jean Shafiroff @ Lighthouse International Gala
The Brew Inn in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Guests included actor Steve Stanulis and painter Jessica Lichtenstein thebrewinnnyc.com
By Columnist Joe Alexander Photography Patrick McMullan
Chefs Jeffrey McInnis & Janine Booth @ The Brew Inn
Princess Grace Award honorees Skylar Brandt & Tiler Peck
Natalie Portman @ the premiere of Thor
Julianne Moore stars in Carrie
Michelle Riggi as Cinderella for “Adopt Don’t Shop”
Lady Gaga’s Holiday advice…“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”… Clad in a sheer dress Thor: The Dark World star Jamie Alexander joked, “People hate me. I don’t work out that much.” … Hard-bodied Chris Hemsworth, who works out constantly, confessed, “I had a cheat meal, 10 slices of pizza so I’m in a good mood. But that’s just once a week and then you feel really guilty.” … Natalie Portman analyzed her scene where she slaps Chris Hemsworth in Thor: “I found it very satisfying, I think it’s on behalf of all my girlfriends who had guys that didn’t call them back or just fell off the face of the earth.” marvel.com/thor … Jewelry designer Judith Murat crafted unique pieces for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Gala to promote Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month. pancan.org … Harvey Firestein hosted the Artios Casting Directors Awards at XL Nightclub in the OUT NYC where Michael J. Fox was honored. Presenters included Emily Mortimer, Billy Porter and Orlando Bloom who called the night “Every actor’s wet dream.” xlnightclub.com … Chloë Moretz on playing Carrie: “Once I did the blood dump, I was like alright, now I’ve definitely been baptized into Carrie.” Julianne Moore on her costumes for Carrie: “I could not wear any makeup. I look awful!” Last Vegas star Morgan Freeman on staying young: “Hang with young women; it’s also about keeping yourself fit... If you have work that you like doing, you can go on for a long time.” … Top Chef ’s finalists Jeffrey McInnis and Cheftestant Janine Booth hosted a pop-up dining experience at the new gastropub
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Paul Allen - so he can host the party on his megayacht, Octopus Rosanna Scotto - we need some Italian blood DJ Phresh - to spin some tunes Bonnie Fuller - because she knows all the gossip Sandra Lee - because sheâ€™ll set the table Ian Mohr - because the party is Page Six worthy Rupert Murdoch - to find out who heâ€™ll take to the party Barbara Walters - because sheâ€™ll tell us who shouldâ€™ve really been invited Jimmy Kimmel - heâ€™ll bring the jokes Lady Gaga - sheâ€™ll wear her meat dress and weâ€™ll be set for dinner Bill de Blasio - he can bring his son, Dante Liza MinnelliCFDBVTFTIFMMUIJOLJUTBMMPWFSBHBJO Marc Jacobs - to convince him to be on our cover Katie Holmes - to get friends with Suri Cruise Woody Allen - to get a role in his next movie Jada Yuan - sheâ€™ll uncover a great NY Magazine article David and Sybil Yurman - to get them to advertise Jeff Koons - maybe heâ€™ll share his art with me David Koch - to get into his will Jon Stewart - for the stimulating political conversation Sam Champion - heâ€™ll tell us what weather appropriate clothing to wear Valerie Steele - for her shoes Cindy Sherman - sheâ€™ll come in disguise Daniel Boulud - because heâ€™ll cook the meal Arie Kopelman - heâ€™ll bring his daughter-in-law, Drew Barrymore
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Conrad New York - Atrio Restaurant o I packed the Porsche Design Luggage one recent long weekend and took a “Staycation” to one of this city›s greatest neighborhoods – Battery Park City. There GW took up a four day residence at the simply chic and exquisite Conrad Hotel all the way down at 102 North End. It was the very same weekend as I unpacked the designer luggage that early evening from the gorgeously chic executive Suite 1436 as GW uncorked the complimentary Veuve Clicquot; the boys a few blocks east on Wall Street had much to celebrate too, having pushed the boundaries of the Dow Jones Industrial to historic, record highs well beyond 16,000. It was the same week when the hallowed Christie’s Auction House had sold well over half a billion, (half a billion!) dollars worth of contemporary art that GW was loving the ideal of “hotel living” from one of Manhattan’s greatest best kept secret destinations - which is itself a nexus for some of the most amazing contemporary art to be seen outside any New York City museum. The hotel’s quality was evident upon arrival - the greeting was divine and from some of the finest, well-trained hotel staff I have encountered in some time; they were all happy to treat George Wayne as if he were George
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Clooney. It was most readily apparent, as I jumped out of a yellow cab, that this hotel was absorbing, with its stupendously gorgeous and impressive atrium and lobby and the vast absorbing Sol Lewitt site-specific masterpiece “Loopy Doopy” (Blue and Purple, Acrylic paint, 100x80’). I mean this is a monumental piece of art commissioned from the artist who created conceptual art and no one really knows it›s here in the fabulous lobby of this clearly art-centric luxury hotel. There are over 2,000 modern and contemporary pieces of art throughout the space. Pat Steir›s “Topsy Turvy” is the perfect complement to the Sol Lewitt, large and graceful and provides the gradient and the scale and the genuine sweep of say the cables of the Verrazano Bridge, which can clearly be seen from certain rooms of the 463 rooms of the all - luxury suite threeyear-old Manhattan hotel. There are well known works from many others such art stars as Frank Stella, Julian Schnabel and Jeff Koons. I will never forget that Friday night sitting alone in the dark of the well-appointed living room and watching yet another Nat-Geo documentary of JFK and looking over my left shoulder at precisely 1:48am that morning at the touching and incredibly apropos image on the wall behind
The 2013 version of The Angel Ball was, for me, the best and also the most moving ever. I cried like a baby during the dinner, the great cancer survivor and friend Ethan Zohn brought me o tears with his speech. It was about as much as I could do was run outside to cry like a baby instead of ruining Tara Williams’ gown. Montel Williams and his wife were seated at my table - across from GW was the icon Clive Davis and one his favorite socials, Nikki Haskell, a table away was Donna Karan Weiss and Hugh & Donna Jackman and so on and so forth. me. It was a moment in time I will personally never forget, watching this assassination documentary and turning my shoulder to admire the touching Elizabeth Peyton print right behind me “John & Jackie,” a lithograph of Jackie O in a Burberry trench walking the young John John down the street with a mother’s affectionate touch as she fussed with his hair. It’s a brilliant portrait and a simply unbelievable moment. Such is the life of George Wayne. Then there was the gorgeous Saturday dawn and morning that day with not a cloud in the sky. As you can imagine at this point in time, Battery Park City might as well be renamed Baby Stroller Park City. A Saturday power-walk through the Hudson Park and neighboring landmarks like, One World Center, which is viewed best from the esplanade of where West Street meets Albany Street. From there the postcard picture perfect view of America’s newest and finally completed landmark is best acknowledged. One World Trade Center is a brusque, imposing and far too assertive fellow, but he does have flawless, beautiful skin. After that it was a quick stroll through along lower Greenwich Street and past the huge crowds lining up for the 9/11 Museum to have a quick ale at the legendary - The Fraunces Tavern where George Washington lived in 1719. Dinner that evening was in one of the Battery Park City›s best neighborhood restaurants, which happens to be right there
on the second floor atrium of the Conrad Hotel. Atrio Wine Bar and Restaurant under Executive Chef Anthony Zamora is indeed a local standout of a fine achievement. The Ahi Tuna Crudo is exceptional, and that is just for starters. On a 2pm on a Sunday afternoon the baby stroller gridlock by the PJ Clarke’s in the Battery Park City mecca is like a yellow cab nightmare in Times Square and to be avoided at all costs. Sunday’s in this part of town is about the Hottie Daddy types with their even cuter tykes strapped to their torsos proudly power walking about their weekend Daddy duty. It is all rather endearing one must admit; sometimes. GW was more than thrilled most of all to live up to the hotel brands motto and indulge in “The Luxury Of Being Yourself ”as the Conrad Hotels & Resorts, which the global luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide loves to expound.
The model Jessica White wore the most revealing gown of the night but Selita Ebanks was the belle of the ball in my humble estimation. Chaka Khan was at full throttle and you should have seen Tommy & Dee Hilfiger burn up the dance floor for the after-party. Martha Stewart and GW triple air-kissed, and of course there was the huge and emotional hug at the end of the success evening with the incredible hostess with the most-est... Denise Rich! And I will be in touch. •
That meant more room service, cuddled up in bed reading the dailies and watching English Premiere League Football and French rugby and the BBC World News and working on my book “The Uncensored Vanities” and reading the fascinating Richard Buckle biography on “Nijinsky” - just loving and living the fabulous hotel life. And as such “The Conrad Weekend” could not have been more fabulous! A week or two previous - yours truly was also down Wall Street at that fabulous banquet hall
they call Cipriani Wall Street for the annual rite of passage for GW - attending the society gala of the season, The Angel Ball, which benefits Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for blood cancer research. It so happens that my beloved mum died from brain cancer three days before the Angel Ball of 2002. And I wlll always remember going ahead with attending Denise Rich’s Angel Ball that year eleven years ago and then catching an Air Jamaica flight home to bury my mother at the Mandeville Anglican Parish Church in Mandeville, Jamaica. So every year when invited I make it to the Angel Ball to celebrate my mother’s life and share the immense and laudable work that Denise Rich continues to do year after year to help find cures for cancer.
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This December, ring in the holidays with the East Midtown Partnership, as we present 6 days of special holiday music programming featuring: The Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School at Lighthouse International:
the nation's only music school dedicated to helping people pursue their interest in music while overcoming the challenges of vision loss
Turtle Bay Music School:
providing the highest quality music education and experiences to members of the community
Beekman Hill International School PS 59: our local neighborhood school, instilling a lifelong love of learning to children in grades K through 5
The Unforgettables Chorus:
the first chorus of its kind for people with dementia and their family members and friends
These performers will bring holiday cheer to the community with 6 days of free afternoon concerts! Plan to join us from December 13 through December 20 and recapture the true meaning of the holidays. Visit www.EastMidtown.org/SoundsOfTheSeason for the complete schedule and all the details.
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By Christopher A. Pape | Photography by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images he daughter of two legendary New Yorkers, she’s fast becoming a musical icon for her generation. Gracious, well-spoken and not to mention, extraordinarily beautiful, Alexa Ray Joel is the new IT girl of the city’s music scene. The only child of award-winning musician Billy Joel and supermodel, Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray is thriving as both a musician and as an arbitrator of taste. And it isn’t luck that has propelled her this far – it’s hard work, talent and perseverance. It shouldn’t be surprising then that her career is destined to explode and turns her into a household name – one as big as her parents.
