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28 Holiday 2009 Features 32 Escapes /

Your London holiday

7 surprise ways to make England’s capital the highlight of your festive season



At home/

20 Flash

Captured moments around the county

24 Holiday photos Picture perfect 10 tips from the pros on how to

Season’s dreamings

To brighten your rooms for these special days, let your fancy roam beyond trimming the tree.

Winter wonderland What is prettier than freshly fallen snow? A table that takes its cues from a wintry landscape for an elegant New Year’s Eve dinner.

40 Spotlight /

Happily Desperate

Actor and Ramsey High alum Jeffrey Nordling finds contentment on Wisteria Lane.

look your best in seasonal snapshots

27 Health watch · Eat right—in a hurry · Beat winter health woes · Quick tips for a stress-free season

58 Glorious food Can’t-resist cookies Two staffers share recipes for the fresh-baked treats that make their holidays complete.

60 Bergen gourmet

Classic Italian Valentino’s in Park Ridge wows


Holiday gift guide 2009: Editors’ picks

you where it counts—your taste buds.

Piles of presents to please all your favorite people!

62 Where to eat

Departments 8 Editor’s letter


15 Bergen buzz

· Bergen lights up! · Vision quest! · In search of: Bergen’s cutest baby! · Helping you help · Puppy love · Sweet boutique · “What I’m listening to ...” · Free gifts!

Your Bergen County

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Editor’s LETTER

A peek inside our holiday prep

LASERS TAKE THE BITE OUT OF DENTAL VISITS! Lasers make visits to the dentist more comfortable Many people have found that dental lasers improve their experiences in the following ways: • Fewer shots to fill a tooth, or none at all, fewer numb lips • No heat, vibration or whining sound that people dislike • Allows us to treat cavities more conservatively than with a drill • Helps us find small cavities before they become large and hurt • Fewer, shorter visits

THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT ALWAYS ARRIVES A BIT EARLY for the Bergen Health & Life staff. While our friends and families are still trying to squeeze in that last beach day, we’re already dreaming of twinkling lights, festive tunes, sumptuous feasts and gifts galore for our nearest and dearest. But we have to say, hunting down those gifts always gives us a thrill. Walk through the editorial offices during the selection process, and you’ll find ideas strewn across desks and tacked up on walls, samples overflowing from shelves and tucked into spare corners. We consider hundreds upon hundreds of products—the new and shiny, the warm and cozy, the fun and quirky—until we’ve culled our picks to those we most covet ourselves and would be most proud to wrap up for a loved one. See our final selections starting on page 42. Knowing that the home is the hub of holiday festivities, we also provide visual inspiration for your seasonal abode. In “Winter Wonderland” on page 36, one designer shares her vision for a glittery, snow-inspired New Year’s Eve fête. And in “Season’s Dreamings” on page 34, you’ll find ideas for holiday décor that go beyond the typical wreath-and-tree routine. “Above and beyond” is also an apt way to describe the jubilant holiday light displays created by the three families we profile in Bergen Buzz, starting on page 15. Also in Buzz, we tell you about a Ridgewood boutique bursting with unique gift ideas, a local give-back program that lets you “adopt” a family for the holidays and more. You’ll also find the details for our annual gift giveaway and learn how to enter your little one into our “Bergen’s Cutest Baby” contest! Keep your holiday eating on track with the recipes in “Eat Right—In a Hurry,” page 27, and (for when you feel like being a little naughty) get our recipes for “Can’t-Resist Cookies,” page 58. And finally, for days when the hubbub seems a bit too much, heed our “Quick Tips for a Stress-Free Season,” page 30. This issue has been several months in the making, and we hope you enjoy the fruits of our labors. We wish you the happiest and healthiest of holidays!

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Vision QUEST Gucci, Channel, Dolce & Gabbana—you can snag stylish prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses by these and other top designers for a whopping 20 to 50 percent off the retail price at the Crystal World eyewear showroom in South Hackensack (201-488-0909). Though in the past Crystal World—which also produces crystal collectibles through another division—sold its frames to optical stores only, it recently decided to pass along its wallet-friendly savings to retail customers. “We’re able to keep brand name prices low by buying excess merchandise from manufacturers,” explains Crystal World optician John Hessell. And if you’re looking for a wide selection, rest assured: The shop features some 1,000 frames, including house styles sold for less than $100 (lenses included). Ready to shop? Simply bring a new prescription or your current glasses (if your prescription is unchanged) and select your style—your eyewear will be ready in about a week.

Bergen lights up! In search of holiday light displays that would do Clark Griswold proud? Check out this trio of decked-out Bergen homes: Rock out to Twisted Sister and the TransSiberian Orchestra as you watch 50,000 colorful lights twinkle, shimmer and fade at 525 CENTER STREET IN WOOD-RIDGE ( Besides outlining his entire house with red, green and yellow lights, homeowner John Suta says this year he’ll include a 10foot-tall “mega tree” composed entirely of lights and a 3-foot-wide “mega wreath,” made of some 2,500 lights,

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that appears to spin thanks to computer controls. A colorfully lit Santa’s workshop, 10 plywood trees sporting a total of 10,000 red and green lights and archways wrapped with lights that seem to jump from one point to another are just a few of the high-tech features at 136 ARNOT STREET IN LODI (www.koenig “We’ll also have a bubble machine for snow effect and two custom-made snowmen that have a snowball fight through computer-controlled light,” says homeowner Glenn Koenig. Drive by Ralph Deweil’s home at 137 MANHATTAN AVENUE IN WALDWICK (www.christmason

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Moms and dads: Think your bundle of joy is the most darling of them all? Submit your cutest picture of your wee one (under age 3) at (at least 300 dpi, please) or by mail to: Bergen’s Cutest Baby Bergen Health & Life 110 Summit Avenue Montvale, NJ 07645 Only custodial parents may submit entries. Include your name, address, phone number and e-mail; the baby’s name and age; and a signed note stating you are a custodial parent. All

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Bergen BUZZ

Helping you help “We’re kind of like the matchmaker,” says Maureen McCormick, marketing manager for the Volunteer Center of Bergen County (201-489-7790,, of the center’s ALL WRAPPED UP HOLIDAY GIVING PROGRAM. “We pair needy people across the county with donors who wish to ‘adopt’ them for the holidays.” Here’s how it works: Simply call the center or visit its website to sign up, and the center will match you with an individual or family in need. You’ll receive a little info on your adoptees, a “wish list” of items, plus the drop-off location and due date for presents. “Most of the things they ask for are stuff you and I take for granted, like a warm sweater, socks or pajamas,” McCormick notes, adding that the suggested donation is usually around $50. “These things are not extravagant.” For Jodi Brover of Allendale and her two teenage sons, purchasing winter coats, clothes and toys for families in need is a highlight of the holidays: “The lessons my children have learned are invaluable, and we’ve received letters of thanks that bring tears to our eyes.” Last year the program gathered about $450,000 in donations, but McCormick recognizes that donors are feeling the economic pinch this year. “This season will be a challenge for all of us,” she says. “Donors who don’t have the time or means to be officially ‘matched’ can purchase gift cards to Shop-Rite or Target in any amount. Every little bit helps.”



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PUPPY LOVE MATTHEW ZILVETTI, 13, Glen Rock BENNY, pug, age 2 HOW WE MET: “Benny originally belonged to another family who couldn’t take care of him. We decided to take him in for a two-week trial and instantly fell under his charm. Two weeks turned into four weeks, and four weeks turned into forever.” MAMA’S BOY: “Benny is a big mush and his favorite is definitely my mom. If she sits on the couch or the rocking chair, Benny will jump into her lap right away.” MAKING STRIDES: “Benny sleeps most of the day, but he’s really energetic for about three hours. Sometimes I’ll let him run next to me while I ride my bike, or I’ll get on my skateboard while holding his leash and he’ll pull me down the street. He’s very strong.”

Think your furry friend is the cutest in Bergen? Send us a picture of you with your pet and we might publish it in our pages. Mail the photo along with your name, address and telephone number to Bergen Health & Life, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645 or e-mail

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Bergen BUZZ

‘What I’m listening to ...’ “Since I work in a record store my musical tastes are all over the map, but I’m a big fan of classics from the ’60s and ’70s as well as some modern-day hits,” says Craig Stepneski, president of Record King, an independent record shop in Hackensack. “These songs have continually made me happy over the years, always bringing a smile to my face.” And in honor of the season, we asked him to include a few of his holiday faves in the mix. 1. “SURF CITY,” Jan & Dean, from Surf City: The Best of Jan & Dean

2. “ELDORADO OVERTURE,” Electric Light Orchestra,

Sweet boutique If you’re looking for a truly unique gift for the homebody in your clan, MANGO JAM (201-493-9911)—a charming home décor boutique in Ridgewood—offers a treasure trove of options. In addition to the shop’s impressive year-round offerings—“We have dinnerware, table linens, glassware, a toiletry department, baby gifts and pet gifts,” says owner Tony Damiano—you’ll also find a variety of holiday gifts, such as Christmas-themed folk art figurines by artist Lori C. Mitchell ($16.95 to $29.95), soy wax candles by Fiamma Naturals ($29.95) and custom wreaths made in-house with your choice of ribbons, florals and other add-ons ($49.95 to $149.95). And after purchasing, don’t forget to take advantage of the shop’s complimentary gift-wrap service. “So many pieces in my home come from Mango Jam, from serving platters to all my dishes—and I love picking out holiday gifts here too,” says customer Linda Walder Fiddle of Ridgewood. “It offers such a wide array of whimsical, enchanting items that you can’t find anywhere else.” An added incentive? Mango Jam will donate 20 percent of proceeds taken in on Sundays (yes, they’re open Sundays during the holidays) in November and December to various local charities.

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3. “THIS MAGIC MOMENT,” Jay and the Americans, from Come a Little Bit Closer: The Best of Jay and

the Americans

4. “ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU,” Mariah Carey, from Merry Christmas

5. “THIS LOVE,” Maroon 5, from Songs About Jane 6. “TELL ME WHY,” the Beatles, from A Hard Day’s Night 7. “FORGET HIM,” Bobby Rydell, from Bobby’s Best 8. “A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS,” Burl Ives, from Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

9. “FREE BIRD,” Lynyrd Skynyrd, from Pronounced Lehnerd Skin-nerd

10. “THE RIVER IS WIDE,” The Grass Roots, from Greatest Hits

11. “LAST CHRISTMAS,” Wham!, from Music From the Edge of Heaven

Free gifts! Head to for your chance to win one of the items chosen for our holiday gift guide (page 42)—including a boombox, a red velvet cake, a lamp, aged balsamic vinegar and more! All entries must be received by December 15.

