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Happy spring GG readers! While the topic of addiction is not one to be joked about we felt that addressing the range of vices we are all confronted with in todays world was a more than relevant theme. From social media to cosmetic treatments, extreme fitness to pill popping, most of us have either experienced over indulgence or know someone who has in our lifetime. We chose to dive into this quasi taboo discussion because it is something we see daily on a multitude of levels and it peaked our interest. Check out the pages of issue ii to see our engagement with the professionals and of course please keep in mind that all articles and advice in this magazine are merely suggestions. Happy reading! Warmly, Laura McKittrick Founder & Editor

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Table of Contents March 2016 | issue ii

ambient, botox, being skinny, working out, social media: are you addicted?.......... 12-25 highs & lows of pill popping................13 the truth behind the Rx......................... 30 a walk thru the 12 step program......... 32 heroin chasing the dragon.................... 34 stride with pride..................................... 37 fuel your motivation.............................. 41 the 1 poison that won’t land you in betty ford.................................... 43 welcome to dā•kor................................ 49 jumbo dog artbooks............................... 56 lionhearted gallery: new exhibit.......... 57 15 places to eat health in ct................... 62 foods to calm you down and pick you up..................................... 70 easy spring brunch at home................ 72 19 spots for decadent dessert in CT..... 75 spring Fashion: new arrivals at House of 29.................. 79 spring fever............................................. 94 boca raton resort & club ....................... 98 GG st. martin......................................... 113 horoscopes............................................. 129


Exclusive Q&A’s with the ‘it’ local professionals in the pages ahead to get the answers YOU need The High’s & Low’s of Pill Popping Q&A with Dr. Steven Murphy, owner and physician at Diagnostics & Medical Specialists Of Greenwich Get Your Fill On Botox, Fillers and More Q&A with Dr.Sharon DeChiara, owner and plastic surgeon at Spa Chiara in Mt. Kisco Workout or Over Worked? Q&A with top tier trainer, owner of Peak 360 Greenwich and author Dominic Novak

HIGHS & L WS of pill popping An exclusive Q&A with Dr. Steven Murphy, owner and physician at Diagnostic & Medical Specialists of Greenwich.


he speed of life these days has literally brought many people to the use of prescription pills. To wake up, to go to bed, to focus, to eat less, to shed water weight, to feel happy, the list goes on. Especially in areas like Greenwich and other towns around us this pattern of pill popping is not far from the norm. But what most people never talk about is the long term effects these habits can have. Check out my Q&A with Dr. Steven Murphy to get the scoop of uppers, downers and beyond

Q: I see so much use of upper’s and downer’s on a daily basis that it doesn’t even phase me anymore - taking adderall (upper) in the morning to get going then popping a xanax or adivan (downer) to slow down and whatever comes in between the two - is this a sustainable medication pattern to keep longterm or can one only do this for a certain amount of time? A: This pattern of medication use potential he can cause health problems. In a recent study it was found that long-term use of Xanax increases your risk of dementia. Also long-term use of Adderall can increase your risk of heart problems such as atrial fibrillation. The problem with attention deficit medications is that they haven’t been studied for 30 or 40 years of use. that being said, for some people these medications are Lifesavers. Q: What are the potential side effects/negatives of popping pills like this so frequently? A: Taking pills on a daily basis such as these can lead to tolerance. Tolerance is a condition where your body becomes more efficient at breaking down the medications. The result is a need for higher and higher doses of these medications. Also medications such as Xanax can increase your risk of depression. Q: Is it all ages that use these meds? A: Yes. In my practice I see people who are in their 50s and 60s using these medications. we have done a better job of diagnosing and treating attention deficit disorder over the years. Q: What do you advise for those who are taking these medications to do in order to keep on top of their health while on these medications- routine check ups? Routine blood work?

A: Patients who take attention deficit medications need to have regular check ups to make certain that there blood pressure does not get too high, that they do not lose too much weight, also to make sure that their heart stays healthy. Patient to take medications for anxiety need to have regular check ups to make sure that their body is not building too much tolerance to the medication, to make certain that they’re not getting depressed, to make sure that they are not having problems with memory difficulty, and to look for other ways to combat anxiety/insomnia

DOWNER’S: Let’s get down with it for a minute and talk to me about ‘downers.’ Q: What is the difference between Ambian, Adivan and Xanax? Are they used for different things or do they just provide a different effect? A: All of these medications work in the same area of the brain. Each of these medications has a different amount of time with which they work. The shortest acting of these is Xanax which lasts between 2 to 4 hours. Q: What are the best appetite suppressants and why? How do they differ from each other? I know of Belviq, Phentermine, Qysimia - are these among the best on market now and how does one qualify to get these scripted? A: We use many of these medications in our medical practice. Some of these are stimulants similar to the attention deficit medications. Others work on the brain to reduce hunger through mechanisms similar to antidepressants.

UPPER’S: Being as high as a kite on Rx ~ the new norm? Q: Is adderall still the most popular ‘focus’ pill? Can all ages use it? A: Yes, it is one of the most prescribed medications for attention deficit disorder. Q: Are there any other stimulant meds that could be used in place of adderall? A: I personally happen to like Vyvanse. It lasts longer and has less of a over caffeinated effect. Q: Many people self medicate and or take themselves off meds cold turkey - this is obviously not recommended by doctors- can you please explain why this is so dangerous?

Q: Are there any other trends in medication happening that you see now other than uppers and downers being used on a daily basis A: One of the other big trends that is alarming the Health and legal community is that of overuse of pain medication. This is leading to a heroin epidemic not just in Connecticut but all over the United States. The FDA and the centers for disease control have made statements advising against the use of certain pain medication. Also we are seeing a big spike in the use of vitamins for neurocognitive enhancement. Basically vitamins called Nootropics, which are purported to help with memory. The studies on these are very new and it will take some time to be able to find out whether they will indeed help us or not.

A: The biggest problem with quitting these medications cold turkey is that of physical and mental dependence. These medications if withdrawn abruptly can increased risk of health problems. Therefore you should always check with your doctor if you want to stop taking the medications. Q: Please advise the best strategy for someone to figure out what their best pill approach is for what they need and how they should monitor their usage over time while taking these meds (check ups etc) A: The best strategy for evaluating these medications includes a neuropsychiatric or neurocognitive evaluation. You can always ask your doctor for a referral.The next step is then finding out what type of learner you are and adapting to that learning style.

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Get Your Fill On What Botox & Injectables Are REALLY All About An intimate Q&A with one of our the tri-states leading plastic surgeons, Dr. Sharon DeChiara, owner of Spa Chiara in Mount Kisco By Laura McKittrick


otox and fillers have been all the rage for years. Often referred to as the fountain of youth these syringes of promised younger looking skin begin at $800 per syringe per treatment and can require several to be used effectively during each visit bringing the final tab into the $1,000’s. While the general understanding is that botox gets rid of overly, unwanted movement we don’t all know that much more about these beloved chemicals we are putting right into ourselves, literally. Check out my insightful Q&A with my favorite plastic surgeon in the business and in our area, Dr. Sharon DeChiara.

What does the length of how long these agents last per patient depend on?

What exactly does botox do? And what about fillers?

Are there any alternative lasers or facials one can get at Spa Chiara in lieu of injectibles or in between to extend the length of time that these last?

Neuromodulators (which include botox, dysport and xeomin) and fillers are a great way to achieve facial rejuvenation. Once we hit 25 we start losing approximately 5% of our collagen support every year. How often is normal to get botox and or fillers? Every X amount of months and how do they work exactly? Neuromodulators work to relax facial muscles and can soften lines of the forehead and smile lines around the eyes and can even be used for the lower third of the face and for bands of the neck. Typically neuromodulators are injected and the results start appearing anywhere from 1 to 5 days and the peak effect is at 3 weeks. The effects of neuromodulators last around 3 months and then injections do need to be repeated. What alternatives wld u advise for people who tend to get obsessive w too much botox or filler - ie: sculptra if it lasts longer? Hyaluronic acid fillers include Juvederm Ultra, JuvedermUltra Plus, Voluma Restylane, restylane silk, Resylane Lift , Belotero. RAdiesse is also a filler composed of calcium hydroxyapirite. Bellafill is a filler with PMMA and bovine collagen. Sculptra is a volumizing agent not a filler as it’s mechanism of action stimulates patients own fibroblasts to produce collagen and elastin.

Everyone wants to know how long the fillers last and this depends on two factors, first the material that is used and second the patient’s own metabolism. Hyaluronic acids as well as radiesse typically last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. Sculptra lasts around two years and Bellafill has been shown to last around 5 years. The great thing about fillers is that they can be used in combination and customized for each individual patient.

In order to maintain the longevity of botox and fillers good skin care is a must. Other treatments which can help would include chemical peels, microneedling and laser treatments. Ultherapy is another treatment using ultrasoundtechnology to target cells to create collagen and elastin and achieve skin lifting.

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kay, when I set out to write this article I did not intend on finding the perfect quote that basically sums up exactly what I have been suspicious of but it just popped out at me: “Can’t stay away from social media? You’re not alone; social networking is engineered to be as habit-forming as crack cocaine.” (computerworld. com) Can you honestly say you are surprised? Over the past 5 years alone social media has seriously been the root of many anxiety ridden panic attacks, serious induced comas of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and the root of ALL EVIL when it comes to cyber bullying, so why do we all love it so much? Maybe it is the narcissist in all of us or for the more practical it is just the “new age way of communicating” but for me personally I have literally grown to detest it. Aside from it being a popular way to boost business awareness and engagement - on a personal level: it is beyond invasive, offensive, not to mention a total waste of time and impersonal. While its benefits of staying in touch with those you do in fact know are obviously helpful and appreciated the addicting tendencies and time

suckers that these various feeds can be for all of us have become something to resent. Should I tell you how I really feel?! The truth is there are obviously the good sides of social media however the struggle is real when it comes to social media addiction. Most of us have no idea of the amount of time we spend on social media each day but I can tell you that I am 99% sure that we would be horrified if we did. The average amount of visual pictures that our brains are used to seeing and actually registering is a fraction of the amount we see while relentlessly scrolling thru social media day in and day out thus leading to us not even acknowledging or remembering what we are seeing or reading. Case in point that this is leading to mental disaster? A recent experiment in NYC was conducted to promote Talkspace, an online therapy company that literally allows you to talk to a shrink via the internet, and their entire gorilla marketing effort was based on the fact that ““Social media engagement can trigger anxiety symptoms.”(source: fastcompany.com)

While I could personally go on for days about this addiction I found researchers who will prove the point for me - check out some of these scary social media tid bits about how we are all in fact addicted: From ComputerWorld.com - an amazing article on social media addiction shared... “Cornell Information Science published research earlier this month that looked at (among other things) the difficulty some people have in quitting Facebook and other social networks. They even have a label for the failure to quit: “social media reversion.” The study used data from a site called 99DaysofFreedom.com, which encourages people to stop using Facebook for 99 days.

“When you keep in mind that the technology is designed to hold you hostage, you might be motivated to set time limits. (Think of it as buying a snacksize bag of chips instead of the party-size.)” realsimple.com

The site and study are interesting because they revealed the difficulty people have quitting Facebook because of addiction. Participants intended to quit, wanted to quit and believed they could quit (for 99 days), but many couldn’t make more than a few days.” Huffington Post shared... “The impact of being hooked to our phones and the world inside them is real: Excess social media use is associated with poor sleep quality, anxiety and depression. And even though many of us know about these issues, we can’t relinquish the addictive, feel-good effects of notifications that light up the reward center of our brains. As you’ll see below, people have anecdotally described their need for social media as worse than a cigarette craving and getting in the way of sleep and real-life interactions.” HOW TO COPE WITH SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION: As the title of this article states: you are not alone. ““Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter—they’ve all been designed to make you repeatedly use them and check back in,” says Levi Felix, the CEO of Digital Detox, a tech-free wellness retreat in Northern California.” (realsimple.com) That being said there are various ways that you too can take a break from social media. Stay conscious of how often you are checking your feeds, if you need to literally put your phone in a drawer then do it. You can preschedule posts for your business if that is your main use for social media as well. There are thousands of sources on line to help with over coming this ridiculous phenomona as well - one article on realsimple. com titled Break Free From Your Social Media Addiction provides several tactics to apply to your efforts.



orking out is an amazing release mentally, physically and emotionally. While some like to have a fitness regime as part of their balance more than others there is such a thing as overdoing it. Peak 360 Greenwich, the recently rebranded beautiful, personal training facility in Greenwich, formerly known as Peak Physique, has not been the #1 gym of choice in Greenwich for over 20 years for no reason. With passionate, beyond knowledgable owners and a team of the best and highest licensed trainers in the world Peak 360 Greenwich can promise a changed body thru your working out with them. Dominic Novak, owner of Peak 360 Greenwich, graciously sat with us as we asked him about the difference of healthy versus toxic when it comes to working out.