... my father is an iconic, legendary musical genius, but the experience (of doing The Gap commercial) was cathartic and helped to relieve the pressure about singing one of dadâ€™s songs... tResident December 2013
I could tell from our first meeting that she was diminutive in anything but personality. Our second meeting only reinforced this. Insisting that we conduct the interview at her apartment, she welcomed me with a warm smile and a soothing voice. Here, in her gorgeous two-bedroom apartment in Nolita, she creates her catchy tunes, gleans inspiration from the city and finds solace in her own private sanctuary. Knowing she had other plans, I tried - in vain - to hurry through the interview; she’d have none of that and instead we spend our time luxuriating over her past, present and future. The whole time she was thoughtful, vivacious and erudite on all the subjects we covered. Delving right into the heart of the mater, I asked her about “living in the shadow” of her parents. With frankness, she replied: “It’s a great deal of pressure, but doing this Gap song – which I thought, if anything, was going to put more pressure on me – of course, I am self-conscious – my father is an iconic, legendary musical genius, but the experience was cathartic and helped to relieve the pressure about singing one of dad’s songs. I can appreciate his music even more, because I know the back story; a lot of the material is about me or my mother. I always wanted to touch upon his music, but was always scared – this was a relief.” Having a father who was a lyricist, I can well understand the struggle that Alexa Ray has gone through. Yet, she has wrestled that demon and come to terms with it, “Yes, I want to be me my own person and convey my own identity, but at the same time, I don’t want to deny or not pay homage to my father’s incredible body of work. Before taking on the Gap commercial, I was reticent to touch his work, but once I started playing the chords for Just the Way You Are, it was therapeutic – I was able not to be so hard on myself; in fact, I was proud.” The process of her getting The Gap commercial and it coming together in such an extraordinary manner, was an intoxicating one: “They came to me – I have always been a huge fan of The Gap commercials – remember Mellow Yellow? – I was very flattered; I didn’t know initially what they wanted from me and when I found out they wanted me to do one of dad’s songs, I was nervous. They ended up giving me three options to sing – New York State of Mind, Piano Man and Just the Way You Are. I thought – I can’t do Piano Man, because I’d be piano girl; New York State of Mind is masculine – only dad or Tony Bennett could pull it off – so that left Just the Way You Are. I felt passionately that I had to put my own spin on it – I was glad The Gap gave me the creative freedom to do it.” Moving beyond The Gap, we talked of her earlier success with Notice Me, which I still throughly enjoy. With catchy lyrics and a melodic, hummable line, the song was her first success: “That did really well on Sirius radio. One of the offshoots of being the child of someone famous is that I’m a perfectionist. I’ll do a lot of recordings and I’m very reluctant to release a song. But, Notice Me, came together very quickly. I actually wrote it while I was taking a shower.” She then turns to the meaning of the song, “I never found my way romantically, until very recently. I was very naïve and I would come on too strongly; I didn’t know how to act around guys. I wrote the song because I had a crush on this guy and I didn’t feel I was getting the right reaction from him; a lot of girls feel like that – an unrequited crush and I think not enough artists are writing about it.” When asked about her future plans, Alexa Ray is just as forthcoming. “I’m working on new material; looking for a new New York spot. I’ve played a lot of great rooms in the city. I was doing a showcase, monthly, at The Living Room, which I loved. Another favorite was playing at the Oak Room at The Plaza; it’s a New York institution. Another development is that I’m in talks to host my own radio show on Sirius. I have a live audition – it’s very exciting – it’s nerve racking!” Being that this is Resident Magazine we had to ask about her relationship with New York. “I can’t remember the last time I’ve written a song outside of the city. This is where I write – at home; it’s where I’m rooted; it’s where I grew up. And I love the eclectic energy of this place – you walk outside – especially in a place like Nolita – you never know what you’re going to find.”
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Her love of all things New York, is so deeply rooted that she couldn’t possibly live anywhere else: “I was just in London a few weeks ago – I loved it – it’s elegant, clean and everyone’s so put together. But, everybody looks the same; all the guys wore suits. It’s a very monotonous visual. In New York, you can’t possible imagine all these different types coexisting. You never get bored; it’s so dynamic. I’ve traveled all over the world and I don’t see characters as interesting as in New York.”
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When asked about what she wishes to accomplish with her career, she reflects and answers: “My dream is to be able to promote a message of honesty whether with music or in anything that I’m doing. I don’t think to be a role model you have to be perfect. I’ve been very honest with the press, even when I had my nose done. A lot of people would cover that up. I want to be a voice for young women. I want to empower them – I’ve been through a lot – and I want to send them a relatable message. Regardless of who your parents are, where you come from or what you look like – you can embrace your flaws and be honest with yourself. We’re not living in a time where that’s really possible – there’s a lot of pressure on young women. We need more honest women who are willing to talk about their struggles.” And with that, Alexa Ray and I conclude the interview. Clearly, here is a woman with passion and zeal for life. But, beyond that, here is a woman who is strong, well spoken and most evidently on the road to major success. We wish her luck on her journey and we’re glad she chose us as her frist magazine cover. •
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...One of the offshoots of being the child of someone famous is that I’m a perfectionist. I’ll do a lot of recordings and I’m very reluctant to release a song. But, Notice Me, came together very quickly. I actually wrote it while I was taking a shower...
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By Travelinâ€™ Gal Maxine Albert
ome destinations are so special and magical they stay with you long after youâ€™ve returned home. Peru is one of those places. This gem of a country has diverse, stunning topography, fascinating cultures and is a foodie paradise, voted best culinary destination at the 2012 World Travel Awards. A growing number of tourists are also flocking here for the au courant designer shops. Vogue featured a collection of Peruvian motifs on its cover, by acclaimed photographer Mario Testino.
Luxury On The Amazon:
Mystical Machu Picchu:
A short car ride from Iquitos airport brought me to the 5 star MV Aria for my cruise on the northern Amazon River. With outdoor Jacuzzi, masseuse, and bar stocked with top shelf drinkables and all varieties of Inca Pisco for the famed Pisco Sour, this floating luxury hotel had the requisite creature comforts to keep me happy for the next 3 days. My handsomely decorated, air conditioned suite had a sitting area and floor to ceiling windows for scenic viewing. Waking to the sun rising over the Amazon from the comfort of my bed was glorious.
Set in a cloud forest and resembling a sprawling Andean village, the Relais & Chateaux Inkaterra Machu Picchu is a splendid nature retreat with stone pathways threading terraced hills, lush gardens, waterfalls and mountain vistas. My lovely casita featured a veranda with chairs and private garden for reading, relaxing or meditating. I enjoyed the guided nature walks and a visit to the sacred ancient petroglyph. After an indulgent massage at Unu Spa I headed to the outdoor Jacuzzi and soaked in the heated water with cocktail in tow. A dinner of Andean trout and beef tenderloin with vegetables and herbs fresh from the garden, with views of the Urubamba River, was the perfect end to a perfect day.
Innovative Peruvian fare highlighted the gourmet cuisine, locally sourced, of course. After savoring exquisite dishes including Dorado fish, braised short ribs and amazing seafood tiradito paired with fine South American wines, I was not surprised to learn that chef trained at Le Cordon Blue. Daily, we boarded skiffs for wildlife safaris on the mighty Amazon, passing water taxis, women washing clothing on the riverbank and a father and son in a fishing boat. Our excellent guides spotted harpy eagles, turtles, macaws, herons, egrets, falcons, caimans, sloths and capuchin and howler monkeys, examples of the region’s rich biodiversity. It wasn’t all watching: I swam with pink Amazon river dolphins, fished for piranha and had the sweetest experience bottle-feeding an adorable baby manatee at the Manatee Rescue Center. Interacting with indigenous people in their homes and schools in the native village of Puerto Prado was a memorable experience. So was a healing ceremony with a local medicine man reputed to have great curative powers, a reminder that sixty percent of the world’s medicine is derived from plants in the Amazon rainforest. Our trek in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve gave a thrilling view of both a baby anaconda and a tarantula. aquaexpeditions.com
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The highlight, of course, is the visit to Machu Picchu Citadel. An architectural wonder 8,000 feet above sea level, its palaces, temples and gardens seem to be miraculously carved from the hillside. The spectacular beauty and majesty of the magnificent ruins take you back in time to the ancient kingdom of Inca emperors. Mystery surrounds the actual functions of the structures now known as the Chamber of the Princess, Royal Tomb, Three Windowed Temple, Temple of the Condor, Temple of the Sun and Intihuatana. Immerse yourself in the mystical, spiritual energy of the Inca culture and take in the grandeur. inkaterra.com/inkaterra/-machu-picchu
I Arrived at Puerto Maldonado Airport and transferred to a NPUPSCPBU GPS B NJOVUF SJEF EPXO UIF .BESF EF %JPT 3JWFS a tributary of the Amazon in south east Peru. Eco lodge Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, adjacent to the spectacular Tambopata National Reserve, gives the ultimate up-close and personal experience with nature. I entered another world at this exotic retreat, waking to the serenade of tropical birdsong, imbibing the serenity and beauty of the rainforest.
Driving through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, I arrived in Cusco. This vibrant capital and spiritual heart of the Inca Empire enchants with its elegant balconied buildings and picturesque squares with trees and fountains. In this fascinating city, youâ€™ll find the international smart set side by side with locals in traditional garb. The Quechua womenâ€™s brightly colored skirts, hats and adornments inspired high-end shoe designer Tabitha Simmons to fashion her new line of resort sandals after them.
My thatch-roof wooden cabana had its own bathroom with hot water & shower, and a screened siesta lounge with hammock. Perfect for lolling and relaxing. Thereâ€™s a tree house for romantic evenings and celestial dinners in the clouds. I enjoyed locally sourced food and jungle pampering at Ena Spa. Guided excursions include spotting impressive tapirs, capybaras and agoutis on a twilight boat safari with stars in the gorgeously black sky.Â On the exhilarating canopy tour I got a birdâ€™s eye view of the Amazon from walkways suspended high in the treetops. My favorite was trekking the scenic wildlife reserve with its lovely cobalt blue butterflies, followed by a canoe excursion on picturesque Lake Sandoval with giant river otters, white caimans, hoatzin birds, side neck turtles, harpy eagles, point-tailed palm creepers and adorable monkeys playing on the vines. inkaterra.com/inkaterra/reserva-amazonica
Cusco boasts both old world charm and a modern trendy vibe. Strolling the cobble stone streets with Inca and colonial architecture, I passed art galleries, swank jewelry shops and a shaman shop that ran healing circles in the Andes Mountains. And there is no shortage of stylish restaurants. I still dream about the mouth-watering ceviche, chili chicken and huge selection of Pisco drinks at Calle del Medio. Fashionistas will love the boutiques offering the finest alpaca and vicuna clothing you canâ€™t find in New York. At the center is Plaza de Armas gloriously illuminated at night, with Koricancha, once the richest temple of the Incas, now an ornately decorated cathedral. Marvel at the lavish gold crown of the Jesus effigy. Also worth a visit: the Inca Museum, and San Blas, the artistâ€™s quarter. The stunning Relais & Chateaux Inkaterra La Casona, near Cuscoâ€™s main square, is an 11-suite mansion that has been spectacularly converted to a luxury boutique hotel with sumptuous courtyard. My elegant suite was decorated with Spanish accents, plush fabrics, colonial furnishings and striking objets dâ€™art. Gastronomic dining, a cozy fireplace and oversize marble bathroom with butler at the ready to draw my bubble bath make this posh palace a home run. inkaterra.com/inkaterra/la-casona
Both Aqua Expeditions and Inkaterra, a top Peru specialist that arranges travel in addition to owning luxury properties in the country, support wildlife and rainforest conservation. By visiting them, you are not only a luxury tourist but also an active participant in preserving this most precious rainforest and its people.
