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Add pizza zz to your party look with elegant diamond accents.




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Stay warm in style with these new fireplaces and accessories.



Learn the histor y and health benefits of cinnamon.


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Toast the New Year with sparkling wine and champagne.




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We here at Bergen Health & Life know the importance of feeling good and leading a balanced life, and over the past year, we have guided your quest for the “good life” in Bergen County with authentic advice from local experts, including doctors and other healthcare practitioners. So with this issue, we set out to help you keep balance—in mind, body and spirit—through this stressful holiday season with practical advice and tips. You’ll learn how to avoid the five biggest health pitfalls this season (page 56), how to stay within your holiday budget (page 78), how to ward off the flu with winter’s “wonder pill” (page 28) and how to burn calories in the beautiful outdoors by snowshoeing (page 28). Our art director, Meredith McBride Kipp, along with New Jersey florist extraordinaire Anne Miller, shows you how to glam up your holiday decorating and delight your family and friends with her chic yet practical guide to setting the perfect holiday table (page 46). If you’ve run out of gift ideas already, see page 44 for “Our Favorite Things”—a gift guide featuring a little something for everyone, on every budget. Those looking for the perfect party attire will want to check out our fashion and jewelry pages for some great local finds. This holiday season, try to step away from the hustle and bustle and take time to share the true spirit of Christmas by giving to others—and not just under the tree. Whether you donate your time, talent or other gifts to those who are ill or less fortunate, it makes you feel good. For those of you who need scientific proof, research suggests there is a biochemical explanation for the positive emotions associated with doing good. And if you thrive on literary inspiration instead, heed the poet Maya Angelou, who said: “Among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” Happy Holidays!

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Congratulations to our fashion editor, Allison Anderson, who recently won the Neiman Marcus “Oh So Zoe” Interactive Challenge. Her designs, clever writing style and love for former Short Hills resident Rachel Zoe won her a trip to Beverly Hills to meet her idol—plus a $2,500 gift card. After Anderson got the good news, the next thing to run through her head was, “What am I going to wear?” Check out to read all about Allison’s adventure and see more behind-the-scenes photos of her trip. And if you’re asking the same question this holiday season, don’t miss Allison’s fashion picks on page 34. Allison with Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing and Rachel Zoe

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1. Left to Right: Richard Montier, Susan Osgood, Lori Ricci, Shelby Seidner, David Alai, Lisa Farmer, Tom Maher, Tracy Huber, Lawrence Goldstein. 2. David Alai, Senior Vice President of Sharp Electronics Corporation and MRCC Humanitarian of the Year; Susan Lord, MRCC President. 3. Mark Forhecz, Middletown BMW; Stuart Rosenberg, Golf Outing VP and Chairman. 4. Lovina Schoenmakers, MRCC VP of Marketing; Andy Sulzer, MRCC VP of Membership. 5. Michael DiLella, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc.; Paul Scarduffa, MRCC VP of Affinity Partnership. Photos courtesy of Point Media.

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Food Action based in Englewood. “The Center for Food Action is more than just a food bank. They not only fed 23,000 people last year, but also offer education programs, job training and other programs to help people get back on their feet – which is very important in today’s economy,” says David. The Vice President at Sharp Electronics Corporation is no stranger to public service—David is the recipient of numerous awards for his record of community leadership, exemplary volunteerism, and professional achievement and has served on a state task force, on the Board of a major industry organization, and on the Board of Governors at Ramapo College. The sense of community is integral to Sharp Electronics as well. The U.S. headquarters, also in Mahwah, participates in communitybased programs year round. As part of David’s award, they matched employee donations to The Center for Food Action dollar-for-dollar and made substantial product donations to the Golf Outing auction. “The Mahwah Chamber Board was very impressed with David’s passion about the Center for Food Action. We are grateful that he and Sharp Electronics are active participants in the community in so many ways,” says Susan Lord, President of the Mahwah Chamber of Commerce.



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LIVING IS EASY Our Good Living guides bring Bergen County’s best resources directly to you. Browse discount offers from local shops, read advice on remodeling your home and get the answers to common health questions from local experts.

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BE RGE N’S BEST Readers mingled with the winners of the Best in Bergen awards, local vendors and Bergen Health & Life staffers at the annual BergenFest party. See what the excitement was about at bergenhealth

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Don’t blame that powdery precipitation for hindering your winter workout—use it. “Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to extend your hiking season into the winter months,” says Laura Nulman of REI, an outdoor clothing and gear store that just opened a location at the Bergen Town Center in Paramus (201.226.1560, “It’s inexpensive, accessible and easy to learn—and just like a good hike, snowshoeing is a great aerobic workout.” In fact, snowshoeing is estimated to burn about 45 percent more calories than walking or running when done at the same pace on the same terrain. Conveniently, REI members (cost to join: $20) can rent snowshoes for $20 the first day, $5 for each additional day. “Trekking poles, which are super helpful for keeping balance while snowshoeing, rent for $5 the first day and $2 for each additional day,” Nulman says. “But since they can be used the rest of the year for hiking as well, buying them may be the better investment.” For happy trails, Nulman recommends checking out beginner hiking routes at Ramapo Valley County Reservation, Ringwood State Park and Sterling Forest State Park. The REI Outdoor School offers snowshoeing classes; to learn more, visit



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Are you getting enough vitamin D? Michael Holick, M.D., author of The Vitamin D Solution, estimates that up to 50 percent of Americans are at risk for a deficiency of this vital, versatile vitamin. We know that D helps our bodies absorb calcium—essential for strong bones and teeth. Research suggests it also promotes skin healing and blood flow, helps control diabetes and helps alleviate seasonal affective disorder, premenstrual symptoms and mood swings, and may even lower one’s odds of cancer. The vitamin is also thought to improve immune-system function, decreasing your risk of catching a cold or the flu. The U.S. Government recently raised the recommended daily allowance of D from 200–400 international units (IUs) to 600—and some experts suggest higher amounts. Holy Name Medical Center cardiologist Marian Van Dyck-Acquah, M.D., for example, thinks adults should get 800 IUs daily—from diet, sensible sun exposure and supplements. Traditional warning signs of a D deficiency, says Dr. Van Dyck-Acquah, include frequent falls or fractures and evidence of osteoporosis on a bone scan. “But now a slew of what we call ‘extra-skeletal’ complications may be associated with Vitamin D insufficiency,” adds the doctor. “For example, large multi-center trials are under way to evaluate a possible link between low D levels and adverse cardiovascular outcomes like valve disease. There may also be a link to depression and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.” Experts agree that fall and winter, with their limited daylight, call for extra vigilance about D. So be sure to get a few minutes of sun exposure each day. Eat D-rich foods such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel and sardines), fortified dairy products and cereals, egg yolks and cod liver oil. And for many people, a multivitamin or supplement may also be necessary to reach the recommended daily amount. Check with your doctor.




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The young—and the young at heart—have a new reason to visit Bergen Town Center in Paramus: Sugar and Plumm, Purveyors of Yumm (201.880.8157, sugarandplumm. com), a recently opened sweets shop offering candy, ice cream, chocolates, baked goods and a full menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner options for those who want to sit down and stay awhile. The whimsical shop/cafe, with purple banquettes and clouds hanging from the ceiling, is the brainchild of Lamia Jacobs, a former oil trader who had always dreamed of opening “a nice, uplifting place where if you’re having a bad day—or you just want to have fun—you can say, ‘Okay, let’s go to Sugar and Plumm!’” she says. Jacobs, who lives in Greenwich, Conn., and hails from Paris, loves dessert but feels that many American desserts are too sweet. So the goodies at Sugar and Plumm have less sugar and are more subtle, and it’s evident in the delicious Yumm Drop ice cream sundae with brownies, hot fudge and meringues our writer enjoyed on a recent visit. Everything—chocolate, ice cream, sauces, baked goods—is made from scratch in the company’s Moonachie baker y by executive pastr y chef Franck Labasse, previously of the Wynn Las Vegas hotel. Jacobs had originally planned to open the first Sugar and Plumm in Manhattan, but when Bergen Town Center was suggested to her, Jacobs went to check it out. “The parking lot was packed!” she remembers. “There were so many children. I thought, ‘Oh, maybe it’s just a busy day.’ But then I visited again, and the parking lot was packed again. And again the next time. I was convinced it would be the per fect spot.” New stores are due to open next year on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and in Brooklyn, and Jacobs plans to expand nationally.

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CHRISTMAS AT 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE Glen Ridge resident Coleen Christian Burke has a passion for holiday decorating at the White House. Chosen as a volunteer decorator for then-First Lady Laura Bush, Burke has helped to decorate the White House every year since 2008. She also runs a seasonal holiday decorating business called Sugar Plums, through which you can decorate your home in a theme once chosen by a first lady for the White House, from Jackie Kennedy through Michelle Obama (visit haveawhitehousechristmas. com). And now Burke has come out with the glossy book Christmas with the First Ladies (Insight Editions, $29.95). “Readers will get to see amazing photos of our first families celebrating Christmas, plus party invitations and recipes and crafts used by the first ladies,” Burke says. “Each first lady has her own special holiday style, and I teach you how to copy it in your own home.”