How many times a week is it healthy to workout? --I will give you two very different answers and a lot depends on the individual. I have been a personal trainer, wellness coach and motivator for 32 years and trained myself for 40 years - the answer I give everyone is training 6 days per week for 1 hour is good and healthy. Working out is very good for so many reasons and provides benefits in many areas such as mental, emotional, physical and physiological. There is nothing that can benefit all of these areas to such a great extent as exercise. What is counter productive and can lead to injury is doing the same exact routine every day for 6 days a week. This I would not recommend. The body weakens very quickly, muscles can atrophy and tightness sets in - before you know it you have an injury. Keeping a training program that is diverse utilizing strength training, stretching/lengthening muscles and cardio/ conditioning is very beneficial. You may say what about distance runners, marathon runners and triathletes. Good question. They should still diversify in the distance they do each day; strength training versus running, cycling, etc. As well as the length of time they are performing their exercise each day. Additional factors in determining the number of days per week to exercise are work, home, kids, job, quiet time and personal growth. I’m a huge believer in having balance in one’s life. If there is no balance in these quadrants there is no harmony and peace. So each individual needs to evaluate their goals and understand how exercise can play an effective role. Consulting a Wellness Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator is a good idea.

What are signs that a person is working out too much? ---Not sleeping, sleeping too much, no appetite, eating excessive wrong foods, no desire to exercise/have to force yourself to go, dehydration. If you are experiencing any of the above stop training until it is rectified. Can fitness become unhealthy? ---This is a line that many of us tow each day. It is unhealthy to look in the mirror and dislike the body that you see in front of you. I mean not just critique ,which is normal, but dislike. This leads to over exercising as a means of punishment. We can always find ways to improve areas without punishing one’s self. We need to love, respect and be grateful for the unique body that we have been given. What is the best way for a fitness addict to get help? --Seeking an experienced fitness professional who can help put the right program together. With the right coaching a person can get on track with their program and begin seeing the results they want. Dominic Novak has been in Greenwich CT for 30 years training. He started going to homes and training in local gyms. In 1993-94 he opened Peak Physique, Inc. the largest personal training center in the North East at the time. In 2016 he has re-branded his company and opened Peak 360 a luxury fitness spa that caters to many clients in a private setting. Peak 360 Wellness Coaches train young, old, athletes, de-conditioned, handicapp, addicted. Their training methods are unrivaled and their results unmatched.

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’ll caution you before you read further, I broach the subject of prescription drug abuse from a much closer vantage point. I’ve witnessed all too often and all to recent, the ill-fated consequences of such abuse. And while the access to harmful substances is far too easy within reach and the pages are too swiftly flying off the prescription pads, I pause to reflect and ask, “What’s it going to take to wake people up?” If we scour through our personal “data bank” of friends and family, odds are you’ll likely know someone who presently or at one time turned to the use of prescription painkillers. For many, it’s easier to numb the pain rather than treat the underlying issues causing it. Often it begins with a backache, or pain stemming from an injury and suddenly the only viable option becomes that little pill. Many doctors have arguably done a great disservice in perpetuating the pandemic of prescription drug abuse. Their pens take quickly to the pad in dispensing medication that leads to untimely deaths. The acquisition of prescription painkillers is far simpler than it should be. I call to mind a trip to urgent care over the summer to treat a burn I had recently suffered. I arrived at the clinic for topical treatment and although I expressed my tolerance for the pain and asked for nothing more than a bandage, the young physician volunteered a prescription for “Percocet”. Her words, “just in case you feel like you want it” were met by my look of confusion and somewhat disgust. “No thanks, I’ll pass”. The ready hands of teenager’s eager to comb through medicine cabinets and quick to pass along their findings to friends further compound the problem of prescription drugs. Statistics of teenage prescription drug abuse are alarming, frightening and just about every other horrific adjective that can come to mind.

These medicines are too easy to acquire and they are being dispensed for too reckless a cause. While I’m not here to preach nor pass judgment, a “wake up call” for some is in order. I’m on the receiving end of the worst phone call a person can ever make. I watch the uncontrollable pouring of tears and hear the anguish and suffering in cries when a life too abruptly ends. If this message hits home for you or one that you love, I urge you to seek help while it still possible. A funeral director’s perspective offers an “all too real” look at the impact of the prescription drug crisis. The first step to fixing any problem is recognizing one exists. There is no pill that offers a true cure for pain. Pills may numb the pain, diminish the pain, or allow us to somehow block the source of the pain, but issues, be it mental or physical, must be dealt with. So GG’s, forgive the austere message and the severe underlying tone. Put the bottle down and the cap back on. Find strength and support in those around you or be the source of strength for someone in desperate need. - Jen Jen Graziano is the Co-Owner of Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home in Greenwich. She is an Attorney, of Counsel, with Ferguson Cohen LLP in Greenwich as well as the host of a weekly radio program on 1490AM WGCH, “Time to Talk with Jen Graziano”. For questions, comments, or show topics, email; Jennifer@coxeandgraziano.com




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A Walk Through The 12 Step Program By: Miles Carroll

“So...What’s your poison?” Andrew asks Allison in Breakfast Club, “What do you drink?” John Hughes is a legend for a reason. The “brat pack” captured not only a generation but a slice of American adolescence. Partying in the USA wasn’t invented by him, or even Miley Cyrus. Pre- and post- prohibition, American’s have been consumed - literally and figuratively – with alcohol. Most often drinking is glorified, used to celebrate special events. We even invent occasions, Sunday Funday, for example. But there are nuances around what’s acceptable; champagne for toasts, martini’s in the evening, mimosa and Bloody Mary brunches. In moderation, it’s a social lubricant, in excess it can be deadly. Having to own my codependency with an addict and now working in the mental health profession, addiction and treatments are hot topics for me. My college had a tradition, “6 at 6,” 6 kegs at 6 o’clock at designated party houses off campus. But that wasn’t enough. Usually someone would bring back-up as the beer was sure to be tapped out early in the evening. For special parties there’d be face-high, luges, basically a massive shot glass carved from blocks of ice. Ah, College. Some of the best times in my life, and some I surely don’t remember – thank God – because I’d likely regret them. My stepfather was a “friend of Bill W” and would sometimes site the Serenity Prayer “God

grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” Although the origins of the prayer are debatable, the “fellowship” uses it almost every meeting in “the rooms.” If you’re not sure what that means, you haven’t been indoctrinated in the deeply entrenched 12 step community. I don’t use the word indoctrinated lightly. Alcoholics Anonymous Founder, Bill Wilson credits the late, great Psychologist Carl Jung in The Big Book (The AA Bible) as being a fundamental contributor to AA’s ideology. Jung described the chronic alcoholic as a person experiencing a spiritual crisis. Many members deny that AA is religious, citing that prayer is encouraged but God can be substituted for almost anything, as long as addicts acknowledge they’re powerless in the face of alcohol and willing to give themselves to a higher power. Many people credit the 12 Steps for “getting their life back” and more power to them, but all things have their shadow. During the days I attended meetings, like church or a synagogue, the “fellowship” was mostly welcoming and a no obligation donation basket was passed, but the community and principals were so rigid that to an outsider it can feel cliquish. One of the first meetings I attended was typical of most meetings. Held in a church basement, people sat in a circle and drank coffee as they took turns introducing themselves. A well dressed older gentleman, “I’m James, I’m an alcoholic” followed by a resounding “Hi James” from the rest. A young woman sheepishly holding up a coin, eyes fixed on the floor in front of her, “I’m Wendy, I’m celebrating 30 days today,” met with boisterous clapping, “Woot, woot” and

“You go girl, it works if you work it!” When it was my turn I said, “I’m Jane, I don’t know if I’m an alcoholic” I was pretty sure I wasn’t but it was clear I had to say something. My introduction was met with a large biker-looking guy in tattoos, piercings and leather saying rather loudly and aggressively, “If you’re here, you’re an alcoholic.” His comment prompted a few scattered claps, condescending head shakes and a grandmotherly woman gently touching my shoulder then squeezing my hand, “You’re here, dear. That’s all that matters.” Having facilitated group therapy, I understand the importance of guidelines like no interrupting or crosstalk when someone else is speaking. It’s remarkable how organized 12 step meetings are, given that everyone attends voluntarily, but something disturbed me in the year I attended — mostly the lack of room for unbiased, critical thought and the unwillingness to even considering other modalities with high rates of success like Motivational Interviewing (MI). Whereas the 12 step approach teaches people they’re powerless, diseased, in denial, morally and spiritually bankrupt, that they should stop thinking “thinking is what got you here” that they’ll relapse if they don’t attend meetings regularly, that they’re incapable of making a change without a miracle from God, and that they must be abstinent for the rest of their lives, MI does not demand a specific way of life. MI practitioners don’t believe clients are in denial. Motivation to change is elicited from the client, not imposed from the outside. There’s no coercion, persuasion or confrontation but instead it’s the client’s task to articulate and decipher how life would be better or worse with or without a substance or behavior. Quick story. In grad school earning hours toward a counseling degree we had Supervision, a group of budding therapists that met weekly to discuss or cases. Our task was to meet with clients and bring back notes from our sessions so the supervisor and trainees could critique as some interventions were more successful than others. A young, female client of mine had voluntarily sought counseling as she knew she was addicted and wanted to change. My Supervisor at the time was herself an ACA (Adult Child of an Alcoholic) who felt very strongly that twelve steps was the only way to treat addiction. She’d

been in Alanon for years and even written books on the subject. When my case came up, she asked me to record my next session and tell my client that I’d stop seeing her unless she committed to 90 meetings in 90 days with proof of a signed attendance card. Intuitively and intellectually it didn’t sit well with me, I had learned about the success rates of Motivational Interviewing. I stated my case but she was adamant. I was so disturbed that I voiced my reluctance to follow this course of action in a session with my own psychotherapist at the time, a Phd depth psychologist who happened to be an addiction specialist. She was an advocate of MI but explained that although she understood my hesitation, I really had no choice in the matter as I was under the counseling center’s purview so I had to follow the supervisor’s instruction. I did what she asked and my client never returned. In AA, I quickly learned not to question the dogma. If someone was absent for several meetings in a row, it was followed by gossip and 12 step rhetoric like “People, places and things. She should have never gone back to that guy,” or “Damn, he almost had a coin. Ego will get you every time, he thinks he’s stronger than a higher power. He’ll be back if he doesn’t end up in jail or the psych ward first.” For some, 12 Step Programs work, and for those people, questioning the model is blasphemy. For their families and loved ones it can feel like they are dealing with a born again Christian, and that the addiction has been replaced. It can be emotionally exhausting. There is an expectation that they should fall in line because the person is sober. Meetings take precedent over everything, as the substance once did. People are expected to adjust – without question – to this new way of being. This often includes a new lexicon, intense discipline, a new social circle including an often deified sponsor. A disdain for anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their way of thinking. It’s great you’re sober but now, what’s your poison?