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WE SURE KNOW HOW TO THROW A PARTY, IF we do say so ourselves. The Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale was abuzz with food, drink and merriment for BergenFest 2009, in which Bergen Health & Life celebrated the winners of our 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards. Congrats again to the victors, and many thanks to those who made the event such a success! At Knickerbocker Country Club in Tenafly, meanwhile, Holy Name Hospital hosted its 12th annual Golf & Tennis Invitational. Golfers also came to the Haworth Country Club for the Center for Food Action Golf Outing. And Bergen County Community Action Partnership held a gala dinner and fashion show at the Venetian in Garfield.







View a video of BergenFest 2009 at 7



BERGENFEST 2009 1. Amira Mor (in red) and fellow belly dancers 2. Tara Diamond-Kyle, Bryan Kule and Sam Nygard




3. Bergen Health & Life’s managing editor, Jennifer Cenicola, and art director, Sarah Leckie 4. Dianne Byce and Katlyn Faber

8. Marissa Lopez and Alyssa O’Dowd

5. Aris Avellano, David Stroud and Howard Felixbrod

9. Anthony Quintano

6. Susan Leiva, Aret Cakir, Diana Bergantino, Mary Ann and Lauren Livaccari, Hatina Karnacewicz

10. Christine Hamel, Bergen Health & Life production manager; Rita Guarna, editor-in-chief; and Shannon Steitz, VP of operations

7. John Cioletti, Chris Fancher and Eric Green

11. Rita Guarna and Joel Ehrlich, executive vice president

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HOLY NAME GOLF & TENNIS INVITATIONAL 12. Michael Maron and Larry Inserra Jr. 13. Dan Leber, Lisa Futterman and Kevin McCarthy




14. Elise Nulton, Nadine Toronto, Louise Skelly and Jeanine Crippen 15. David Rudman, Allen Popowitz and Sean Smith 16. Rosanne Buscemi and John Skelly

BERGEN COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP GALA 17. Rev. Vernon Walton, JoAnn Hilton and Rev. Gregory Jackson 18. Jeanette Venarchik and Megan Deemer 19. Jennifer Knarich, Simone Sinisi and Mary Iuliano 20. Sara Griner and Eilyn Garcia

Think you belong in Flash? Send photos from your gala or charity event to Bergen Health & Life, att: Flash editor, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; or e-mail Include your contact information, a short event description and names of all who appear. (Submissions are not guaranteed to appear and must meet the following image specs: 4x6 color prints or 300 dpi jpg, tif or eps files. Prints must be accompanied by an SASE in order to be returned.)



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Holiday photos by Kristin Colella


The holidays are here—providing photo ops aplenty with family and friends. But if your appearance in pictures often has you sighing, follow these insider tips from local experts. Direct your eyes slightly above the camera lens, rather than into it. “This can make your eyes look bigger and brighter,” says photographer Scott E. Mitchell, owner of Bill Mitchell Photography and Video in Paramus (201-2652600,

Don’t forget to stand up straight and tall! “Good posture projects confidence,” notes Mitchell.



If you’re sitting down, lean forward slightly. “It creates a better interaction with the camera and makes you look more comfortable,” says Mitchell. “If you lean back, you look like you’re shying away.”


To achieve a leaner look, stand at a 45-degree angle to the camera. “Standing straight on makes you appear wider,” says photographer Jeffrey Steccato, owner of Haviland Photography in Ho-Ho-Kus (201-444-4567,


When choosing an outfit, “stick to solids and simple patterns,” says Steccato. Busy patterns can be distracting and take focus away from you, he explains.

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When it comes to smiling, bigger isn’t always better. “Don’t force a big toothy grin if that’s not you,” says Mitchell. “Go with your natural smile—it’ll look much more real.”


Wear mascara and eyeliner to open up your eyes. “You can also fill in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil to give them more shape and complete the look,” says Abanto.


Foundation can help cover up flaws highlighted by flash photographs—just steer clear of varieties containing the mineral mica. “Mica can make your face look white,” Abanto says. ■



Rethink those turtlenecks. “They tend to make it look like you don’t have a neck,” says Steccato. “I always suggest wearing something that gives you a neckline.”

Skip the neutral-toned lipstick. “Choose a lipstick with color—otherwise it won’t look like you have anything on,” says Bergen-based freelance makeup artist Evelyn Abanto (201-887-7381, “Red lipstick is especially in for the holidays.”


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HEALTH WATCH by David Levine

Eat right— in a hurry Has the holiday rush frazzled your eating routine?

BUILD-YOUR-OWN STIR FRY “You can never go wrong with stir-frying,” says Susan Kraus, registered dietician at Hackensack University Medical Center. “It’s a one-pot meal, and I like that I can put in whatever I have available or what interests me when I’m food shopping.” Step 1: Choose your protein. “I usually use boneless chicken

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are my staples. With more planning, I might purchase snow peas, Chinese cabbage, bean sprouts and baby corn. I always


have one of those ‘mega-bags’ of assorted frozen vegetables from Costco for when I’ve used all my fresh vegetables.”


“This is a favorite in my house,” says Janet Brancato, a registered dietician at The Valley Hospital. “The kids love it because it is very tasty, and I love it because it is simple and healthy!”

Step 3. Spice it up! “I always use lots of garlic. For an Asian flair, I’ll add soy, teriyaki, hoisin or chili sauce, and minced ginger if I have it. Or I might try spices like basil and oregano for a Mediterranean flavor, cumin or cilantro for a South American

Nonstick cooking spray 1 pound ground turkey Mexican spices to taste: cumin, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, cayenne, cilantro 1 8-ounce bottle taco sauce


1 tablespoon canola oil

1 each of red onion, red

touch, or curry and tumeric for a Caribbean taste. And I’ll fre-

pepper and green pepper,

quently slip in fruits, juices and nuts, which my family enjoys.”

all thinly sliced Step 4. Include a grain, if desired. “I make brown rice when I 1 avocado

have more prep time. Otherwise, I’ll make pastas or grains that

8 whole-grain soft tortillas

cook more quickly, such as quinoa, couscous, kasha or bulgur.”

1 16-ounce jar salsa

Stir-fry tips and tricks: • Chop all ingredients before you begin cook-

1 tomato, chopped

ing, and keep pieces about the same

1 8-ounce package

size to ensure even cooking.

reduced-fat shredded

• Cook meat first, then

cheddar cheese

remove it from the pan.

• Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with cooking spray.

Cook vegetables next (the

Over medium heat, add turkey, breaking it up into small

thickest types first), then add

pieces. As the meat browns, add the spices to taste, stirring

sauce and the cooked meat

until all seasonings are blended. Add as much taco sauce as

for a quick final heating.

needed to moisten the meat—about half the jar. Cook until meat has browned. Set aside. • In a separate pan, sauté onion and peppers in canola oil until slightly firm. Set aside. • Mash an avocado in a small bowl. • Heat tortillas in microwave (10 to 20 seconds) or on a griddle pan (2 minutes on each side). Top a tortilla with meat, salsa, peppers, onions, avocado, tomatoes and cheese. Fold up and heat in the microwave (10 to 20 seconds) or on a griddle pan (1 minute on each side) until cheese melts.

• Never overcrowd the pan, and keep stirring constantly. ■


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WONDERFUL AS THEY ARE, THE HOLIDAYS bring one not-so-wonderful gift: the start of a frigid season that threatens to put you “under the weather” in a number of ways. So to help you keep your winter a healthy one, Bergen Health & Life tapped the wisdom of both a prominent expert—Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director of the American Public Health Association—and several national organizations. They offer six tips:

winter, especially if they’re reflected off the snow,” says Dr. Benjamin. “So protect your face and hands from drying out by lathering on an SPF-15 lotion.”

Extra tip: Don’t skimp on sunscreen just because you’re

Extra tip: In winter, each finger or toe is another reason to

not hitting the beach. “UV rays can still damage skin in

quit smoking. “Smoking can cause circulation problems,

KEEP SKIN SUPPLE. The one-two punch of frigid





outdoor winds and dry indoor heat can parch your epidermis and lead to painful cracking. Avoid this by keeping baths and showers just lukewarm—hot water can strip essential oils from the top layer of your skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. And right after drying, says the academy, use a nourishing lotion that’s 80 percent oil and 20 percent water.

FIGHT FROSTBITE. Fingers, toes and exposed parts of the face are most susceptible to this condition, in which skin looks waxy and white or bluish and feels tingly. By preventing it in the first place, you’ll ward off damage to epidermal tissue and underlying blood vessels. Double up on socks—cotton first, then wool— and wear boots insulated with a waterproof material such as Gore-Tex, suggests Dr. Benjamin. Teach kids to stamp feet, flex fingers and wiggle toes when they’re out in the cold to keep blood circulating. Use scarves or face masks to protect the face. And if young hands are covered with mittens instead of gloves, says the doctor, “fingers can rub together and create additional heat.”


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raising your frostbite risk because blood vessels can’t expand fast enough to warm chilled extremities,” explains

tors, now on the market, brought relief for 80 percent of SAD sufferers in tests by NOSAD scientists.

Dr. Benjamin.

Extra tip: To ease the sadness of SAD, doctors also rec-

AVERT COLDS. More than 200 viruses cause the sore throat, headache and congestion symptoms associated with a cold, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases chimes in that the rhinovirus (which triggers colds in 35 percent of adults) can survive for up to three hours on computers, phones and other things we touch daily. “Frequent hand-scrubbing can dramatically reduce your risk of infection,” says Dr. Benjamin. Sanitizers containing at least 60 percent alcohol are a good alternative when soap and warm water aren’t available, adds the Mayo Clinic. Extra tip: Get a humidifier to keep indoor air-moisture levels high. “Dry air can cause tissue membranes in your nose and throat to crack, creating an opening through which respiratory viruses may enter,” warns Dr. Benjamin.

STAVE OFF SAD. Each winter, seasonal affective disorder—with the apt acronym SAD—drops a load of lethargy, anxiety and despair on nearly 6 million Americans. Just why isn’t clear, but the National Organization for Seasonal Affective Disorder (NOSAD) says these people may be susceptible to a chemical imbalance in the brain caused by a lack of sunlight. “Take a brisk walk or spend time outdoors when it’s sunny,” says Dr. Benjamin. Tied to a desk during the day? Mayo Clinic researchers suggest sitting beside a bright window. Finally, talk to your doctor about purchasing a light-therapy box, which is fitted with a special bulb that provides 10 times the intensity of ordinary lamps. Though endorsement by the Food and Drug Administration is still pending, these daylight stimula-

ommend regular exercise, a balanced diet and staying socially connected with friends.