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yes, that’s Finders Keepers, our biggest event. last month marked its third year. We placed 32 bags, each containing a piece of fine jewelry—total value, $42,000—in communities throughout Bergen county and in hawthorne, my hometown. This year, we also donated 10 bags of jewelry for people to find at Bergen Health & Life’s BergenFest party. We get so much pleasure from seeing how thrilled the finders are. It’s our way of saying “thank you” to the community. And I absolutely believe it has served us well in terms of the business. If your store becomes associated with warm fuzzy feelings, what more do you want? wHat is tHe devon foundation? On a trip to madagascar three years ago, I learned that in gem-rich countries, very poor people are continually taken advantage of by others because they don’t understand the value of what’s in their country. Through the Devon Foundation, we raise money for scholarships to the Institute of Gemology in madagascar so that local students can be educated to earn more in the industry that benefits us. jewelry.

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jewelry set free This designer-re Tailer liber aTes bling from The narrow consTr ainTs of The pasT—and occasionally gives iT away ThREE DEcADES AGO, NANcy Schuring began her career segue from high school home economics teacher to jewelry designer and entrepreneur. Since then, as owner of Devon Fine Jewelry in Wyckoff, she has won numerous awards for her designs, been honored for her charitable work and received industry recognition for her creative events and marketing promotions. She shares her success secrets with Bergen Health & Life: wHat keeps people coming into a jewelry store in difficult economic times?

curiosity, for one thing. We offer something unique in the area, which is that we’ve embraced more than 100 different gem materials. Beyond the expected rubies, sapphires, diamonds and emeralds, we offer rare gems and unusual materials such as fossils and Fordite, which is multi-layered reclaimed auto-


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I believe in creating excitement. Everybody wants to come to a store where something’s happening. That’s why we host six to eight events every season. As a former teacher, I’m very fond of education, so I developed a series of what we call “Geminars.” We’ve covered different topics over the years—estate jewelry, antique jewelry, pearls, rare gemstones. We host trunk shows and special events, like The Royal Wedding Sapphire Show, which we had in April—



wHat trends are you seeing in your

Silver is increasingly popular. colored stones continue to fascinate, as people are discovering a whole new palette, including orange citrines and a type of garnet often described as “Fanta orange.” Also, a number of women are ready for a new look for their engagement rings. many would love to make the stone look larger, and we know how to do that.

customer requests tHese days?

wHat’s your favorite piece of jewelry?

On a personal note, it’s always the one I’m wearing at the moment. That’s what got me into this business. The earth is an amazing entity, to give us these beautiful gemstones. I’m very much attracted to the colors—the oranges, pinks, greens, reds and blues. my approach to the jewelry business incorporates all the elements I love. —Lee Lusardi Connor


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this year, curb the urge to use those same old red and green holiday decorations. these entertaining ideas will help you break old habits and embrace a new palette written & styled By meredith mcBride kipp floral design By anne miller ¡ photography By roey yohai


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flanking doorways and the fireplace with preserved juniper trees will make a large room feel more intimate. potted topiaries like these are also a chic alternative to a traditional christmas tree.


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add dimension and a punch of color at each table setting with a sculptural piece of seasonal produce like an artichoke or pomegranate.


is the season to be jolly, and setting the tone for such a sentiment is all about creating great atmosphere. When it comes to holiday decorating, the hardest part is staying away from the expected. Resist the temptation to use all of your saved decorations from years past. Instead, try something new: Pick a color palette and stick to it. What doesn’t fit the bill goes back to the attic or gets a fresh coat of paint. This year, think white. White is the epitome of modernity, elegance and balance. Mixing snow white with traces of green, black and silver is on trend and très chic. To bring greenery and life into your dining room, New Jersey florist extraordinaire Anne Miller of The Little Flower Shoppe in

coordinate your food with your color palette for added impact and elegance.

Ridgewood recommends hanging an oversize wreath. Decorate it with items found in nature such as pinecones, acorns and berries to enchant guests. Flank the hearth and doorway with preserved juniper topiary trees for an instant dose of warmth and intimacy. For your holiday table, choose crisp white linens and layer them with a wide, black ribbon or runner down the center of the table and across at each place setting. This will add dimension to the table and visually anchor each setting. When it comes to flatware, glassware and china, you don’t need to have the best; you just need to know how to use what you’ve got. Don’t be afraid to mix like-colored pieces—whites with off-whites, stainless steel with silver and mercury glass


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your local stationer do them for you. Place a menu on top of each napkin, then wrap the napkin and menu with ribbon or a paper strip that matches the invite (as pictured at right). Top it all off with a fresh artichoke to add unexpected texture, dimension and a punch of color. Lastly, make sure the lighting is just right—if you don’t have dimmers on your fixtures, just use candles (always unscented around food) aided by the glow from an illuminated room nearby. Cluster large mercury glass pieces and other silver objects together to bring a little sparkle to darker areas of the room. Carry elements of this onto your table by way of mercury glass votives and a few small silver objects, and you’ll have plenty of sparkle to go around during this festive season.

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or crystal with glass. Place your white china on a clear, silver or white charger—layering adds dimension to the table. To add sparkle, use clear glassware and stemware and mix styles to vary the height and look. For centerpieces, Miller says to keep the botanicals simple and seasonal. The velvety texture of Vendela roses and silvery grey Tilandisa is warm and wintry and helps create the mood for a luxurious cold-weather soiree. For an intimate dinner party, keep the arrangements under 12 inches high so as not to disrupt the festive repartee. Bring the black-and-white theme from your mailed invitation through to the place card and menu—it’s really chic and your guests will appreciate the detail. Keep the design simple and modern, and make things easy for yourself by having

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adorn the table with a few beautiful objects, like these antique silver pheasant salt and pepper shakers.



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something simple like a sachet full of lavender or a bag of homemade cookies makes a nice gift for your guests. tie it off with a ribbon and an ornament and place it on their chairs.

own vases to the florist and have him or her create arrangements that work for your table. if flowers are out of the budget, cluster like-colored objects of varying heights in the center of the table.

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a dramatic flower arrangement is a great way to wow your guests. you can bring your

always keep your guests’ water and cocktail glasses filled—your service is very

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important and much appreciated. for great champagne and sparkling wine ideas, see page 68.

4 put it on paper

despite the multitude of e-mail and web-based invite options these days, it’s a nice gesture to send guests a printed invitation to your party. Use the same style in your

place cards and menus to create a consistent theme.

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food, especially desserts, that you can prepare beforehand (or buy) will save you time. french macaroons are always an elegant supplement to your homemade desserts, and they come in a multitude of colors to fit any theme.


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her to struggle with an incessant fear of the unknown—and consequent depression. She hit a particularly “low point” eight years ago while going through a difficult divorce from an abusive husband and fell into a deep state of depression and constant worry. A single mom with two young children (then 2 and 5), she realized that seeking immediate treatment was crucial to not just her well-being, but also that of her children. “I knew if I didn’t get help I wasn’t going to make it—and I had to survive for the kids,” she says. Miller is one of the 3.1 percent of adults in the United States who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), which is characterized by excessive, irrational worry about everyday things, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. For example, people with GAD may consistently worry about money, their health, their job or their relationships. They typically have trouble dismissing their concerns, even though they may realize that their anxiety is more severe than the situation warrants. For many, like Miller, this condition often occurs with depression or other anxiety disorders. Another type of anxiety disorder is social anxiety, or social phobia, which is intense fear, self-consciousness and embarrassment in social situations. Social anxiety is the third most common psychological disorder in the United States after

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From the uneasiness you Feel about Facing Family to that upset stomach you get at the thought of attending parties that call for nonstop hobnobbing, the holiday season is “go time” for major anxiety. While it’s normal to feel anxious around this stressful time of year, for some, anxiety is a debilitating condition that plagues them all year long, interfering with their day-to-day activities. “Anxiety isn’t brought about by the holidays,” says Charles Goodstein, M.D., a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Tenafly. “It’s a disorder that may be intensified by the holidays.” For Kristen Miller* of Norwood, it was not the holidays but major life changes and accompanying stress that would cause

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depression and alcoholism. other types of anxiety disorders include obsessive-compulsive disorder (repeated thoughts, feelings or ideas that make you feel driven to perform certain actions) and panic disorder (repeated panic attacks and the intense fear that you will have another attack). The good news: There are many different treatment options to get anxiety under control. “The way we manage a patient’s anxiety comes down to us looking at his or her life experiences,” says Diego l. Coira, M.D., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center. For example, during talk therapy, a person might open up to a professional about what it is about the holiday season that prompts anxiety and worry. “Perhaps childhood memories of discord among family members play a role in why the holiday season is such a difficult time,” Dr. Coira says. or, it may be that a family member died at this time of year, making it a particularly painful period. In addition to talk therapy, you may be encouraged to try stress-management techniques, such as breathing, meditation or exercising. Your doctor may prescribe certain medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSrIs) like fluoxetine (Prozac) or benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax), or suggest that you attend a support group with others with similar symptoms. Miller’s treatment included both medication and, for the first six months, intensive therapy several times a week. While the medication helped to prevent worries from manifesting as obsessive thoughts, it was the integration of


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cognitive-behavioral therapy that offered the best results. “You learn to accept [your anxiety] as a part of who you are and not get depressed by it,” she says, adding that therapy helped her learn stress-reducing practices and identify and break unhealthy patterns. “You need to work with someone who works on skills and gives you ‘homework.’ You really need a plan. You’ve got to write things down, stay on your schedule and be consistent. It’s a lot of work—getting better is a job.” For those suffering from social anxiety, experts believe the best thing to do is face anxiety-provoking situations instead of avoiding them. In other words, don’t skip that tree-trimming party.