Chasing the Dragon, or Waterfalls By: Miles Carol


t was Halloween eve, also known as Devil’s Night or Mischief Night. A 19 year old Joaquin Phoenix frantically dialed 911 from a pay phone in front of Johnny Depp’s then “it” Hollywood club, The Viper Room. An onlooker described River as “thrashing spasmodically, his head flopping from side to side, arms flailing wildly” River’s sister, Rain had thrown herself on top of him to try and stop the seizures, then attempted to give him mouthto-mouth. Cedars Sinai Medical Center pronounced him dead at 1:51AM. He was 23 years old. Decades later Joaquin would play another famous addict, Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. A few years later, after he and another actor cowon the Best Actor award for The Master at the Venice Film Festival. That other guy was his friend Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman had been sober for 23 years prior to 2012. The day he overdosed he was supposed to pick up his children but instead, police found him on the bathroom floor, syringe in arm, still wearing eyeglasses, with over 50 empty heroin envelopes labeled “Ace of Spades” scattered throughout his New York City apartment. Chillingly, in legend and folklore the Ace of Spades is known as the death card. Shockingly, deaths from overdoses in America

are at levels similar to the H.I.V. epidemic at its peak. It’s so out of control it’s become a major issue in recent political debates. “This dramatic increase of heroin use and abuse in Connecticut is unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” said U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). Last week Easton Police Officers found $17,000 in heroin and $14, 000 cash in a 26 year old’s possession. Police Sgt. Sue Lussier said heroin abuse is second only to alcohol in Connecticut. What happened to pot, the alleged gateway drug? Psychotherapist Elizabeth Plummer, Phd who specializes in addiction and recovery said “Most of these kids don’t understand the risk when they’re sneaking around their parent’s medicine cabinets. Black tar heroin’s a cheaper high than prescription pills. Once they’re hooked, that’s it.” One pill of oxycodone sells for $80 on the street, whereas a bag of heroin sells for $4.

One recovering addict said, “To be blunt, I have literally never met anyone who was introduced to heroin with a needle. That’s roughly the equivalent of taking your first drink of alcohol by butt-chugging moonshine out of a gas can.” Talk about picking your poison. Few things are more toxic and harder to quit. The phrase “kicking the habit” refers to the involuntary muscle twitches that cause a spastic jerky motion in the legs and feet in withdrawal, and that’s one of the more pleasant symptoms. And while physical symptoms begin to abate a few days in, psychological symptoms – the shame and self hatred the habit leaves – can last a lifetime. Is addiction an attempt to self-medicate unresolved underlying symptoms like depression or anxiety? Is it seductive because it fosters false self esteem? In the past, hard core addicts seemed to fall into easy to identify categories, the impoverished and marginalized, self inflicted, tortured artists or adventure seeking, kamikaze types. Why then, are our seemingly healthy and well adjusted children, many of them privileged, loved, supported, choosing a drug known for creating “junkies” who end up in a death spiral? “I don’t want to die in a car accident. When I die it’ll be a glorious day. It’ll probably be a waterfall.” –River Phoenix River Phoenix chased that waterfall but his death was anything but glorious, instead, the promising young actor overdosed in a fit of seizures in front of his younger brother and sister. River Phoenix’s grandmother, Marjorie described him as, “Such a terrific kid, sweet and lovable…He watches his weight. He watches what he eats. He doesn’t eat meat. He’s gentle. It’s a mystery.” Next month will be the year anniversary of my friend’s son’s death. He was a 6’ 5” star athlete, loved by all. His Mom and Dad, sister, brothers, girlfriend, and hometown, Rowayton, Connecticut (barely) survive him. They called him “The Unstoppable Jack,” but he was stopped – literally – dead in his tracks, at 21 years old. It’s a mystery. Let’s work collectively to solve it.

This piece is dedicated to: Jim Morrison Janice Joplin River Phoenix Kurt Cobain Elliot Smith Bradley Nowell Philip Seymour Hoffman Chris Farley John Belushi John-Michel Basquiat Jack Jackson Scott Conroy, “Jack” Please visit www.shatterproof.org to learn how you can help.





T rying any new workout can be totally intimidating. As the saying goes “the struggle is real� and in this case the struggle is workout phobia! The good news is that with boutique, niche workout options popping up this fear is quickly being eliminated. Some of us love an intensive cardio workout while others prefer to find their inner zen thru yoga or pilates. Whatever your preference is a fabulous new alternative to hitting the gym has popped up and it just so happens to be right around the corner from Greenwich! Located a skip and a hop over the border in Port Chester a beau-

tiful group workout studio has opened called GoStride. With a focus on the european trend of striding this studio offers encouragement and instruction through a 50 minute class of you striding. The beauty of this specific method is that the lights are dimmed and the music is pumping - taking the thought out of the workout and giving you endless instruction and positive affirmations makes getting in your weekly cardio easy, fun and fast! Here are some tips and reasons for you to stride into GoStride with ease and confidence!

GG TIPS FOR STRIDING WITH PRIDE -Your instructor will give you guidelines for resistance with a wide range but will also remind you it is your stride and you control whether you are on the high or low end of that range - You dont need special shoes or even coordination! Just grab the handle bars and move those legs! - It is dark so you wont be distracted by others in the class - need I say more? - If you have ever done a plank or pilates you know what it means when you are asked to engage your core, do this and your body will become still on the strider as your legs keep pumping.

- Find your perfect foot placement on the foot pad with the help of the team at GoStride, generally you want your arms at a relaxed 90 degree angle from “home� and wherever that is, your feet will fall into place. -Make sure your foot is flat so you are making the most of your full stride. Push down on your heels as you are striding down towards floor and then gently roll the weight forward as your leg comes up. Your heel rises gently in your shoe but not up off the foot bad. STRIDE WITH IT BABY! - Keep your chest up, shoulders down, no hunching and use handles for guidance not as a rest stop!

GO STRIDE: 509 Boston Post Road, Port Chester, NY www.gostride.com

Fuel your


By Chase Hall


f your New Year’s Resolution involves amping up your workout regiment or just getting yourself moving again, these inspired workouts can help you get on the right track.

Yoga Class. With yoga you will hone your mental focus, rid your system of toxins and maybe even boost your performance in the bedroom. You’ll even be able to touch your toes and improve flexibility. Set a goal for your practice “I’ll be easier on myself for one hour” Yoga can help your questions become more real accessible in everyday life.

Boxing Class. Ready to kick butt? Boxing is an intense cardio workout with confidence boosting side effects. During a boxing class you may punch or kick a bag hundreds of times requiring your upper body, lower body, and core to engage as you make contact with the bag. Boxing is a lot of fun, its one of the most effective ways to get in shape and maintain your physical health.

Running. For newbie runners and elite runners, it helps to have running mates. It takes a while to have the confidence and endurance to run with others. Running in a group provides inspiration to improve your effort to be a better runner keeps you accountable to your overall goals and motivated you to show up and run with friends.

Pick Your Poison at The Local Vault!

The good news about our poison, you won’t end up at Betty Ford!

By:Betsy Perry


e here at TLV have plenty of vices but we manage to keep the over the counter ones relatively under control. Our poisons are more emotional or mental. It would be extremely easy for us to poison our lives with envy and jealousy. The beautiful homes we are invited into are rife with gorgeous interiors that take our breath away and leave us wanting. Honestly, who doesn’t want a family room that overlooks the LI Sound or a room totally devoted to massage? Yet, the ladies of TLV hold it together on the green monster front.

Betsy’s Obsession: Being the very proud Mama of three boys, I of course fall in love with all things girly. While I have adored the time spent on the slopes and the sidelines with my guys, I must admit the dream of designing a little girl’s room is still just that! My obsession? See below or check it out at “Little Miss GG” here.

So what is our vice? OBSESSION! We are constantly falling head over heels in love with pieces we feature on our site. Since none of us own a beach home, yet, we have unrequited love affairs with these incredible pieces.

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Julie’s Obsession: A nod to mod - sleek and midcentury pieces that are clean and pretty. Surrounded by beautiful photography that reminds me of warmer days ahead:

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Patricia’s Obsession: Nothing provides the warmth and old world charm like a great antique or vintage piece. That’s why in my next house, my alter ego would furnish it using a mix of antiques, punctuated with modern accents. Here are some of my current faves

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The good news about our poison, you won’t end up at Betty Ford! Wishing you a happy and healthy Spring, The Local Vault Team

T Welcome Home dā•kor: By: Laura McKittrick

The recently opened dā•kor store on Mason Street is ALL the rage. Tucked behind Consign It and curated by the award winning interior designer Kat Rosier, this shop is a much needed addition to the shopping scene in Greenwich. Rosier’s classically hip style has been featured in various publications such as atHome, East Coast Design, New England Home and many others. In pursuit of taking her love of design to the next level Rosier and her partner Kathy Georgas recently opened dā•kor, a new, cool luxury home design boutique right here in Greenwich.

The longtime Greenwich residents met when Kat was hired by Georgas to design her home. After collaborating on a second home, the two decided to go into business together. Recognizing that there are no chic lifestyle boutiques in Greenwich to buy fun, eclectic home design and accessory items, dā•kor was born. The name dā•kor is a play on the phonetic spelling of the word decor, and is true to the definition of creating beautiful spaces, and providing objects of ornamentation.

Having both traveled extensively, the two are always on the lookout for unique items for the store. Inspired by their global travels, dā•kor carries exclusive lines of furniture, as well as lighting, mirrors, rugs, wallpaper, candles, diffusers, fragrances, books and other home accessories from Italy, France, Canada, Belgium and other counties in addition to items made in the USA. They are also involved in supporting the community, and spotlight local artists, that change monthly, as well as hosting fundraisers for charities such as Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich Film Festival and Kids in Crisis to name a few. dā•kor also offers full Interior Design services, including their new home accessorizing venture, Finish, in which they will come to your home and complete your beautiful space. (203) 661-7214 • 115 Mason Street, Greenwich, CT 06830 • Plenty of Parking!

Owners of dā•kor, Kathy Georgas and Kat Rosier

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l2 YDF America’s Cup Executive Summits Welcome to the Next Generation of Corporate Meetings & Events Take your corporate meeting and events to the next level with the ultimate combination of challenge and adventure -America’s Cup Executive Summits, offered by the 12m Yacht Development Foundation [l2mYDF] based at the beautiful and exclusive Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel, Greenwich, Connecticut –and at our other exclusive area yacht clubs and meeting facilities! We can combine five star accommodations and catering with the thrill of 12 meter yachting aboard a match race pair of historic America’s Cup class 12m yachts: Freedom / US30 – Proud winner of the 1980 America’s Cup in Newport, RI.-and Lionheart / K18 British Challenger for the same 1980 America’s Cup in Newport, RI. Show your executives, sales team, top clients and patrons the true meaning of an experiential off shore adventure while matchracing these race proven yachts in the waters of Long Island Sound. Definitely not just another off-site meeting and event and much more thrilling than just another corporate retreat – America’s Cup Executive Summits can deliver an all-inclusive event opportunity with private or group meetings, ultra-luxurious accommodations at the five star Delamar Greenwich Harbor, world-class meals provided by the chefs at dockside L’Escale Restaurant and an afternoon of pure adrenaline rush where your participants can actually match-race aboard America’s Cup 12 meter yachts, Freedom US30 and Lionheart/ K18. These historic yachts are permanently based here in Greenwich harbor at the hotel docks and actively match racing and supervised by actual America’s Cup Veterans. After three to four hours of turning back the clock and turning up the heat offshore aboard your America’s Cup Class yachts – you’ll unwind with your team or clients at the most exclusive waterfront lounge and hotel bar in the Northeast- L’Escale. Need to take the memories up another notch – deliver an even more personalized experience at any level of service- like a gift-duffle bag of branded signature gear, a VIP photo shoot or movie clip from our Zodiac chase boats or from the air – just ask!

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Jumbo Dog Artbooks: You saved it. We Preserve it.

Jumbo Dog artbooks was created to help busy parents organize and showcase their children’s artwork in custom-designed glass and hardcover coffee table books. The company has enjoyed success since its launch almost three years ago, as local area families have been delighted to de-clutter their attics and create commemorative books that they can look at and enjoy. While Jumbo Dog initially focused on creating books that focused on children’s artwork, founders Yaël van Hulst and Jessica Anderson found that people were looking to organize other memories into book form, as well. They are now creating vacation, sport, baby, and other books for special events like graduations and birthdays. Jumbo Dog will work closely with each client to create a book that truly reflects and captures the memories the client wants to preserve. “We have always emphasized that we make custom books. So, we love to work with clients to incorporate their ideas in order to make a truly unique book. For example, we’re finding that more and more people want us to create vacation books with their photos and souvenirs—especially when it’s a once-in-alifetime kind of trip,” relates Yaël. Jumbo Dog uses a state-of-the-art wide-format scanner to scan pieces up to 3 feet by 5 feet. Sculptures, trophies, sports equipment and other 2D or 3D pieces are professionally photographed in their studio to include in the books as well. “What sets us apart is the quality of the books,” says Jessica.