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Queen Mary 2 Holidays on the High Seas
By Joe Alexander
fter decades of spending Thanksgiving in America, I decided it was time to create a memorable moment for my family and have our turkey on the high seas. The Empire State Building was lit red to commemorate the occasion when three majestic ocean liners, Cunard Lineâ€™s Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2, gathered in New York harbor before sailing past the Statute of Liberty under a dazzling fireworks display. This unique event is called a Cunard Royal Rendezvous. I decided to choose one Queen on which to make the most iconic of all sea faring trips, a transatlantic voyage over the holidays. I chose to cross the pond on Queen Mary 2, who sails proudly as the flagship of Cunard Line, because she is the longest, tallest, widest, the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. Her 30-knot speed allows her to leave lesser ships in her wake. Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II christened this floating palace named after IFSHSBOENPUIFSJOQSPDMBJNJOH i*OBNFUIJTTIJQ2VFFO.BSZ.BZ(PECMFTTIFSBOEBMMXIPTBJM on herâ€? before she broke a bottle of champagne over the bow. Her maiden voyage was from Southampton, England to America and it was this itinerary that I decided to retrace after the Titanic sank amidst the same waters in 1912. The difference between a cruise and a voyage is that the latter takes you from one place to another with no stops. It is on these blissful days when you see nothing but the drama of rolling waves and black nights filled with constellations of stars, made all the more brilliant by the absence of civilization; that is the stuff of dreams, romance and memories. The Grand Lobby of Queen Mary 2
An extensive roster of royalty and luminaries have traveled on Samuel Cunard’s ships since he founded his legendary fleet in 1840, from H.R.H Princess Diana of Wales, Prince Charles, the Queen Mother, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cornwall to the Sultan of Johor, King Hussein of Jordan, Queen Marie of Romania and the Shah of Persia. Princess Grace of Monaco, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Robert F. Kennedy have also all strolled Cunard’s hallowed halls. Hollywood royalty, including Charlie Chaplin, Rita Hayworth, Walt Disney, Bob Hope, Joan Crawford, Noël Coward, Bing Crosby and Elizabeth Taylor, who spent four of her eight honeymoons on the high seas, two with Richard Burton, were also Cunarders. Silver screen goddess Marlene Dietrich was a frequent passenger, famous for never being seen at breakfast and rarely at lunch but she never failed to make a dramatic entrance at dinner.
Ship side, we were greeted by a quartet of redjacketed bellhops, their gold buttons gleaming and their traditional caps strapped on snuggly. As we embarked, White Star Service Bellmen picked up our Louis Vuitton trunks and we were escorted over the gangplank, through the Grand Lobby, where live music played in the background, and into our glamorous stateroom that was ritzier than the Ritz. We were in the Queens Grill Suites, which is limited to 192 guests out of the 2,620 on board. Our personal butler and steward, who were on call 24/7, greeted us in our spacious suite that was comprised of sitting and dinning areas, a bar, a bedroom, two bathrooms and a walk-in closet. The Pièce de résistance was our private balcony, which ran the length of our rooms, giving us a sea view from everywhere but the bathtub. It was all terribly POSH,
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which translates to Port Out Starboard Home, meaning our cabins were always sunny. The staff unpacked us while we explored the ship that has five outdoor and indoor swimming pools, seven jacuzzis, a Canyon Ranch SpaClub, a gigantic movie theater that also houses the only planetarium at sea, a showroom that features elaborate musicals, multiple gourmet restaurants, including one by Todd English, several tea rooms, a Veuve Cliquot Champagne bar, a ballroom with a 12-piece orchestra, a disco, a gym with a killer view of the horizon and games galore including golf, shuffle board, ping pong, paddle tennis, darts, backgammon, bingo, bridge and way too many other activities to list here. Additionally, the QM2 boasts the largest library at sea with breathtaking ocean panoramas, an hourly
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schedule of guest lectures by famous authors, actors, poets and scientists, not to mention classical concerts, piano and harp recitals, Shakespeare performances by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and an endless list of fitness classes including yoga, stretch and circuit training to choose from. There is also a fully equipped casino; professional gamblers and tricksters used to be a hazard of life at sea. *O UIF XSJUFS $IBSMFT %JDLFOT XBSOFE BGFMMPXQBTTFOHFSPO$VOBSET#SJUBOOJBUIBU UIFSFXBTBiDBSETIBSLwPOCPBSEUPEBZUIFSF are spotters to keep things honest. Daily laps around the deck, three times equaling one mile, leisurely naps in a deckchair under a blue BOE CMBDL QMBJE XPPM CMBOLFU GSPN 4DPUMBOE BOE B OJHIUDBQ JO UIF $PNNPEPSF $MVC BSF de rigueur. Naturally, you can bring your fourMFHHFE CFTU GSJFOET XIP DBO FOKPZ QMBZ EBUFT
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Caribbean Amsterdam Manor Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort situated across from one of Aruba’s most beautiful and top rated beaches, Eagle Beach, is a perfect destination for a romantic and relaxing holiday. This family-owned, Dutch Colonial-style hotel prides itself on its friendly staff, attention to detail and warm hospitable ambiance. Laze under the waterfall at the fresh water pool or sunbathe on the pristine white sands and calm waters, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. For those looking to explore, take a short drive to downtown Oranjestad or a visit to the neighboring Palm Beach area, offering various dining opportunities, shops and casinos. amsterdammanor.com/nyresident
Barbados Beach Club Escape to Barbados Beach Club, an all-inclusive waterfront resort nestled on the beach a short distance from Maxwell Beach, Dover Beach and St. Lawrence Bay on the South Coast of Barbados, for a stress-free and tranquil time away from home. The most difficult decision will be planning out your day from the full list of activities including tennis, minigolf, water sports and nightly musical entertainment offered on-site. Also within walking distance of the island’s most popular bars, restaurants and nightlife for those looking for a change of scenery. A perfect and affordable option for a wedding, honeymoon or family vacation, the professional and friendly staff will be sure to tend to all your needs. barbadosbeachclub.com
Grand Cayman Beach Suites Rebuilt and upgraded in 2004, Grand Cayman Beach Suites epitomizes the luxurious small boutique property experience and is perfectly set on the famed Seven Mile Beach on the beautiful and exclusive Cayman Islands. All 53 luxury suites tastefully decorated in a tropical style showcase private balconies with awe-inspiring Caribbean Sea views. Grand Cayman Beach Suites boast the island’s largest Red Sail Sports branch, along with a fitness club, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus designed golf course and European spa. Its numerous amenities and services ensure a first class stay with a plethora of activities to partake in, perfect for families or couples seeking a memorable beach vacation. grand-cayman-beach-suites.com
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Occidental Grand Xcaret Adjacent to the spectacular eco-archeological Xcaret Park situated in the Riviera Maya, the all-inclusive Occidental Grand Xcaret appeals to adventurers and those travelers seeking a fun filled getaway. A beautiful ocean setting with a rain forest backdrop, this resort suits families with kids, couples and singles alike, offering tours and activities for all preferences like the Unlimited Xcaret Experience or Explorer for A Day program. For those seeking a relaxing retreat Occidental Grand Xcaret also provides a more luxurious experience within its exclusive Royal Club, featuring VIP access to upgraded lounges and other amenities. occidentalhotels.com/resort/occidental-grand-xcaret
Caneel Bay Natural beauty and pristine heavenly waters set the stage for Caneel Bay, a breathtaking destination on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This Caribbean hideaway, only accessible by boat or ferry is set on a 170-acre peninsula amid the luscious Virgin Islands National Park and seven magnificent beaches. Discovered by Laurance Rockefeller, Caneel Bay was built into a destination that blends harmoniously with its natural environment. His vision is honored by celebrating nature and appreciating the beautiful ambiance that was created. Hike through the meandering trails or swim with sea turtles and spotted eagle rays, among many of the activities available to take in your surroundings and enjoy the timeless tranquility. caneelbay.com
Grace Bay Club A haven for luxury travelers seeking an immaculate beach resort, Grace Bay Club, offers all-suite accommodations along with the largest beach front access in all of Turks and Caicos. Divided into three separate sections, guests can select which option they prefer: the adults-only Hotel area with private restaurant, bar, and swimming pool; family-friendly Villas or the uber-luxe Estate, with a complete set of exclusive amenities. To celebrate the resort’s milestone 20th anniversary this year, ‘The Ultimate 20th Anniversary Package’ highlights the very best Grace Bay Club has to offer tailored for the ultimate jetsetter. Starting at $100,000 for up to six guests in The Villas’ Grace Bay Penthouse, a 3-nights experience private jet access, helicopter tours of the islands, private boat excursions with a sunset island party and 20-course tasting dinner with the local Junkanoo band performance, unlimited Anani Spa treatments and a private chef at your disposal. gracebayresorts.com
The Grand Cayman Beach Suites is the islandâ€™s finest all suite luxury beach resort in the Cayman Islands. Experience the sparking white Caribbean sands of Seven Mile Beach and all that our beautiful and exotic Grand Cayman Island resort has to offer.
Escaping to a Luxury Villa in the Dominican Republic… ea Horse Ranch is a luxury oceanfront villa resort located on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. This exclusive Caribbean community is world renowned for its elegance, privacy, comfort, security, natural beauty, and service. Situated near the town PG$BCBSFUF BOEPOMZBNJOVUFESJWFGSPN the international airport of Puerto Plata, Sea )PSTF 3BODI GFBUVSFT BDSFT PG TQSBXMJOH grounds with lush tropical gardens, and exclusive amenities such as ocean front pools within a grotto cove, a Tennis Club with five clay courts, an Equestrian Center and one of the North Coast´s best seaside restaurants, The Beach Club. 4FB )PSTF 3BODI IBT CFFO ZFBST JO UIF making and the love and care that has gone into it has made it the number one residential community on the North Coast. Villa staycations are the fastest growing segment of the luxury tourism market and it’s no wonder, as you have the comfort and convenience of a bespoke home fully staffed and supported by a concierge service for any assistance you may require, from hiring a car to hiring a private plane, our staff is there to assist you in all your vacation needs.
Services to the villas include massage therapists, chef services, housekeepers and nannies to mention a few. Villas range in price depending on location and number of bedrooms. Regardless of which villa you select, you will be enchanted by the stellar combination of the Caribbean setting of the Dominican Republic and the casual elegance of Sea Horse Ranch.