Instead, prepare for it by asking the hostess in advance for the names of other people attending so you’ll be sure a friend is there, or better yet, meet that friend ahead of time so you can walk into the party together. “Arrive early to spend a little time with the hostess and get your bearings,” suggests Steven J. Brodsky, a clinical psychologist and an OCD specialist in private practice in Teaneck. And whatever you do, avoid drinking too many alcoholic beverages. You may feel as though alcohol relaxes you, but it can actually make anxiety worse and lead to more problems. Squeezing in yoga classes or regular trips to the gym during this holiday season will help you cope, says Dr. Coira, as will


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Could you have an anxiety disorder? to help determine if your anxiety is preventing you from enjoying life to the fullest, here are nine questions to ask yourself: Obsessive-cOmpulsive DisOrDer: do you feel the need to present your home in its most perfect form if you’re hosting an event? do you obsessively clean for your party, straighten pictures or worry that your house isn’t in perfect order? do you excessively dwell on things like germs, dirt or getting a serious illness? do you constantly repeat behaviors like washing, cleaning, counting, rechecking light switches and door locks or making perfect stacks of laundry? sOcial anxiety DisOrDer: do you shy away from parties, constantly making excuses for why you’re unable to attend? do you attend parties and, during conversations, overtly compliment yourself or look for other people’s approval? do you turn the tables after someone asks you a personal question, diverting them quickly from talking about you and your accomplishments to something less personal like politics or the weather? panic DisOrDer: do you wake up in the middle of the night with severe palpitations or shortness of breath? do you start sweating and thinking you’re going to have a heart attack, that you’re going to die, that you’re going to lose your job or that something is going to go terribly wrong? do you feel afraid that you’re going to get trapped somehow either in an airplane, at a party where you’ll be cornered by someone who wants to talk to you or even in a large crowd?

GettinG help getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night and avoiding caffeine (which can increase your sense of anxiety by stimulating your nervous system). learning to stick to an exercise regimen and a consistent schedule was an important aspect of treatment for Miller, who has now managed to keep her anxiety from controlling her life. she makes a point, however, to note that living with anxiety is a constant challenge. “When you have something like this, life is so tough,” she says. “acceptance of change is very hard for anyone but especially for people with anxiety. i’m in a good place now, but it’s always a work in progress.”

if you answered “yes” to most of the questions in any category above, you may want to seek professional help for dealing with anxiety. start with your family doctor to rule out a medical condition. your doctor may then refer you to a mental health professional. and keep in mind, you’re not alone. “you might meet the most confident person and never guess that he or she gets very anxious in social settings,” says dr. Brodsky. “they may be very successful in their life and career. they may be very good at giving speeches to large numbers of people, but that same person might have tremendous difficulty during a one-on-one conversation.” Many people also find support groups helpful. to find one, visit or


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your year! fast approaching, it’s time again for new year’s resolutions. if you’re like me, you see this as an opportunity for a fresh start. i thoroughly enjoy making new year’s resolutions, especially those involving bettering myself physically. But what i don’t like is breaking them, which i inevitably do after a couple of weeks when the novelty wears off. But there is good news: according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t. “resolutions can help you assess what you would like to change about your behavior or lifestyle,” says Geri Gourley, a licensed clinical social worker in Englewood. Unfortunately, there are some common pitfalls that derail the best of intentions and stand in the way of achiev-

asked experts for their advice on how these health hazards can be avoided.

pitfall #1: there’s no time for exerCise. Start small. “take a good look at your schedule, and see if there are brief times during the day when some activity could be incorporated,” says Susan Kraus, therapeutic dietitian at hackensack University Medical Center. “For example, how long is your lunch break? Could 10 to 15 minutes be carved out for a walk around the premises or through the building?” Other opportunities for exercise include taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to get the mail instead of grabbing it when you drive by the mailbox and parking at the far end of the parking lot instead of right next to your destination.

more time than you think. according to Gladys Ditroia, a certified weight management specialist in Wyckoff and the winner of Bergen Health & Life’s “Picture of health” contest, “if you say you don’t have time to exercise, what you’re really saying is that you aren’t willing to make time to exercise. if you have time to watch tV and do other activities, then you have time to exercise.” if you’re not willing to give up your favorite tV show, do exercises such as push-ups and jumping jacks during commercials. alternatively, save 15 to 20 minutes by recording the show and watching it later, minus the commercials; then use that extra time to get in a quick workout, says James hill, Ph.D., co-founder of the national Weight Control registry, the largest study of long-term successful weight loss maintenance. Don’t worry if


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your schedule won’t allow for a nonstop 40-minute workout. According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, four 10-minute exercise sessions in a day produce the same health benefits as a continuous 40-minute workout.

Pitfall #2: i always forget to floss my teeth.

Make it a habit. To help reduce bacteria that cause bad breath, gingivitis, more serious periodontal (gum) disease and tooth loss, you need to brush and floss your teeth. Brushing removes plaque from the surface of teeth, while “flossing gets into the spaces between teeth and cleans there more thoroughly than a toothbrush can,” says Robert Sinclair, D.D.S., who has a dental practice in Ridgewood. Studies have even shown that flossing can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. If you find yourself consistently forgetting to floss those pearly whites— according to a 2008 survey, only 49 percent of Americans floss daily and 10 percent never floss—put floss in plain view, next to your toothbrush. Also, try flossing before you brush; you’ll be more likely to floss since you won’t want to go to bed without brushing. Another trick: Keep floss or a floss pick in various strategic places, such as in your purse or on your nightstand, so that when you see it, it’ll serve as a reminder. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day, so make flossing—in addition to brushing and visiting the dentist for cleanings— part of your routine.


Pitfall #3: i have a serious sweet tooth. Moderation is key. “Making unhealthy foods taboo or off-limits only makes you crave them more,” explains DiTroia. “Instead, try to reduce your consumption of such foods in steps, as small changes over time are more apt to stick.” If your favorite dessert is high in calories, look for a similar, calorie-reduced version so that you still satisfy your sweet tooth without going over your daily calorie goal. If you do go overboard with the chocolate one day, it’s not the end of the world: “Setbacks and challenges are a part of life,” says Kraus. “We need to get away from thinking in terms of ‘black and white’ and think about what we can do to be healthy whenever possible.”

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And whether your vice is chocolate, potato chips or cheese pizza, this moderation rule applies. Another key to healthy eating is to plan ahead. “When you have your meals and snacks planned out in advance, it’s much easier to stick with the healthier foods,” says Kraus. And the simple act of eating on a regular basis—every three to four hours—makes it easier to resist temptation because you won’t be starving when you do eat.

basis,” says Gourley. Many people exercise, practice yoga, meditate or take up a hobby such as playing music or dancing. “one simple thing you can do when you feel stressed out is to stop whatever you’re doing, sit down, close your eyes and be mindful,” says Gourley. “Acknowledge your stress, breathe deeply and visualize it leaving your body.”

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It’s easy to put sleep on the back burner when you’re trying to cram everything into the day. And let’s face it, it’s not easy to ignore the constant barrage of distractions such as the Internet and television. But sleep is crucial to your health: “Too little sleep causes most people to become irritable, impatient and cognitively impaired,” says Gourley. “Research also indicates that sleep deprivation can contribute to weight gain and heart disease.” In fact, being wellrested impacts everything from mood and job performance to appearance and diet. “exhausted people tend to rely on foods that will give them a quick fix, which usually means lots of sugar or fat,” says Gourley. “over time, these lifestyle choices increase the probability of diabetes.” The first step to ensuring you get all your zzz’s is to create the right ambiance. Make your bedroom inviting with soft lighting, a cool temperature (around 65 degrees Fahrenheit) and a comfortable bed. Don’t forget to minimize all sources of light—this includes clocks and computers—and sound before settling down. uncontrollable noises such as barking dogs and sirens can be masked with a fan, soothing music or earplugs. Also, follow a routine. If you’re not used to going to bed at the same time every day, it can be difficult to make yourself follow a strict bedtime. But your body will thank you when you do. pick a bedtime when you usually feel tired, and stick to it—even on the weekends. It’s oK to change that time, but do so gradually, moving it 15 minutes every day or two. As important as it is to go to bed at the same time every day, it’s equally important to wake up at the same time each morning. This allows your circadian rhythm, your body’s natural sleep and wake cycle, to remain consistent, which helps you get a good night’s sleep.


If you know ahead of time you are going to be eating out, cut back for a few days before the event in order to “save up” calories that can then be “spent” on your night out. It is also wise to look at the menu beforehand, if possible, to get a sense of the healthiest options so that you’re prepared when it comes time to order, says DiTroia.

Pitfall #4: there’s no way to avoid stress.