WATCH YOUR BACK. Significant snowfalls are expected this winter, warns the 2009 Farmer’s Almanac— so expect to be shoveling. You can help avoid backaches by doing it right. First, try to be fit before the snows hit, says Dr. Benjamin. “Plowing through 6 inches of snow should not be your first strenuous physical activity of the season.” Before you start, stretch your back, arms and legs and do warm-up exercises. As you shovel, save your back by bending your knees and working with your legs. And take it bit by bit. “You don’t have to take off a whole mound of snow each time—try removing an inch at a time,” says the doctor. Finally, stretch again when you come inside. “Even if you feel great,” Dr. Benjamin adds, “it’s important to follow through with a proper cooldown routine so back muscles don’t become inflamed.” Extra tip: Another favor you can do your back, say the National Institutes of Health, is to “maintain strong bones by making sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D every day.”

PREVENT COLD-INDUCED WHEEZING. Buy a full-face mask at your local sporting goods store, or wrap a thick wool scarf around your mouth and nose. “Your breath’s heat will warm the frigid air before it enters your lungs,” says Dr. Benjamin. This may make it more comfortable to breathe, and could cut down on mouth breathing (which denies the nostrils and sinuses a chance to warm and filter incoming air), thus lessening the contraction of the airways that produces wheezing. Extra tip: If wheezing does persist, see your doctor. The coarse whistling sound can result from “an underlying problem such as lung disease or asthma,” says Dr. Benjamin. ■

3 more seasonal precautions Certain people are prone to special threats in winter, says Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director of the American Public Health Association. He offers this advice: MIGRAINE HEADACHES can be



you know your triggers, avoid them.



especially for those who suffer from

That could mean limiting time in

heaters and other CO-emitting appli-

esophageal reflux disease. No need

stressful crowded malls or cutting

ances brought into homes follow-

to fast, says the doctor, but “cut back

down (dare we say it?) on chocolate

ing power outages. If losing power

on fatty foods and try to consume

and alcohol.

leaves you chilly, stay in a friend’s

smaller portions.”

more frequent in this season. If

ING claims thousands of victims year


heated house.



HEARTBURN can result from


overindulgence at holiday time,



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HEALTH WATCH by Leslie Pepper


The aggravation of traveling, the holiday to-do list, the parties, the shopping, the mall traffic, plus our own perfectionist expectations—no wonder so many of us secretly dread this “jubilant” season. But instead of dipping into the eggnog for a little tension relief, try these 6 good-for-you tricks—they’ll help you keep up the holidays’ hectic pace with a smile.

Chew gum to perk up. Sounds silly,


doesn’t it? But popping a piece of chewing gum can actually help you stay alert. In a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, subjects performed four different tasks at once, including math and memory problems, and investigators found that the participants had a 67 percent uptick in performance and their alertness increased significantly when they chewed gum. “The repetitive, rhythmic action of chewing gum helps your mind to focus on the task at hand,” says Kate Hanley, author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide: 77 Simple Strategies for Serenity (Skirt!, 2008). Bonus tip: Choose peppermint- or cinnamon-flavored gum— in a study done at West Virginia’s Wheeling Jesuit University, those scents helped subjects stay more alert and less frustrated during their morning commute.



Sentimental? No, it’s scientific. Harvard researchers asked participants to keep a mood journal, then sent them a bundle of fresh-cut flowers. After only a few days of living with the bouquets, subjects reported feeling less negative, less anxious and less depressed. This floral effect carried over in other places as well—participants said they experienced a surprising boost at work, feeling happier, more enthusiastic and more energetic. “Some people think that we learn to love flowers because we associate them with Valentine’s Day, celebrations and so on,” says lead researcher Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. “But we think it’s actually evolutionary—humans are predisposed to respond pleasurably to things in nature that signal safety and security. Flowering plants represent potential sources of food and the future availability of fruits and honey.”




Buy flowers to brighten your spirits.




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Sip java to ease muscle pain. You

spent all day going from store to store hunting down the perfect gift for Uncle Ed—no wonder your calves are killing you. To shush the soreness, try a simple cup of coffee. In a study published in The Journal of Pain, volunteers took either caffeine or a placebo and performed two different thigh exercises. The caffeine users had almost a 50 percent reduction in pain after exercise compared with the placebo group—that’s almost double the relief you’d get from most pain relievers (including aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen). Study author Patrick J. O’Connor, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology at the University of Georgia, says caffeine appears to block the body’s receptors for adenosine, a chemical that carries information from the pain nerves to the brain. (Remember, we said “a” cup, not nine; too much coffee can trigger insomnia, nervousness, muscle tremors and a fast or irregular heartbeat, warns the Mayo Clinic.)


Eat oatmeal to tame tension. In


which basement box is that holiday wreath— and where, by the way, did you misplace your wits? Maybe it’s time to calm those frazzled nerves with an old-fashioned bowl of hot oatmeal. Oatmeal is high in complex carbohydrates, which—according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study— help raise serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that helps transmit impulses between the nerve cells, and its effects include improving your mood and relaxing your brain.

Have a clementine to keep your cool. It turns


out vitamin C does a lot more than boost the body’s immune system and ward off scurvy. In a study published in the journal Psychopharmacology, subjects were exposed to a surefire stressor—speaking in public while doing complex math problems. Researchers found that subjects who got a mega dose of C had lower levels of cortisol, a hormone produced in response to stress, as well as lower blood pressure than those who didn’t get the vitamin. Those given the vitamin also described feeling less stressed than those who didn’t. The fatfree, easy-to-peel clementine gives you 300 percent of your daily C—at just 40 calories. (Other Crich foods include red peppers, papaya, kiwi and broccoli.)

Have a turkey-andcheese sandwich on whole wheat to fall asleep faster. The holiday to-do


list is endless and you can’t turn your mind off to catch some Zs—but the last thing you need is to be sleepy tomorrow. This snack may help you skip some of that tossing and turning. Turkey contains the amino acid tr yptophan, which the body uses to make serotonin and melatonin, neurotransmitters that slow down the brain and relax the system. Whole-wheat bread helps your body absorb the tryptophan, while the calcium in the cheese helps the brain use and process it. “Try a small snack at least one hour before bedtime to help quiet your nervous system so you can drift off,” says author Hanley. ■


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LET’S FACE IT: No one ever goes to London for the weather. But despite winter’s grey skies, the city is aburst with British charms to warm your spirits, rekindle your romance or give your kids memories that last a lifetime. Here are seven activities worth bundling for:


Ring in the New Year. Let the chimes of Big Ben be the first sounds you hear in 2010, then take in a dazzling 10-minute fireworks display launched from the London Eye ( Just don’t revel too late: You’ll want to rise the next day in time for the noon parade (, featuring marching bands, clowns, acrobats and more, which moves north on Whitehall from Parliament Square for 2 miles.


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Queen Victoria have approved of a giant Ferris wheel in the heart of London? Well, she was keen on world domination, and this has been voted the planet’s best tourist attraction. You’ll see breathtaking views of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Thames and beyond. The Eye’s open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and your 30-minute “flight”—a complete turn of the wheel’s 1,392-foot circumference—will cost £17.50 (about $28.50) for adults; £14.00 ($22.75) for seniors over 60; and £8.75 ($14.25) for children 4 to 15, with



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kids under 4 free. Save 10 percent by booking online before you go. (The Waterloo tube stop is 5 minutes away; follow signs to the South Bank. Learn more at


Enjoy holiday lights in the city’s shopping districts. Bond, Oxford and Regent streets offer

retail treats year-round, but these already-bustling West End locales become extra vibrant from November through early January. That’s when shoppers can stroll amid canopies of twinkling lights as they peer in the windows of upscale shops both international (Hermès, Prada, Yves San Laurent) and local (Hamley’s toy shop, John Lewis department store). (Closest tube stop: Oxford Circus.)


Savor afternoon tea at Brown’s. Tea time’s an event in England, especially in the English Tea Room at this venerable hotel, open since 1837, on Albemarle Street in the heart of fashionable Mayfair near West End theaters and Bond Street stores. Brown’s recently got a £24 million makeover, and it copped the Tea Guild’s prize for “Top London Afternoon Tea 2009.” Afternoon tea at £35 ($57) is served from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. (Green Park tube station. Learn more at english_tea_room.htm.)



Catch some footie. Make like the locals and pay

tribute to Britain’s other national religion: English Premier League “football.” Notoriously vocal in their ardor, soccer fans will cram into Crave Cottage stadium, set beside the Thames, to cheer on the local favorites— the 130-year-old Fulham Football Club—against worldfamous Manchester United (December 19), Tottenham Hotspur (December 26) and Portsmith (January 9). Tickets generally run £35 ($57) for adults, and about half that for seniors and kids under 16. (Petty Bridge tube stop.)


Lift a pint at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese.

This dark, oak-lined refuge has served brews to the likes of Dickens, Voltaire and Samuel Johnson. And with what one online reviewer calls an “insanely low price of beer,” the gathering place at 145 Fleet Street is as irresistible today as when it was rebuilt after the fire (1666, you know). Try the steak-and-kidney pudding, pot roast shank of lamb or braised pheasant. (Phone 44-20-7353-6170. Temple tube station.)


Hear the orations at Speaker’s Corner. Winter’s

chill won’t stifle the impromptu Sunday-morning eloquence heard at the northeast corner of Hyde Park, where by a tradition going back 150 years anyone with a voice, a soap box and an opinion has the chance to sound off—and maybe get heckled by an equally opinionated skeptic. This free speech, of course, is free. (Marble Arch tube stop.) ■

Dos and don’ts for a London holiday jaunt DON’T be set in your days. “There are bargains out there if people have flexibility,” advises Karen Ryback, travel counselor at the Welcome Aboard Travel Center in Ridgewood. Want some assistance? A travel agent can help you find the best deals—and make smart use of your frequent-flyer miles. DON’T be pound foolish. At press time the British pound had been falling against the dollar—it was about $1.62—but many Americans may still be in for sticker shock upon arrival. Better deals may be available, says Ryback, if you pay for things like theater tickets in dollars before you leave.


be weather-ready. Though snow is rare in London, the winter weather is often drizzly, with temperatures hovering in the upper 30s/low 40s. Also, sunset generally occurs just before 4 p.m., so be sure to get in any activities that require daylight early in the day.

DO check out schedules. Note that the underground does not run on Christmas Day. And while it generally ceases operation around midnight each night, the trains run until 4:30 a.m. for the New Year’s holiday. But certain stations may be closed due to the celebration, so check the official Transport for London website ( before heading out for your revelry.




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SPECIAL DAYS, LET YOUR FANCY ROAM BEYOND TRIMMING THE TREE The fire is roaring. The tree lights twinkle. The stockings have been hung with care. But what about the rest of your home? Transform your space from “ho-ho-hum” to fresh and festive with tiny holiday touches tucked throughout your abode.