Playa Grande course designed by Robert Trent Jones, set on a seaside cliff with breathtaking views of the Atlantic. Whether you choose to explore the island or stay close to home in the resort, the lush surroundings of Sea Horse Ranch will captivate and inspire you. •
The Dominican Republic is known for being friendly, warm and welcoming, with many cultural options throughout the country to enjoy, such as the Victorian old city of Puerto Plata, the beautiful beaches of Sosua, Cabarete Bay with its numerous international restaurants and water sport activities, the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), whale watching in Samana, or golf at the
Charleston & Kiawah For the feeling of a home away from home to celebrate Christmas and New Years, rent a spacious villa from Wyndham Rentals that has over 100,000 properties in over 600 unique destinations worldwide from sun to snow, cities to countryside, that are professionally managed and will spare any of the headaches that comes with holiday travel. They will take care of all of your needs from arrival to departure such as arranging in home spa treatments or hiring a private chef for a decadent holiday dinner or extravagant New Year’s Eve party. A great place to relax and unwind is at the Charleston’s luxurious seaside barrier island, Kiawah Island, situated on a marine and bird reserve with 10 miles of a calm cool grey beach, a favorite hideaway amongst low key celebs. Rent a mansion on the beach or along the island’s private picturesque golf course. Other romantic activities include horseback riding along the beach, take a dip in your private pool, or take a boat tour from their private marina to catch local crab or watch dolphins while enjoying nature’s serenity. Considered THE foodie destination in the South, there are plenty of choices to indulge in the area’s famous lowcountry Southern cuisine. Even one of the most famous lowcountry restaurants in the area is named after the ghost of a devoted family pooch, Poogan’s Porch. Housed in a Victorian townhouse on historic Queen Street in the middle of downtown, it a perfect spot to immerse yourself in the Southern way of life over lunch, brunch or dinner with farm to table dishes that use local seafood like fried alligator, shrimp and grits, oysters, and crab cakes. Don’t be fooled by the name, but one of the local’s favorite spots is the Fat Hen on John’s Island that pays homage to the area’s Huguenot culture and combines lowcountry cuisine with a French flair. Serving one of the best she crab soups in the area, other delectable choices include coq au vin, hoppin’ john shrimp and crab, bbq rib in bone short ribs, and pluff mud pie all served in generous portions with no scrimping on the calories. Explore downtown Charleston by horse drawn carriage as you meander through cobble stone streets passing majestic homes from the antebellum South and hear the tales of the Southern belles as well as stories of the red light district and famous spots that determined the fate of our nation. Shoppers will find lots to see at the Old City Market that sells local handicrafts, Southern pralines, and artisan works, while King Street is lined with fashionable boutiques, jewelry stores, art galleries, and antique stores. Experience life in the ocean at the Charleston Aquarium with its impressive multi story aquarium filled with aquatic life, a turtle rescue and educational center, and also the rare albino alligator. No trip to the South would be complete without a visit to a Southern plantation. Founded in 1676, Magnolia Plantation and gardens has survived wars and a divided nation, and represents the glorious past of Southern grandeur. One of the prettiest and most romantic gardens in the US, it was a testament of Thomas Drayton’s love for his new wife to convince her to adapt to the South. Relive the romance while walking past sweeping trees, blooming flowers, latticed gazebos, and quiet lakes, and you can see how easy it is to fall in love with the area’s Southern charm. wyndhamrentals.com thefathen.com poogansporch.com magnoliaplantation.com
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Holiday s we approach the holiday season, New Yorkers have a tendency to flee the city with vacations on their mind that incorporate the 3 Rs - rest, relaxation, and revelry. Whether you are longing for a sunny beach or golf or just a change of scenery here’s a couple of easy holiday getaways for the family that make it easy to avoid the hassle of holiday travel.
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For those seeking an endless summer, visit the gorgeous and sunny desert island of Aruba that has the highest tourism return rate of any Caribbean island and lies outside of the hurricane belt, and after one visit you will see why. In just a few hours from New York City, you can find yourself sitting on a white powdery beach and swimming in the calm sparkling waters on this slice of paradise while basking in the sun being cooled by the balmy Caribbean tradewinds. A perfect holiday getaway for couples or families there are plenty of outdoor activities on this happy island. As the island is known for its impressive scuba and snorkeling, spend the afternoon taking a Catamaran sail to the dive site where a former WW2 ship was sunk and is now teeming with colorful exotic fish and sea life. Explore the rugged and expansive desert terrain of the uninhabited side of the island in an open air jeep and experience the beautiful and dramatic landscape with cliffside ocean views, climb the Gold Mill ruins, and visit the Akirok Park whose highlight is the natural tide pool that’s like snorkeling in nature’s giant fishbowl. One thing you will notice on the drive along the rocky coast are the millions of individual rock piles along the way that have been created by tourists adhering to an ancient Indian tradition. Stack at least three rocks that represent love, wealth, and health, and when the ocean blows them away your wish will be granted. To truly enjoy paradise, the Hyatt Regency Aruba is situated on the serene Palm Beach. Surround yourself in landscaped gardens filled with exotic talking parrots, and decide how to spend your day whether lying under a palapa on the beach, enjoying a rejuvenating massage at the Zoi spa, cooling off on the water slide that drops you into one of several picturesque pools, or testing your luck at the casino. All of the newly renovated luxurious rooms feature oversized marble bathrooms and terraces that face the ocean. Unlike other hotels in Aruba, everything from the lobby to the lounges and restaurants is open air to truly enjoy the tropical breezes. Food is also a treat here with contemporary Mexican specialties featuring fresh seafood and meat served at Ruinas del Mar and the casual beachfront Palms restaurant that specializes in fresh island cuisine with an Aruban flair.
For an unforgettable dining experience, try Papiamento, which is named after Aruba’s language. Located in a lush tropical garden surrounding an inviting pool and charming house, this romantic open air candlelit restaurant is a favorite amongst locals and visitors. Representing the flavors of the different cultures that have settled in the island, the Ellis Family has creatively infused different Caribbean spices and ingredients to create unique takes on traditional Aruban dishes that are primarily stews and seafood resulting in an unique fusion of flavors that are only found here. One of the best things about visiting Aruba for a holiday stay is the convenience of clearing US customs in the Aruba airport saving time on your return to JFK, the only thing is that you won’t want to leave! aruba.hyatt.com
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Greenbrier Resort & Valley: Perfect for the Holidays Christopher Pape & John Friia
t isn’t often that old world charm mixes so seamlessly with modern day convenience. But at The Greenbrier, located deep in the mountains of West Virginia, guests have come to expect timeless experiences filled with mirth and joy. Regarded as one of the preeminent luxury resorts of the world, it has over 700 rooms, including 33 suites and 96 guest and estates houses. Surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains, The Greenbrier offers an array of amenities that are sure to satisfy. And we cannot think of a place better suited than this luxurious haven for a Christmas vacation. With the snowcapped mountains as its backdrop, you are sure to thank us for suggesting a visit during the winter time.
Opened in 1778, the rich history of the hotel includes 26 presidential stays and diplomatic visits, conversion into a military hospital rehab, an Emergency Relocation Center for the entire United States Congress and hosting of a PGA Tour FedExCup event. To experience The Greenbrier with its fourteen restaurants is to truly live life. Every eatery demonstrates the exquisite culinary talents of this magnificent hotel. The Main Dining Room is over 100 years old and is the pinnacle of Greenbrier cuisine. Featuring an elegant setting with timeless southern and Frenchinspired design, visitors can enjoy the southern hospitality at its best. Expanding their dining options, In-Fusion opened, which offers fresh sushi and Pacific Rim specialties. Prime 44 West, premier
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steakhouse at the resort, features Wagyu beef, fresh seafood and aged prime cuts. In 2009, they took farm-to-table quality to the next level with the introduction of The Greenbrier Chef ’s Garden. The 43-acre farm raises nearly all of the produce for The Greenbrier Restaurant Collection in season including over 25 varieties of fruits and vegetables. From the mouthwatering Italian food at The Forum to Slammin’ Sammy’s to Café Carleton, the visitors can enjoy any food they like. Since the time of the American Revolution, people have traveled to The Greenbrier to bathe in the white sulphur spring water. The only Five-Star mineral spa in the world, it offers a variety of services designed to bring guests relaxation and comfort. To ease away stress people can go in a whirlpool bath or soak up the healing properties of the native
sulphur waters. Visitors can try other spa treatments, including spending time in the steam room or sauna. The Greenbrier Spa treatments feature the finest products and stress-relief therapy anywhere. Providing both soothing and curative treatments designed to ease sore muscles, improve skin composition and revitalize overall health and wellbeing. Mention should also be made of the wonderful area that is Greenbrier Valley and the nearby town of Lewisburg. Recently, Budget Travel Magazine selected the town as the Coolest Small Town in America. Along the picturesque streets, visitors will learn southern hospitality through the boutique stores, and annual festivals. From art galleries to sidewalk cafés the vibrant history can be seen from all visitors. With numerous bed and breakfasts and a historical inn many people are unaware
But back to the resort and here you will find that they offer an array of recreational activities, which guests of all ages can enjoy. Most of the activities can be customized for groups, such as trust-building ascent of the alpine tower to whitewater rafting. Catering to anyone’s desires there are outdoor adventures and hotel experiences that intrigue all. Guests can test their luck at the grand casino and hope to win big. In the Las Vegas style space, there are over 300 state-of-the-art slot machines and 37 table games. Whether it is craps, blackjack, roulette, poker or baccarat
The Greenbrier has a wide selection of gambling. Take a break from the casino and visit Twelve Oaks, where people can bet on horse races. Parents that need some alone time can have their children visit The Adventure Zone, which is geared for children ages 3 to 14. Under the supervision of Greenbrier’s highly trained staff, children will hike, ride bikes and play tennis and other activities throughout the day. Beyond the resort and its many amenities, The Greenbrier played an important part in world history. Acting as an emergency fall out shelter
during the Cold War, it had the capacity to house the entire Untied States Congress, if hostilities broke out. In the event of war between the Soviet Union, the United States wanted to ensure that there was a continuity of government. Since the ending of the war this top secret location has been open to the public and visitors can take guided tours behind the hidden walls. Guaranteeing lasting memories for all visitors, from fine dining to endless activities, The Greenbrier offers visitors an escape from their chaotic lives and a chance to relax at this secluded resort. •
The Greenbrier Resort & Valley 300 W Main St. White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986 (855) 453-4858 greenbrier.com
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The Magic and Enchantment of a Pocono Mountain Christmas Do you envision a holiday season filled with old-fashioned warmth and tradition like those we enjoy in family albums and classic films? With just a 90 minute drive from the New York or Philadelphia areas, you and your family will find the idyllic country setting of The Inn at Pocono Manor and the simple joys of Christmas as it was in years past. The Inn at Pocono Manor creates a holiday experience where visions of sugar plums won’t be hard to come by, and your children will wonder if this is, indeed, the North Pole! Built as a Quaker retreat in 1902, the Inn is the oldest continuously operating resort in the Pocono Mountain Region and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. On Thanksgiving Day, we open our holiday celebration with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Throughout the season, the Inn is
transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights, decorated Christmas trees, Christmas carols old and new, and the comfort of a warm fire. During the annual Magical Fireside Christmas guests can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, riding in a life-size “toy” fire engine, visits with Santa and the magic of a storybook Christmas coming to life. Children can decorate Christmas cookies and make crafts with an assist from one of our many Elves, feed baby rescue deer, imagine living in our life-size gingerbread house and write their letters to Santa. Through a very special arrangement, all letters are answered directly from the North Pole! Overnight packages are available with options to add a small decorated Christmas tree to your guestroom or have one of Santa’s elves visit your guestroom with hot chocolate, cookies and a bedtime story. It truly is Christmas at a home-away-fromhome and, even better, at Santa’s home-awayfrom-home!
The Magical Fireside Christmas is open from Thanksgiving Day through December 30th. Hours are Fridays from 4:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturdays from 12:00pm – 8:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 5:00pm. Admission is $5.00 per person which includes five activity tickets. Additional tickets are available for purchase. We welcome your contributions to Toys for Tots, which are collected throughout the holiday season. Escape the city and bring your family to the crisp, clean country setting of The Inn at Pocono Manor and experience the Christmas of fairytales and dreams! We invite you to ring in the New Year with us, as well! Select from family packages or our adult only celebration. For information on any of our packages or to make reservations, please call 800-233-8150 or visit www. poconomanor.com. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Completely self-contained, this luxury, oceanfront resort offers elegant accommodations, golf, tennis, exquisite beaches, fine restaurants, water sports, spa, kids’ camp, and fitness center, all located on a 340 acre tropical estate. Located just minutes from picturesque Christiansted, The Buccaneer has garnered numerous “World’s Best” awards.