Just because you can’t avoid stress doesn’t mean you should ignore it. experts estimate 60 to 90 percent of all doctor’s visits are stress-related, and chronic stress can lead to severe health problems, including high blood pressure, an increased risk of stroke and heart attack, depression, a weak immune system and infertility. “you may not realize that your chronic and debilitating migraines or back pain could be stressrelated, or that unrelenting stress can end up triggering a mood disorder, but it can,” says Gourley. luckily, stress reduction has been proven to help mitigate symptoms of health problems brought on by stress. So make it a point to de-stress. “The key to decreasing stress is figuring out what relaxing activities work for you and which you’re most likely to incorporate into your lifestyle on a regular

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“I’ve learned to put myself first,” says Kate, adding that the process has helped her gain self-esteem and inspired her to further her education. “When you feel good about yourself, things fall into place.”

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It’s been three months since Jeanne and Kate Martin took on the challenge of reinventing themselves with the help of our health and beauty experts. Here’s what they’ve been up to: FOOD Both women met with Medi-Weightloss Clinics’ Robert Villegas, M.D., who gave them a protein-heavy diet to follow and now monitors their progress. “Learning to be aware of what I put in my mouth is the biggest gift of this program,” says Jeanne. Kate agrees: “If I wanted to lose weight again, this is the way I would do it,” she says. FITNESS They attend personal training sessions weekly with Spain at the Active Center for Health & Wellness, where they are focusing on weight training and core exercises. “It’s an hour of working all the muscle groups,” says Jeanne. “It’s amazing the difference a personal trainer makes.” FACE TIME H. William Song, M.D., at Omni Aesthetics performed cosmetic procedures, including facial fillers and SmoothShapes, a laser treatment that burns away fat, on both women. Also, Jeanne and Kate have undergone cosmetic dental procedures with Marlen Martirossian, D.D.S., at River Edge Family Dental.



ADVISORY PANEL DENTAL ADVISER RIVER EDGE FAMILY DENTAL Marlen Martirossian, D.D.S., is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Dr. Martirossian is an active participant at the Department of Implantology at New York University College of Dentistry. NONSURGICAL WEIGHT-LOSS ADVISER MEDI-WEIGHTLOSS CLINICS Robert Villegas, M.D., attended Columbia University and has 20 years of experience in private practice and academic medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.


FACIAL APPEARANCE ADVISER OMNI AESTHETICS H. William Song, M.D., an aesthetic medicine specialist, is board-certified in internal medicine and has been practicing in Bergen County since 1996. He received his undergraduate training at Bucknell University and his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Song is currently on staff at Hackensack University Medical Center. PERSONAL FITNESS ADVISER ACTIVE CENTER FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS Spain has been an National Academy of Sports Medicine– certified personal trainer since 2004. He has a CPT (certified personal trainer) certificate and a CES (corrective exercise specialist) certificate and is well-versed in developing programs that provide optimum results, taking into account the activities his clients enjoy. FASHION ADVISER GINGER N’ CREAM This boutique in Westwood features name-brand clothing, accessories and shoes that are surprisingly affordable. Sue Bahng, the store’s fashion guru, is set on giving our pair a glamorous yet attainable look. HAIR AND MAKEUP ADVISER ARAYA REBIRTH Led by Daniela Musano, the hair and makeup team at Araya Rebirth is known throughout Bergen as the go-to group for special occasions—or when you’re simply out to look your best. They’ll work on crafting a look that the winning pair can continue to enjoy long after their makeover.

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PowERS Cinnamon packs a lot of healthy heat: These deceptively sweet sticks are high in fiber and nutrients like calcium and iron. Studies have shown the spice can relieve arthritic pain, combat E. coli bacteria and curb the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cells. People living with diabetes may find cinnamon especially powerful, as it has been shown to regulate blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. But beware: Cassia could cause liver irritation if you get too sprinkle-happy. Modern cooks are wise to do as the Romans did, using cinnamon as a food preservative.

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Portugese and English enslaved natives on the island of Ceylon (Sri Lanka’s former name), in efforts to monopolize production of ceylon and reap the pricey spice’s rewards. By the late 18th century, however, the Arab delicacy had begun to lose prominence with the emergence of cassia cinnamon as an acceptable substitute. As early as 2800 B.C., Chinese doctors used cassia to treat colds, the flu and digestive problems. while Europeans still prefer the citrusy taste of ceylon, Americans favor cassia, made from the bark of the Cinnamomum cassia, an evergreen found throughout Asia.

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3 tbs. water 1 tbs. ground flaxseed meal 2¼ cups Bob’s red Mill all-purpose gluten-free baking flour 1½ tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. xanthan gum ½ tsp. ground nutmeg ¼ tsp. ground allspice ¼ tsp. ground cloves 1 cup organic palm fruit oil shortening ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar ¾ cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract ½–¾ cup apricot or strawberry jam


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minT paTTies

This quick and simple treat, similar to a York Peppermint Pattie, gives you a worry-free way to enjoy the smooth mixture of mint and a sweet candy coating. IngredIents 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar (sifted) 5 tbs. organic palm fruit oil shortening 2½ tsp. peppermint extract ½ tsp. vanilla extract 6 tbs. Lyle’s golden syrup 12 oz. gluten-, soy-, dairy-, egg- and nut-free semisweet chocolate chips


Combine the sugar, 3 tablespoons of shortening and the extracts. Add Lyle’s Golden Syrup and mix thoroughly. Scoop the dough in a tablespoon and roll into balls; place them on parchment paper and chill for 30 minutes.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the water and flaxseed and let sit for three to five minutes. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and powder, xanthan gum, salt and spices. Set aside. Cream the shortening and sugars. Add the flaxseed mixture, then continue beating, adding the vanilla extract. Combine with the dry ingredients then mix—the dough will be coarse. Roll tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls and place them two inches apart on parchment-covered baking sheets. Use your finger to create an indentation in the dough and fill with ½ teaspoon of jam. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, remove tray from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before removing the cookies.


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Use the bottom of a glass to press the balls into quarter-inch patties and chill for another 30 minutes. Using a double boiler, stir the chocolate chips and remaining shortening until melted. cool for 10 minutes. dip the patties in the chocolate, completely coating them, and return to wax paper. dry in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.


This tasty variation of the traditional ohio treat has all the flavor without any of the allergens. buckeyes were originally made with peanut butter and chocolate; this alternative version harnesses the sweet flavor and similar consistency of marshmallow and buttercream frosting. IngrEdIEnTs

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2 cups vanilla buttercream frosting (see recipe at right) 2 Tbs. and 2 tsp. sunflower seed butter 24 oz. gluten-, soy-, dairy-, egg- and nut-free semisweet chocolate chips 2 Tbs. canola oil confectioners’ sugar (for coating hands)


Using a stand mixer, beat the frosting and

sunflower seed butter until light and fluffy, then refrigerate for 30 minutes. coat your hands in confectioners’ sugar and scoop tablespoons of the frosting, rolling them between your hands to create balls. on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper, refrigerate the balls for at least one hour or until solid. melt the chocolate and oil in a double boiler and stir until smooth. after letting the chocolate cool for five minutes, use toothpicks to dip frosting balls in the chocolate until only a small circle is visible on top. Place back on the baking sheets and refrigerate until chocolate is hard and shiny. VAnILLA buTTErcrEAm FrosTIng IngrEdIEnTs 2 cups organic palm fruit oil shortening 2 cups marshmallow cream (see recipe at right) 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1 Tbs. vanilla extract ½ tsp. salt


In a stand mixer bowl, beat the marshmallow cream and shortening on medium-high for three minutes. Scrape

the sides of the bowl; add the sugar and salt and mix until it is light and fluffy. blend in the vanilla until thoroughly combined. mArsHmALLow crEAm IngrEdIEnTs ½ cup cold water 3 packages unflavored gelatin 2 cups Lyle’s golden syrup 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1½ tsp. vanilla extract ½ tsp. salt


add the cold water to a small saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin into it. Let stand for five minutes, then add the Lyle’s golden Syrup and heat on medium, stirring constantly, for about five minutes or until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour the mixture into a stand mixer bowl and beat for three minutes on medium speed, then 12 minutes at medium-high speed. (It will become fluffy and very sticky, like commercial marshmallow cream.) Stir in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and salt until combined and beat on medium-high for two minutes; scrape the bowl and beat for an extra minute. —Maureen Scully

noTE Most ingredients are available at your local health-food store, Whole Foods or Wegmans. check with the location nearest you for availability.

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where to buy Stew Leonard’S wineS 396 route 17 north Paramus 201.649.0882 engLewood wine MerchantS 3 e. Palisade ave. englewood 201.568.8820 the endLeSS Vine 823 Franklin lake rd. Franklin lakes 201.891.3669


to celebrate Sparkling wine, a holiday tr adition, iS more varied than you think BuBBles, BuBBles and more bubbles! Yes, it’s that time when we toast the year past and the one to come with a pop and a hiss and tons of holiday cheer. While headlines tell of economic woes, champagne and sparkling wine sales remain effervescent: They’re expected to be up at least 7 percent this year over 2010, with some brands like California’s Iron Horse seeing as much as a 24 percent jump.


