Beth Minardi Colorist Extraordinaire X Samuel Shriqui Salon Upper East Side @BethMinardi #SamuelShriqui #BethMinardi

Recently Beth Minardi, colorist to the stars, educator, and entrepreneur was welcomed to the exclusive Samuel Shriqui salon on the upper east side, home to some of the most exclusive shops. The salon houses the flagship Essie Nail Salon with over 250 shades available, and will soon be home to the flagship Kerastase salon later this spring. A lovely courtyard is available, weather permitting, for clients to have lunch, process color, and can be booked for a private event. The full service salon is filled with some of the most talented people in the business offering color, cuts, Keratin treatments, waxing, nails, skincare and makeup.

Beth has a loyal client and fan base because of her rich passion for education and for being on the forefront of what’s new in haircolor as it translates within the fashion and beauty industry. She translates this onto the regular client wanting color that’s on trend yet personalized. Every season Beth has a vision and for Spring 17 she is creating lots of brunette silhouettes tweaked to ones individual features and skintone. Beth’s line of signature color is used in the salon, it’s focus is to nourish the hair while achieving optimal color results.

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Some of Beth’s better known clients include Christie Brinkley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brad Pitt, and Julianne Moore to name a few along with socialites and business executives galore. Beth’s personality and charm add to her bedside manner as she is genuinely interested in getting to know and bond with her clientele.

For more info on Beth visit bethminardi.nyc

Samuel Shriqui Salon 35 east 65th street New York, NY 10065 (212) 472-6805 samuelshriquisalon.com

 

Wisewear: Fashion meets Tech according to Iris Apfel @Wisewear

 

 

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Wisewear was conceived out of the reality that the population is getting older, but is also more fashionable and tech savvy than previous generations. The company collaborated with 94 year fashion icon, designer and innovator Iris Apfel to design the Socialite collection, comprised of three uniquely designed smart bracelets that are equally functional and fashionable.

The primary features of these trackers are the norm and include text, email, calls, footsteps, and calorie counts, but what sets these bracelets apart is the distress signal feature that sends out a signal to ones contacts in case of a fall or other safety emergency.

Originally designed for an older consumer because of the distress feature and a higher price point ($295-$345) it has been discovered that younger women also had a need and a desire to own a trendy fashionable accessory that can go with any outfit and provide them with a piece of mind knowing help is easily accessible if they should need it. Now available for purchase at Saks Fifth Ave and other retailers abroad. #Sponsored

Buy Here: wisewear.com

 

Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Great Moments Puerto Vallarta, Mexico @buenaventurahtl #PVPressTrip #PuertoVallarta @Aeromexico

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Mexico is a vacationer’s dream. With so many destinations featuring gorgeous beaches, cultural experiences and an immense variety of hotel/resort choices in every price range, a trip to Mexico truly offers something for everyone.

Based in New York City our team has visited Cancun and the Riviera Maya on several occasions with a short 3.5 hour flight, making a long weekend an easy reality. This time we decided to venture to Puerto Vallarta, on the western coast of Mexico to experience what it has to offer.

Puerto Vallarta has been a go to for west coasters for decades as well as midwesterners and Canadians due to convenient direct flights and charters. From NYC there are many convenient connections to Puerto Vallarta VIA Mexico City on Aeromexico, more details on that below.

When choosing a resort to discover in Puerto Vallarta, we wanted to experience a family all- inclusive traveling with a 10 year old, but also wanted to pamper ourselves, relax, and experience the authenticity and charm of Puerto Vallarta. The Buenaventura Grand & Great Moments is centrally located about 15 minutes from the airport and a short stroll from the famous seaside boardwalk know as “The Malecon” featuring many cafes, shops, outdoor clubs and entertainment.

A beachfront property on The Bay of Banderas, the resort offers three pool areas including an adults only area along a beach bar where friendly bartenders mix refreshing cocktails with daily specials and remember guests drink choices by the second day. 