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Utah: Something for everyone By Bob & Sandy Nesoff ention Utah to anyone and thoughts immediately go to the great Mormon religion and Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival. But there is more…oh so much more. Flying out of JFK via Delta Airlines was easy. It was an opportunity to test-fly our new Delta Skymiles/American Express Gold Card. The lure of 40,000 bonus miles for signing up and other perks was too much to pass up. Other New York area airports also serve Salt Lake City, but Delta offered non-stop as opposed to flights out of Newark by other lines that took as long as it does to fly to London and included stopovers. Since skiing was going to be a main focal point of this trip being able to take along a checked
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bag was of critical importance. The new card not only offers priority boarding, but provides one free checked bag for the holder and up to eight others traveling on the same reservation. That’s quite a saving. With ski jackets, pants and other gear, it was an impossibility to use only a carry-on. The Delta Lounge in SLC was also available for a small fee that was well worth it, providing a comfortable place to wait and have a drink or snack while waiting for a flight. The sight of a snow covered Salt Lake City from the air is spectacular. The city is ringed by mountains and is an awesome welcome. The airport itself is traveler-friendly and rental cars are easily accessible and ready to go. The temptation to stay in Salt Lake for a tour is strong with the beautiful Mormon Temple and the hall where the Tabernacle Choir
sings is one of the most amazing venues in the world. But save all that for the return or another visit. Utah is arguably one of the most visitorfriendly destinations in the world. That may be a strong statement but not when you note that the majority of ski areas and vacation resorts lie within an hour’s drive of the airport. Many, such as Park City-Deer Valley are just a bit more than a half hour drive. That’s more time to relax and enjoy a vacation. Although the drive to Midway in the Heber Valley was about 45 minutes, we almost wished it was longer. The Wasatch Mountains, especially when snow-covered, are an aweinspiring sight and something that should be taken in slowly with time to appreciate and enjoy.
The view from the room is a killer with snowcapped peaks surrounding the valley. Directly across the road from the resort is one of the more unique spots that should be on a “must see” list; the Homestead Crater. The crater sits under a huge, natural dome and is hollow. Inside is a natural hot spring that fills the crater with a humid fog. Swimmers loll around even though outside temperatures hover just below freezing. Add to that the opportunity to scuba dive in the middle of a field and you’ve come up with one of the most unusual vacation opportunities anywhere. If you are intent on skiing, there is a bit of a drive from Zermatt to the areas of Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons. These three rival anything the Alps can offer and are a lot closer and less expensive to get to.
One run at Deer Valley is some five miles long with easy turns and a view that goes on forever. Although it is an intermediate (blue) run, the trail is wide enough and turns gentle enough that any ability can enjoy it. While Zermatt and the Park City area are wide open, Redford’s Sundance Resort is tucked away into a small valley tat could easily pass for the old outlaw, the Sundance Kid’s Hole in the Wall hideout. There is a narrow road off the main highway leading directly to Sundance, bordered by steep mountains on both sides. Redford has crafted one of the most ecof-riendly resorts in the world. The accommodations fit neatly into the natural surroundings and virtually everything is either recycled or made on premises to minimize the footprint. The ski area covers some 500 acres out of about 5,000 acres owned by the actor. He has taken great pains to ensure that development in the majority of the property is a non-starter and that it remains in a natural state. For skiers this is as much a Nirvana as Park
City. Lifts seem to go on forever, giving downhillers long, gentle runs. Advanced skiers are not forgotten with Black Diamond runs that will challenge those who prefer extreme skiing. Dining at Sundance is an experience with a variety of wild game offered, prepared by the hands of expert chefs. While the restaurants are toward the bottom of the mountain, there is no need to drive back and forth to your accommodations. Sundance offers a shuttle service that is literally at your beck and call. Just pick up the phone in your room and the van is there in minutes. The drivers also act as bellmen and will haul your luggage to and from your cabins. As spring beings to approach and the snow creeps slowly up the mountains, Utah takes on a new role for vacationers. The sign is out “Families Welcome” as well as adults only. • For more information, check out: visitutah.com
The Zermatt Resort in Midway is something straight out of the Swiss Alps. The music that greets visitors could have been bouncing off the Matterhorn. Personnel are on the spot to help and could win an award for personality.
Dive into culture, history, a Greek salad… just dive! Say Kalimera to the real greek experience.
Whether we’re committed cosmopolitans or the most unconventional of explorers, we all travel for new experiences. What are you looking for? The world’s most beautiful destinations? 10,000 years of history? Singing and dancing into the wee hours of the morning? Mouthwatering Greek meals prepared with fresh local ingredients? Whatever you’re looking for, we promise you’ll feel carefree when you sail with us. “Kalimera” is Greek for “good morning,” but it also it means “good” in every sense of the word: quality, satisfaction and happiness… we live by it at Louis Cruises. We have a variety of destinations and routes that will satisfy any traveler. Come on board. You’ll find “kalimera” is far more than a greeting.
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The Legend of Sanibel, Florida The first European landed on our shores about 500 years ago. Columbus whet Spain’s appetite for exploration. He dreamed of reaching Asia by sailing west, but he needed funding. Queen Isabella denied him three times; finally she declared “I will assume the undertaking for my own crown of Castile, and am ready to pawn my jewels to defray the expenses of it, if the funds in the treasury should be found inadequate.” In 1492 Columbus’ ships landed in the Bahamas and he claimed them for Spain. His expedition continued on to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Columbus returned to the Spanish court with natives and gold, exaggerating the significance of all he had found. Historians believe he was accompanied by Juan Ponce de León on his second expedition. When rumors of gold surfaced, Juan was given permission to find it. When he heard tales of a fountain of youth, he looked for that too. Around the time of Easter celebrations, he landed in a beautiful place he named Pascua Florida – Spanish for feast or festival of flowers. He continued exploring Florida’s coast and named Sanibel “SanYbel” after Saint Isabella of Portugal – the patron saint of brides.”
Discoveries. We invite you to experience ... only Certified Botanical Gardens, featuring six acres of mature and unusual tropical flora and fauna. Explore freely – or take a two hour walking tour with Head Gardener Anita Force Gulf, Dock or Garden view. by blue sea and spectacular skies; or amidst the lush tropical splendor of our Botanical screened lanais and all the comforts of home. Stroll the beach at sunrise and sunset. Swim, play tennis, and tour our gardens.
Create golden memories, or just kick back and relax in paradise!
Even God rested on the seventh day. And we have a good idea where he spent it. Somewhere between your heart and your dreams lie the islands of Turks and Caicos. Nestled 575 miles southeast of Miami, Turks and Caicos hides some of the best tropical beaches in the world. Whether youâ€™re seeking thrills or a delicious nap under the Caribbean sun, our islands are sure to fulfill every wish you have for the ultimate vacation.
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Only thirty minutes north of Manhattan, Castle Hotel & Spa sits majestically atop one of the highest points in Westchester County overlooking the Hudson River amid sprawling acres of manicured gardens and grounds. With over 100 years of history, the Castle is undoubtedly a sumptuous escape to the enchanted era of America’s Gilded Age. The Castle’s luxurious guestrooms, suites with wood menus. Our newest addition to the property THANN™ Sanctuary Spa is known throughout Asia as an oasis of peace and tranquility offering a wide variety of luxurious spa treatments based on THANN’s art of natural therapy, where all the senses are awakened by the We invite you to experience the unparalleled service, comfort and amenities that continue to be the hallmark of hospitality at the Castle.
The Russians Have It Up and coming model, Pavel Zaretsky, wears the latest designs by Olga Plenkina. Both are natives of Russia and are making a splash on the international scene. With grace and polish Ogla presents works that are sensual and sleek for the modern man and woman. Oglaâ€™s collections can be found at: ogla-plenkina.com
Photographer: Dmitry Basharov Designer/stylist: Olga Plenkina Make-up: Elena Markova Model: Pavel Zaretsky
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The New York Women’s Foundation hosts a Starlit Evening, Honoring Fashion Designer Carolina Herrera, Morgan By W.A. Muller Stanley and Ford Foundation Photos by Rob Rich and Patrick McMullan he New York Women’s Foundation® (NYWF) celebrated its 26th anniversary at A Starlit Evening, which this year honored Carolina Herrera, Morgan Stanley and the Ford Foundation and raised over $700,000, at the Waldorf Astoria Starlight Rooftop on Thursday, November 14, 2013. NYWF President & CEO Ana L. Oliveira, NYWF Board Chair Anne E. Delaney and NYWF Board Member Diana Taylor were united with leaders in the worlds of fashion, finance and philanthropy under a shared mission to improve the lives of women and families in New York City. Those in attendance included legendary fashion designer & NYWF honoree Carolina Herrera and her husband Reinaldo Herrera Guevara, The Aspen Institute President & CEO Walter Issacson and his wife and new NYWF Board Member Cathy Issacson, Bezos Family Foundation CoFounders Jackie and Mike Bezos, NYWF Gala Co-Chair & Board Member Jean Shafiroff and husband Martin Shafiroff, CNBC’s Fast Money host Melissa Lee, Women’s Prize for Fiction winner A. M. Homes, Model Sandor Johnson and Service Women’s Action Network Executive Director & Co-Founder Anu Bhagwati, as well as Morgan Stanley CFO Ruth Porat, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, who each accepted the evenings honors on behalf of their respective organizations, and Girls Write Now Mentee Bre’Ann Newsome. When it was first founded 26 years ago, The New York Women’s Foundation® began with $50,000 to grant to four organizations. In 2013, NYWF will grant $5.25 million to grantee partner organizations in all five boroughs, making it the largest Women’s grantmaking foundation in the United States, and amongst the largest in the world.
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Larry & Michele Herbert and Alan & Marla Helene Host Private Party Celebrating the Success of HBO’s Seduced and Abandoned fter nearly two years involvement as producers of “Seduced and Abandoned,” Larry & Michele Herbert and Alan & Marla Helene toasted the success of the film with a private party at The Top of The Standard on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, in New York City. Following a screening of the documentary at the IFC Center in New York City’s West Village, guests of the Herberts and the Helenes, including fellow producer Michael Mailer, director James Toback, MSNBC President Phil Griffin and wife Kory Apton, author and journalist Taki Theodoracopulous, Broadway producer Jonathan Farkas and celebrity event planner Arthur Backal, arrived at the Top of the Standard for the exclusive party.
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Hair Stylist Angelo David Pisacreta Introduces VOL and Hair Detox to Angelo David Hair Care, Hosting Official Launch Party at Angelo David Salon ew York City’s hair extension expert, Angelo David Pisacreta, officially launched Hair Detox and the VOL Volumizing Trio to the Angelo David Hair Care Collection, celebrating their introduction at a private party at Angelo David Salon on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. As part of the Angelo David Hair Care Collection, VOL and Hair Detox will now provide women everywhere the opportunity to create and maintain their dream tresses at-home while promoting ultimate hair health. The VOL Volumizing Trio features the first-ever shampoo and conditioner set to join Angelo David’s product line, as well as a revamped volumizing spray, formerly known as Premier Volume Spray. Different than any product in the Angelo David Hair Care Collection, Hair Detox is an all-natural herbal supplement that gently detoxifies the body from the inside out, to help restore its natural ability to grow fuller, stronger and healthier hair. Containing 100% natural nutrients and herbs that were selected for their abilities to minimize stress, hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies, such as biotin and green tea, Hair Detox not only helps improve hair health and growth but also addresses many possible causes of unhealthy skin and nails. As guests entered the Angelo David Salon they were served cocktails provided by Brugal Rum, Bonito Mezcal and Früzen Ice, as well as pass around hors d’oeuvres from Cipriani. Beauty-lovers socialized among the salon floor overlooking Grand Central Station and were pampered in traditional salon fashion with manicures by Patricia Yankee Nail Lacquer. Angelo David showcased his work among live models by Images Management, each wearing the latest Carmen Marc Valvo dresses and of course packing unparalleled volume among their locks for an absolutely flawless look.