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each december, champagne and sparkling wine sales skyrocket—in some years they’ve spiked 90 percent—as many of us choose these wines as our go-to celebratory drink. But for some, they’re the pour of choice all year long. Hugh davies, winemaker at California’s schramsburg Vineyard (a.k.a. america’s House of sparkling Wine), says there are three reasons: “First, sparkling wine quality has never been higher. second,


more people, especially Gen-Xers and millennials, like the way bubbly tastes. Third, because it’s so food-friendly, people are incorporating it into their everyday dining.” sparkling wine can be called champagne only if it’s made in the Champagne region of France from three grapes: Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot muenier. It’s rich, luscious and often the most expensive bubbly-wine option. Then there’s Prosecco, from Italy’s Veneto region, whose popular brands mionetto and lunetta have almost doubled their sales in the last two years, nipping at the heels of champagne for most popular girl in the glass. spain’s budget-friendly bubbly is called Cava. many sparkling wines, which start at less than $15 a bottle, are made from different grapes and in different methods than champagne. They offer fun bubbles at great prices but not the finesse and sophistication of true champagne, and their big bubbles tend to fizz out quickly. While they can still be dry like champagne, these less expensive styles are often fruitier in aroma and flavor. Champagne has more complex aromas and taste profiles including yeasty, fresh-baked bread as well as fresh-fruit attributes. sparkling wine that is made like champagne produces endless strands of teensy bubbles that create a frothy mousse (like the head of beer) when poured. There are now 10 to 12 California wineries making $20-and-up sparkling wines using the traditional methods. says bubbly maker davies: “The best of California’s sparkling wines rival the best made in Champagne or anywhere else in the world.” From pale yellow to pink and from dry to sweet, there are many great California sparkling wines to choose from. our top picks include schramsburg Blanc de Blanc, $35, (Blanc de blanc means it’s made from 100 percent chardonnay), a lively and crisp wine that is still rich on the palate; and mumm napa Brut rosé, $22, (Brut means it’s dry, not sweet, and rosé means this sparkler will have a slightly pink or salmon color either from staying in contact with the skins of the red grapes during fermentation or from a dose of finished red wine), which smells of strawberries and raspberries with cream and pairs wonderfully with chocolate. These other american sparkling-wine producers will also help you celebrate in style: Iron Horse Vineyards, scharffenberger Cellars, roederer estate, Gloria Ferrer, domaine Carneros and argyle Winery. —Maureen C. Petrosky


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ALLENDALE BAR & GRILL Casual American sports bar with pub food, 67 W. Allendale Ave., 201.327.3197

THE MAGIC POT Fondue and crêpe dishes, 934 River Rd., 201.969.8005

DONG BANG Korean barbecue, 1616 Palisade Ave., 201.242.4485

FLIRT SUSHI LOUNGE Upscale sushi restaurant, 140 W. Allendale Ave., 866.WE.FLIRT

REBECCA’S Caribbean cuisine, 236 Old River Rd., 201.943.8808

IT’S GREEK TO ME Casual Greek taverna, 1611 Palisade Ave., 201.947.2050

RESTAURANT L Eclectic New American cuisine, 9 N. Franklin Tpk., 201.785.1112

ROBERTO’S II Gourmet Italian dining, 936 River Rd., 201.224.2524

NOODLE & NOODLE Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese fare. 2024 Center Ave., 201.944.4242

SAVINI Italian cuisine, 168 W. Crescent Ave., 201.760.3700

SU RESTAURANT Vegetarian fare with Asian influences, 725 River Rd., 201.840.7988

PRIME & BEYOND Upscale American steak house, 501 Main St., 201.461.0033




TROVATO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Italian cuisine, 206 Route 46 East, 201.797.7552

CHEF’S TABLE French eatery, 754 Franklin Ave., 201.891.6644



DELPHINO Classic southern Italian fare, 829 Franklin Lake Rd., 201.848.0909

TOMMY FOX’S PUBLIC HOUSE Classic American pub fare, 32 S. Washington Ave., 201.384.0900


KIKU Traditional Japanese and hibachi dining, 5-9 Route 9 West, 201.767.6322 CHAPALA GRILL Family-friendly Mexican restaurant, 52 S. Washington Ave., 201.387.2107


BIGGIE’S CLAM BAR Seafood restaurant, raw bar and tavern, 430 Route 17 South, 201.933.4000 IL VILLAGGIO Italian dining, 651 Route 17 North, 201.935.7733

GREGORY T’S Traditional pub fare in a laid-back environment, 214 Kinderkamack Rd., 201.262.5003

SUSHI COCORO Authentic Japanese cuisine with a sushi bar, 856 Franklin Ave., 201.560.1333

AKAI LOUNGE Elegant sushi lounge, also offering traditional Japanese dishes, 11 N. Dean St., 201.541.0086


CASSIE’S RESTAURANT Casual Italian restaurant and pizzeria, 18 S. Dean St., 201.541.6760

ROCCA Classic Italian and innovative seasonal fare, 203 Rock Rd., 201.670.4945

DARUMA Japanese cuisine featuring sushi, 45 N. Dean St., 201.567.9600


GLEN ROCK INN Sports bar with Italian-influenced menu, 222 Rock Rd., 800.400.2362

GRAND CRU Wine bar and bistro, 36 N. Van Brunt St., 201.568.3939

THE CROW’S NEST Contemporary American fare, 309 Vincent Ave., Route 17 South, 201.342.5445

TOM YUM KOONG Authentic Thai cuisine, 644 Anderson Ave., 201.941.2290

LEVANT GRILLE Authentic Mediterranean cuisine, 34 E. Palisade Ave., 201.503.1200

LOTUS CAFE Cozy, authentic Chinese restaurant, BYO, 450 Hackensack Ave., 201.488.7070

VILLA AMALFI Fine Italian fare, 793 Palisade Ave., 201.886.8626

NISI ESTIATORIO Fine Mediterranean cuisine, 90 Grand Ave., 201.567.4700

SOLARI’S Casual family-friendly Italian restaurant, 61 River St., 201.487.1969


SOLAIA Thai/Mediterranean fare, 22 Van Brunt St., 201.871.7155

WHITE MANNA Lively burger joint, 358 River St., 201.342.0914



TINA LOUISE Asian fare, BYO, 403 Hackensack St., 201.933.7133


BUON GUSTO Casual Italian dining, 534 Durie Ave., 201.784.9036 HARVEST BISTRO & BAR French/American fare, 252 Schraalenburgh Rd., 201.750.9966 LOCALE Eclectic Italian cuisine with Mediterranean influences, 208 Piermont Rd., 201.750.3233


GRIFFIN’S BAR & EATERY American fare, 44 E. Madison Ave., 201.541.7575 SAMDAN Middle Eastern fine dining, 178 Piermont Rd., 201.816.7343 UMEYA Japanese cuisine, 156 Piermont Rd., 201.816.0511


CUBAN EDDIE’S Classic Cuban fare, 130 W. Shore Ave., 201.338.2382 IL MULINO Northern Italian cuisine featuring seafood, 132 Veterans Plz., 201.384.7767


PARK AND ORCHARD RESTAURANT International/ eclectic dishes, 240 Hackensack St., 201.939.9292 SORRENTO’S Southern Italian fare, 132 Park Ave., 201.507.0093 TAO’S WOK AND RESTAURANT Asian fusion and seafood, 356 Paterson Ave., 201.460.8988


THE CRAB HOUSE Casual riverside dining with Manhattan views, 541 River Rd., 201.840.9311 KINARA Northern Indian cuisine, 880 River Rd., 201.313.0555


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ASSEMBLY STEAK HOUSE & SEAFOOD GRILL Classic American steak house, 495 Sylvan Ave., 201.568.2616

DINO’S RESTAURANT Contemporary Italian cuisine, 12 Tappan Rd., 201.767.4245

THE BICYCLE CLUB Traditional American cuisine with weeknight drink specials, 487 Sylvan Ave., 201.894.0880

IVY INN American and Continental fare ser ved in a romantic setting, 268 Terrace Ave., 201.393.7699

CLIFF’S STEAKHOUSE American steak house, 18 Sylvan Ave., 201.944.0233 GRISSINI TRATTORIA Elegant Italian cuisine, 484 Sylvan Ave., 201.568.3535



MT. FUJI STEAKHOUSE Elegant Japanese fare and hibachi grill, 193 Route 17 South, 201.288.2800 TOM YUM KOONG Authentic Thai cuisine, 305 Boulevard, 201.288.3840 TUSCANY TOUCH Italian fare, 167 Boulevard, 201.288.4000

DUTCH HOUSE TAVERN Historical tavern featuring casual American cuisine, 24-07 Fair Lawn Ave., 201.796.5343


GOTHAM CITY DINER American favorites, 39-10 Broadway, 201.398.9700

ANDIAMO Eclectic Italian fare, 23 Hardenburgh Ave., 201.384.1551

OCEANOS Mediterranean food with raw bar, 2-27 Saddle River Rd., 201.796.0546

OMSHIVAM Authentic Indian fare in an all-you-caneat buffet, 147 Terrace St., 201.374.1540

PICNIC, THE RESTAURANT Creative, upscale eatery with locally grown ingredients, 14-25 Plaza Rd., 201.796.2700



ALESSANDRO’S TRATTORIA E PIZZERIA Casual Italian cuisine, 157 Terrace St., 201.385.8544