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BRANCHING OUT (opposite, left):

Here, a dreary windowsill gets a luxe

a lineup of fragrant, clove-infused

Adding stowaways from the frigid out-

touch thanks to presents aplenty and

oranges. A trio of plain-white plates

doors makes you appreciate your home’s

sugar-coated fruit.

hints at the festive feasts to come.

warmth all the more. Here, cheery greens

DINNERTIME DELIGHT (opposite, bot-

RING IN THE SEASON (above, left):

pretty up a set of crossed skis, peek from

tom): Six-pointed stars cavort with bright

Menorah napkin rings bring a timely

within a skate and drape romantically

white globes, burgundy blooms, twinkling

touch to a Hanukkah table setting on

atop the mantle, as the traditional wreath

tapers, luscious fruit and more in a hang-

any or all of those eight special nights.

and tree provide outside-in focal points.

ing centerpiece designed to bring a smile

A FROSTY FRIEND (above, right):


to even your most Scroogelike relative.

He may be without the standard tree-

(opposite, top): Things a bit crowded

GUIDING LIGHTS (top): Flickering

twig limbs, but this disarmed and dis-

under the tree? Scatter seasonal cheer

votives are made even cozier when set

arming snowy suitor is guaranteed to

by perching gifts in unexpected locales.

amid a length of evergreen garland and

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HOLIDAY TIME IS FILLED WITH many wonderful sensations. Just the colors of the holidays—reds and greens, icy blues and silvers, burnished gold and pinecone brown— add up to a visual feast. But in the same way you often desire a simple meal after a rich banquet, I found the idea of a winter white dinner party for New Year’s Eve appealing. There’s something enchanting about a winter’s day after a blustery storm, everything covered in a blanket of snow. It’s that pristine landscape that inspired me to create a winter wonderland indoors. The color palette was easy—pure white and frosted surfaces were used for the invitations, decorations and party favor wrapping, because I wanted everything to glisten like snow. I used a snowflake cookie cutter to trace the invitations, and sent them in a pochette folder filled with snowy glitter. A table was covered with a snow-dusted linen tablecloth set with all-white china, crystal and silver. As a centerpiece, snow-flocked branches were set in a bowl overflowing with faux snow with white taper candles standing nearby. White ceramic vases with faux blossoms took the place of fresh flowers. Even the meal took its cues from the palette. We started with a creamy almond soup, followed by halibut with herbs and lemon and a salad of endive, pears, walnuts and Stilton cheese. For dessert, guests could indulge in coconut flan or iced sugar cookies. At the stroke of 12, we toasted the new year with champagne in our pretty winter wonderland. ■ ©2006 by Carolyne Roehm, from the book A Passion for Parties by Carolyne Roehm, published by Broadway Books, a division of Random House Inc. Reprinted with permission. Photography by Sylvie Becquet.


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Spotlight by Bonnie Siegler


THE SUN-DAPPLED, TREE-LINED STREETS. The smiling families and big suburban houses. The Jersey accent. At first glance, the setting for actor Jeffrey Nordling’s latest project might seem to resemble the bucolic Bergen County of his youth. But the pleasingly named “Wisteria Lane” is really a street in TV Land.



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Nordling (right) with Annie Wersching and Janeane Garofalo


in a January 2009 episode of 24.

Since September, the Washington Township– raised actor has been stirring up mystery on ABC’s Desperate Housewives as Nick Bolen, patriarch of a brood of neighborhood newcomers. “The family had something happen to them in the past, but we don’t know what yet,” Nordling told Bergen Health & Life just before the first episode aired. “They might be on the run, maybe changed their names. So they’ve moved in, but they don’t quite belong with the people there.” If Nordling’s name is unfamiliar, chances are his face will ring a bell, as he’s appeared in wide range of familiar projects. TV fans may recall him as dapper FBI special agent Larry Moss on last season’s 24; as Brent Barrow, Courtney Cox’s tabloid-publisher boss on the short-lived FX series Dirt; or as Jake Manning, Sela Ward’s ex-husband on Once and Again. Fortunately, Nordling’s own history is decidedly more peaceful than that of his characters. “I grew up across the street from Washington Lake on a tiny street called—ironically—Times Square,” he recalls. “We had a great neighborhood of kids. There was an empty lot that we all played in, and we skated and fished right on the lake—it was wonderful. We’d play baseball at Clark Field or sled down the front lawn of Washington High School. I walked to school from my house to either Brookside School or Westwood Middle School—it was 2 miles and took 45 minutes, but I never thought anything of it.” The arts were prominent at home, thanks to his mother: “She was a superb mezzo-soprano with a long career, so it wasn’t completely foreign for me to go into acting,” he says. Still, he admits, “I had no bent toward it.” Instead, his primary interests were art and athletics, the latter of which he leaned on when the family moved to Saddle River, sending him to Ramsey High School the same year his brother left for college. “I ran track and played soccer and baseball. Being 15 and having your only sibling leave just as you move to a new town—it was a rough time. Competitive athletics were my rock, really.” It wasn’t until college that the acting bug first nibbled. While he was studying art at Wheaton College in Illinois, a professor encouraged him to give performing a try. “I started acting and I remember thinking, ‘This? I can do this ... it’s easy.’ I’d found my niche.” Today Nordling lives in L.A. with his wife, Franica, and their three daughters, 13-year-old twins Eloise and Miranda and 6-year-old Iris. Still, he admits he’d love to return to his Jersey roots. “If the work wasn’t in Los Angeles, I wouldn’t live here,” he says.

With Beau Mirchoff and Drea de Matteo on

Desperate Housewives

But at 47, Nordling says that he’s settled into the happiest era of his life. “I have three glorious children and a wonderful wife. If being a different age meant trading my present circumstances, I wouldn’t do it for the world.” ■

Christmas, Nordling style The actor shares holiday highlights, past and present FAVORITE FOOD: “We cook Scandinavian foods, and

there’s this rice porridge that’s a staple of Christmas Eve that I’ve had every year since I was born. It’s basically rice, cinnamon, sugar and milk, and it’s delicious. My kids love it too.” BEST PRESENT: “It was our first color television—does

that make me sound old? We grew up with an army surplus black-and-white TV, and this was a glorious color set.” PICKING THE TREE: “We had about 100 acres of prop-

erty upstate on Seneca Lake, with a lot of trees. Every year we’d rent a truck and bring back 100 trees and sell them out of our backyard for $5 each. It was hard work, but it was fantastic.” BERGEN

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For the

Homebody 1. Merino wool Kyoto throw, Anichini, $425


2. Recycled sandcast aluminum Bird & Branch two-tiered server, Mariposa, $134 3. Gold-plated brass menorah, L'Objet, $385


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3. 18-ounce tin of Italian black truffle almonds, Squirrel Brand, $23.99


4. Romariz Colheita Port 1944 in wooden gift case,, $399.50 5. 16-piece Holiday Truffle Collection, Vosges Haut-Chocolat, $43 6. Handblown-glass Celebrity Swirl Shaker, Cocktail Vibe, $31.99 7. Cucina d’Italia gourmet gift basket, Harry & David, $139.95







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2. Silver-plated robot bank with moveable arms, Reed & Barton, $45


3. Yo Gabba Gabba DJ Lance Boombox, MEGA Brands, $29.99 4. City Ramp Racer, Melissa and Doug, $49.99 5. Velvet-lined frog treasure box, Pylones, $50 6. Rubik’s TouchCube, Techno Source, $149.99


7. Cashmere zip-front hoodie (sizes: 3–6 months through 18–24 months), Amber Hagen, $160


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6. Foldable aluminum STRiDA 5.0 bicycle, Areaware, $800

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6. Coonley votive set, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, $50


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BergenFest 2009 Party & Expo, a celebration of the shops, restaurants and other Bergen County proprietors that the readers of Bergen Health & Life named in the magazine’s annual survey of “what you love best.” Lucky attendees were greeted with samples of everything from crab cakes to chocolate cake and margaritas to martinis and perused the wares of some of the favorite locations. But Bergen Health & Life didn’t do it alone. During the party, we visited with a number of the BergenFest 2009 sponsors from the cosmetic physician and holistic wellness center to representatives from a local bank, real estate firm and art gallery to hear what they and their customers thought about the evening and being a part of this great community.

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parked on the patio that caught their eye, but there is one lucky BergenFest attendee out there somewhere who won a Jaguar for the weekend—complements of Bergen Jaguar, a landmark in Bergen County for over 50 years. “There’s nothing like driving a clean, beautiful car when the weather is nice,” says Dennis Squitieri, owner of Bergen Jaguar. Jaguar, which only produces 12,000 cars a year for the U.S. market, has always turned heads with their sleek beauty backed by unmatched engineering and forward-thinking design. And a purchaser of a Jaguar is also buying a car with a remarkably rich history that has shaped the style of this unparalleled high-performance vehicle. This February, the manufacturer is introducing the redesigned 2010 XJ, which Dennis says delivers a modern sense of style with an interior reminiscent of a Riva speedboat. “Jaguar believes that technology and engineering should never get in the way of the enjoyment of driving their cars,” adds Dennis. “We are fortunate to have such a wonderful and loyal customer base.”

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become without The Estate at Florentine Gardens, a Georgian-style mansion nestled on four acres of meticulously groomed grounds. “BergenFest 2009 was a smashing success! Many people took advantage of the VIP tickets allowing early admission and a complimentary gift bag,” says event consultant Denise Downing. “Here at The Estate, we host every type of event imaginable from weddings and Bat & Bar Mitzvah’s to corporate events, charity galas and community social affairs.” The Estate at Florentine Gardens and its sister company, In Thyme Catered Events (which handles off-premise catering) showcased mouth-watering offerings from both companies Executive Chef’s. Traditional Brazilian Rodizio and pan-fried crab cake sandwiches were a tasty sampling of the culinary delights both caterers can offer. According to Denise, the chefs are constantly enhancing their menu to add new and creative seasonal fare. “Our vast array of quality food is something we take great pride in,” adds Downing. “Our event consultants are always ready to personalize every aspect of your affair.”

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exactly what Atlantic Stewardship Bank’s exhibit did at BergenFest—and it wasn’t just the raffle for a free Panini Press that was drawing attention either. For one, their Power Rate Checking account promises 4.25% APY on balances up to $25,000 to those customers who meet certain qualifications, and Tonni von Schaumburg, Marketing Manager for Atlantic Stewardship Bank, said the checking program was “going like gangbusters.” The bank also differentiates itself from the pack by sharing 10% of their profits with Christian and nonprofit organizations. To learn more about the Bank’s products and services, contact Tim Shaffer, Business Development Representative located at the Westwood branch. He can be reached at 201-444-7100, ext. 7552 or

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PECAN TASSIES “I’m not a baker, but this is my absolute favorite of my mom’s recipes,” says managing editor Jennifer Cenicola. “They’re like bite-sized pecan pies and so, so tasty!” FOR THE CRUST: 1 2


⁄ pound margarine 1 ⁄2 pound cream cheese

1 2

2 cups flour

2 tablespoons melted

2 eggs, beaten

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⁄ teaspoon vanilla butter

1 cup butter

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and cream cheese, then add in the flour.