“Once people see our books, they understand what makes them special.” “Nothing makes us happier than seeing a client’s face light up when they see their book for the first time,” said Jessica. “It really means something to them, and we try to make the process fun and easy.” Jumbo Dog offers three types of books: glass cover, Luxe hardcover and standard hardcover. The glass and Luxe hard cover books’ pages are rigid and are printed on silver halide photo paper for rich, high-density natural colors. Both the glass and Luxe books are flush mounted like a traditional high-end wedding album, which allows the books to lay completely flat when opened. The standard hardcover is a beautiful alternative at a lower price point. The process, designed to be easy for busy clients, only requires that they pick out the items they would like to have in their book(s). Next, Jumbo Dog will scan and photograph all the items and custom design the book. Clients will then receive a link to view their book(s) online for approval. Once approved, books take about two weeks to produce and are then delivered or shipped to clients with their original artwork. jumbodogartbooks.com Contact: http://www.jumbodogartbooks.com/contact-us/

New Painting Exhibitions by Serge Strosberg and Jo Hay: Tales of the High Line & Rabbitude at the Lionheart Gallery Tori Rysz for The Lionheart Gallery


ound Ridge, New York—The Lionheart Gallery features two painting exhibitions to mark the early days of spring. Tales of the High Line showcases sensuous works by Serge Strosberg that observe the mysteries and characters of Lower West Side Manhattan and its iconic High Line park. Rabbitude, a collection of new lupine portraits by Jo Hay, captures the surprising quirks and personalities of rabbits through inventive brushwork and color. Visitors can see these two expressive shows at the Lionheart Gallery from March 20, 2016, through May 1, 2016. Serge Strosberg’s Tales of the High Line Described as the Expressionist of Fashion, Serge Strosberg is an observer of downtown New York and its stories, a lover of rich color and intriguing personalities. Belgian by birth, he received his art education in Paris. After exhibitions in Europe and the United States, Strosberg moved to New York in 2008 and has lived and worked there ever since. Strosberg inhabits a space above the retail windows of SoHo, and his paintings exude the vibrant flavors of this neighborhood. In Tales of the High Line, he juxtaposes the inner lives of fashionable subjects with the natural world of downtown Manhattan’s elevated 1.45-mile-long park and its ever-changing colors, textures, and seasons. Through lush, opulent oil paintings and watercolors, the artist depicts scenes of Lower West Side architecture as well as more intimate interior portraits. Using the centuries-old technique of painting with oil and egg tempera, Strosberg achieves sensual flesh tones and intense hues, which

he considers essential for creating emotional charge. The artist is adept at allowing his models’ personalities to shine through their skin, and he uses the same treatment on the city skyline. “The High Line is a surrealist place where you have plants, glass, reflections, and silence from traffic in a city where it is hard to find oxygen,” he muses. “To me, it is a breath of oxygen and almost a fantasy area.”

Jo Hay’s Rabbitude British figurative painter Jo Hay studied and worked in Manhattan for years before making her current home in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She is widely known for large-scale paintings that explore sexuality, gender, and identity. Rabbitude marks a departure from these portraits; it showcases new works in a series that Hay has continued to explore since her graduate school days. She calls the rabbits an exercise in finding new ways to construct figures without concern for likeness or gender. They help her to deal purely with form, space, and anatomy, and she closely considers each animal’s personality differences to make every painting uniqaue. The portraits in Rabbitude pulse with life. Hay’s dynamic painting style incorporates a range of marks made with different sized brushes and tools, which lends a charged air of activity to her canvases. In her own words, “Presenting a full range of calligraphic difference in painting is like playing with a full orchestra. Imagine hearing a symphony played on a single violin!” The same can be said of her color choices. The artist only uses primary colors and white, maintaining firm control over relationships between hues. The result is an often unexpected meld of shades, a mix of harmony and disharmony, decorous and vulgar, tame and unpredictable.

Tales of the High Line and Rabbitude will open with a reception at the Lionheart Gallery on March 20, 2016, from 3 PM to 6 PM. Visitors are invited to attend a talk by both artists at 5 PM. The exhibition runs through May 1, 2016. The Lionheart Gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 11 AM to 5 PM, and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 PM. For more information and directions to the gallery at 27 Westchester Avenue in Pound Ridge, New York, visit www.thelionheartgallery.com or call 914.764.8689.

PRIMETIME By: Ken Finnen

GG TIPS FOR ISTRIDING WITH PRIDE think I hear an Echo in my house, while technically not an Amazon prime only offering; I would be remiss if I didn’t at least discuss the Amazon Echo. I am in awe of how lazy new technologies can allow me to be. The Echo is a smart speaker that can help you do things around the house while not moving anything other than a head tilt. I have it read the news to me every morning and when a student calls to set up an appointment. I just shout out for “Alexa” (the echo’s nom de guerre) to schedule it for me and if there is a conflict on my calendar she will scold me and let me know I am not free. I also love the 7-minute workout feature where she will walk me through my workout. If I actually did more than just sit on the couch and listen to her I am sure it would be amazing. Alexa can also control the household functions through 3rd party app’s connections to NEST. She hasn’t learned how to control my TV or make a phone call yet but she can walk me through mixing a new drink I want to try. I guess it’s a little like Siri but you don’t need an IPhone to talk to her.

As you will find out over the next few issues I am absolutely over the top addicted to binge-watching Amazon prime shows. If I have even 30secs of downtime I am firing up the app, if you ever hear of me getting hit by the bus (I swear they are silent killers) you can be sure that it’s because I was watching a pivotal scene in the latest comedy. My new favorite comedy is “Schitt$ Creek” and I swear I didn’t want to like it even as I was devouring the show 22 minutes at a time.

The show pairs up Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara again (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) as an extremely wealthy couple that lose everything in an FBI raid and the whole family has to move to a town, called Shitts Creek, they bought as a joke for their adult son. The town’s name is surprisingly nicer than the actual town and its quirky residents. Every time an episode ended I swore I would never do that again (kind of like Sunday mornings) and then I would jump right back into Schitts Creek without a paddle. After a few episodes, I was hooked and started to look forward to the next episode. I love Chris Elliot as the dumb but surprisingly smart Mayor and his relationship with Eugene Levy’s character. I think Schitt$ Creek is worth a swim and season 2 will be upon is soon. On March 11th season 2 of one of my favorite Amazon originals “Bosch” comes back to my Ipad. It stars Titus Welliver who really looks familiar to me but I just can’t figure out what other shows he was in. Yes, I can Google him but where is the fun in that? He stars as a Homicide detective in L.A. fighting a wrongful death suit while trying to piece together a brutal murder. The series is based on Michael Connolly’s books and the writing is out of this world. Back in the old days when I used to read, his books were near the top of my list so Mar 11th can’t come soon enough.

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15 Places to Eat Healthy in CT Juice Bars, Restaurants, Organic Markets & Food Trucks By: April Guilbault


e are a few short months into the New Year... have you been keeping up with your resolutions? You know, the ones where you pledge over your best friend’s Skinny Latte to eat better, exercise, and “get healthy” in the next 365 days? Well, resolutions or not, eating healthier is a smart thitng to do, however you slice that wholegrain loaf. We’d like to give you some leafy and organic ways to help you on your quest; you can figure out the exercising and other healthy stuff over that next latte!

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Embody Locations in Westport, Darien and coming this Spring to New Canaan Just like it can help to have a fitness partner, EMBODY Fitness Gourmet is a health companion. Their protein rich food work to fuel you all day long-juices like the EMBODY Deep Green juice, the EMBODY Twisted Green protein blend, their detox menus, salad bowls, breakfast bowls. Eat there, take out or order snacks online!



The Granola Bar 275 Post Road E., Westport Enjoy their new juice creations and seasonal faves including Roasted Cauliflower Chowder (vegan), Butternut Squash Lasagna (dairy-free and pasta-free) and nutty, grain-y, Harvest bowls. Grab a spoon and hit their Avocado Chocolate Mousse or a Chia (chi-chi-cha-chia)Pudding and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget that they cater!


Freshii 1 Main Street, Westport + 1499 Post Road, Fairfield With a customizable menu of soups, salads, wraps, and smoothies served in an eco-friendly environment for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Freshii caters to every dietary preference in a flavorful way. They also have juice cleanses, which include four juices rich in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants paired with their fan-favorite Metaboost salad (yes, you actually get to eat!).


Green and Tonic Locations in Cos Cob, Darien, Greenwich and New Canaan Green & Tonic’s custom meal plans and cleanses help you to re-set your eating habits. Their detox meal plans feature juices, warm soups, and salads that will help you stock up on plant-based nutrients without feeling deprived. In addition to offering nutrition counseling, they will work hand-in-hand with you to educate you on foods, metabolism, and forming healthy habits that grow into a stronger, happier and a more energized you.


Nature’s Temptations 32 Prospect Street, Ridgefield Nature’s Temptations is a Natural Food Market, Juice Bar, Café & Deli that promotes health and wellness in their local community. They have both an Naturopath Physician and a Holistic Health Counselor on staff. These folks are there to help you choose a personalized approach for your optimal health. You’ll find plenty of products for special diets, along with organic juices and juice cleanses.



The Well Natural Market 33 Danbury Road, Wilton The Wells’ philosophy is to keep it simple, fresh and organic with their juices and foods. Their cleanses will invigorate your system by eliminating toxins and replace them with concentrated minerals and vitamins. Enjoying foods from The Well is an opportunity to establish a more mindful outlook- in body and spirit!

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All Souped Up Various pickup locations, refer to website All Souped Up creates soups of the seasons, giving you the best of what Mother Nature is serving up in her kitchen at any given time. Currently, Squash & Apple and “Cream” of Broccoli are gracing the table. Be sure to check the website and sign up for emails or “soupscriptions” so that you won’t miss an ever-lovin’ spoonful.

Claire’s Corner Copia 1000 Chapel Street, New Haven Serving foods with ingredients that you can pronounce since 1975, Claire’s offers healthy eats and supports a variety of environmental initiatives that work to make the world a better place and their community healthier. Breakfasts, soups, salads, mexican entrees, as well as vegan and dairy-free desserts, Claire’s caters to a variety dietary needs and preferences. Claire’s Corner Copia caters, too (say that five times fast).




B Natural Cafe Orange Street and Chapel Street, New Haven “Because there is no substitute for natural freshness”. As a cafe and eatery, they have a Breakfast Bar, Espresso Bar, Tea Bar, Lunch Bar, Salads Bar, Smoothies Bar, and a Juice Bar (seems they are setting the bar quite high...snicker). Organic, whole grains, homemade hummus, salads galore, and straight-up juices without any added sugars round out their menu. G-Zen Restaurant 2 East Main Street, Branford “Powered by Plants” brunch, lunch and an extensive dinner menu made with organic, sustainable and ethical ingredients confirms G-Zen’s commitment to healthy eating. Try earthy elixirs & tonics, desserts (minus dairy, processed sugars &eggs) and organic wines and beers. You can also go online and go big with their detox and raw programs.

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Heirloom Food Company 630 North Main Street, Danielson Working with local farms and vendors, Heirloom delivers high-quality, organic, food and there are no GMOs, preservatives, hydrogenated oils or artificial ingredients either! Every dish can be ordered as vegan or gluten-free and they even have vegan and gluten-free desserts to (healthily) satisfy your sweet tooth. The Lime 168 Main Avenue, Norwalk Offering vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunches, dinners and desserts since 1979, head here for good and good-for-you meals. Their veggie burgers have been voted tops in the state and their Zucchini Loaf, with zucchini, carrots, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, cheese and tahini is a perennial favorite. Added bonus, they serve wine and organic beer.

It’s Only Natural Restaurant and Market 606 Main Street, Middletown (restaurant) + 575 Main Street, Middletown (market) At one address, head to the restaurant for vegan and vegetarian lunches and dinners. They also make custom vegan cakes and have their own vegan cookbook, so you can create goodness in your own kitchen. For those ingredients, head to the ION Market a few steps away. They mix up organic juices, smoothies, panini, salads, soups and all the produce is, of course, organic. gluten-free desserts to (healthily) satisfy your sweet tooth.