 

The resort is going through a gradual renovation that began in 2016 with all the rooms eventually being transformed to include flat screen tv’s and visually pleasing decor and modern luxuries. The main restaurant Frutas Y Flores and the specialty restaurant Sunset were also renovated late last year along with the resort’s kitchen. Both restaurants feature regional specialties along with an international menu and offer a variety of vegetarian and gluten free options.

The resort offers daily activities, a kids club and nightly entertainment including a weekly themed “Mexican Night” featuring local cuisine and an authentic Mexican Show.

The parent company also owns The Villa Premiere right next door, an adults-only, all suites, premiere all-inclusive, boutique resort that is perfect for a romantic getaway or honeymoon.

Things To Do In Puerto Vallarta:

The hotel concierge can arrange many types of adventures throughout Puerto Vallarta. Here are our favorites:

Dolphin Discovery offers several swimming with the dolphins packages that allow an unforgettable experience for the entire family. These smart and adorable mammals love to interact with guests while trainers teach participants about them. Located in Aquaventuras Park, featuring 10 waterslides, a lazy river, zipline, and a climbing wall challenge. An area dedicated to little ones is also available. Open daily 10 to 5. The park offers a variety of packages, some that include food & beverages.

Vallarta Adventures excursion to YELAPA & MAJAHUITAS. The full day excursion begins with a breakfast onboard a catamaran that departs from marina vallarta. Sailing south along the Puerto Vallarta coast to the peaceful cove of Majahuitas, the catamaran stops in this isolated cove for 1.5 hours of snorkeling and kayaking. A tasty lunch follows as well as an open bar. The afternoon is spent in Yelapa where guests can choose to be beachside on lounge chairs or climb the Yelapa waterfall before hitting the beach. On the way back the bar is once again open and there is rock show on board. As a bonus we saw Whales, not guaranteed!

A few other suggestions are: Vallarta Food Tours Taco Tour, Canopy River’s River Expedition, San Sebastian and Artwalk.

Getting There:

Aeromexico offers daily service to Puerto Vallarta from several cities via Mexico City. The airline recently introduced daily service from JFK to Mexico City aboard The 787 Dreamliner. This state of the art aircraft offers a modern cabin with more oxygen, LED lighting, noise reduction technology and a much smoother ride. The aircraft is also environmentally efficient with a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and thus leaving a 20% smaller footprint. Inflight service includes full meal and beverage service and entertainment options at every seat featuring the latest movies, Netflix, and WIFI.

For the ultimate in comfort and a first class experience book a ticket in Clase Premier, which offers fully flat seats aboard The 787 Dreamliner and comfortable wide reclining seats aboard the 737-800. Enhanced meal and beverage service, priority boarding and the use of VIP lounges and partner Skyteam lounges globally.

 

 

Fashion Week Fall 17 Parties & Lounges #NYFW17 #NewYorkFashionWeek #NYFW

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017 #NYFW17 @CFDA#NYFW

This Season Fashion Week in NYC was a mix of new designers, the see now/ buy now shows, established steadfast participants like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors and unfortunately a few who moved on to digital presentations and Los Angeles like Tommy Hilfiger, Rachel Comey and Rodarte on to Paris. Here are our favorites:

The Red Dress Show:

Nicholas K:

Erin Fetherston:

 

Malan Breton:

Tadashi Shoji:

Hakan Akkaya:

Concept Korea:

Pamella Roland:

ARTISTIX By Andy Hilfiger & Greg Polisseni:

TOME Backstage for Aveda:

Marcel Ostertag:

Memere:

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Men’s Fall/Winter 17 Fashion Week #NYFWM @CFDA 

 

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Coach celebrates 75th Anniversary with Fashion Show & Party @Coach #Coach1941

To celebrate 75 years in the business and their reinvention Coach put on a Pre-Fall 17 fashion show and a massive after party complete with disco balls, 70’s automobiles, and a retro vibe where guests like Drew Barrymore, Zoe Kravitz, Emma Roberts, and Michael B. Jordan among others partied in a motel (hotel) lobby while listening to Mark Ronson at the DJ Booth. 

Cute Like Mad by Jeanette Svensk Li: Emerging Talent with a New Ethically sourced and exciting collection for SS17.