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pointing hodgepodge of ‘cool’ ingredients.” Happily, the gnocchi were a wonderful example of the former, pleasing in every way. We ordered them with ragù Bolognese, and the meat sauce had all the mild, delicate flavor (including a touch of nutmeg) purists expect and appreciate. The gnocchi themselves had marvelous taste and texture, and the half-portion we ordered was generous. The broccoli rabe, sausage and white bean appetizer also conjured memories of simple, authentic, flavorful Italian fare. And like all the food at Valentino’s, it’s served on a plain white dish—an echo of the unfussy presentation common in Italy, where flavor is the star. The vegetable was well cooked and seasoned (nicely garlicky) and commingled deliciously with the beans. Our only complaint? The slices of delicious, fresh, sweet sausage were too few. Less remarkable: the zuppa di clams. Despite plenty of broth and two big chunks of Italian bread sprinkled with sliced garlic, the dish was surprisingly void of flavor. Similarly, the seafood salad, a special that I requested as an entrée, lacked depth and vibrance. The shrimp, scungilli and calamari were fresh enough, but they seemed dressed at the last minute rather than left to marinate lazily in olive oil, lemon, garlic and parsley. Luckily, the lamb special more than made up for WHENEVER I GO TO ITALY, THE FIRST THING the wan seafood. Nearly a whole rack of super-meaty I order is gnocchi. Whether in a humble trattoria or a lamb chops were encrusted with pecans and roasted to proper ristorante, I know the potato dumplings have the medium-rare juiciness. Full-flavored, the meat derived firm yet slightly grainy mouthfeel that makes them a aroma from the rosemary garnish, and homemade world-class comfort food. I’d long ago given up hope of mashed potatoes turned the entrée into a hungry man’s finding the same savory solace on American soil—until marvel. Overall, it was a perfect our visit to Valentino’s, the Park example of Valentino’s emphasis on Ridge mainstay that bills itself as “a Va l e n t i n o ’s prime ingredients. fine European restaurant with an 103 Spring Valley Road, Park Ridge; Dessert, too, stood up to the Italian flair.” 201-391-2230; www.valentinos test. The delicious homemade Italian Dark wood paneling and cheesecake had the all the rich, subexposed beams give the restaurant a Hours tle flavor and telltale texture of warm, cozy, old-fashioned feel, and Lunch: Monday through Friday, ricotta. And here’s fair warning: If the tuxedoed waiters add to the step11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. you’re not a chocoholic, the chocoback-in-time sensation. Everything Dinner: Monday through Thursday, late truffle cake will turn you into 5–10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from the rococo white armchair in one. Ask for it served warm, so your 5–11 p.m.; Sunday, 1–9 p.m. the foyer to the genuine smile that fudgy slice is wonderfully gooey—a greets you harks back to the preperfect complement to the scoop of What you should know attitude, pre-hipster era in dining. • Entrées average $26 vanilla gelato. And the menu follows suit. • Reservations recommended No, Valentino’s won’t blind When my companion remarked that • Full bar you with contemporary décor and the pasta entries were same-old, I • Private parties accommodated stylish accents, but it will wow you said, “I’d rather have a classic Italian • AMEX, Visa and MasterCard only where it counts—your taste buds. ■ dish well executed than some disap-

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If you’ve got a craving, there’s a dining establishment in Bergen County (or nearby) that will satisfy it. Turn to this listing next time you want a wonderful meal out. AIRMONT, N.Y. CITRUS GRILLE Contemporary American cui-

sine. · 430 E. Saddle River Rd., Airmont, N.Y. · 845-352-5533

Edgewater · 201-840-9311 KINARA Northern Indian cuisine. · 880 River Rd.,

Edgewater · 201-313-0555

FRANKLIN LAKES CHEF’S TABLE French eatery. · 754 Franklin Ave.,

Franklin Lakes. · 201-891-6644

LA VECCHIA NAPOLI Traditional southern Italian


cuisine. · 2 Hilliard Ave., Edgewater · 201-941-6799


RESTAURANT L Eclectic cuisine. · 9 Franklin Tpk.,

THE RIVER PALM TERRACE Classic steak house. ·

Allendale · 201-785-1112

1416 River Rd., Edgewater · 201-224-2013

SAVINI Italian cuisine. · 168 W. Crescent Ave.,

CAFÉ TERRANA Casual Italian fare featuring pasta and shellfish. · 499 Midland Ave., Garfield · 973-546-1889

ROBERTO’S II Gourmet Italian. · 936 River Rd.,

Allendale · 201-760-3700

Edgewater · 201-224-2524




BANGKOK GARDEN Traditional Thai cuisine.

IL VILLAGGIO Italian dining. · 651 Rt. 17 North,


Carlstadt · 201-935-7733

with fresh pasta. · 206 Rt. 46 East, Elmwood Park · 201-797-7552


CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. JADE VILLAGE Japanese and Chinese cuisine. · 606 South Pascack Rd., Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. · 845-735-1188

BLUE MOON MEXICAN CAFE Traditional Mexican dishes. · 21 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood · 201-541-0600

THE RESTAURANT American eclectic fare. · 160 Prospect Ave., Hackensack · 201-678-1100

ENGLEWOOD DINER Salads, Italian specials,

· 107 Anderson St., Hackensack · 201-489-4831

steaks. · 54-56 Engle St., Englewood · 201-569-8855


NISI ESTIATORIO Fine Mediterranean cuisine. · 90

seafood eatery. · 293 Polifly Rd., Hackensack · 201-489-7232

Grand Ave., Englewood · 201-567-4700 SMOKE CHOPHOUSE Steaks, seafood and cigars.

· 36 Engle St., Englewood · 201-541-8530

HARVEST BISTRO & BAR French/new American


fare. · 252 Schraalenburgh Rd., Closter 201-750-9966

Classic American steak house. · 495 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs · 201-568-2616

CRESSKILL GRIFFIN’S BAR & EATERY American fare. · 44 E. Madison Ave., Cresskill · 201-541-7575 HANAMI Chinese/Japanese cuisine. · 41 Union

Ave., Cresskill · 201-567-8508 UMEYA Japanese cuisine. · 156 Piermont Rd.,

Cresskill · 201-816-0511

DUMONT IL MULINO Northern Italian cuisine featuring sea

bass. · 132 Veterans Plz., Dumont · 201-384-7767


International dishes. · 240 Hackensack St., East Rutherford · 201-939-9292 SORRENTO’S Southern Italian dishes. · 132 Park

Ave., East Rutherford · 201-507-0038

EDGEWATER THE CRAB HOUSE Affordable riverside dining

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· 171 Schraalenburgh Rd., Closter · 201-767-1242

THE CROW’S NEST Contemporary American fare. · 309 Vincent Ave., Rt. 17 South, Hackensack · 201-342-5445

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PAULIE’S American/Mediterranean casual dining.

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RUDY’S RESTAURANT Continental cuisine.

THE STONY HILL INN Continental fare. · 231 Polifly Rd., Hackensack · 201-342-4085

HARRINGTON PARK DINO’S RESTAURANT Contemporary Italian cuisine. · 12 Tappan Rd., Harrington Park · 201-767-4245

CAFE ITALIANO Fine family dining. · 14 Sylvan


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IVY INN Continental cuisine in a romantic set-

GRISSINI TRATTORIA Elegant Italian eatery.

ting. · 268 Terrace Ave., Hasbrouck Heights · 201-393-7699

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HAWORTH ANDIAMO Eclectic Italian fare. · 23 Hardenburgh

DAVIA Continental/Italian. · 6-09 Fair Lawn Ave.,

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Fair Lawn · 201-797-6767 OCEANOS Greek cuisine, seafood. · 2-27 Saddle River Rd., Fair Lawn · 201-796-0546 RIVARA’S American cuisine. · 6-18 Maple Ave.,

HAWTHORNE SABOR LATIN BISTRO Latin fare. · 1060 Goffle Rd.,

Hawthorne · 973-238-0800

Fair Lawn · 201-797-4878


THE RIVER PALM TERRACE Classic steak house.

CAFE CAPRI Casual Italian eatery. · 343 Broadway, Hillsdale · 201-664-6422

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THE CORNERSTONE American fare, full bar. · 84

Broadway, Hillsdale · 201-666-8688

DON QUIJOTE Spanish cuisine. · 344 Bergen

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THE HO-HO-KUS INN Italian continental fare. · 1 Franklin Tpk., Ho-Ho-Kus · 201-445-4115

MAHARANI EXPRESS Southern and northern Indian cuisine. · 2151 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee · 201-585-8226

LITTLE FERRY MINADO Japanese seafood buffet. · 1 Valley

Rd., Little Ferry · 201-931-1522 TRACEY’S NINE MILE HOUSE Continental cuisine. · 4 Bergen Pike, Little Ferry · 201-440-1100

LYNDHURST LA CIBELES Spanish continental cuisine, featuring

seafood. · 123 Ridge Rd., Lyndhurst · 201-438-9491


pub. · 2 Island Rd., Mahwah · 201-529-8056 NEW YORK STEAKHOUSE & PUB Casual steak

house. · 180 Rt. 17 South, Mahwah · 201-529-1806 THE RIVER PALM TERRACE Classic steak house.

· 209 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah · 201-529-1111

MONTVALE THE PORTER HOUSE American steak house.

· 125 Kinderkamack Rd., Montvale · 201-307-6300

MOONACHIE SEGOVIA Spanish cuisine featuring steaks and sea-

food. · 150 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie · 201-6414266


8809 River Rd., North Bergen · 201-943-6366


sics. · 201 Livingston St., Northvale · 201-784-8047 HENNESSY TAVERN Homestyle American food.

· 191 Paris Ave., Northvale · 201-768-7707 MADELEINE’S PETIT PARIS Light French cuisine.

· 416 Tappan Rd., Northvale · 201-767-0063

NORWOOD JOSÉ O’REILLY’S PUB & COCINA Irish and Mexican fare. · 595 Broadway, Norwood · 201-784-6900

NYACK, N.Y. LANTERNA Inviting Tuscan kitchen. · 3 South

Broadway, Nyack, N.Y. · 845-353-8361 TWO SPEAR STREET New American cuisine.