BELLA CAMPANIA Casual, traditional Italian fare featuring homemade mozzarella cheese, 456 Broadway, 201.666.7700

DON QUIJOTE Spanish cuisine, 344 Bergen Blvd., 201.943.3133

BENSI Authentic Italian food with fresh, local produce, 387 Washington Ave., 201.722.8881

ZEN ZEN BARBECUE Korean barbecue, 356 Bergen Blvd., 201.840.1820

GOLDEN DYNASTY Upscale, traditional Chinese cuisine, 295 Kinderkamack Rd., 201.358.8685


ZOCCA RISTORANTE Fine family-style, New Italian fare featuring fresh seafood, 100 Park Ave., 201.497.6474

ARMANDO’S Fine traditional Italian cuisine, 144 Main St., 201.461.4220


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where to eat HO-HO-KUS

HO-HO-KUS INN & TAVERN New American farm-totable fare, 1 E. Franklin Tpk., 201.445.4115 JANICE A BISTRO Home-style Italian-American cuisine, 23 Sheridan Ave., 201.445.2666 KEVIN’S THYME American favorites with a twist, 614 N. Maple Ave., 201.445.6400


MINADO Japanese seafood buffet, 1 Valley Rd., 201.931.2666 TRACEY’S NINE MILE HOUSE Continental cuisine, 4 Bergen Tpk., 201.440.1100


NAPOLI PIZZA II Classic Italian pizza parlor with a Sicilian focus, 12-76 River Rd., 201.703.5577 YA FOOD CHAN’S WOK Authentic Chinese cuisine with a health food menu available, 2 Mercer St., 973.777.0633


FOSCHINI’S BRICK OVEN KITCHEN Casual, fresh brick-oven pizza, 298 Ridge Rd., 201.460.7600 HAROLD’S NEW YORK DELI Family-style dining ser ving breakfast, 10 Polito Ave., 201.935.2600 WHISKEY CAFE Traditional American fare featuring live music, 1050 Wall St. West, 201.939.4889


ROXANNE’S Family-friendly Italian eatery with brickoven pizza, 150 Franklin Tpk., 201.529.0007


SEAFOOD GOURMET Cozy, traditional American seafood eatery, 103 W. Pleasant Ave., 201.843.8558


ARTURO’S Classic Italian fare, 41 Central Ave., 201.444.2466 ROSARIO’S TRATTORIA Casual Italian BYO, 29 Central Ave., 201.445.3335


ALDO & GIANNI RISTORANTE Traditional Italian fare, 108 Chestnut Ridge Rd., 201.391.6866 BELLISSIMO Fine Italian cuisine, 12 S. Kinderkamack Rd., 201.746.6669 THE PORTER HOUSE American steak house, 125 Kinderkamack Rd., 201.307.6300


BAZZARELLI RISTORANTE Italian pizzeria that offers gluten-free pizza, 117 Moonachie Rd., 201.641.4010 DOLCE NOVITÀ Authentic Italian fine dining, 107 Moonachie Rd., 201.440.3339


LODOS Fine Mediterranean and Turkish fare, 690 River Rd., 201.265.0004 SANZARI’S NEW BRIDGE INN Italian cuisine featuring seafood and pasta, 1055 Old New Bridge Rd., 201.692.7700


BRADY’S FOX HUNT INN Irish/American classics, 201 Livingston St., 201.784.8047 MADELEINE’S PETIT PARIS Light French cuisine, 416 Tappan Rd., 201.767.0063


DIMORA RISTORANTE Italian cuisine ser ved in a family atmosphere, 100 Piermont Rd., 201.750.5000


ELM STREET GRILL Classic American bar food, 20 Elm St., 201.651.0005

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FELICE’S Casual Italian dining, 279 Kinderkamack Rd., 201.261.9500


BRASSIE’S Traditional American fare, 123 Paramus Rd., 201.848.0170 EL CID Romantic Spanish fine dining, 205 Paramus Rd., 201.843.0123 KIKU Traditional Korean and Japanese fare ser ved hibachi style, 365 Route 17 South, 201.845.8008 NAPA VALLEY GRILLE Contemporary American fare and extensive wine list, 1146 Garden State Plaza, 201.845.5555


PEPPERCORN’S Classic American steak house, 176 Colony Ave., 201.391.2818 VALENTINO’S Continental Italian fare, 103 Spring Valley Rd., 201.391.2230


THE ABBEY Quaint American and Italian dining, 105 Lakeside Dr., 201.327.0009 APOLO’S RESTAURANT Mediterranean seafood, BYO, 61 Main St., 201.825.1111 BON GIOVANNI Italian cuisine with a Brazilian touch, 61 E. Main St., 201.825.1111 CAFÉ PANACHE Eclectic American fine dining, 130 E. Main St., 201.934.0030 GAO Thai cuisine ser ved in a cozy and intimate setting, 63 W. Main St., 201.962.2691


GOTHAM CITY DINER American favorites, 550 Bergen Blvd., 201.943.5664


BELLA ITALIANO Traditional Italian cuisine, BYO, 170 Main St., 201.440.2150 LUKA’S Casual Italian BYO, 238 Main St., 201.440.2996


A MANO Authentic Neapolitan trattoria, 24 Franklin Ave., 201.493.2000 DIM SUM DYNASTY Authentic Chinese cuisine, 75 Franklin Ave., 201.652.0686 GEN SUSHI Hibachi, sushi and Asian fusion, BYO, 15 E. Ridgewood Ave., 201.493.1988 MELA CUISINE OF INDIA Traditional Indian fare, BYO, 47 E. Ridgewood Ave., 201.225.6060 NATALIE’S RESTAURANT Authentic Italian cuisine, BYO, 24 S. Broad St., 201.444.7887 THE STABLE Rodizio-style restaurant, 20 E. Ridgewood Ave., 201.444.1199 VILLAGE GREEN RESTAURANT Contemporary American cuisine, 36 Prospect St., 201.445.2914


FUKI SUSHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT Fresh sushi, 828 Kinderkamack Rd., 201.225.0160 GREEN PAPAYA Asian fusion cuisine with blends from Thailand, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, 110 Kinderkamack Rd., 201.678.1888 A TASTE OF GREECE Classic Greek taverna, 935C Kinderkamack Rd., 201.967.0029


CRECCO’S CAFE Casual, family-style restaurant offering Italian-American fare, 655 Westwood Ave., 201.664.7200


BISTRO 55 Casual eatery featuring seasonal, local food, 55 Route 17 South, 201.845.3737 VILLA ROBERTO RISTORANTE Fine Italian cuisine, 70 W. Passaic St., 201.845.8333

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claSSic QUiche cafe French and continental fare specializing in several varieties of quiche, 330 Queen anne rd., 201.692.0150 etc. SteaKhoUSe contemporary american steak house, 1409 palisade ave., 201.357.5677 meXicali liVe authentic mexican fare with live music, 1409 Queen anne rd., 201.833.0011


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regina’S SteaKhoUSe steak house and seafood grill, 827 teaneck rd., 201.862.1996 Victoria’S Quaint, contemporary american dining, 336 Queen anne rd., 201.801.0888


aXia taVerna stylish greek eatery, 18 piermont rd., 201.569.5999

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hamSa middle eastern fare, 7 w. railroad ave., 201.871.6060 maX’S italian grill Quaint italian BYo, 39 highwood ave., 201.569.7171


andrea’S italian riStorante cozy, authentic italian eatery, 26 e. prospect st., 201.670.0275 mattheW’S diner classic american fare, 4 Franklin tpk., 201.447.1411

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the Village grille eclectic fare with mediterranean, Japanese and greek influences, 71 crescent ave., 201.670.8200

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granita grill italian cuisine, 467 Broadway, 201.664.9846

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blUe moon meXican cafe traditional mexican dishes, 42 Kinderkamack rd., 201.782.9500

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martini grill european-inspired dishes and specialty cocktails, 187 hackensack st., 201.939.2000


red hen biStro French-american cafe, BYo, 525 moonachie ave., 201.728.4501


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1 Florentine Gardens and the 10th anniversary cake by Palermo’s Bakery in Ridgefield Park 2 Jorge Hernandez, Raffaele Lauretta and Cliff Rockwell of Sal Lauretta for Men in Midland Park 3 Hair and makeup for the fashion show and braiding bar was courtesy of Phil and Corey Mania (middle) and the team of Mania Hair Studio in Park Ridge. 4 Best in Bergen winner Chef John Piliouras of Nisi Estiatorio in Englewood does a grilling demonstration in the Park Avenue Motors Pavilion. 5 cupcakes from Sugarflake Bakery in Fair Lawn and Westwood 6 Publisher Linda Rothschild (center) with Nancy Schuring and Marci Hopkins of Devon Fine Jewelry in Wyckoff, which donated $6,000 of jewelry that was hidden throughout the venue for guests to find 7 Dina Manzo at the Fredco Group’s putting green 8 Sandy Mastromarino models in the fashion show sponsored by That Look in Woodcliff Lake. 9 “Picture of Health” cover winner Gladys Ditroia (left) with Bergen Health & Life staffers Jennifer Vreeland, Louise Demmel and Laura Dowden 10 Amira Mor International belly dancers 11 Bergen recording artist Janice Robinson performs.