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New Morning Market 129 Main Street N, Woodbury Grocery items, a 100% Non-GMO produce department, cafe, “Vitality Center”, special events, even a FarmShare Program...this is not your average market that hopes “all people will nurture themselves, their families and their communities in a healthy and sustainable way that contributes to the wellness of all who share the Earth.” Be sure to check out their website that provides healthy recipes and articles. The Stand Locations in Fairfield, Norwalk, Westport Life, fueled by plants. Many items on their menu feature produce grown at their own Connecticut “Hideaway Farm”, talk about local. The Stand also offers 1-10 days cleanses and you can sign up online and wah-la! start cleansing! Head to their locations for healthy vegan snacks, sammies, leafies (aka salads), smoothies, juices. they serve wine and organic beer.

Healthy Cocktails


lcohol is a poison. Well, that escalated quickly. But, let’s face it, it’s delicious, we like drinking it, and as long as we are responsible, in its consumption, there’s nothing wrong with a little fun. But, in this new era of gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, fair trade, free-range, everything, trends are making their way into the alcoholic beverage world, as well. And, as the makers of all things cocktail, we need to embrace the fresh and healthy, as well as the indulgent. I take the same approach to cocktail design that I take to cooking a meal. Always source, and use, the best ingredients you can. Remember, “garbage in, garbage out.” While pasteurized, from-concentrate, juices are easy to obtain, squeezing, or juicing fresh, is always preferable. But the effort doesn’t stop there. Freshly picked strawberries, grown locally, should be chosen over store-bought. Citrus can be easily found in the supermarket, but a local market, or small distributor, will always have fresher, more vibrant products. A good rule of thumb is to think small, and work your way larger. Using fruits and foods in season, will always lend a better product, than not. Seasonal cocktail menus (as well as food menus,) at restaurants and bars, change seasonally for this reason. A strawberry margarita looks out of place on January’s drink list, but lands right at home in July.


Being health-conscious doesn’t end with mixers, however. The alcohol, itself, must be of the highest quality, and this doesn’t inherently mean spending more money. Plenty of companies have hopped on the bandwagon of using sustainable grains or fruit in their distillate, and many others refrain from adding artificial colors or flavorings to their products. Natural or raw sugar, in liqueurs, is always preferable to corn syrup or refined sugars, Buying your booze local, from small, independent, distill-

eries, not only benefits the local economy, but these producers tend to use local ingredients, of high quality, themselves. I would caution against purchasing any product solely because it is made locally, if the quality of the product is not up to snuff. The highest bar should always be of quality first, and locale second. Keep in mind, many “locally-made” products are simply sourced from large corporate manufacturers, and bottled locally. Don’t be fooled, but remember that all things being equal, err on the side of local.

All of that being said, drink responsibly. Setting aside the fact that ethanol is, literally, empty calories, over-indulgence places unnecessary strain, and duress, on your body. It can also lead to emotional stress, as the ramifications complicate your life. Remember, that we live to enjoy, not to destroy, and that starts with your own personal choices, and ends with a better, more emotionally mature, society. Here are two fresh fruit cocktails, designed to invigorate your mind, body, and soul.

The Rathbone: • 2oz Cucumber-Basil Juice • 2oz Uncle Val’s Gin • .75oz Sencha Green Tea Syrup • .75oz Lime Juice • Shake with ice, and double strain into a coupe. (To make the cucumber-basil juice, use an electric juicer, and juice one handful of fresh basil for every one, unpeeled, English cucumber. Mix the resulting juice with an equal part of filtered water) (To make the syrup, simply brew an extra strong batch of Sencha green tea – steep for about 15 minutes – and add an equal part of white superfine sugar)

Watermelon Margarita • 1.5oz Blanco 100% Agave Tequila (Espolon works well) • 1.5oz Fresh Watermelon juice • .75oz Lime Juice • .5oz Luxardo Triplum Triple Sec • A dash of light agave syrup • Shake with ice, and dump all contents into achilled glass. • Garnish with a slice of melon.


How to Make Your Fave Dishes Healthy (without Sacrificing Taste) The Granola Bar’s Neil Rohricht


he foundation of eating ‘right’ is preparing food that will not only satisfy the parameters of a healthy diet but will also leave one feeling satisfied. A healthy diet is only as effective as the impetus to remain on said diet and the more satisfying the meal, the more likely one would be to continue the trend. So, how do we make satisfying food more ‘healthy’? The simple answer is building flavors. When you take away the reliance on sugars and fats to add richness and depth of flavor to a dish, it is important to pull flavors from more non-traditional roots. Below are some examples. 1. Nut Creams and Cheeses - One of the usual suspects in the line up of ‘unhealthy’ foods is dairy. i.e. cheese, cream, etc… Soaked nuts make a wonderful and flavorful alternative to traditionally dairy heavy dishes. You can soak any nut in plain water for 3 or more hours and it will soften up to a point that it can be pureed into a creamy liquid or smooth paste. Each variety of nut will, obviously carry its own flavor profile so you can play around with them to suit your taste. At The Granola Bar, we add nutritional yeast and spices to soaked cashew to make the ‘Ricotta’ for our vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna. 2. Dairy Alternatives for Soups - Another item that has been often stricken from the list of acceptable heathy meals is a hearty creamy soup/ chowder. The combination of pureed soaked nuts and dairy alternatives such as coconut or almond milk make for a super flavorful and satisfying ‘creamy’ bisque or chowder that feels like a meal, without the added guilt. Try the vegan Cauliflower Chowder at TGB! 3. Fats and Sugars - The other most obvious of culprits are fats and sugars. It would be miser-


able to just abstain altogether so we like to use alternatives to the standards to produce delicious ‘healthier’ alternatives. At TGB we make a Chocolate Mousse using pureed avocado as the base and Agave syrup as the sweetener. The result is a smooth chocolatey dessert that is not only full of Omega 3 and Oleic fatty acids, but also low in sugar, raw, and Vegan. We top it with flavorful cashew creams to really take it to the next level. 4. Gluten alternatives - Another major player in the ‘unhealthy’ game is gluten and, more specifically, pasta. Using vegetables in place of pasta in dishes provides a wonderful alternative that also serves to build the depth of flavor so crucial in creating satisfying meals. We at TGB use thin sheets of Butternut Squash in place of Lasagna noodles for our signature vegan lasagna. You could also use zucchini or any other firm vegetable as noodles in a traditional pasta dish. Top it off with a beautiful nut cream Alfredo and you might not want to venture back to the Dark Side. 5. Non-Processed foods - Lastly, one of the most important factors in creating balance in your diet is to venture away from processed foods as much as possible. The farther a product strays away from its natural form, the more work your body has to put into managing the digestion of those foods. This inherently takes away from the energy put into breaking down foods into their peak nutritional output. Avoiding refined sugars, preservatives, nitrates/nitrites, etc, will do wonders for your overall wellness. At TGB we do our best to produce everything in-house so we can be assured that what we send out is of top quality. Know where your food comes from. Ask questions. Empower yourself.

foods to calm you down & pick you up If reading one more inspirational quote on your insta feed makes you want to throw your phone in the water, and going to the “420” store isn’t in your immediate future, don’t fret, we have 2 recipes that, much like Alice in Wonderland one will help calm you down, and one will help pick you up.

Chillax It Out Smoothie Every ingredient in this smoothie will help you destress and calm down. Best part? This delicious drink is a breeze to throw together and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or a mid-day snack, and the cacao gives you just the right amount of sweet to satisfy your chocolate craving. Walnuts- High in omega 3 fatty acids which helps keep stress hormones, and adrenaline in check. Berries-Loaded with vitamin C, berries lower blood pressure and lower levels of cortisol.


Bananas-These powerhouses help in the production of serotonin and melatonin, two hormones that regulate mood and sleeping patterns, and promote muscle relaxation and stress relief. Cacao Nibs/Dark Chocolate- Both contain magnesium, a mineral known to calm the nervous system. 1/2 c. walnuts 2 bananas 1 1/2 c. mixed berries 1/2 c. cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips 2 c. milk, coconut milk, etc… Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Energy Bowl At the end of a long day, you may be inclined to reach for a ginormous coffee, a handful of jelly bellies, or a glass (or three) of wine. While these things may make you feel good in the moment, they do nothing to boost your energy. Make this super simple, incredibly delish dinner that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be eating in less than 20 minutes using some key shortcut ingredients. Make extra and enjoy it for lunch the next day after your tire flipping class. Edamame- high in protein, iron and calcium. Brown rice- loaded with manganese, a mineral that helps produce energy. Salmon- rich in omega 3 fatty acids, B12 and Vitamin D, salmon is considered a super energy boosting food. 2 C. frozen shelled edamame 1 1/2 C. frozen cooked brown rice (Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


sells boxes of this stuff!) 1 lb. salmon filet, skin removed (ask the fish monger to remove it for you 1-2 Tbs. gochujang (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spicy, so add accordingly) 1 tbs. toasted sesame oil 1 Tbs. soy sauce 1 cube Dorot frozen garlic 1 cube Dorot frozen ginger Preheat oven to 400. Line a Pirex brownie pan with aluminum foil. Combine Gochujang, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic and ginger in a bowl using a fork. Add frozen edamame and salmon filet to foil lined pan. Pour marinade over salmon and edamame and bake for 10-12 minutes until salmon is cooked through. While salmon cooks, microwave rice for 3 minutes. When salmon is cooked, serve over rice with edamame. Dinner done, energy boosted!

Easy Spring Brunch at Home: Bloody Mary, Bellini Recipe; Eggs Benedict and French Toasties with Maple Apple Bacon Compote Spring time is a great season to share the love, and the love of cooking, by treating friends and family to a relaxed brunch at home. Here’s our ultimate brunch menu that you can make (mostly) ahead of time so you can enjoy a relaxing morning with all of your fave’s.

Puckered Up Bloody Mary’s’

Strawberry Pomegranate Bellini’s

The combo of pickle juice and spicy Gochujang will have everyone begging for the recipe.

2 C. quartered strawberries 1/4 C. sugar 2 Tbs. peach jam 1/4 C. water 1/2 C. fresh pomegranate seeds 1 bottle Proscecco

4 C. chilled tomato juice 8-10 oz. vodka (c. 1 cup, hey, we won’t judge) 1/4 C. fresh lemon juice 1/4 C. spicy pickle juice (we like McClure’s) 1 1/2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp. Lawry’s season salt 1 tsp. Gochujang (available in most Asian grocery stores) *garnish- blue cheese stuffed olives and pickled green beans (both available at most grocery stores) Combine all ingredients into a pitcher and let sit for at least an hour, preferably overnight before serving. Serve with blue cheese stuffed olives and pickled green beans.


Combine strawberries, sugar, jam and water into a small pot, cook over medium low heat for 8-10 minutes or until berries have cooked down into a thick puree. This can be done 3-4 days in advance and kept in an air tight container in the refrigerator. To serve, add a spoonful of strawberry puree to the bottom of a champagne glass, drop a few pomegranate seeds into the glass, and fill with Proscecco.

Eggs Benedict Casserole Lets face it, we all love eggs Benedict, but who wants to make it for a crowd? Here’s a bea-uuu-tiful solution. For The Casserole 8 whole English muffins (SoNo Bakery makes the best one’s in our book!) 1 lb. cubed pancetta or thick cut bacon 10 large eggs 1 C. whole milk 1/2 C. finely diced chives Kosher salt and pepper 2 avocados, cut into thin slices Generously butter a 9X13” baking dish. Cut the english muffins in half, cube and add them to the bottom of the dish. Cook the cubed pancetta or bacon in a medium sized pot over medium high heat. Drain and add half to the baking dish. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and chives, and a large pinch of both salt and black pepper. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread and top with the remainder of the cooked bacon/pancetta. Make sure the bread is submerged in the egg mixture. Cover with tinfoil and refrigerate overnight.