· 2 Spear St., Nyack, N.Y. · 845-353-7733

OAKLAND CAFÉ L’AMORE Continental fare, specializing in Ital-

ian. · 455 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland · 201-337-5558


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PARAMUS BIAGIO’S Italian/American cuisine. · 299 Paramus Rd., Paramus · 201-652-0201 BONEFISH GRILL Polished, casual dining specializing

in fresh fish. · 601 From Rd., Paramus · 201-261-2355 CHAKRA Continental fare with Asian influences.

· 144 Rt. 4 East, Paramus · 201-556-1530 JOE’S AMERICAN BAR & GRILL Steaks, salads,

pizza, more. · 298 Garden State Plaza, Paramus · 201-843-8858

MACMURPHY’S American continental fare. · 8 Godwin Ave., Ridgewood · 201-444-0500 MARCELLO’S AT THE STATION Fine northern Ital-ian cuisine. · 8 Wilsey Sq., Ridgewood · 201-6522120 MARRA’S Italian cuisine. · 16 S. Broad St.,

TAPPAN, N.Y. IL PORTICO Fine Italian cuisine. · 89 Main St., Tappan, N.Y. · 845-365-2100

Ridgewood · 201-444-1332

VILLAGE GRILLE American fare with Middle

MEDITERRANEO Mediterranean cuisine,

Eastern specialties. · 65 Old Tappan Rd., Tappan, N.Y. · 845-398-3232

including tapas. · 23 North Broad St., Ridgewood · 201-447-0022 TRATTORIA FRATELLI Northern Italian cuisine.

KUMA Japanese, Chinese dishes. · 440

fare. · 21 Lafayette Ave., Suffern, N.Y. · 845-357-9108

TEANECK BV TUSCANY RISTORANTE Simple Tuscan cuisine. · 368 Cedar Ln., Teaneck · 201-287- 0404

Forest Ave., Paramus · 201-262-0400

· 119 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood · 201-447-9377



253 DeGraw Ave., Teaneck · 201-836-8571

American cuisine. · 36 Prospect St., Ridgewood · 201-445-2914


WASABI JAPANESE RESTAURANT Japanese cuisine. · 848 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood · 201-493-7575

RIVER VALE DANIEL American and Italian cuisine. · 625 River

ESTY STREET Contemporary American. · 86 Spring

APOLO’S RESTAURANT Fine continental and

Mediterranean cuisine. · 61 E. Main St., Ramsey · 201-825-1111 CAFE PANACHE Fine eclectic eatery. · 130 E. Main

St., Ramsey · 201-934-0030 GREEK CITY Greek eatery. · 1300 Rt 17 N., Ramsey

· 201-760-2500 VARKA ESTIATORIO Greek cuisine, featuring seafood.

· 30 N. Spruce St., Ramsey · 201-995-9333

RIDGEFIELD GOTHAM CITY DINER American favorites. · 550 Bergen Blvd., Ridgefield · 201-943-5664


Park · 201-843-1250 SOUTH CITY GRILL Hip seafood-centric eatery.

· 177 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood · 201-652-9113 LA PIAZZA BISTRO ITALIANO Innovative

northern Italian fare. · 29 Chestnut St., Ridgewood · 201-447-5111 L’ARAGOSTA RISTORANTE Creative Italian

Ave., Ridgewood · 201-445-5056



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NELLIE’S PLACE Friendly, casual eatery. · 9 Franklin

Tpk., Waldwick · 201-652-8626

WASHINGTON TWP BACARI GRILL Innovative American fare. · 800

Ridgewood Rd., Washington Twp. · 201-358-6330

· 55 Rt. 17 S., Rochelle Park · 201-845-3737

WEEHAWKEN CHART HOUSE RESTAURANT Steaks and seafood. · Pier D/T Lincoln Harbor, Weehawken · 201-348-6628

sine. · 70 W. Passaic St., Rochelle Park · 201-845-8333

RUTHERFORD CAFÉ MATISSE Fine Continental cuisine. · 167 Park

Ave., Rutherford · 201-935-2995 PAISANO’S Little Italy–style eatery. · 132 Park Ave., Rutherford · 201-935-5755 RISOTTO HOUSE Northern Italian fare. · 88 Park Ave., Rutherford · 201-438-5344

WESTWOOD GRANITA GRILL Italian cuisine. · 467 Broadway, Westwood · 201-664-9846 HANAMI Chinese and Japanese cuisine. · 301 Center Ave., Westwood · 201-666-8508 THE IRON HORSE All-American pub.

· 20 Washington Ave., Westwood · 201-666-9682

SADDLE BROOK GOLDEN PUB Great pub food. · 335 Market St.,

Saddle Brook · 201-843-9210 MATSUYA Cozy, elegant Japanese steak house.

THE MELTING POT Fine fondue dining.

· 250 Center Ave., Westwood · 201-664-8877 POURQUOI PAS French bistro. · 31 Westwood

Ave., Westwood · 201-722-8822

· 490 Market St., Saddle Brook · 201-843-5811


QUE PASTA Home-style Italian. · 326 Market St.,

Breakfast, lunch and dinner. · 301 Old Hook Rd., Westwood · 201-664-7455

Saddle Brook · 201-712-1900



· 2 Barnstable Ct., Saddle River, · 201-825-4016

BLUE MOON MEXICAN CAFE Mexican dishes. · 42 Kinderkamack Rd., Woodcliff Lake · 201-7829500



TEGGIANO Fine Italian food. · 310 Huyler St., South

BRIGANTINO RISTORANTE Italian fare. · 269 Hackensack Ave., Wood-Ridge · 201-933-4276

SADDLE RIVER INN Romantic, upscale eatery.

Hackensack · 201-487-3884

cusine. · 16 Chestnut St., Ridgewood · 201-444-9499 LATOUR Modern French cuisine. · 6 E. Ridgewood



fare. · 28 Oak St., Ridgewood · 201-689-7313 DAILY TREAT RESTAURANT Friendly, casual eatery.

Ave., Tenafly · 201-871-6060


NANNI Italian dishes. · 53 W. Passaic St., Rochelle


HAMSA Middle Eastern fare. ·7 West Railroad

RISTORANTE PARADISO Mid-southern Italian fare. · 640 Westwood Ave., River Vale · 201-263-0400

THE PARK STEAKHOUSE Dry-aged steaks. · 151

Rd., Park Ridge · 201-391-2230

Piermont Rd., Tenafly · 201-569-5999

Ameri-can eatery. · 145 Dean Dr., Tenafly · 201-5674800

Valley Rd., Park Ridge · 201-307-1515

VALENTINO’S Continental Italian. · 103 Spring Valley

AXIA TAVERNA Stylish Greek eatery. ·18

Vale Rd., River Vale · 201-594-1900


Kinderkamack Rd., Park Ridge · 201-930-1300

TEANECK KEBAB HOUSE Afghan cuisine. ·


MARTINI GRILL European-inspired dishes and

gourmet cocktails. · 187 Hackensack St., WoodRidge · 201-939-2000

WYCKOFF ALDO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Italian fare. · 393 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff · 201-891-2618 THE BARN All-American family spot. · 359 Sicomac

Ave., Wyckoff · 201-848-0108 BLUE MOON MEXICAN CAFE Traditional Mexican dishes. · 327 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff · 201891-1331 THE BRICK HOUSE Continental dining.

· 179 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff · 201-848-1211 3 CHICAS Mexican cuisine, Sunday brunch.

· 637 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff · 201-848-4700 ■


AMERICAN: Assembly Steak House &

Seafood Grill, Englewood Cliffs • Bacari Grill, Washington Twp • The Barn, Wyckoff • Bazzini at 28 Oak Street, Ridgewood •

Biagio’s, Paramus • Bonefish Grill, Paramus • Brady’s Fox Hunt Inn, Northvale • Chart

House Restaurant, Weehawken • Citrus Grille, Airmont, N.Y. • The Cornerstone, Hillsdale • The Crab House, Edgewater • The Crow’s Nest, Hackensack • Daily Treat Restaurant, Ridgewood • Daniel, River Vale • Englewood Diner, Englewood • Esty

RISTORANTE “Excellent” ((( – The Record, 3/17/2000

Street, Park Ridge • Golden Pub, Saddle

Best Value…

Brook • Gotham City Diner, River Vale •

even in these economic times, you can afford to dine at Il Mulino.

Griffin’s Bar & Eatery, Cresskil • Hennessy Tavern, Northvale • The Iron Horse, Westwood • Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Paramus • Mahwah Bar and Grill, Mahwah

Private Parties up to 120 to fit any budget, call Jimmy. Beautifully renovated.

• Nellie’s Place, Waldwick • New York

Steakhouse & Pub, Mahwah • The Park Steakhouse, Park Ridge • Palmer’s Crossing Restaurant, Tenafly • Paulie’s, Closter • The Porter House, Montvale • The Restaurant, Hackensack • Restaurant L, Allendale • Rivara’s, Fair Lawn • The River Palm Terrace, Edgewater, Fair Lawn, Mahwah • Saddle River Inn, Saddle River • Smoke Chophouse, Englewood • Two Spear Street, Nyack, N.Y. • Village Green Restaurant, Ridgewood • Village Grille, Tappan, N.Y.• Westwood Diner and Pancake House, Westwood

Open 7 Days a Week

Jim Lulani, formerly of Café Italiano, celebrates 10 years at Il Mulino

Personal attention in a warm and casual atmosphere

ASIAN: Bangkok Garden, Hackensack •

Hanami, Cresskill • Jade Village, Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. • Kinara, Edgewater • Kuma, continued

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Paramus • Maharani Express, Fort Lee • Matsuya, Saddle Brook • Minado, Little Ferry • Umeya, Cresskill • Wasabi Japanese

Restaurant, Ridgewood CONTINENTAL: Axia Taverna, Tenafly • The

Brick House, Wyckoff • Café L’Amore, Oakland • Café Matisse, Rutherford • Cafe Panache, Ramsey • Chakra, Paramus • Davia,

Another sleepless night?

Fair Lawn • Don Quijote, Fairview • Harley’s

What’s keeping you up at night may be a warning sign for him.

Closter • The Ho-Ho-Kus Inn, Ho-Ho-Kus • Ivy

For 20 million Americans, the ability to maintain regular breathing during sleep is difficult. Adults with moderate to severe levels of snoring need to know that it may really be the first sign of a more serious disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In the past decade, OSA has been widely associated with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and reduced sex drive. Research shows that an Oral Sleep Appliance, made by a sleep-trained dentist, is a very effective conservative treatment—especially as an alternative to surgery.