 

Launched in 2016 by Jeanette Svensk Li, who hails from Sweden and has lived and studied in San Francisco and London. “Cute Like Mad” is a brand manufactured in NYC. Inspired by “Quaintrelle”-  a woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures.

Jeanette’s collection is made in NYC with the environment in mind and with a focus on ethically sourced natural materials. In her debut season the “Cute like Mad”designer was described as an emerging talent with a rebellious yet luxurious collection of key pieces that a strong NYC woman on the go would have in her closet. A strong showing at the Nolcha Shows during NYFW and a featured designer in Fashion First Seattle, an annual fashion show featuring top designers, retailers and press from the Northwest brings “Cute Like Mad” to the forefront of fashion for 2017.

 

The Spring/Summer 17 collection color palette is a mix of greys, soft blush, black and white. Every season Jeanette incorporates a new and exclusive handmade print. The custom smoke print is shown on the Bettina dress, an on trend off the shoulder 100% silk dress perfect for day or night and on The Hedvig dress. Her pieces are designed to seamlessly mix & match and pair togetherShop Here

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Restaurant Review:Bocaditos Bistro Inwood,NY @BocaditosBistro_eb @ChefAlexis

 

Bocaditos Bistro & Espresso Bar is the newest member of the very well established and popular restaurant family in Inwood, other members being The Mamasushi and Mamajuana Cafe. A bakery in the front with European flair and decor, and a bi-level dining room in the back serving Tapas combining Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.

Owner Susana Osorio is warm and friendly and the vibe is of a quaint family style eatery and lounge with a varied wine list and a cocktail menu comprised of champagne and Sangria cocktails.

Favorite dishes included the Rose Soy Paper Wrapped Salmon stuffed with crabmeat in a thai curry sauce, Short Rib Fettucini, Miso Glazed Japanese Eggplant, and the Stout Braised Short Rib Empanadas. We topped dinner off with The Red Velvet Tres Leche cake with lychee cream and strawberry spheres, a must try.

Bocaditos Bistro & Espresso Bar 4863 Broadway (204th Street) New York, NY 10034 (646) 649-4212 http://www.bocaditosbistro.com

 

 

Spice Island Beach Resort: A Slice of Paradise In Grenada @SpiceResort

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Spice Island Beach Resort is not your typical all- inclusive. While it is wonderful to know that all the extras are included, such as premium top shelf liquor, both in the outdoor areas and ensuite, room service, water sports, and unlimited dining, what separates Spice Island from the rest is the attentive staff, the attention to detail, and the five star service throughout the resort.

Spice Island is truly a family operation. Headed by longtime hotelier and former Grenada Tourist Board executive Sir Roy Hopkin, Lady Hopkin, Ryan Hopkin, and the heir apparent Miss Janelle Hopkin, along with long time general manager Brian Hardy. The close knit Spice Island family work together meticulously to ensure a guest experience worthy of the coveted AAA Diamond Award, only granted to six other resorts in the Caribbean and 118 resorts worldwide. in 2014, 2015 and in 2016, Spice island was awarded the Six Star Diamond award from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, and has been ranked the #1 property in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor reviews. Spice Island is also a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).

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Upon arrival guests are greeted by friendly staff with a cold drink in hand to assist with check in. The airport is less than a 10 minute ride from the resort. A big plus for guests trying to maximize vacation time without a long trek from the airport. Once checked in guests are taken to their suite  and the holiday begins.

Spice Island’s 64 suites range from the 620 square foot Oleander Garden Suites to the ultra- lux Cinnamon and  Saffron Suites, measuring 1440 square feet located directly on Grande Anse Beach, just a few feet from the water.

Our party was fortunate to be given a trio of suites to discover. My suite was the Seagrape Beach Suite (pic above), the resort’s most popular requested accommodations. Either King Size or Queen Bedrooms ideal for couples, honeymooners or families, these beachfront rooms complete with hammocks and lounge chairs, are the go- to if waking up to an ocean breeze and waves are your idea of paradise.