Preheat oven to 350 F, and remove casserole from the refrigerator about an hour before serving. Bake the casserole at 350 for 50-55 minutes or until the egg custard has set. Remove from the oven and keep covered until ready to serve. Top with sliced avocado and hollandaise sauce before serving. For The Hollandaise 6 egg yolks 1 1/2 Tbs. lemon juice 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 C.) melted unsalted butter Kosher salt While the casserole is baking, simmer 2” of water in a double boiler (if you don’t have one, use a small saucepan that a glass or stainless steel bowl will fit over). Add egg yolks and lemon juice to a bowl and whisk vigorously until it begins to thicken. Place the bowl over the double boiler and continue whisking constantly, paying attention that the bowl does not get too hot. You can remove the bowl from the double boiler as needed. Drizzle in the melted butter, a little bit at a time, while whisking continuously. Once butter has been added season to taste with salt and pepper, and pour over casserole before serving.

French Toasties with Maple Apple and Brown Sugar & Pepper Rubbed Bacon Compote This recipe takes a couple steps, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t freak, they can be done days in advance! For The Bacon 1 lb. thick cut sliced bacon 1/2 C. brown sugar 1 tbs. cracked black pepper Preheat oven to 400. Place slices of bacon on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Combine brown sugar and pepper in a bowl and sprinkle on each slice of bacon. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Remove, cool and crumble. This can be done up to 3 days in advance. Combine with apple compote and store in an airtight container until ready to use. Apple Compote 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and finely diced 1/4 C. maple syrup 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 C. apple cider or water Combine all ingredients in a small pot, and cook over medium low heat for 10-12 minutes or until apples have softened and liquid has mostly evaporated. Can be done up to 3 days in advance. Warm apple bacon compote in a small pan on low heat before using. French Toasties 4 eggs 1/2 C. whole milk 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg 2 Tbs. sugar


4 Tbs. butter 1 baguette, sliced into 2â&#x20AC;? thick rounds 1/2 C. maple syrup, warmed Powdered sugar Combine first 5 ingredients into a shallow bowl. Melt butter in a heavy large pan over medium heat. Dip baguette rounds in egg mixture and cook for 2 minutes per side. Add a spoonful of compote to each toastie, a drizzle of maple syrup and a shake of powdered sugar before serving. *You can make the french toast and hold it on a baking sheet, wrapped in foil in a low oven for 20 minutes, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better eaten fresh! Once butter has been added season to taste with salt and pepper, and pour over casserole before serving.

By: Emma Doody

19 Spots for Decadent Dessert in CT…Sometimes Ya Gotta Splurge


- Arethusa’s Al Tavolo This Litchifeld restaurant began as a dairy farm. Today, they use milk from their 350 cows to make cheese, cream, butter, and other items for the menu. The same holds true for their dessert offerings. They have housemade yogurt, ice cream, cheese and more. 828 Bantam Road Bantam, CT (860) 567-0043 http://arethusaaltavolo.com/


- Avert Brasserie This West Hartford restaurant was also recognized in the “Best Desserts” category by Connecticut Magazine for 2015. Diners can opt to finish their meal with cheese or go for something sweet, like profiteroles. 35 A LaSalle Rd West Hartford, CT (860) 904-624 http://avertbrasserie.com/



- Bar Bouchée “Bouchée” refers to a French bistro with a relaxed setting. The restaurant lives up to its name. The dessert menu contains their versions of traditional French sweets like a pistachio crème brulee and profiteroles. 8 Scotland Avenue Madison, CT (203) 318-8004 barbouchee.com


- Chocopologie Chocopologie Café and Bistro is the destination for artisan chocolate- and the perfect place to share some sexy desserts. From truffles to cakes to chocolate martinis, decadence is on the menu! 133 Washington Street Norwalk, CT (203) 854-4754 http://chocopologie.com/


- Kensington’s Kensington’s in Norwich offers traditional desserts like cake, tarts, and sorbets. However, they also have a treat made for date night: their chocolate sampler. It comes with six pieces of artisanal chocolate made in Connecticut. As an added romantic touch, the restaurant is located within the Norwich Inn, which also houses a luxurious spa. 607 West Thames Street Norwich, CT 06360 (860) 425-3500 http://www.thespaatnorwichinn.com/kensingtons/


- Community Table “I want my diners to feel better when they leave then when they came in,”says Chef Joel Viehland of Community Table in Washington. His playful and tasty desserts certainly help. During one holiday season, he dazzled diners with an eggnog croquemboche. 223 Litchfield Turnpike Washington, CT (860) 868-9354 http://communitytablect.com/


- David Burke Prime Steakhouse David Burke’s signature “Can O’ Cake” is the perfect ending for a delicious dinner for two. The molten cake is baked to order, and comes to the table warm with a gooey center. Guests can add chocolate chips, sprinkles, and other goodies to the already amazing dessert. The dish is meant for sharing… and leftovers can be brought home in the can! Foxwoods Resort Casino 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT 06338 (860) 312-8753 http://www.davidburkeprime.com/



- L’escale At the Delamar Hotel’s Greenwich location, L’escale offers scenic waterside dining. It has enticing desserts, created by Pastry Chef Wendy Young Laurent. Laurent worked in Belgium to learn classic French cuisine and ultimately went onto La Cremaillère, where she helped pioneer the pastry program. 500 Steamboat Road Greenwich, CT (203) 661-4600 http://lescalerestaurant.com/


- Le Petit Cafe Le Petit Café in Branford has received widespread acclaim. USA Today named it one of the Top 30 Restaurants in the US and it was voted Connecticut’s Best Restaurant for Food by Zagat. 225 Montowese Street Branford, CT (203) 483-9791 www.lepetitcafe.net


- Mama’s Boy Mama’s Boy Southern Table and Refuge is the destination for good old-fashioned comfort food. Their layer cakes are legendary, with flavors like classic red velvet, carrot, and coconut available by the slice or full pie. 19 North Water Street South Norwalk, CT 06854 203-956-7171 http://www.mamasboyct.com/


- Mill Street Bar and Table Mill Street Bar and Table, by Chef Geoff Lazlo, opened in Greenwich this past October. Its pastry chef, Caryn Sabinsky, has an impressive resume. Past experience includes time at Oceana, wd-50, Urena, elm, and Monkey Bar. She also received a Time Out New York Critic’s Choice Award and was nominated for Food & Wine People’s Choice Award. It’s no surprise that the desserts are extraordinary. 230 Mill Street Greenwich, CT 203 813-3323 http://millstreetct.com/


- On20 On20 in Hartford has been recognized as a destination for fine dining since its opening in 1983. The New York Times praised it for its “cutting-edge food” and it’s been praised for its scenic views of the Connecticut River. With dishes like “Black Forrest,” which consists of chocolate mousse, luxardo cherry macaron, lychee, and toasted meringue, its desserts are exceptional as well. 400 Columbus Boulevard (“One State Street”) Hartford, CT (860) 722-5161 http://ontwenty.com



- Paci Restaurant Paci Restaurant is the perfect backdrop for romance. The 150-year-old building once functioned as a train station, but has since been transformed into an open, elegant space that won a James Beard Award. Paci’s modern Italian menu boasts an array of tasty desserts and dessert wines to complement them. 96 Station Street Southport, CT (475) 999-4950 http://www.pacirestaurant.com/home


- The Schoolhouse at Cannondale Connecticut Magazine recognized Tim LeBant’s Wilton restaurant in the “Most Romantic” category and “Best Desserts” category this year. Its chocolate soufflé is a decadent dish for two. 34 Cannon Road Wilton, CT (203) 834-9816 http://www.schoolhouseatcannondale.com/


- The Cottage Celebrated Chef Brian Lewis opened The Cottage in December. The farm-to-table restaurant, located in Westport, boasts a changing selection of desserts. Dishes have included an Apple & Quince Tarte Tatin and a Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae with huckleberries and toasted almonds. 256 Post Road East Westport, CT (203) 557-3701 http://www.thecottagewestport.com/


- South End Uncorked South End’s second location, Uncorked, offers its own rendition of an Ice Box cake. A graham cracker crust is filled with chocolate pudding and topped with vanilla gelato and chocolate sauce. 15 Elm Street New Canaan, CT (203) 920-1212 http://seuncorked.com/


- Union Café Parision-inspired Union Café has diverse dessert offerings. The menu consists of 5 sections: Cheese Plates, The Classics, The Chocolate Side, Fruits in Season, and On The Light Side. 1032 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 203-562-4299 http://unionleaguecafe.com/


- Vespa This summer, Vespa debuted a new culinary team: Executive Chef David White and Pastry Chef Susanne Berne. Berne dazzled guests with desserts including a Peanut Butter Crunch Cake, Pistachio Opera Cake, Coconut Panna Cotta, and family-style Zeppoles. 2A Post Road West Westport, CT (203) 557-9057



- Walrus + Carpenter This popular Bridgeport BBQ spot won launched an all pie dessert menu that’s sure to thrill sweetooths. Try their versions of classics like Key Lime Meringue Pie, or try their “Walrus Pie” that comes with bacon-chocolate chip cookie crust, bacon crumble, bacon candy, peanut butter ice cream, and chocolate! 2895 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport, CT (203) 333-2733 http://www.walruscarpenterct.com/

New Spring Arrivals at House of 29!

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1. Jump your way into the weekend with some high waisted, wide leg, teal leather trousers. A great day to night piece and super supple. Now sold at House Of 29. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit: Veda.

2. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you dare pawn me I am the queen. Lyrical and delicate these 14k yellow gold earrings are encrusted with diamonds. These earrings can be worn as a stud or with the ear enhancer for a more elegant finished look. I paired these earrings with my favorite 14k rose gold disc stud earrings encrusted with diamonds. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

3. So plush. Go on and love yourself. This plush shearling jacket emits an air of chic luxury in those transitional months. The deep beautiful hue of emerald green is absolutely stunning and is and unexpected alternative to black. The shearling is medium weight, and extraordinary soft to touch. This beautiful jacket features a hidden front zip closure with a black leather panel. Longs sleeves and collarless. Leather trim at the cuffs. Black leather detail on the elbows. Front zip pockets. Genuine shearling from Turkey with lamb skin trim. A true stunning must have. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit Veda.

4. There is a 50/50 chance that this will become your favorite necklace. This necklace features a sterling silver chain with a half rose gold and sterling silver triangle pendant. So chic and sophisticated. The designer is influenced by the minimalist movement in art as well as architecture, typography and mathematics. Each piece is hand made in NYC with recycled silver and gold, with the addition of conflict free diamonds. The brand name alludes to the atomic numbers of these elements- 47 for silver and 79 for gold. Each piece of jewelry is functional for everyday wearing and art objects, wearable art. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

5. Show me your layers and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll show you mine. Multi chain detail necklace. Pair this necklace with a blouse, like you see here, for a chic, sophisticated look. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@ houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

6. It might be cold out but it is carnival somewhere! Even though it is cold here in NY, my bright and colorful feather pendent necklace and further cuff, make me feel like I am in Brazil. The designer, who was born in southern Brazil, is fueled by his travels, he draws inspiration from the cross roads of cultures that he calls home. This small feather necklace is hand carved in 10k gold with a layer of vibrant multi-color enamel, hanging from a delicate 14k gold chain. Wear alone or layer with your favorite necklaces for a more dramatic look. The 10k white gold long feather cuff feature a layer of black and white enamel for just the right amount of playful edge. Wear alone or stacked with your favorite bracelets for a bolder look. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

7.I am feeling playful! With their bright, vibrant and earthy style, these feather earrings also convey a playful, edgy and rock-and-roll vibe. The 10K gold feathers are hand-carved and coated with a primary color infused layer of enamel. They attach to 14K gold posts to create a pair of fun, modern and totally on-trend earrings. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

9. Let me say something to you, these are the best hoops ever!!! Do you hear me, EVER!!! Rose cut pave set blue sapphire hoop earrings in oxidized Gilver. Combining timeless materials with a modern, yet simple design. These hoops exude sophistication and richness. And who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love diamonds, but when diamonds are paired with a Tahitian Keshi equator pearl, it makes a stunning, striking pair. This ring is 18k yellow gold with a Tahitian Keshi equator pearl and champagne diamonds surrounding the perimeter of the pearl. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

10. This is how I wrap up my day. This necklace is 18k yellow hand woven with turquoise with a moon charm to symbolize wisdoms. So double knot and make a wish. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

11. New Spring arrivals are in at House Of 29. Contemporary Fashion Brand out of Los Angeles. Hand Painted Stripes. Super Soft Fabrics. Made in America and Inspired by the Sun. This is the new t-shirt dress. No two pieces are exactly alike. GEORGE LOVES is MADE IN AMERICA. To love means to give back to the people you love. And nothing makes you feel better about wearing these luxurious basics than knowing they’re made under premium conditions in the USA. THE STRIPES are the designers signature stripes that appear on almost every GEORGE LOVES piece, they are INSPIRED BY THE SUN and individually hand drawn. Just as no two souls are exactly the same, each soulful stripe is beautiful and slightly different from the next. THE PEOPLE “It’s a dream come true. We had this idea of taking basics to a new level, creating something more inspired and unique than anything we had ever seen or touched” George Moringer, Creative Director. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit GeorgeLoves.