Lyndhurst • MacMurphy’s, Ridgewood •

Irish Pub, Hackensack • Harvest Bistro & Bar, Inn, Hasbrouck Heights • La Cibeles, Marcello’s at the Station, Ridgewood • Marra’s, Ridgewood • Martini Grill, WoodRidge • Rudy’s Restaurant, Hackensack • Sea Shack, Hackensack • Segovia, Moonachie • The Stony Hill Inn, Hackensack • Tracey’s, Little Ferry • Valentino’s, Park Ridge FRENCH: Chef’s Table, Franklin Lakes •

John P. Sousa, DMD American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine 201.945.1094

Latour, Ridgewood • Madeleine’s Petit Paris, Northvale • Pourquoi Pas, Westwood ITALIAN: Aldo’s Italian Restaurant, Wyckoff •

Andiamo, Haworth • Brigantino Ristorante, Wood-Ridge • BV Tuscany Ristorante, Teaneck • Cafe Capri, Hillsdale • Cafe Italiano, Englewood Cliffs • Café Terrana, Garfield • Dino’s Restaurant, Harrington Park


• Granita Grill, Westwood • Grissini Trattoria,

Englewood Cliffs • Il Mulino, Dumont • Il

senior living

Portico, Tappan, N.Y. • Il Villaggio, Carlstadt • Lanterna, Nyack, N.Y. • La Piazza Bistro Italiano, Ridgewood • L’Aragosta Ristorante, Ridgewood • La Vechia Napoli, Edgewater •

Maggiano’s Little Italy, Hackensack • Marcello’s Ristorante, Suffern, N.Y. • Nanni, Rochelle Park • Paisano’s, Rutherford • Que Pasta, Saddle Brook • Risotto House, Rutherford • Ristorante Paradiso, River Vale •


Roberto’s II, Edgewater • Savini, Allendale • Sorrento’s, East Rutherford • Teggiano, South


Hackensack • Trattoria Fratelli, Ridgewood • I N D E P E N D E N T adults in search of a community lifestyle filled with recreational, educational and social activities with their peers often gravitate to homes in what is referred to as retirement communities, congregate living or senior apartments. Many independent communities offer planned activities, local transportation, meals or access to meals and various forms of linen or laundry service, and add an abundance of amenities such as swimming pools, spas, clubhouses, libraries and much more. A S S IS T E D L IV ING combines many of the features on independent residential living with personalized non-medical services and healthcare support. In this case, the community makes every effort to maximize an individual’s independence while providing assistance for those needing just a little help with the activities of daily living such as dressing, grooming, bathing or the monitoring of a medication regiment.



Traditional NU R S ING H O ME S are designed specifically for

folks in need of onsite 24hour skilled nursing care for personal hygiene, protection, supervision and therapy. Some also provide specialized subacute, rehabilitative care to people who’ve been weakened by illness or injury, but who want to return to more independent living once their treatment allows them to become self-sufficient. And then there are those facilities that essentially have it all. C O NT INU ING CA R E retirement communities are residential campuses that provide a continuum of care from individual homes for active seniors to assisted living through skilled nursing all at one location. Having services that address all potential phases of senior life is not only convenient but often less disruptive for the resident as well. Some people, though, really prefer to stay in their home. However, if taking care of oneself becomes difficult, family members has the option of hiring a H O M E CA R E service that can come to a home for

anywhere from a few hours a day to around the clock. Home care is also often used by recovering, disabled or terminally ill people in need of medical, nursing, social or therapeutic treatment. Although many assisted living communities and nursing homes provide for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders, there are a growing number who specialize in this type of adult care by providing an environment and programs that diminish confusion and agitation. Short-term respite care is an additional service that some assisted living and nursing home facilities provide on an as-needed basis. In this case, caregivers receive temporary relief ranging from hours to days so they can take a well-needed vacation or enjoy some personal time away from the stress of taking care of a loved one. If the search for new housing arrangements is something that’s on your mind, you may find the following profiles of a few nearby top-quality communities particularly interesting.





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Trovato’s Italian Restaurant, Elmwood Park • Villa Roberto Ristorante, Rochelle Park LATIN: Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, Engle-

wood, Woodcliff Lake, Wyckoff • Sabor Latin Bistro, Hawthorne, North Bergen • 3 Chicas, Wyckoff

MULTIETHNIC: Apolo’s Restaurant, Ramsey •

Baumgart’s Cafe, Englewood • Greek City, Ramsey • Hamsa, Tenafly • José O’Reilly’s Pub & Cocina, Norwood • Mediterraneo, Ridgewood • The Melting Pot, Westwood • Nisi Estiatorio, Englewood • Oceanos, Fair Lawn • Park and Orchard Restaurant, East Rutherford • South City Grill, Rochelle Park • Teaneck Kebab House, Teaneck • Varka Estiatorio, Ramsey

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Staying abreast of the latest trends and advances in healthcare, home design … and other aspects of everyday life is no small feat. So Bergen Health & Life spoke to a few cutting-edge professionals in the area and asked them to share what’s new and exciting in their fields. And this is what they had to say…


The Changing Face of Bergen County “Although Botox® and dermal fillers have been around for quite some time, they are becoming increasingly more popular,” says Laurene DiPasquale, M.D. “One of the reasons for this is that they offer a fast and effective result that is both safer and much less costly than invasive surgery.” Both Botox® and dermal fillers decrease or eliminate facial lines. Botox, which temporarily paralyzes the injected muscle, is primarily used on the forehead, around the eyes and between the eyebrows. Dermal filler, which plumps or “fills” the injected area, is used around the lips, lines from nose to mouth and lines from mouth to chin. While individual results vary, Botox® can last up to 6 months and dermal filler up to one year.

Laurene DiPasquale, M.D. LaserCosMedix 400 Old Hook Road l Suite 1-4 l Westwood 201-664-8663 l

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Hope for Back Pain Sufferers Decompression treatment is one of the newer technologies that is highly effective in treating low back pain, according to Alfred Gigante, D.C., a chiropractic physician and founder of The Back Pain Center in Waldwick. However, not everyone is aware that there are many different decompression systems. “The 3D Active Track Decompression System used in our office is one of the few systems that allow the doctor or physical therapist to be interactive during the decompression session,” Dr. Gigante explains. “These advancements have increased the probability of success with many of our more challenging patients.” Dr. Gigante’s passion for helping people with low back pain was the catalyst that led him to expand his solo practice and establish The Back Pain Center in 1995. The center was the first multi-professional facility to have chiropractors, physical therapists and medical doctors all specializing in the treatment of low back pain and backrelated leg pain commonly known as sciatica. “Traditional treatment along with laser, electrotherapy, ultrasound and now decompression-has made our success rate greater than ever,” says Dr Gigante. “Our goal is pretty simple—to get our patients out of pain as quickly as possible,” he adds. “I encourage anyone who may have questions prior to starting care to call for a no-charge consultation. This is normally a $75 appointment.”

Alfred Gigante, D.C. The Back Pain Center, LLC Specializing in Low-back Pain & Sciatica 83 Franklin Turnpike l Waldwick 201-445-1079 l

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Have you heard that: • The latest hearing aids are virtually invisible? • New, on-the-ear open-fit technology has conquered the “stuffed-up” feeling of older fittings? • Oticon’s latest products have wireless connectivity that streams the signal into both hearing aids from cell phones, telephones, televisions, and any other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as MP3 players? • Advanced Hearing Services offers a free trial on these revolutionary technologies that allow you to experience the profound benefits of digital signal processing and advanced connectivity? Advanced Hearing Services understands that better hearing equates to an improved quality of life and that every customer deserves the very best that they can afford. For that reason, we offer a wide variety of advanced digital products in different price ranges. Family participation and education are critical components to a successful and satisfying hearing aid fitting. The expert staff at Advanced will engage your family and will provide individually fit hearing systems in an atmosphere of understanding and support with dignity shown to all patients and their family members. Call today to make an appointment for a complementary hearing evaluation and comprehensive assessment of your hearing needs. For additional information and to subscribe to our newsletter, visit our website at

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America’s Ongoing Weight Battle According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of the adult population in America is obese. And with this comes the increased risk of developing any number of conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, certain cancers and even a shorter life expectancy. If a person is overweight and traditional methods of weight loss haven’t worked, it may be time to consider minimally invasive surgery. Patients are candidates for surgery if they are 80-100 pounds over their ideal body weight or have a Body Mass Index of 35 to 40, depending on their overall health. “Obesity is a disease and each patient needs be treated as an individual from multiple angles including surgery and support from nutritionists, psychologists, personal trainers and other professionals through our program,” explains Stefanie Vaimakis, M.D., FACS. Weight loss surgery can provide long-term sustained results for those who have struggled for years with dieting. Many people may fear the seriousness of surgery, however, with minimally invasive techniques, surgery can be done in as little as one hour and carries minimal risks. Weight-loss surgery can also reverse many serious health conditions including diabetes, high-blood pressure and high cholesterol. For many patients, getting over the fear and shame of being overweight is the first step—and often the hardest part of the decision to undergo surgery.

Stefanie Vaimakis, M.D., FACS, FASMBS North Jersey Bariatrics 309 Engle Street l Suite 1 l Englewood 721 Teaneck Road l Teaneck

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Innovations Speed Recovery New technologies have made minimally invasive surgery a real option for many patients, although finding the right doctor to perform the operations is crucial. Robert A. Kayal, M.D., FAAOS, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, has performed more partial knee and patellofemoral knee replacement surgeries than any other orthopaedic surgeon in the area. “These procedures require only a threeto four-inch incision rather than the typical eight- to 12-inch incision needed for the more common total knee replacement. Patients are discharged the same day of surgery, endure no cutting of tendons or muscle, recuperate much faster and experience much less pain than those undergoing total knee replacement surgery,” Dr. Kayal adds. In addition to knee replacements, The Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC provides comprehensive care for orthopaedic conditions from herniated discs and osteoporosis to ACL tears, sports injuries, arthritis and rotator cuff tears. Dr. Kayal’s primary areas of expertise lie in the following areas: minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery, hip & knee replacement surgery, sports medicine & arthroscopy, computer-assisted navigation technology for joint replacement surgery, gender-specific knee replacement implants designed specifically for men and women, Hi-Flexion knee replacement implants designed to bend 155 degrees, partial (unicompartmental) knee replacements, cartilage transplantation, bone density testing, and the treatment of Osteoporosis and Osteopenia.

Robert A. Kayal, M.D., FAAOS Kayal Orthopaedic Center, P.C. 385 South Maple Avenue l Suite 206 l Ridgewood 201-447-3880 l

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Life Without Glasses Today, there are increasing numbers over 45 years old who are opting for laser vision corrections to get rid of their reading and/or distance glasses. “Baby boomers who’ve never needed glasses before are tired of having 15 pairs of glasses scattered around the house, car and office,” says Richard A. Norden, M.D. Norden Laser Eye Associates uses the Eye Q Laser, the fastest, most advanced correction technology in the world to perform Custom LASIK, a procedure that recognizes that each patient has different vision needs. According to Dr. Norden, the laser portion of the painless procedure actually only takes about four to five seconds for each eye.