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Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation and Elin & Michael Nierenberg Host Collaborating for a Cure, 16th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction he Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) celebrated its 16th Annual Collaborating For A Cure Dinner and Auction at the landmark Park Avenue Armory on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Arthur Imperatore was honored with the Humanitarian of the Year Award and Tadashi Shoji received the Fashion Cares Award; the evening was headlined by special musical guest, Train. The dinner, auction and concert were attended by more than 950 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. The benefit raised nearly $3 million to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists who are funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver drugs and novel therapies to treat cancer. Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” the yearly fête is considered to be among the top fundraising events in New York City.
Elin Nierenberg, Michael Nierenberg
Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Spencer Waxman
By John Friia ith the New Year on its way, the hopeful resolutions of a bright and healthier 2014 come into view. One of the most common goals is to join a gym and get into shape, but unfortunately the majority of us fail at those resolutions by the middle of January. For people that are serious about getting into shape, there is a solution - Lift Gym, which has a unique model that other gyms do not follow.
Entering the 4-floor workout haven, Lift Gym is the only private training club in New York that works with over 60 independent trainers. What makes this gym different than the usual gym is the trainers bring in their own clients. Opening in 1996, owner and personal trainer Ken Fitzgerald created an environment that accommodates all types of trainers and people interested in working out. “I wanted a set up that was best for my clients and other trainers,” stated Fitzgerald. “We have many different philosophies helping everyone.” The workout oasis offers all members a place to grow their strength, functional, corrective exercise, post-rehab and athletic and cardiovascular training. Aiming to improve the overall well being of clients, Lift Gym provides nutritional counseling, massage therapy as well pilates and gyrotonics. “We have over 60 personal trainers that are top certified with at least a 4 year degree,” stated
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Fitzgerald. He explained all trainers have a large following and have been in the fitness business for numerous years. Lift trainers also travel to clients homes if necessary. With the continued success of his first location, Fitzgerald opened two other locations on Long Island to accommodate the clientele that vacation in the Hamptons for the summer. “It is a dual membership, so if someone belongs to the location in the city they can also work out on Long Island,” he noted. With many high profile and celebrity clients, Fitzgerald explained that the individuals that come to Lift Gym are serious about creating a healthy lifestyle and getting into shape. “We provide good energy and cater to everyone,” he said. “Everyone is comfortable working out at Lift Gym.” “We have an excellent retention rate”. • For more information visit: liftgym.com
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DR. JOE’S A – B – C GUIDE FOR EASING YOUR HOLIDAY STRESS he holiday season is upon us, so stress levels can go into overdrive. The recent shootings at malls, airports, and skating rinks may heighten our sense of fear relating to holiday shopping and traveling. So follow these tips to allow yourself to embrace the spirit and joy of the holidays along with a sense of heightened security and personal safety for you and your loved ones.
A – A Plan of Action. Have a plan of action by creating a safe zone so family members know where to go and what to do if tragedy strikes. Have an emergency contact list that’s easily accessible for everyone. Write your phone number on the inside of your child’s backpack and jacket along with their names. If they get lost of separated from you, your information is easy to find. Teach your children how to identify store clerks if they are separated from you. B – Be Aware both Indoors and Outdoors. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t be afraid to report what you see. Keep your eye out for security guards and ask for help. Avoid parking next to vans, trucks; instead park in a well-lit area close to store doors. Use an ATM in a highly visible place. Shop at night with a friend and keep purses, wallets, and cash in your front pockets. Don’t approach your car if suspicious people are close by. C – Children should Stop and Think. Practice the “1-2-3 Step Rule” with your children – they can only be three steps from you. Teach your children their full names and phone numbers to give to a police officer. Role play different “stranger danger” situations and discuss how people can say and do tricky things that can be harmful to them. D – Do Not’s. Do Not put yourself in upsetting situations or say ‘yes’ when you really mean ‘no’. Do Not overindulge in alcohol and sweets - you’ll regret it later. Do Not forgo your exercise regimen – it helps to keep balance in your life and burn off the extra holiday calories. Do Not ignore the physical (lack of energy, insomnia) and mental signs (irritability, forgetfulness, lack of resilience, case of the blues) of stress – it will diminish your joyful spirit. Do not pin your happiness on how successful the holidays are – let go of perfectionistic tendencies. E – Educate with Facts. Did you know that flying is twenty-two times safer than traveling by car? Bring your ‘toy box’ full of treats and games for the flight or car and focus on your destination and the new and wonderful adventures you will have together. Encourage your children to communicate their inner thoughts and fears with you so you can dispute their myths. F – Forge Ahead. Remind yourself these tragedies are rare occurrences, and although we cannot control acts of violence, we can continue to live our life with love and compassion each day. Monitor your child’s TV time, as they process tragedies differently than adults. G – Be Grateful. Count your blessings – even the little ones are meaningful...be thankful for today! Spread holiday cheer with laughter and smiles. Thinking positively and you won’t trigger your body’s stress response. Keeping an optimistic outlook will help you to cope more effectively. •
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About Dr. Joe Dr. Joe is a father to almost triplets, children’s book author, and clinical and family psychologist in private practice in Manhattan, Staten Island, and New Jersey. For more information about Dr. Joe, please visit: drjoetaravella.com and follow him on Twitter @drjoetaravella
5 W ay s t o G i v e Your Kid an At t i t u d e o f G r at i t u d e from Empowerment Expert Jen Groover With the holiday season quickly approaching, children are inundated with advertising and talk of toys and gifts, creating a seemingly endless stream of “I want’s.” It’s easy for children to forget about all the things, both material and immaterial, that they already have in their lives. According to Empowerment Expert Jen Groover, it’s important to teach children to express gratitude at a young age, as gratitude is a powerful emotion that will help them find peace in trying times as they get older. Gratitude also teaches kids resiliency, which is one of the key components needed for success and happiness. Your viewers can help their kids appreciate all that they have with Jen Groover’s 5 Ways to Give Your Kid an Attitude of Gratitude:
Give your child a gratitude journal.
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Encourage them to spend ten minutes each day writing or drawing about the people and things they are grateful for.
Create a gratitude ritual.
Give thanks together.
On Thanksgiving Day, have everyone share what they are grateful for. Both kids and adults can write cards for or draw pictures of the people and things they are grateful for. Hang them up to remind you kids of all they have to be thankful for throughout the holiday season.
Set a time each day, whether at the dinner table or in bed, when you and your children can reflect on the day together and share all the little things they were thankful for that day.
Be a gratitude role model. Gratitude isn’t just for kids – Set an example by saying “please” and “thank you,” sharing generously, praising your children when they express gratitude, and showing how grateful you are for what you have when interacting with your children.
Make a gratitude board. Gratitude isn’t just for kids – Set an example by saying “please” and “thank you,” sharing generously, praising your children when they express gratitude, and showing how grateful you are for what you have when interacting with your children.
About Jen Groover: Jen Groover is a highly sought after speaker, author, designer, television show host and media contributor, spokeswoman, inventor and advocate. Tagged by SUCCESS magazine as a “One-Woman Brand” and a “Creativity and Innovation Guru,” as well a leading “Serial Entrepreneur” by Entrepreneur magazine, Jen Groover’s success skyrocketed with the creation of the Butler Bag, the world’s first compartmentalized handbag, and has not stopped since. Jen spring-boarded the Butler Bag’s success into an entire lifestyle brand, which led her to create subsequent lifestyle brands, including the recently launched “Empowered by Jen Groover” brand. For more information about Jen Groover, please visit jengroover.com
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Time of the Year By Dr. Jo Webber or most people the upcoming holidays are something to look forward to. Businesses shutdown and the frantic pace of the modern day work environment is put on a two-week pause. During this time families get together and enjoy some downtime together, kids are freed from the rigors of school, and if we are lucky Mother Nature delivers a little snow to help set the tone. Last year the average family spent over $500 on gifts, with over $400 going to family members. This is the most significant time of year for retailers both in brick and mortar and on ecommerce. This year Wal-Mart is offering a 32 inch flat screen TV for $98 down from $148 last year. This may seem like an unusual gift â€“ but the point is that people spend an average of around $140 on self-gifting during this season. This year with Thanksgiving being so late, and with disposable incomes only rising slightly over 2012, retailers are positioning attractive offers to try to tempt shoppers to buy gifts and self-gift alike. Gift cards are likely to be popular again this year particularly with
family members struggling to keep up with teenage wants and needs. One thing we have introduced at Virtual Piggy, which is very popular, is our Wishlist. Teens and tweens manage their own accounts and can easily load items onto their Wishlist. They can then share the Wishlist with mom or dad â€“ or with other friends and family members via email or social media. This makes it easy for the older family members to keep up with young family members. The teens and tweens who are using our service are highly motivated to keep their wishlists up to date (too critical to make a mistake here) and we have also noticed that many of the accounts are flagging charitable donations as a desired gift. There are some organizations such as the Charity Choice card that make it easy for family members to gift the gift of a charitable donation to a child and empower them to make the selection of the charity. Giving to charity is often the most pleasant thing we can do for ourselves and for our children. Everyone feels good when you help out those who have less than you. Hope you all have a Happy )PMJEBZ4FBTPOÎ‰t
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Restaurant Roundup By Hillary Latos
ith New York abuzz with holiday merriment and cheer, we scoured the city and beyond to find the quaint neighborhood spots as well as glitzy New York hotspots to enjoy the season. Whether you are looking for comfort food with a twist, Italian, haute French, or steak and seafood, there is something for everyone here. While there is always pressure to have the best New Year’s Eve ever we’ve come up with a few romantic spots or destination restaurants that will not disappoint with unsurpassable menus to ring in the New Year.
Ken & Cook If you’re looking for a one stop shop, Nolita’s hotspot Ken & Cook has it all. Helmed by Jean Georges alum Artan Gjoni, upstairs serves American nouveau cuisine with a French twist that has a wide selection of fresh raw bar options and contemporary brasserie fare in a vintage downtown setting with exposed brick, tin ceilings, leather banquettes and wood paneled walls. Start with the raw bar seafood tower with a plentiful variety of daily shellfish. The dinner menu can easily transition to late night bites with classic comfort fare with a luxe twist in dishes such as fried chicken with honey biscuits, fried oysters with siracha, short rib with crème fraiche horseradish, and snapper in lobster consommé. Post dinner engage in some late night revelry downstairs in their cellar bar that has become downtown’s destination stop, Lil Charlies, that channels the 70s disco glam with a sparkling disco ball and a shimmery bowed ceiling, which also happens to serve the best mojitos in town.
Ken & Cook 19 Kenmare St. (212) 966-3428 kenandcook.com
Joe & Misses 45 East 1 St. (212) 780-0262 joeandmissesdoe.com
Sirio Famed restaurateur, Sirio Maccioni has brought his signature panache to the Pierre hotel as a more casual outpost to his formal Le Cirque. Like all celebrity chefs he has a line of products, an empire of restaurants around the world and a circle of BFFs that include celebrities, jetsetters and moguls. One of the reasons why he rose to fame and was able to keep his post is his consistency of always serving delicious authentic Tuscan fare. His menu is largely inspired by his youth, growing up in Tuscany, and some of his most famous and popular dishes are the tuna tartare with mango, truffle porcini mushroom soup, lobster tagliatelle, lamb ragu papardelle, seared sea scallops, and Mediterranean branzino. Even if you can’t get out of work early, their happy hour from 5-7 serves $1 oysters and $5 local, craft, and Italian beers, which is a mere bargain in this posh area.