12. Yeah I am just sitting here chilling, you know where I am if you need me. Based in Miami Luis Morais fine jewelry collection juxtaposes a playful light hearted spirit with itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s darker, wilder side. Born in southern Brazil, and fueled by his travel, he draws inspiration from the crossroad of cultures that he calls home. This 10k yellow gold feather necklace features multi color sapphires on the center vain of the feather. And also features a large single sapphire at the beginning point of the feather. An elevated take on your favorite everyday necklace. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

13. With this quiet, delicate feminine design, this Michelle Fantaci necklace exudes a talismanic and modern elegance. Hanging from the center of the 14K yellow gold chain is a tiny, crown-like pendant with a polished surface. Wear alone or as part of a layered look with Michelle Fantaciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other necklaces, it adds a regal-inspired style to any collection. With and understated sculptural sensuality, Michelle Fantaci has designed a quality elegant necklace with a modern strength. The fan pendant of 14K yellow gold is set with vertically situated gems including tourmalines, iolite and amethyst. The gracefully curved pendant hangs suspended from a 14K yellow gold chain to create a necklace with delicate, demure style. Alone or layered with another one of her talismanic necklace, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the perfect piece for everyday. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

14. Be brave and create opportunities. Each bracelet features the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;BRAVEâ&#x20AC;? is the Cambodian language and is is carved and woven by hand in Cambodia using traditional metalwork techniques with brass, silver and gold vermeil materials. The designer, Jessica Hendrix, created this line to help empower women. Jessica was inspired to create a collection to celebrate this unique community, and connect courageous women across the globe. With each purchase of a BRAVE piece, 10% is donated to fight human trafficing To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

15. So it was so hot in the room that I was like fan me baby, fan me. Hand crafted in NYC Michelle Fantaci pieces show case her sophisticated and effortless design aesthetic. From he Sensu collection these 14K yellow gold earrings features beautiful baguette white diamonds and is the perfect new take on the everyday stud. Wear them with a black dress and they will make you sparkle this holiday season. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

16. Spring into spring with this super chic outfit. This super chic blouse is a washed satin back crepe featuring hidden placket. Pair it with the matching pants and your ready to take on the day. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo Credit Veda.

17. Create your own Bespoke Loquet. Loquet is now sold at House Of 29. Loquet is a new British luxury jewelry concept. The gold framed crystal ‘Loquet’ is designed to be opened and be personalized with collectible charms and birthstones. Each Loquet is a unique and bespoke gift. It is a love letter coded in charms. These Loquets are a contemporary approach to the age old idea of a keepsake locket. “Every ‘Loquet’ tells a story. Each charm represents an emotion, a special memory-what’s in your world? Whats in your heart?” Says one of the designers Sheherazade Goldsmith. Come in to House Of 29 and create what is in your heart. Each Loquet and chain is either 18K rose or yellow gold. inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

18. This shimmering ring makes a stunning, sculptural and modern alternative to a traditional wedding or engagement ring set. The 14k yellow gold, square edged band rises into a graceful curve in its center and is set with an arch of diamond baguettes. Pair with your other with other rings for a contemporary, statement making wedding set or add it to your other stacking rings or where alone for a subtle, statement making look. This is your own world, make it come to life. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

19. Oh baby itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not you its me. Some layers I like to keep on. These necklaces are the ultimate layering necklaces. Perfect for your everyday style, the everyday working women and even for the bride to be who wants to take a walk on the edgier side. The first necklace is emerald slices and pyrite slices woven on nylon. Then we have your multi colored sapphire necklace. Layer them together or wear alone. Perfect for spring. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

20. What are we going to wear? Amazing jewelry from House Of 29. On a cold day I like to layer my necklaces because they make me feel all warm and fuzzy. These necklaces feature natural, untreated diamonds set in 14k yellow gold or 14k oxidized gold. These necklaces are great for everyday. Start with one and you can collect others and start layering them all together to create a look of your own! I paired these necklaces with this Khaki Colored boyfriend style tee. No more boring basics! Come in to @houseof29 and get everything you need in one place. This t-shirt will become your everyday favorite go to piece in your closet. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29

21. How about, me, you, and some of these amazing rings get together later on and make the perfect ring stack. Each one of these rings is set in Gilver ( a mixture of 24k gold and sliver mixed together). Each one features a different stone. On my pinky finger I have blue sapphires and teal diamond. On my ring finger I have, from bottom to top, Gilver with 24k yellow gold stations, cognac diamonds, rubies and black diamonds. These rings you can wear alone or stacked with your other favorites. Each one adds a jewel toned splash of color. Add these to your wish list, or what we call, your love list, #lovelist29. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@houseof29.com. Photo credit House Of 29.

8. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to propose this to you! We have this ring featuring a grey Tahitian equator pearl set in yellow gold featuring white diamonds. Make this the engagement ring that you use to propose to your future wife. The new take on the engagement ring. Alternative engagement rings are a great way to show your unique personality and individuality. To inquire please call us at 914.861.2928 or email us at Concierge@ houseof29.com. Photo credit Bazaar Magazine.

Jump your way into the weekend with some high waisted, wide leg, teal leather trousers. A great day to night piece and super supple. Pair it with an Hermes Kelly, Christian Louboutin flats and a casual bomber for an incredibly CHIC look. These pants are everything! Now sold at House Of 29. To inquire email us at concierge @houseof29.com or call us at 914.861.2928. Be sure to follow us on all social media platforms @houseof29

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Two beautiful Private Party Rooms for all kinds of events The 1,600SF private party room holds up to 100 guests with a dance floor. The room is meticulously decorated with re-claimed wood beams, picture frame moldings, multi layered boxed wood paneling, coffered ceilings, brass and crystal chandeliers, custom Venetian plastered walls. The room also features a bar, private bathrooms and its own entrance. The small party room holds up to 38 guests and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s totally private with closing windows and doors. The room is beautifully decorated in a rustic chic manner with 3 different types of reclaimed wood, chandelier, exposed welds on chaire and brass wall sconces.


Spring Fever By: Jen South


new season is upon us, and there’s no denying the joy it invokes after a long, cold (and sometimes dreary) winter. Spring is around the corner, and with it? A sunnier outlook on fashion. Accessories were front and center during the Spring collections, showing us two dimensional bags and understated embellishments. A twist on the classics with the same comfort as our beloved go-to looks. Oversized sunglasses are a must, while pops of color continue to add depth to our spring ensemble, whether it’s a purse or pumps.

With warmer weather on the horizon, a sense of renewal will spark some beautiful and welcomed changes to our wardrobe. So go ahead, show off your new glamorous additions, and indulge your spring fever.

Photo: Milly

If you’re trying to re-vamp your spring wardrobe, get your closets ready by adding elements that will brighten your style. Scarves and belts are key to this, and can ultimately give new life to any look (while adding a fresh update)! Stay true to what fits for you and build on it. Sometimes it’s all about working with what you have.. and adding a sharp little accessory or two to the mix.

Right: Amber Clark, Barefoot Blonde

Photo: Camilla Akrans

The Boca Raton

Resort & Club

where old-world elegance meets modern luxury By: Chuck Taylor


e’re back at the Boca Raton Resort & Club to see what’s new and celebrate their 90th birthday. Since the last time we visited the property its undergone some substantial changes. This includes a dramatic 120M makeover to the 212-room The Boca Beach Club and a 30M renovation to the Cloister lobby and guest rooms. The resort operates like a small utopian city unto itself and has it’s own mayor. One of the most interesting things we learned this time around is that the resort is actually a private club. Only members and guests have access to this Garden of Eden that’s situated on Lake Boca and the Boca inlet. The private club status has created a certain mystique amongst the Boca locals. They call it, “The Pink Palace” and often wonder what’s it like just beyond the grand pink walls and stately Royal Palms that guard the main entrance.

But in order to be an insider you’ll have to pony up 30K for a membership or arrange for a luxurious guest stay at the resort. It’s all about the guest card you’ll receive upon checkin. It gives you the same access and privileges as a private club membership. It’s your hall pass to a luxury lifestyle that’s overthe-top. Get ready to be wined and dined and relax poolside at the beach. Come and experience what it’s like to spend a couple of days at the Boca Raton Resort & Club with us. It’s a par excellence stay where the Great Gatsby experience of yesterday blends seamlessly with the modern luxury lifestyle of today.

Review by Chuck Taylor -

Cloister Renovated Lobby You can’t talk about the Boca Raton Resort & Club without mentioning its benefactor Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner. He was an eccentric visionary who built the Spanish-Mediterranean style resort in 1926 and often walked the grounds with his pet monkey Johnnie Brown. You can pay tribute to him and his best friend at The Monkey Bar by ordering Brian Fleury’s Southern Hospitality cocktail. It’s made with Bourbon, muddled blackberry and mint, topped with fresh lemon juice. Once you’ve had a chance to enjoy some Southern hospitality you’ll notice that the Cloister lobby has undergone some significant changes. The dark timber framed ceiling has been renovated with intricate contemporary white crown molding treatments that dramatically brighten the space. The Rothko inspired carpeting that used to cover the classic Mediterranean terra-cotta tile floor has been replaced by a matching slate and marble inlay that balances the space perfectly. The enormous central hall now exudes sophistication and elegance. It’s chic without being pretentious. Waldorf Astoria got it right this time around. They have seamlessly updated the resort’s old world charm with elegant modern day treatments the sophisticated traveler desires.

Cloister Room Renovations This iconic Cloister building has 376 guest rooms and suites and is centrally located at the heart of the property. When you stay here you’ll only be a few steps away from the Waldorf Astoria Spa, two championship golf courses and a tennis facility that’s home to the Jimmy Connors Tennis Academy. All of the rooms and suites have been renovated by Richmond International Designers from London at a cost of $100,000 per room. The project dictated that each room be gutted and remodeled. This included new sheetrock, crown moldings, carpeting, lighting, bedroom furniture and a 50” flat screen TV. The bedroom interiors use a warm color palette that is accented with tropical floral prints. The modular glass paneled closet has two built-in chest-of drawers, hanging bar and upper and lower shelves. There is also an adjoining mini-bar that’s equipped with a fridge and various snacks. We especially liked the way the oversized bathrooms were laid out. The designers were thoughtful when they brought the natural light into the space. The ladies will love the oversized makeup station and washbasin that can be cordoned off for privacy from the shower and facilities by an elegant frosted sliding glass door system. My favorite bathroom fixture was the luxurious rainfall shower that was tiled in white marble. It was pure heaven to experience the rain coming down in the morning! A traditional room at the Cloister starts at $349 per night double occupancy. Valet parking is $37.10 a night and an 18% resort fee applies to your stay: http://www.bocaresort.com/stay/cloister.html

Renovated Lobby Infinity Pool

Renovated Bathroom

Boca Beach Club What can we say about the new 212-room Boca Beach Club? We were simply blown away! We did not recognize the place since our last visit. It’s a jaw dropping art deco extravaganza on what could be the best parcel of land in all of South Florida. The original structure was built in 1980. It used to have a long access driveway that ran along the intercostal and the Boca inlet. This layout required guests to valet their vehicles and ride an escalator or climb the steps up to the lobby. We always thought this was a little awkward setup and apparently the new architects decided to do something about it. At a significant cost, the entire roadway has been elevated so that it’s now possible to drive right up to the front entrance and valet your car. As you walk through the front doors the view is right out of Architectural Digest. Centered off of main entrance is a luxurious blue mosaic tiled reflecting pool that extends out to infinity towards the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The juxtaposition of the art deco furnishings and fixtures against the backdrop of guests lounging and dining overlooking the ocean sets up the expedition that you’ve arrived at the perfect place to relax and reinvigorate your hectic life. We checked into the Cloister and decided to head on over to The Boca Beach Club to have some lunch and take a dip in the ocean. It’s always fun to take resort’s 35’ M/Y Mizner’s Dream over to the Boca Beach Club. It runs at the top and the bottom of the hour on a limited schedule. If you don’t hit it just right don’t worry. You can hitch a ride on the resort’s shuttle bus that runs every 15 minutes. Upon arrival it was clear that the Boca Beach Club’s DNA had morphed into an orchestrated scene like you’d find on Nikki Beach in St. Tropez.