Richard A. Norden, M.D., FACS Norden Laser Eye Associates 1144 East Ridgewood Avenue l Ridgewood 201-444-2442 l


The Far-Reaching Effects of Dental Health The impact of dental care today can affect your medical health. New treatments are available for sleep apnea (and the related exhaustion from lack of sleep) and pounding headaches. TMJ pain can also be treated in the dental office. Michel Mouravieff, DMD, treats these medical problems and frequently collaborates with physical therapists and other medical professionals. Implants can secure loose dentures or replace missing teeth. Invisalign can be used on some teens now. “The CEREC machine is used to make crowns in the office in one visit with materials that are two to three times stronger than before,” says Dr. Mouravieff.

Michel Mouravieff, DMD 525 North Maple Avenue l Ridgewood 201-670-7700 l

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Revisiting Outdoor Spaces In recent months, Jacobsen Landscape has seen a steady increase in the number of customers who are revisiting plans to improve their outdoor properties. “This is what we do best. With a team of landscape designers, horticulturists, masons and irrigation and lighting crews, we have the resources to handle all aspects of a project—no matter the size,” says Glenn Jacobsen, CLP. “Winter is also a great time to contact us and begin the design process for a spring project.” Named one of the Top 100 Landscape Companies in America, Jacobsen Landscape also has two showcase galleries so customers can get the true sense of how a property can be transformed while selecting materials from the many outdoor displays.

Jacobsen Landscape Design and Construction, Inc. DESIGN CENTER l 413 Godwin Avenue l Midland Park LANDSCAPE GALLERY l 11 Barnstable Court l Saddle River 201.891.1199 l


Bringing Warmth and Elegance to an Existing Home In today’s economy, homeowners are much more enthusiastic about reinvesting in their current home than pursuing new construction. Solomon Ezra, president of Tiffany Design, says his clients are more focused on correcting items that are no longer safe (like loose banisters) and improving their home’s energy efficiency with items such as new insulation and appliances. “It doesn’t matter if it is a singlefamily, apartment, condo or townhouse; with a little bit of creativity, we can transform any room to a dream space within a realistic budget by designing a layout that is functional, comfortable yet elegant,” Solomon observes.

Tiffany Design Home Improvement 624 Swan Street l Ramsey 201-887-8597 l

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Be THERE DECEMBER December 4—Enjoy songs of the season during BRINGING IN THE HOLIDAYS, a concert by the Ridgewood Concert Band with trombonist Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, 8 p.m. at the Westside Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood. Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $7 for students, FREE for children 13 and under with a paying adult or senior. Call 201-493-9030 or visit for more information.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE December 6—Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas during this Bergen County Historical Society event, featuring holiday treats, a visit from Sinter Claus and open-hearth cooking demonstrations, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic Campbell-Christie House in River Edge. Suggested dona-


December 5—Take your

kids grades 3 to 6 to SEASONAL

tion: $7 for adults, $5 for children, FREE for BCHS members. Call 201343-9492 or visit for more information.

GREETING CARDS FROM A POTATO TO A PRINT, a holiday printmaking workshop, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Oradell Public Library in Oradell. Registration required. Call 201-262-2613 or visit for more information.

December 5—Burn off those

holiday sweets during the AMBS REINDEER RUN 5K, 9:30 a.m. at the Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes (registration begins at 8 a.m.). A 1-mile family-friendly Fun Run follows at 10:30 a.m. Price: $21 to $25 for the 5K, $10 for the Fun Run. Call 201-

258-1001 or visit for more information. December 5 and 6—Take the

family to The Players Guild of Leonia’s stage adaptation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Civil War Drill Hall Theatre in Leonia. Tickets: $15. Call 201-947-9606 or visit for more information. December 5, 12, 19 and 26—Work up a sweat while enjoy-


ing the winter wonderland of New York’s Central Park during a HEALTH WALKING AND RACE

beginning at the park’s North Meadow Recreation Center. All fitness levels are welcome; no advance registration required. Call 212-348-4867 or visit www.central for more information. December 18—Hear the sweet

sounds of the VIENNA BOYS CHOIR, 8 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood. The program will feature a variety of traditional holiday songs, as well as original arrangements of other classical favorites. Tickets: $10 to $65. Call 201-2271030 or visit for more information.

WALKING CLINIC, led by walking

coach Lon Wilson of the New York Walkers Club, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

through December 20—Catch

the Bergen County Players’ perfor-


through December 30—See an exhibit of original paintings and prints

in which the artist integrates her love of music and dance into her art, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the Westwood Gallery in Westwood. Call 201-666-1800 or visit for more information.

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Be THERE mance of RAPUNZARELLA WHITE, a new musical spun from the fairy tales of Rapunzel, Cinderella and Snow White. Show times are Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell. Call 201-2614200 or visit for more information.

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HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW through January 10—Head to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and see model trains chug past replicas of 140 city landmarks crafted entirely of plants. Tickets: $20, adults; $18, seniors and students; $8, children 2 to 12; FREE, children under 2. Call 718-817-8700 or visit for information.

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1. Kyoto throw by Anichini, New Jersey Decorating Exchange, River Edge, 1-888-515-9671;

3. Squirrel Brand truffle almonds, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, 1-800558-1855;

2. Mariposa’s Bird & Branch server, Backyard Living, Ridgewood, 201-6899111; 3. L’objet menorah, Chelsea, Shrewsbury, 732-936-9000; 4. Atria portable fireplace, 5. Red Envelope Twist candlesticks, 6. Alessi Kiwi watering can, Bloomingdale’s, Hackensack, 201-457-2000; 7. Jay Strongwater peacock figurine, Neiman Marcus, Paramus, 201-2911920; 8. The Source Collection canterbury, FOR THE FASHIONISTA, PAGE 43 1. ABS by Allen Schwartz necklace, Bloomingdale’s, Hackensack, 201-4572000; 2. Jill Stuart dress, Bloomingdale’s, Hackensack, 201-457-2000; 3. Prova for Barney’s CO-OP scarf, Barney’s CO-OP, Hackensack, 201-2702707; 4. Kwiat diamond earrings, Devon Fine Jewelry, Wyckoff, 201-848-8489; 5. Michael Kors clutch, Nordstrom, Paramus, 201-843-1122; 6. The Little Black Book of Style, Barnes & Noble, Hackensack, 201-488-8037; 7. Marc by Marc Jacobs bracelet, Neiman Marcus, Paramus, 201-2911920; 8. Coach leather gloves, Coach, Hackensack, 201-487-1772; 9. L’Oréal Infallible lip gloss, CVS, River Edge, 201-265-2260; FOR THE FOODIE, PAGE 44

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3. Stila lip gloss collection, Sephora, Paramus, 201-845-7071;

3. MEGA Brands boombox, Toys R Us, Paramus, 201-670-7733;

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by Rita Guarna

I won’t eat them.”


Christine Nunn THIS CATERER DISHES ON FAVE INGREDIENTS, WHERE SHE SHOPS AND WHAT SHE SIMPLY WILL NOT EAT Cutting her culinary chops: “Eight years ago, as a 37-

year-old writer, I enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America. When I answered a bulletin-board notice seeking a caterer for Fashion Week, they hired me—that led to a stint as official caterer for the U.K. mission to the U.N. Today, I own Picnic Caterers in Emerson.” Comfort food: “In winter, I love long, slow braises like short ribs and osso buco. They make the house smell great.” Cheap eats: “The truth is, my husband, Javier, and I eat takeout—Chinese, Indian, pizza—almost every night. We’re both chefs and we’re just too tired to cook at home.” Cooking the books: “I love At Home in Provence, by Patricia Wells, but I most rely on Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. And, no, I didn’t see the movie.” Chef extraordinaire: “My mom, Carol, could debone a turkey, stuff it and put it back together in a flash. She and I would watch Julia Child every afternoon. Whatever Julia was cooking, my mom would try.” Indispensable ingredient: “Butter. I’m known for my sauces, and you can’t do a finishing sauce without it.” Dreaded fare: “Bell peppers. I don’t cook with them, and 80


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Favorite grocery store: “Kilroy’s in Glen Rock. Only locals go there. It’s a tiny independent shop with great meats and produce, and they know you by name!” Best whites and reds: “I’m a bit of a wine snob, so my favorites are a little pricier, but my everyday choices are more reasonable. In a chardonnay, I love Walter Hansel ($45) and Rombauer ($30). I love Cos d’Estournel Bordeaux. It’s hard to get, and at about $100 a bottle, I don’t drink it often. My go-to red is a California cabernet, Simi Landslide ($25).” Pass the salt: “I love olives and Cheez Doodles.” Guilty pleasures: “Foie gras. I love it. And milk. I drink a half-gallon of whole every day.” Home front: “I live in Radburn, which has 600 residents. Everyone knows everyone else and has a key to my house.” Turning the tables: “I love Dutch House Tavern in Fair Lawn. It has a great porch and the best burgers. And SakuraBana in Ridgewood has the best sushi outside the city.” Downtime: “I’m a dork: Bird-watching relaxes me. After working 12- to 16-hour days, I’ll go up to our lake house, a log cabin in Sussex County, to unwind with my husband and Dandy-Lion, our 8-year-old bichon frise.” ■


Butternut squash lasagna with sage béchamel sauce FOR THE FILLING: 3 tablespoons butter 1 onion, fine dice 2 butternut squash, peeled and diced 3 cups chicken stock 1 cup ricotta cheese (part skim or whole) FOR THE BÉCHAMEL: 1 ⁄2 cup butter

1 2

⁄ cup flour 24 ounces heavy cream 3 leaves fresh sage chiffonade 1 tablespoon nutmeg Salt and pepper to taste FOR THE ASSEMBLY: 3 sheets fresh lasagna noodles 1 2

⁄ cup toasted hazelnuts

• For the filling: In large, heavy-bottomed sauté pan, brown butter and add onion and squash. Lightly brown the squash (about 15 minutes), add chicken stock and simmer until the squash is completely soft and all the stock is absorbed. Mash and fold in ricotta cheese. Taste for seasoning. • For the sauce: Slowly melt butter and add flour. On low heat, cook out flour flavor for about 10 minutes. Add cream and cook about 20 minutes stirring constantly. Fold in sage, season with nutmeg, salt and pepper. • For the assembly: Spoon a thin layer of béchamel into the bottom of a lasagna pan. Add a sheet of fresh lasagna, then a layer of filling. Repeat for three layers. Top with béchamel and toasted hazelnuts. Cook in a 350-degree oven, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes.

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