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On September 22, 2011, many of the Readers’ Choice winners as well as other local Bergen County professionals and more than 1,200 guests gathered at The Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale for an extraordinary night. In the pages that follow we have highlighted some of the featured vendors who helped to make the night memorable.

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Rutherford in 1978 with the opening of Park avenue BmW. The company is still family-owned and operated and prides itself for the personal approach they bring to selling and servicing their cars. The bottom line is customer service and developing a long-standing relationship with customers is their #1 goal— and they make a habit of sticking by their customers and their cars for the years until they’re ready for a new one. Park ave auto Group also sponsors local programs, sporting teams, town races and great county events. To find out what they’re all about, check out “Park ave News” page on their website.

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and facials for gatherings of mother and daughters, friends and significant others. and The Fountain Spa also sponsors corporate events, birthday parties and other special events— and offers memberships that include discounted pricing and other benefits—while The Tranquility Room, with its spa cuisine of delicious salads, wraps and sandwiches, is a perfect place to relax between services too. The med Spa at The Fountain in Ramsey also offers Botox, laser resurfacing, hair transplants, and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery (liposuction, rhinoplasty, body contouring, breast reductions or augmentations, etc.), Fillers and also Coolsculpting, which is a non-invasive way to reduce fat through herbert S. Steinberg, m.D. a board-certified dermatologist, and David l. abramson, m.D. a board-certified plastic surgeon.

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The Fountain Spa has been voted the Best Spa in Bergen County for five years running for good reason. “many people were excited to see us at BergenFest,” says Joyce Fountain, vice president of the exclusive day and medical spa. “a gift certificate from The Fountain Spa is the perfect gift for any occasion; it’s always the right size for any man or woman.” at BergenFest, there were some great giveaways, discount coupons for personalized spa services, airbrush tanning and other packages. “We do not use coloring during our tanning, but a totally organic material that stimulates the body’s melatonin for a more natural tan. This method is used by Jets cheerleaders and the Fox 5 newscast,” one of the on-hand beauty consultants explains. a spa popular option is the side-by-side massages

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The free makeup consultations by The Shops of Riverside were a popular stop, with women watching carefully in handheld mirrors as beauty professionals offered some words of advice. There was a Chanel counter sponsored by Saks Fifth avenue on the right side, and laura mercier products at the Bloomingdales counter to the left. This, and the generous giveaways (including $1,000 shopping spree), was certainly creating a lot of buzz in the room. “We were excited to be a part of an event that brought the Best of Bergen together. There was great vibe and lots of activity. It was a great opportunity for us to connect with the community. We were happy to hear from many of our customers who came by to let us know that they ‘shop

with us’,” said lisa Polino, Director of marketing & Business Development for The Shops at Riverside. The Shops at Riverside is Bergen County’s premiere shopping destination featuring an unrivaled collection of over 70 high-end and bridge specialty stores, anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth avenue, Barnes & Noble and Pottery Barn; including such premiere retailers as Tiffany & Co., louis Vuitton, hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Williams Sonoma. located only minutes from manhattan and topped off by “New Jersey’s own Restaurant Row” with eight full-service fine dining establishments, a full service day spa, and available valet service, The Shops at Riverside provides a pleasant, sophisticated shopping experience for guests with distinctive taste.

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“It was our first time participating, and we’ll be sure never to miss it again.” Devon Fine Jewelry is an extraordinary store with one of the widest selections of gems anywhere in the Northeast. With more than 85 different varieties on sale, Nancy’s customers say that it’s more than just a store—it’s an experience. They work hard to educate its customers to ensure each item is a perfect match for a customer’s coloring, style, collection and budget. In addition, they stage entertaining and informative events on an ongoing basis. Devon Fine Jewelry also works closely with area non-profits and established The Devon Foundation to help the people of the developing world take better advantage of their gemological resources.

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There was a treasure hunt underway this year at BergenFest— and quite a treasure it was. Before guests started to arrive, Devon Fine Jewelry had hidden 10 orange-tagged Finders keepers bags filled with over $6,000 worth of their merchandise in spots throughout The Estate at Florentine Gardens. and this was just a preview of what’s to come. November will be their 32nd year of placing Finders keepers bags in plain sight throughout Bergen County, and Devon Fine Jewelry will be giving away $42,000 worth of their unique gems and jewelry. For the first time, they’ll also be giving out clues through Facebook, Twitter and email. “BergenFest was an incredible event. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and we loved meeting the lucky finders,” says Nancy Schuring, the founder and owner of Devon Fine Jewelry.

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a sign over the Sal lauretta for men booth at BergenFest proclaimed “The New Pocket Square is a Circle.” When asked to explain, Edward armah, a dapper designer says: “It’s a new concept that goes perfectly with the bowtie, the latest fashion trend for men.” although its fabulous collection of pocket circles and bowties in unique colors and patterns was eye-catching, Sal lauretta is best known for its exquisite custom-tailored suits and trend-setting sportswear made from only the finest fabrics that fit and drape perfectly so the clothes move as though they are a part of your body. Begun in 1974 by father and son immigrants from Sicily, the

shop is home to some of the biggest names in men’s classic and contemporary designer fashions such as hugo Boss, Canali and hickey Freeman. Employees will even come to your home or office for fittings to accommodate busy schedules. Since its inception, Sal lauretta has expanded its collection to include a boys department and an extensive collection of fashionable casual wear so its discerning clientele doesn’t have to give up style when dressing down. “We go out of our way to make our customers feel comfortable and as though they’re part of the family,” explains Ralph lauretta, co-owner of Sal lauretta for men. “We can also do a complete closet redo, all the way down to shoes and socks.”

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an aacsB-accredited business school and doctoral programs in nursing practice, clinical psychology and school psychology. degree programs are offered at two new Jersey campuses—Teaneck and Madison—as well as at Wroxton college in oxfordshire, england, and fdu-vancouver in British columbia, canada. in the fall of 2012, fdu will be opening the Medco school of Pharmacy with a groundbreaking curriculum that encompasses a global perspective and dual degree options. anita says that fdu believes that pharmacists will play a transformational role in healthcare and that their new school will set a new standard in pharmacy education. fdu has also launched a degree program in sports administration, one of the largest and fastest growing fields. for more information, contact: anita Rivers, undergraduate adult & Part-Time; susan Brooman, Graduate admissions.

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alumni, current students and others interested in furthering their education gathered at fairleigh dickinson university’s (fdu) booth in the main ballroom of the Bergenfest celebration. of particular interest were the extensive opportunities fdu has for adults and others who want to pursue a higher degree. “it’s easy to recharge your career with an undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate studies while maintaining your work and family obligations because we have full-time, part-time, day, evening and weekend programs at convenient on-campus locations as well as online,” says anita Rivers, director of undergraduate adult and Part-time admissions at fdu. fdu is the largest private university in new Jersey with 12,000 full-time and part-time students and over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs including

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alumni, current students and others interested in furthering their education gathered at fairleigh dickinson university’s (fdu) booth in the main ballroom of the Bergenfest celebration. of particular interest were the extensive opportunities fdu has for adults and others who want to pursue a higher degree. “it’s easy to recharge your career with an undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate studies while maintaining your work and family obligations because we have full-time, part-time, day, evening and weekend programs at convenient on-campus locations as well as online,” says anita Rivers, director of undergraduate adult and Part-time admissions at fdu. fdu is the largest private university in new Jersey with 12,000 full-time and part-time students and over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs including

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“We were thrilled to be part of BergenFest and to have the opportunity to educate attendees about the number of services that are now available for seniors—and to talk to them about the many issues that can arise when you have a senior living at home,” says Debbie Corwin, Director of Community Relations at The Esplanade at Chestnut Ridge. “We also had a dementia coach who specializes in alzheimer’s, a social worker/eldercare consultant, and a certified financial planner/registered financial gerontologist on hand who were incredibly helpful to so many people who stopped by our table. We take great pride in being a valuable resource to the greater community.” and the folks at Promenade Senior residences speak from experience—a few of the department managers at this family-owned and operated company believe so strongly in

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pERsonalizEd wEllnEss Simply put, wellness is not the absence of disease; it is that balance of the mind and body that prevents disease. Representatives from The active Center for health and Wellness were on hand at BergenFest to explain their approach to achieving wellness. “many men and women were excited about our signature treatment, Bio-identical hormone Replacement Therapy (BhRT) because it reverses many of the negative effects of aging such as decreased energy and sex drive, many diseases, and much more,” explains lisamarie Volino, cofounder. “The countless benefits of BhRT are supported by numerous medical and scientific studies, and BhRT has gained popularity in the u.S.” after a complete analysis of your total health, a BhRT expert maps a personalized program to restore hormonal balance and vitality. active Center’s elite team of physicians, dieticians, acupuncturists, personal trainers, skin care experts, massage therapists, and life coaches are on-hand to optimize wellness utilizing the latest in traditional medicine and complementary health modalities.