Standing on the veranda three stories above the dramatic Bellagio inspired pool area took our breath away! It was a backdrop that a Hollywood producer would covet. In fact the new Bay Watch movie had just finished filming a scene here. The outdoor pool and beach experience has something for everyone. During our stay there were a lot of families soaking up the sun alongside guests who were enjoying bottle service and lounging on day beds. We asked ourselves how this dichotomy was possible when South Beach is just a minutes down the road on Interstate 95. Waldorf Astoria has created an environment that appeals to the trendy South Beach crowd and families that desire a relaxing safe haven away from the hustle and bustle of Miami Beach. Sit back and relax. There are three spectacularly designed pools that are setup exclusively for adults, families and children. You can even rent a private cabana and throw a party while drinking Whispering Angel rose all day! The Boca Beach Club - Pool View Balcony Rooms We didn’t have a chance to tour the fully renovated guest rooms at the Boca Beach Club this time around and hope to be invited back to experience what it would be like to be serenaded to sleep by the crashing waves on the little peninsula that forms the Boca Inlet. You can check out all the room descriptions and amazing photography by clicking on this link: http://www. bocabeachclub.com Pool View Balcony Rooms at the Boca Beach Club starts at $569 per night double occupancy. Valet parking is $37.10 a night and an 18% resort fee applies to your stay.’

Boca Resort and Club - Grounds Championship Golf Course

DINING OPTIONS: Lucca: Tuscan Cuisine Cooked with Passion We had a chance to dine a Lucca, which is a legacy restaurant that serves Tuscan cuisine. Since our last visit the white table linens have disappeared and you can now dine in a more relaxed casual ambience. The main dining room has dramatic double height 20’ ceilings with picture windows that overlook the Intracoastal Waterway and mega yachts moored at The Yacht Club. The kitchen setback into a dramatic Mediterranean styled hearth that has an open style kitchen and a wood fired pizza oven. As soon as we were seated it was apparent that the spirit of the establishment was to delight and serve. It’s no longer team based, but relies on professional servers who are at the top of their game. Our waiter Blake was only 26, and was studying to be an English History professor. He was on par with journeymen headwaiters that you can still find in New York City and London. He was witty and had a delightful sense of humor. Lucca is presently rated on Open Table with 3.5 stars. We’re not necessarily fans of armchair critics, but we give Lucca a solid 4.5 and i t’s a first class establishment that will not disappoint. Here’s a sampling of what we ordered during our dinner:

Boca Resort and Club - Luca Entree Bistecca Bistecca $44

APPETIZERS: Caprese $19 Burrata, Local Heirloom Tomatoes, Oven Cured Tomato, Balsamico, Fettunta Crispy Cauliflower $13 Cherry Peppers, Reggiano Parmigiano, Lemon-Caper Aioli Ahi Tuna Crudo $19 Dill, jalepeno, Sicilian Pistachio, Green Olives, Granny Smith Apples, Celery Root with Meyer Lemon Dressing

ENTRテ右S: Bistecca $44 Creekstone Farms Black Angus NY Strip, Bone Marrow Butter, Aged Balsamic, Parmigiano-Sage Potatoes Special Pan Seared Pompano $38 Spring Vegetables, Creekstone Farms Black Angus NY Strip, Bone Marrow Butter, Aged Balsamic, Parmigiano-Sage Potatoes


Boca Resort and Club - Luca Dessert Fallen Chocolate Soufflテゥ Cake $9

Boca Resort and Club - Luca Appetizer Ahi Tuna Crudo $19

Canolli Filled Doughnuts $9 Crispy Brioche Bombolini, Ricotta Dolce, Milk Chocolate, Berries Warm Apple Crostata $9 Vanilla Bean Gelato Fallen Chocolate Soufflテゥ Cake $9 Nutella Gelato, Raspberry-Pomegranate Sauce

Top Left: Luca Appetizer Crispy Cauliflower $13 Top Right: Luca Dessert Canolli Filled Doughnuts $9 Middle: Luca Dessert Warm Apple Crostata $9 Bottom Left: Luca Entree Pan Seared Pompano $38 Bottom Right: Luca Signature Cocktail

SEA GRILLE RESTAURANT The SeaGrill restaurant is a chic art deco styled restaurant with soul. The menu is centered on ocean fresh catch of the day, seasonal soups and salads. Upon entering the space you will experience a vortex that you will not fully appreciate until you meet

CHEF AUSTIN HENRY. At 32 Austin has been around the world enough to have had nine lives already. His movie star looks resemble a young Sylvester Stallone. What’s cool about Henry is that he ran several underground restaurants in Asia, Europe, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Underground restaurants are all the rage with hardcore foodies now and Henry became quite famous during his last stint in South America. So famous in fact that a jealous Bureaucrat deported him to the United States to the delight of the members and guests of the Boca Raton Resort & Club. As the sun started to set behind our table overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Chef Austin greeted us and suggested we sample his new spring menu. At the time of this publication it was not yet released, but we are delighted give you a tour of Chef Austin’s spring cuisine!

STARTERS: - Zucchini Purée Soup $9 - Creamy Delicate Mint with Zucchini Blossom Rock Shrimp $18 - Compressed Cucumber and Pickled Plum Apricot Foam with Star Anise - Hearts of Palm Salad $14 - Avocado Tomatoes, Cucumbers Cotija Cheese Micro Greens

MAIN COURSE: Ocean Fresh Grouper $35 Lean, Firm Flesh, Large Flakes, Mild Flavor with Forbidden Rice with Vegetable Medley

DESSERTS: Warm Blueberry Moscavado $9 Yogurt Ice Cream Mango Key Lime Pie $9 With Fresh Raspberries, Merengue Crunch Warm Chocolate Fondant $9 Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Malted Espuma

From Left to Right: SeaGrille Desserts All $9 Each , SeaGrille Main Course Ocean Fresh Grouper $35, SeaGrille Appetizer Hearts of Palm Salad $14, SeaGrille Appetizer Creamy Delicate Mint with Zucchini Blossom Rock Shrimp $18, SeaGrille Appetizer Zucchini PurĂŠe Soup $9

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Grounds Tennis Courts

Boca Beach Club - Beach

Boca Beach Club - Pools

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e have all been there: you are sitting at your desk bored out of your mind, you are daydreaming about a quick getaway, you know you want an island but you can’t decide on which island and when you finally do pick one you have no idea where to begin when it comes to choosing where to stay. A villa? A resort? An apartment? The options are endless and you are self-admittedly clueless. Well, rest assured GG’s because I have really good news: when it comes to traveling to St. Martin with ease, security and accommodating there is only one place to turn to: Sotheby’s International Realty. Offering a variety of choices, depending on how many you are traveling with and what your preferences are, Sotheby’s demonstrates a magnificent art of balancing professionalism with a personal touch when it comes to finding the perfect hosting situation for your needs. Last month I was dying for a quick getaway. I was traveling solo and I knew that I needed a place that was easy to get to, safe and most of all: convenient. I did not know exactly what I was looking for but I knew that I had to have wifi (duh), I wanted a pool but didn’t exactly want the forced restaurant dining 24/7 of a small resort and I wanted to be close to some shops and the beach (another duh.) After connecting with the right contacts (more details on who these special people are down below!) I was beyond ecstatic when I was situated in the unique Porto Cupecoy area in Dutch side St. Maarten. After discussing my wish list I was advised to stay in a luxury condo in Porto Cupecoy, a new development of 17 buildings, influenced by the architecture of the Mediterranean, which is located next to Simpson Bay Lagoon. Just a skip and a hop over the border from the lush French Saint Martin, Porto Cupecoy was more than I could have imagined. A bouquet of uber luxury buildings located in the heart of the village these condos offered a convenience and energy that could not be matched by staying elsewhere. Surrounded by people yet able to escape to the privacy of your unit Porto Cupecoy was everything and more than I could have asked for.

Less than ten minutes from the airport Porto Cupecoy was about as convenient as it gets. But what makes Porto Cupecoy so amazing is that after entering the 24/7 security protected gated entrance you are whisked into a vision that could have you lost in a daydream for hours if not days. The first confirmation that you are truly on vacation is the site of the deep water white-glove marina, which occupies over 50 boat slips, providing an ambiance of gorgeous yachts accompanied by a backdrop of the beautiful mountainside. Taking in the view of the buildings set on either side of the marina makes you feel as if you are worlds away. Once you get beyond the natural landscape of the community, the advanced amenities within are another wonderful surprise and make you feel right at home. Inside the Porto Cupecoy community are a handful fabulous shops for the fashionistas among us and several awesome restaurants that offer entertainment, delicious, fine dining menus and fabulous hours to suit any diet! There is an adorable cafe for coffee and goodies, which also has wifi (yay!) and tucked away in the center of the condo buildings is a beautiful pool, tennis courts and a fully equipped health and fitness center. There is even a food store! ALL of this amazingness is RIGHT INSIDE the Porto Cupecoy community. But the condo that I stayed in, Figuiera, was really what did me in. With three spacious bedrooms and dreamy, luxurious bathrooms in each - the sleeping situation was only the beginning of what made this condo stand out. Fully equipped

with a kitchen that had everything you would ever need, a large dining and living space, and its own washer/dryer unit this modern condo met every want of any traveler. Not only was I flabbergasted with every detail that was thought of to make the stay as comfortable as possible. From the kitchen utensils to the bathroom toiletries, the linens and even their magazine inventory was fabulous! But what truly set Figuiera aside from anything I could have imagined was the view. With a huge, beautiful terrace that was the width of the entire condo, the view was literally priceless. Overlooking the pool and the rest of the community with a distant view of the water and the island in its entirety Figuiera provided a sense of comfort with its slight visibility, especially as a solo traveler, but also a sense of privacy, a combination that can be near impossible to achieve. Between the convenience and ambiance of the Porto Cupecoy community you truly never ever have to leave once you are there! But in the case that you want to you can get any car that fits your budget from Thrifty Car Rental and cruise around the island. And, you can walk right out of the community to a strip of totally fashionable boutiques and more restaurants. My favorite spot to visit? Literally, a quick right turn out of the community and less than two miles up the hill sits Belmond La Samanna, the super chic and posh resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea from St Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s westernmost tip just north of the French/Dutch border. With an amazing view my favorite night dining out was at their delicious restaurant that literally hovers over the water as you enjoy your dining experience.

Who do you need to know?

Harrison Reed

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The ridiculously charming and good looking COO at Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International in St. Martin. Based in St. Martin year round Harrison handles everything from the minute you touch base on the island to the minute you leave. And for all questions and planning leading up to your arrival you can turn to one of the domestic agents who works directly with Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International.

The beautiful and oh so helpful Jenna is so friendly and helpful on the phone that she makes you feel as if your vaca started a little early. With customer service like this it could be something one could easily get used to! Want a cool whip on island?! Thrifty Car Rental: Ask for Vic!! He will be sure to get you any car you need whenever you need it!

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LIBRA ( 23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER ) You’ve had your fair share of trials lately, but this month will bring you some success and triumph for the strength you managed to sustain. You also see the mind looking inward instead of focusing outward and emotional issues being brought to life. This is a time to rethink core beliefs, double check long term plans and make sure you are still on the path you want to be. This is also a great time to reconnect with your souls’ purpose. Now is a time of exploration for you. Be sure to be open to new experiences at the end of the month! Favorable Dates : April 2, 6, 11, 15, 20, 24 Favorable Colors : Green & Yellow

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