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Joe & Misses Doe At first glance this quaint East Village eatery looks like you may have missed your stop and are in the hipster-centric, Williamsburg. It has all of the requisite trappings of a Brooklyn hipster hangout, the seating uses reclaimed church pews, the exposed brick walls are decorated with vintage car facades, twitter and instagram is encouraged, and the bar only features obscure craft liquors. But it’s not until you taste their sophisticated twist on comfort food that you know you are in Manhattan. Everything from their drinks to their small plates are made to share, and with only 8 tables, expect a bit of a wait. Highlights from the menu are the spicy, sticky & sweet wings, the mouthwatering French dip dumplings with mozzarella and au jus, overstuffed baked clams and fish with tomatillo salsa burritos. Get the party started with a potent fish bowl sized cocktail for two (or three) such as the Pacific Palm with vodka, lime and coconut, or a Mega Michelada with beer, tequila shots, with a side of lime & siracha.
Sirio 795 Fifth Ave. (212) 940-8195 siriony.com
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Trattoria Il Mulino 36 E 20 St. (212) 777-8448 trattoriailmulino.com
Appetito Ristorante Nestled between the bustling theatre and garment districts, Appetito Ristorante has been an Italian neighborhood favorite over the last 20 years. Channeling the warmth and coziness of an Italian countryside trattoria, their specialty is in producing home style Italian cuisine with signature dishes including baked clams oreganata, spaghetti Bolognese, fried calamari, rigatoni all’amatraciana, veal scaloppini with mushrooms in a brandy cream sauce and chicken in a champagne shallot sauce. By bringing the warmth of Old World Tuscany with the frescoed walls and skylit ceilings together with the modern sensibility of New York, Appetito is a perfect destination for aficionados longing for an authentic taste of Italy.
Appetito Ristorante 47 West 39 St. (212) 391-5286 appetitoristorante.com
L’Ecole 462 Broadway (212) 219-3300 lecolenyc.com
David Burke Prime in Foxwoods Casino Known for his dry aged steaks and showmanship, David Burke’s unique take on American classics shines through his menu at David Burke Prime. Inspired by the way pink Himalayan ages steak to perfection with an enhanced flavor in the drying room, he uses thousands of the same bricks of warm pink salt to cover the walls in the dining area which emanate a soft amber glow that balances his curated collection of glass artwork. Even if you’re not a carnivore, there is an extensive raw bar selection and every Monday is Lobster night with a $35 prix fixe lobster based menu featuring bisque, tacos or dumplings followed by a 1-1/4 lobster prepared in a variety of savory styles- spicy kung pao, carbonara in a bacon & cream pasta, roasted or steamed. Carnivores will have a variety of choices when it comes to steak- choose from the classic filet mignon, braised short rib or prime rib. Meat connoisseurs will delight in the curated salt brick beef selections hand picked by David himselftheres the 35 day old Kansas sirloin, 30 day Kentucky ribeye, 35 day porterhouse, a rare 60 day sirloin and even a 75 day dry aged ribeye. If there’s still room for dessert, David Burke is known for his creative desserts like bite sized cheesecake lollipops, and rich drunken donuts and his decadent molten chocolate cake.
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L’Ecole Discover the next top chef while dining at L’Ecole. Every meal is produced by some of the most talented students and teachers at the prestigious International Culinary Center, and some of whom have become household names in the culinary scene. Prix fixe menus start at $44 for a 3 course menu and $59 for a 4 course menu, a mere bargain in the city for haute French cuisine that really showcase the talents of the students. Choose from a selection of delicious appetizers that use seasonal ingredients like saffron gnocchi with mussels and chorizo or petatou – a warm potato, goat cheese, olive, tomato fondue. The mains are so tempting it will be hard to choose between smoked scallops with butternut squash puree, seared local bass in a smoked shallot sauce, and sautéed hangar steak. Leave room for the dessert as the ICC has one of the best pastry programs in the country.
Benares Midtown 240 West 56 St. (212) 397-0707 benaresnyc.com
Nerai If this winter cold spell has you longing for the pristine azure waters of the Aegean sea, Midtownâ€™s newest Greek eatery, Nerai, can transport you there. Housed in the former Oceana, this elegant multi level space channels Mykonos with its high ceiling billowing with a white canopy, white washed walls and plush white furniture accented with hints of Mediterranean blue and dark wood. To keep the authenticity of their sophisticated Greek cuisine, executive chefs Ioannis Markadakis and Chris Christou have created a menu that seamlessly blends traditional dishes from grandmaâ€™s kitchen with contemporary Greek infusions. Crowd pleasing favorites include their fresh seafood by the pound flown in from the Mediterranean paired with oregano fries, grilled octopus, lobster crab cakes, grilled lamb chops and short rib youvetsi. All of their potent elixirs are named after Greek mythological figures like the Persephone with pomegranate, St Germain, & prosecco, or the Icarus with gin, crĂ¨me di violette and mastiha which will make you feel like an Adonis afterwards.
Moranâ€™s Sometimes itâ€™s hard to remember that West Chelsea, in its sea of highbrow art galleries and multi million dollar lofts, was once home to the shipping industry with longshoremen populating the area. Housed in a landmark building dating back to the 1800s, Moranâ€™s is like snapshot of New Yorkâ€™s historical past. Waterford crystal and Tiffany lamps line the brick and wood paneled walls along with a cherry wood bar that even survived prohibition. With the vibe of an inviting and friendly Irish pub, Moranâ€™s seems like a place you would find in Wall Street but itâ€™s in the heart of Chelsea serving traditional and contemporary gastropub and classic steak IPVTF GBSF 'PS B IFBSUZ BQQFUJUF UIF 4IFQQBSET QJF filet mignon, chicken pot pie, baby back BBQ ribs, and lobster mac n cheese are tempting comfort foods. Those looking for something lighter can opt for the lobster pot pie, fish and chips, baked clams, or lobster and crab ravioli. Itâ€™s the perfect spot to spend a cold winter night.
Nerai 55 east 54 St. (212) 759-5554 nerainyc.com
Victorâ€™s CafĂŠ 236 West 52 St. (212) 586-7714 victorscafe.com
Victorâ€™s CafĂŠ Though navigating through the theatre district during the holidays can prove to be an obstacle course, make your way to Victorâ€™s cafĂŠ for a little slice of Havana where Cuban classics are mixed with modern influences. You canâ€™t help but feel a bit of nostalgia from the skylit atrium surrounded by palm trees, and photos of Mambo kings in T)BWBOB'PSXJOUFS 7JDUPSTIBTDIBOHFE some of the items to incorporate hearty meaty items to warm the soul on a cold winter day like ropa vieja- a slow braised pulled skirt steak in pepper and garlic, braised oxtail, and snapper with a green plaintain crust. They are known for their signature mojitos and serve over 1000 QFSEBZ UIFNPTUGBNPVTJTUIFUIBOOJWFSTBSZ mojito, but others infused with guava, passion fruit or coconut have an original twist and, outside of Cuba, can only be found here.
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Wine and Dine through the Finger Lakes By Hillary Latos
f bucolic pastures, fine farm to table cuisine, charming villages, award winning wineries and craft beer trails against a majestic lakeside setting seem appealing, you won’t be disappointed with the Finger Lake region as your next destination.
If your taste leans more to craft beer, the Finger Lakes Beer trail showcases 56 locations on the trail with18 different brew pubs and 30 breweries that truly showcase the region’s fast growing industry.
Only 4 and a half hours from NYC by car there are eleven pristine lakes spread like fingers across central New York, that encompasses 9,000 plus square miles of outdoor adventures and bucolic scenery from lakeside retreats, to the thriving culinary scene. This area is home to over 100 world class vineyards, with plenty of farm-to-table restaurants as well as cultural museums and events. During the holidays it’s one the best times to explore this winter wonderland dotted with friendly historical towns that exude the small town charm you can’t find in the city. As one of the country’s top wine producing regions known for its Rieslings, Gewurztraminer and Ice Wine, the Finger Lakes region offers a plethora of culinary aspects for all to enjoy. Many wineries are included on wine trails surrounding Seneca, Cayuga, Canandaigua and Keuka lakes with regularly scheduled events, trail-wide tasting passports, locavore restaurants and scenic views. Another way to experience the wine trails is by water. Try a 2-5 hour scenic cruise down the Cayuga Lake that nature lovers and wine connoisseurs can enjoy without the hassle of driving. fingerlakeswinecountry.com
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While Cayuga County is one of the most important wine regions in the Finger Lakes, but they are also known for their thriving farm to table scene. Be sure to check out their sweets trail that scouts out unique regional treats to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings as well as their cheese trail that offers a full selection of artisanal cheeses from Gouda, Colby, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Swiss, Brie and Jack to unique cheeses like Irish washed-rind cheese, a variety of goat cheeses and Kefir cheese with many producers offering open house tastings.