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Luxury Almond Pool Suite

For a more private, Villa- like experience, the Pool Suites fit the bill. The Anthurium Pool Suites measure 1200 square feet, amidst personal gardens and a plunge pool. The Luxury Almond Pool Suites are 1500 square feet in size and feature a large private pool and outdoor terraces for sunbathing and dining. The most luxurious pool suites, fit for a prince or a sheik, are the Royal Collection Pool Suites, 1500 square feet, 16’X20 pool with private cedar saunas.

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Conscious Contemporary Fashion Brand UN:DO Campaign Launch Party NYC @undonyc

With reports of repeated gun violence in NYC and around the country ,and no end in sight it was a pleasure to attend the inaugural campaign of a socially conscious fashion brand UN:DO aptly titled UN:LOAD. Founded by fashion entrepreneur Jack Klauber this ethically made in New York Brand ,with a Brooklyn Aesthetic and Berlin Culture Vibe focuses on gender- neutral ready- to- wear apparel and jewelry. The garments are distressed, tattered and no two garments are exactly alike.

UN:DO Donates 20% of all sales to the not-for-profit-organization Cure Violence. This organization focuses on reducing gun violence and saving lives in communities across the U.S. by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control- detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals and changing social norms- resulting in reductions of 40 to 70%. Cure Violence also provides much needed job opportunities to previously incarcerated individuals.

http://www.undonyc.com

 

 

 

 

VOSS Foundation 7th Annual Women helping Women New York Luncheon @VossFoundation #VossFoundation

The VOSS Foundation is dedicated to providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene as a means to enable community driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Women helping Women (WHW) is a Voss Foundation Global Initiative that has raised over $650,000 in the United States and in Europe to fund 21 water access points and 291 sanitation facilities across Africa. Monies were raised through benefit events in New York City, The Hamptons, and in Boston.

This year’s Luncheon took place at The Stephen Weiss Studio in the West Village. Stephen Weiss is the late husband of Urban Zen and avid Voss Foundation supporter Donna Karan. In addition to a catered lunch by PTL catering and wines from Chateau Ste Michelle there was an African Bazaar with authentic artisanal handmade jewelry, scarves, baskets, and toys purchased directly from communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Liberia, Swaziland, and Uganda, where the foundation does active work.

The benefit luncheon raised over $135,000 to fund VOSS Foundation’s ongoing water projects in Sub- Saharan Africa.

This year’s honorees were Monique Pean, a premier sustainable fine jewelry designer who raises awareness of art, culture and global environmental issues and Amikaeyla Gaston, an award winning singer, activist and executive director/founder of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute. (ICAHSI). The ladies were presented with handmade beaded walking sticks from Samburu, Kenya used by Nomadic Pastoralists.

Notable attendees included: VOSS Water CEO & CFO; Jack Belsito and Jan Saeboe, June Ambrose, Georgie Badiel, Elizabeth Belfer, Bill Cummings, Lydia Carlston, Carla Carstens, Greta Caruso, MacDella Cooper, Laura Currie, Rickie De Sole, Emie Diamond, Lauren Driscoll, Simon Doonan, Estelle Girard, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Susan Fales-Hill, Lindy Gad, Kara Gerson, Bernt Heiberg, Yaz Hernandez, Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, Jill Iscol, Angelina Jolin, Katherine Kung, Sandy Leong, Charlot Malin, Chloe Malle, Stephanie Nass, Edris Nichols, Dale Noelle, Beth O’Donnell, Taylor Olson, Gina Otto, Justin Parks, Sanjay Rawal, Cayli Cavaco Reck, Draya Rose, Charlotte Ronson, Maya Samuelsson, Kimberly Ayers Shariff, Latham Thomas and Veronica Varekova.

http://www.VossFoundation.org

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation”Collaborating For A Cure”19th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction @WaxmanCancer #WaxmanGala

 

Last Thursday Night We had the privilege of attending The 19th Annual Collaborating For A Cure Dinner, Auction, and Concert in honor of the 40th Anniversary of The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

Posthumously honoring Footwear Industry Icon Vince Camuto while introducing the (SWCRF) Vince Camuto Memorial Cancer Research Program. Mr. Camuto a great supporter of SWCRF passed away after a battle with Prostate Cancer in 2015. Louise Camuto, Chief Creative Officer of The Camuto Group accepted the award on her late husband’s behalf.