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Decorating Den’s slide show of “before and after” spaces they’d transformed was impressive. “It was our first time sponsoring BergenFest. There was such terrific energy from the guests, sponsors, hosts and entertainment. The guests were quite engaged and interested in what there was to see and do,” says lucia Palmeri, lauren Woods, Susan keefe and Tammy Vallar, owners of the interior decorating business. “It was such a great experience we wished the night could have lasted longer. We can’t wait to do it again next year!” Decorating Den Interiors provides complimentary at-home consultations and brings decorating selections to the homeowner so clients can actually see how a new concept will look in their home. Everything is custom from their initial design ideas through installation. These pros handle it all, making your life easier and saving valuable time. … and, by the way, mention BergenFest when you call them and receive $250 off custom window treatments for two or more windows.

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bEautiFul, natuRal REsults The Breslow Center for Plastic Surgery and medical Spa offers the most complete range of state-of-the-art plastic surgery services in northern New Jersey for the face, breast, and body. Carol Bustamante, the Center’s medical Spa Director, says BergenFest was a huge success. “We had a steady flow of people coming to our table excited to learn more about Botox, Fillers, IPl hair removal, and other medical Spa rejuvenating treatments like microfusionTm. many entered in our raffle baskets and asked about the services that we offer. It was truly a celebration of the best in Bergen County!” If you missed BergenFest, don’t fret. The Breslow Center has one on one complimentary consultations and frequent educational seminars. Dr. Gary Breslow, a boardcertified plastic surgeon, also offers virtual consultations and image morphing so you can see the end result before making a decision. Call 201-444-9522 or visit us at for more information.

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dina Manzo poses with Jason leMBo, president oF the Fredco group, aFter she successFully hit the Mark during Fredco’s putting challenge at BergenFest 2011.

“It must be the sports jacket. I don’t usually golf in a jacket,” said one Teaneck man to explain why his ball didn’t hit its mark. But he wasn’t the only one taking on The Fredco Group’s challenge. In the middle of BergenFest’s health & Wellness room, others in high heels, sneakers and jackets were all lining up at the putting green Fredco set up—trying to land the golf ball in the hole and win a golf vacation to aruba. The Fredco Group is an award-winning, familyoperated business that specializes in full-service landscape and hardscape contracting; the Fredco Sports division has successfully installed and renovated many golf courses, putting greens, athletic fields and sports courts in the tri-state area. as a turn-key operation with a substantial labor force, fleet of trucks and heavy equipment, Fredco can control project costs and maintain deadlines. They have proudly served the residential, commercial and municipal sectors for over 30 years.

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It took a minute, but when people realized that The Curtain Exchange had made their dresses and vest from curtain material, the cleverness of what they had done brought a smile to everyone’s face. “What really made my night was when we chose the winner of our giveaway. The woman who won the free pair of curtains was so excited, you would have thought she won the lottery,” said mary Gorman, the owner of the Ridgewood-based store. “It was refreshing to see someone so excited and appreciative.” In addition to custom creations, The Curtain Exchange offers custom-quality— but ready-made (and not at custom prices)—window treatments in your favorite styles and fabrics. In addition to in-home consultations, customers can borrow panels to make sure their selections are right for a particular room and its lighting. If it doesn’t work, try again… it’s that simple.

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the nutcracker comes but once a year. make sure to catch this magical performance on December 3 or 4.

holiday rush and recharge with Yoga Nidra at Stone Center for Yoga and Health in Teaneck, 6:30–7:30 p.m. This ancient practice is “yogic sleep,” in which participants are guided into a state of conscious deep rest and relaxation for the ultimate stress relief. Registration: $20 . Go to to learn more.

DEC 2 Come out to East

Ridgewood Ave. and Broad St. for Ridgewood’s dowNtowN for the holidaYs, a 25-year-old town tradition, 5:30–9 p.m. Watch holiday performers take the stage, see the lighting of the town tree and enjoy live music and entertainment on the street. Go to or call 201.445.2600 for more information.

DEC 3 Break out the bell-bottoms and dance the night away with “John, Paul, George, Ringo” and the Volunteer Center of Bergen County at the heart of gold gala, 7 p.m. to midnight. Held at the Dolce Palisades Hotel in Palisades, the center’s 45th anniversary event includes a performance by


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cover band Beatle Magic—the Ultimate Beatles Experience as well as dinner, cocktails and music. Tickets: $175 . For more information, visit heartofgold or call 201.489.9454, ext. 125.

DEC 3 Dash away, dash away,

dash away, all, at the reiNdeer ruN, a 5K race and 1-mile fun run benefiting the Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes, 9:30 a.m. (5K) and 10:30 a.m. (fun run). Participants receive a customized T-shirt and can enjoy refreshments, prizes and entertainment after the race. Registration for 5K: $25 ($30 after 11/28), for fun run: $10. Go to for details and to register.

DEC 3 & 4

The time-honored story of Clara Silberhaus and her beloved nutcracker prince is performed by the New Jersey Ballet in the Nutcracker at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, 4 p.m. (Saturday), 1 and 4:30 p.m. (Sunday). Tickets: $20–$50 . Purchase tickets at or by calling 201.227.1030.


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when he locks his daughters in the bedroom each night only to find their dancing shoes worn out each morning. Can a male suitor solve the mystery and, as a reward, marry one of the princesses? Bring your children to enjoy the Saddle River Valley Cultural Club’s performance of this classic fairy tale at the Old Stone Church Educational Building in Upper Saddle River, 3 p.m. Tickets: $12 (in advance), $15 (within 4 days of show). Visit saddlerivervalley or call 201.825.3366.

DEC 4 Bare your sweet tooth

at the chocolate world exPo, held at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dozens of vendors will offer tastings of their gourmet chocolates, baked goods and other sweets. If you’re feeling guilty for indulging, take note: The expo organizers encourage vendors to support the county’s farms by using locally sourced ingredients. As an added bonus, Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro will sign his latest book, Baking with the Cake Boss, from 2 until 4 p.m. Tickets: $15 ($10 for children 11 and younger). For details, go to

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DEC 10

Santa will travel all the way from the North Pole to pay a visit to the maywood station. Come meet Father Christmas while learning about the history of the town’s train station, built in 1872. The station’s museum includes photographs, maps and original artifacts. Free admission, donations accepted. Go to maywood to learn more.

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Celebrate the season Hollywood-style at the hoLidays at the movies, a showing of a selection of clips of classic holiday movies with commentary at the Mahwah Public Library, 7 p.m. Free admission. Call 201.529.7323 or go to mahwah.bccls. org for more information.

DEC 18

Gather the family around the table at the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern for an elegant famiLy hoLiday buffet brunch. Guests can meet Santa Claus and enjoy performances by local choraliers. Celebrate the season of giving by bringing an unwrapped toy for the Community Resource Council of Bergen County. Call 201.445.4115 for seating times.

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The holidays are over, but that’s no reason to let the celebrations cease. Bring your favorite food or drink and toast to the New Year at the Bergen County Historical Society’s tweLfth night Party at Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge, 2 to 5 p.m. In keeping with the ancient tradition, if you find a bean in your cake, you’ll be crowned this year’s “Lord of Misrule.” Visit for more information.

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isn’t your cup of tea, look beyond the Main House to the Lodge (with two suites) or the Farmhouse at Copper Hill (with four). For a truly private experience, reserve one of the 10 “cottages.” During my visit, I stayed in the modern studio, complete with cathedral ceiling, original artwork by Frank stella, lofted sleeping space with views into the woods and a giant copper tub, good for an afternoon soak after skiing one of the six private downhill runs. For those looking for more winter fun, the resort maintains a 100´ x 50´ ice rink. Ice skates are kept warm for guests, and steaming hot mugs of cocoa and treats from the pastry chef are just a request away. An outdoor fire warms your mittens as you enjoy a drink with friends. In case you’ve forgotten you’re at Twin Farms to relax, visit the “out of the Woods” spa. The “Ultimate Body Treatment” offers a full hour and 45 minutes of other-worldly relaxation and includes body exfoliation, a hydrotherapy session, a deep-sea body wrap and a refreshing massage. (Guests may also request spa services within their accommodations.) nearby is the free-standing Furo, a Japanese-style, 104-degree indoor soaking pool. Make sure to reserve a time in the Furo in advance of your stay. new England Culinary Institute–trained chef Ted Ask’s “farm to table” philosophy

means meals at Twin Farms are fresh, innovative and local. At breakfast, ask your server for the soufflé pancakes. During lunch, enjoy farm-fresh salads with unique wine pairings. In the evening, cocktail hour begins at 7 p.m., with dinner served promptly at 8 in the dining room located within the Main House. Expect to enjoy hearty handmade breads, Vermont butters and cheeses and exquisite main courses at once unexpected and familiar. The roasted beef strip with horseradish whipped fingerling potatoes is truly enjoyable. If you feel like staying in, dinner will arrive en suite picnic-style, complete with table setting, paired wine selection, breads, salad and main course. And don’t forget dessert—the hazelnut brown-butter cake with chocolate ganache, poached white figs and orange drizzle is the perfect winter’s eve ending. With the exception of breakfast, meals are predetermined by the chef. Because Twin Farms always aims to please, you’ll be asked your culinary preferences prior to your stay so that what’s served is tailored to your liking. In every way, Twin Farms strives to accommodate guests. The resort’s easy hospitality, serene location and inspiring architecture make for a reverie-like getaway—and right away you’ll be dreaming of your next visit. —Carole Soule

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Bergen Health & Life: December 2011  

Holiday Issue

Bergen Health & Life: December 2011  

Holiday Issue