For art aficionados, the historic Corning glass museum has a beautiful selection of glass work with master glassblowers at work. A must see is the Tiffany treasures trail which is a self guided tour that highlights sites including studios, museums and buildings that display the treasured glass designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Somehow time has stood still in these picture perfect Victorian towns that have preserved the innocent and idealistic Americana vibe with scenes directly culled from long term resident Mark Twain, who penned Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer while living here. As New Yorkers escape the maddening urban jungle for a simpler life, an expert in lakefront residential and commercial real estate in the Finger Lakes region is Dave Reeve of Wine Trails Properties. A lifelong resident of Penn Yan, he understands what customers are looking for whether it’s a high end lakefront residence, or mixed use farm and multifamily development, or investment property, and knows the charms and attractions surrounding every different lake and village. Once you visit you may never want to leave. As Dave said, “There is really something for everyone here, it’s really a year round destination, people have been moving here for different reasons, but mainly it’s in the beauty of returning to a simpler life.” • winetrailproperties.com fingerlakes.org
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Latitude Bar & Grill The Coordinates For An Authentic New York Bar Experience By Christopher A. Pape atitude Bar & Grill is a fitting name for Midtown West’s new locale for the afterwork crowd and weekend carousers. Drawn by its 36 foot long bar surrounded by a lively crowd, friendly staff, and alluring happy hour menu, this three level dining and entertainment space has become the ideal coordinates for loyal clientele while continually attracting a steady supply of new faces. For game-day revelry, a panorama of 20 large screen TVs ensures not a moment of the action is out-of-sight, and warm-weather fans can enjoy an alfresco view from the rooftop. A full-service entertainment space, Latitude Bar & Grill offers a fun and lively scene fit for any inclination, all under one roof. The casual dining menu offers a selection of twists on crowd-pleasing American classics. The Gruyere Caramelized Onion Burger, complete with lemon garlic mustard, rosemary mayonnaise and arugula, or the Steakhouse Spring Rolls, consisting of mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and sliced steak in a crisp spring roll, with homemade steak sauce, black peppercorn reduction & A-1 steak sauce, will
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satisfy an ambitious appetite. For lighter fare, the Mesclun Salad with Port Wine Onion Jam, served with radishes and pecan crusted goat cheese or Ahi Tuna & Mixed Greens Salad, served with sushi-grade, spice dusted, seared rare, and citrus vinaigrette are popular options. Perfect for those wishing to converse over a cold pint, guests can select from an extensive menu of 13 craft beers. If an expertly mixed cocktail is more to taste, there is a selection of inventive signature cocktails from which to choose. Among the most decadent beverage options are the Caramel Chocolate Martini, prepared with Godiva Caramel Chocolate liqueur, Stoli Vanilla, Dark Crème de Cacao, and garnished with chocolate shavings, and the White Orchid Ketel One Citron, prepared with Domaine de Canton Ginger liqueur, white cranberry juice, splash fresh squeezed lime, and candied ginger. The interior decoration evokes a classic American Nouveau bar theme and sets the scene for a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. With wood paneling throughout, both high-top and booth seating as well as
lounge-style seating, fireplace, 36 foot bar, and 20 flat screen TVs throughout, this dynamic entertainment space encourages guests to sit and stay a while. Complete with an open floor space, an ancillary bar and wood accents, the 2nd floor billiards room is home to a beautiful antique red pool table where friends can square up against one another for a game. The third floor is comprised of the exclusive Executive Lounge, adorned with large leather arm chairs, low tables and soft lighting, and an alfresco dining space for those wishing to enjoy the breeze. A full-service bar and dining venue space, Latitude Bar & Grill seamlessly coordinates events ranging from small birthday parties to large corporate functions. With the belief that entertaining is an art form, the team at Latitude focuses on every detail from hors d’oeuvres, to friendly wait staff, to make any event well worth planning. • Latitude Bar & Grill 783 8th Ave. (212) 245-3034 Latitudebarnyc.com
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4 Food Delights ast food that is good for you may sound like an oxymoron, but New Yorkers can indulge their taste buds in a new type of comfort food. When it comes to the double burger with cheese fries, I struggle to make the right choice, but stepping into 4food and looking at the menu the healthy alternative do not seem bad. De-junking fast food is 4food’s motto. It is fresh, nutritious but most of all delicious. Free range turkey, pancetta bacon, mushroom and onion on a brioche, labeled as the Growburger, caught my attention out of all the sandwiches and one bite into it, I concluded that this is my new lunch spot. Creating everything from scratch, including the bun that holds the food, 4food uses vegan and gluten-free ingredients. Serving locally grown food from turkey farms in Pennsylvania, beer from the Hudson Valley 4food supports local farmers, brewers and artisans. Blending together the homegrown food into a tasty dish that leaves customers
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wanting to come back for more. Satisfying my carving for macaroni and cheese the rich and creamy blend of sharp cheddar and grated Parmesan cheese some of the best I’ve tasted and the price is perfect. Even the vegetables have a unique taste, including the roasted root potatoes seasoned with herbs and fresh garlic. If you don’t see something on the menu that tickles your taste buds, you can customize burger for your own creation. Not only does 4food offer a delectable selection of food, but also it is socially conscience. Every time someone purchases a socially good burger, 4food will donate twenty-five cents to a cause that is close to you. Embracing technology, 4food has a massive 240 square foot media wall, which gives social media integration to customers. Offering a new way to celebrate, there is the opportunity to rent the location for private
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parties and serve your favorite food while in Midtown’s hottest stop for healthier food. Instead of getting the usually fast food for lunch and wait on long lines to get a grease filled burger, head over to 4food and select the healthy alternative. Find out what makes 4food stand out from the rest. •
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A Taste of India By John Friia ne of the many goals while living in Manhattan is finding delicious food at an affordable price that delivers to your apartment. With numerous types of cuisines, the possibilities of where to eat are endless, but if your taste buds are craving Indian cuisine check out Patiala in Hell’s Kitchen. While entering Patiala, the scent of the spices enchants the air and makes visitors feel they traveled to an Indian city, instead of a New York eatery. Looking at the board filled with entrees, sides and vegetables it is hard to make a decision, but after examining all the choices I decided to try the Chicken Chettinad and Mattar Paneer. Wanting to immerse myself in the culture I decided to stay and sit in the
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small section of seating. With one bit of Chicken Chettiand, the pepper and curry flavors took over my taste buds and I could not have had enough of the dish. To finish my visit I had a side dish of green peas with cheese and creamy sauce, which is known as Mattar Paneeer. On another cold night, I didn’t want to leave my apartment – and why should I when Patiala is more than willing to delivery lunch or dinner to my doorstep. The restaurant allows people to order meals online and have it brought home. Instead of walking along 34th Street in layers of clothes, I was curious to see how long it would take for the food
to be delivered. Within a half an hour, the apartment transposed itself into Patiala’s kitchen. Whether people like chicken, lamb, shrimp or some of the other wonderful signature Indian dishes, like roti, Patiala brings the feel of Indian into Hell’s Kitchen. With it cravings for this exotic and unique cuisine can be satisfied anytime. • Patalia 371 W 34th St. (212) 564-8255 patialany.com
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Like Your Beautiful Sister By Christopher A. Pape
s many of you know, I go out to restaurants quite frequently. On these excursions, I meet people from all walks of life. Inevitably, once they find out I write about restaurants, they ask for recommendations. This isn’t so much of a problem for French, Japanese and even Indian cuisines. But when it comes to Italian, it’s a more difficult proposition. Firstly, there are too many choices and as an Italian I can see the positives and negatives of each establishment, in a way that I can’t do with the others.
my guest and I were in heaven. The creations, prepared with care and skill by, Chef Molly Nickerson, were not only a testament of the quality of food, but also a love song to Italy.
Yet, there is an Italian restaurant I had the pleasure of eating at recently, located on the Lower East Side, which I have and will continue to recommend to those aforementioned askers. That restaurant, Sorella, is chic without being pretentious and cool without being annoyingly hip. The staff – from bartender to owner – is friendly, knowledgeable and efficient.
Other dishes were just as divine. Lingurian anchovies with salsa verde, lemon butter, and hazelnuts, served on flatbread were briny, tart – with the perfect amount of crunch. The vitello tonnato, a perennial favorite in Italy, was served on a crostini with shaved celery, parsley and fried capers. It was truly an enlightened dish.
But we aren’t here to talk about the staff or the interior; it’s all about the food and from first mouthful of appetizer to last bite of dessert,
Mention must be made of the most unique dish on the menu (and arguably the tastiest the broccoli fritto. Served tempura-style with
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We started with one of my favorite foods – veal sweetbreads. Here it was accompanied with hot cherry peppers, sweet pickle remoulade and parsley. The veal, breaded and pan-fried was tender and juicy. The accouterments were balanced providing heat and sourness that were needed to cut down on the fatty protein.
pickled hot pepper aioli, Granna Padano and basil it is magic to the tongue. I say this with the most sincerity as possible - it was one of the best dishes I have ever tasted. Crispy, warm, spicy and with the on-trend addition of umami, it was a wonder to behold. I went gaga over it. I would be doing Sorella a disservice if I didn’t mention their pastas. From an Agnolotti with celery root puree, braised oxtail and sage butter to a Pici with spicy pork ragu, Salvatore ricotta and pepperoncini – each pasta dish was a little piece of perfection. Desserts too are worth trying. No matter what you have, you will leave with a smile on your face. Trust me, there are few places I can so highly recommend. You will enjoy Sorella - it’s a guarantee. • Sorella 95 Allen St. (212) 274-9595 sorellanyc.com
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RedFarm Pleases the Palate here are few times that I can truly remember every dish that I’ve eaten at a particular restaurant. And there are even fewer times that each dish is remembered with such pleasure than at RedFarm – the ultra hip and deliciously sinful Chinese fusion restaurant in the West Village. RedFarm brings a greenmarket sensibility to modern and inventive Chinese food combined with a décor that can’t be beat. From the first bite of the spicy crispy beef to the last scoop of mango panna cotta, my guest and I loved every moment. It didn’t hurt that the staff – hipsters and trendsetters – were friendly, helpful and interesting to talk to. Or that the space itself – with its communal table, moody lightening and rustic charm – was the perfect setting to enjoy the wildly popular creations of chefs Joe Ng and Ed Schoenfeld. Apprehensive, as I usually am, to make sure I order the best of the menu – I conferred
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with the knowledgeable bartender who steered us in the right direction. We began with the aforementioned spicy crispy beef, which had complexity, depth of flavor and excellent texture; it was a portent of good things to come. We also ordered a duo of shrimp dishes – shrimp-stuffed shishito peppers and yuzuwasabi shrimp that we both seasoned perfectly and cooked to perfection – allowing the shrimp to be juicy, plump and tender. From there we moved onto the acclaimed (and I promise delicious) dim sum. It is here that chef Ng talent shines brightest. We enjoyed the most famous dish on the menu, ‘Pac-Man” shrimp dumplings. The dish is comprised thusly, four dumplings of various flavors (crab, leek, lobster and bamboo shoot - all with shrimp) and a tempura fried sweet potato shaped in the form of Pac-man…chasing the dumplings to eat. It was a clever presentation, but most importantly it was a delicious dish. Other dumplings we enjoyed were the pork &
crab soup dumplings and the crispy duck and crab dumplings. Each was a standout dish in it’s own right. We eventually moseyed along to the entrees and ate a deliciously innovative three chicken chili that was spicy (but not overly so) and moist. Another favorite was the sautéed lobster, egg and copped pork. Many adjectives come to mind to describe the dish, but succulent is the most apt. In the end, RedFarm is a restaurant that is both satisfying and hip – a rare combination in this city loves superficiality and pretense. My guest and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal and urge you to try it yourself! • RedFarm 529 Hudson St. (212) 792-9700 redfarmnyc.com
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I ta l i a n a s A r t am of the firm conviction that there is nothing better than Italian in New York City. From homestyle to “alto Italiano” (highclass Italian) there is much to choose from in our fair metropolis. And now with the opening of East 12th Osteria there is an option that is as delicious as eating in the land of La Docle Vita. With smart, sensuous and smallish options – chef Roberto Deiaco has created a menu that is a delight to both the eyes and the palate.
The same attention to detail was also found in Signore Deiaco’s pastas. The Gnocchetti, Imperiale di Granchio - gnocchi with crabmeat, in a creamy chili pepper tomato broath was a
Deiaco opened East 12th Osteria with his wife, Giselle, who runs the front of the house. The couple renovated a bodega with furniture they designed themselves. The space – small, but sexy – makes the perfect package for Deiaco’s food, which is bold, confident and most importantly, delicious. We started with a vitello tonnato – thinly sliced veal, tuna sauce, orange and grapefruit segments and caper berries. It was vibrant, zesty and a true Italian classic. Another favorite was the fritto di mare with juicy shrimp, tender calamari, musky red mullet and appetizing zucchini blossom – it was another Italian homerun.
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By Christopher A. Pape
taste. We savored each morsel and we cajoled and pleaded with the chef for more; he happily obliged. For the main dishes, there was a duck two ways that was another mouthwatering option. The two options were – an intensely flavorful confit and a delicate breast, thickly sliced and cooked to perfection. The acidity of the orange essence cut through the fat and provided even more depth of taste from the bird. There are few times in which I can report that each dish I had was sensational. I could give you a laundry list of items I ate – each better than the next, but suffice it to say that East 12th Osteria will make you smile. You may even hum an Italian tune or two as you leave. •
culinary revelation. The gnocchi were bitesized pillows of pleasure in our mouths and the crab was plump and succulent. Another standout was the Tagliolini all’Uovo. Served with a basil truffle pesto, ricotta salata cheese and fresh black truffles it was an explosion of
East 12 Osteria 197 1st Ave. New York, NY 10003 (212) 432-1112 east12osteria.com
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