The evening was hosted by CBS News Host Chris Wragge and raised more than $2.5 million dollars for SWCRF research programs. 

In addition to a fabulous dinner and cocktail party at the Famed Cipriani Wall Street, the live auction, led by Hugh Hildesley, Vice President of Sotheby’s Auction House, featured some incredible items including a $10,000 shopping spree and lunch with John Varvatos that went for $15,000, A litter of adorable English bulldog puppies that went for $13,000 and $12,000 for the siblings, and the highest bid of the night, $48,000 went to a Private Jet Experience for 8 including 10 hours of air travel on the State of The Art Hawker 4000 Jet.

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Roger Daltry (Photo Credit) Patrick McMullen

The highlight of the Evening was A Concert By “The Who” Founder Roger Daltry who sounded great and played a full concert with all his greatest hits while a very excited crowd danced and sang along. Surprise guest performer Willie Nile joined Daltry on stage.

Notable guests in attendance included: Marion & Dr. Samuel Waxman, Elin & Michael Nierenberg, Host Cris Wragge, Louise Camuto, Spencer Waxman, Kenneth Fishel, David Hinkelman, Robert Kantor, Howard Kurz, Howard Shlafmitz, Baron Silverstein, Dena K. Weiner, Mary Kantor, Joyce & John Varvatos,  Jean Shafiroff, along with over 750 guests from the corporate, fashion, and media worlds.

http://www.waxmancancer.org

 

Mike’s Harder Lemonade X Lalo Yunda Collaboration @lalotattoos #HouseofMonkey @Harder

I have wanted to get a tattoo for years and even though my son is a tattoo aficionado with multiple tattoos, I was still reluctant. However, When I was recently invited to attend a pop up shop at The House of Monkey, owned by tattoo artist extraordinaire Lalo Yunda and his lovely wife, I decided to take the plunge. Lalo Yunda hails from Columbia and began his career with a homemade tattoo machine while developing a style of tattooing mixing fantasy and reality with difficult techniques and intricate colorful designs.

To celebrate The launch of Mike’s Harder Tennessee Barrel Lemonade, Harder collaborated with Lalo Yunda to create one of a kind tattoo designs on the Limited Edition Collectible Cans. Lalo, who appeared on Season 2 of Spike TV’s “Ink Master” is a self taught artist whose signature style is described as “magical realism”, which includes mythical elements combined with true to life images. The HARDER inspired tattoos feature designs such as a Skull, Snake, Dragon Horse, Bird, Jellyfish, and Coo-Coo Girl.

Yunda believes “Tattooing is one of the biggest art revolutions in history, and over the course of the next few years, collecting tattoos will of the same caliber as collecting fine artwork”. 

http://www.lalotattoos.com 

House of Monkey Tattoo 208 North 6th st, 1A Brooklyn, NY (929) 298-1887

http://www.houseofmonkeytattoo.com

http://www.MikesHarder.com

 

Fashion Tech Forum Comes to Brooklyn, NY #FTF2016 @FashionTechForum #FashionTechForum

 

Karen Harvey founded Fashion Tech Forum in 2014 when she realized there was a huge movement of blending fashion and technology in the retail sector. In it’s third year FTF took place at The Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn, NY.

The conference drew the likes of over 800 attendees from the Fashion, Tech, and Retail Worlds including Media, CEO’s, and VIP’s. A full day of activations, conferences, and discussions were highlighted by an all day menu created by Chef Danny Meyer ,and capped off by a cocktail party and a VIP Dinner.

Some of the notable guests and speakers included: Ganesh Srivats, VP of North America Sales for Tesla, Lulemon CEO Laurent Potdevin, Iris Apfel, Verizon CMO Diego Scotti, Elle, Editor in Chief Robbie Meyers, Diane Von Furstenberg, DVF CEO Paolo Riva, Theory Founder & CEO Andrew Rosen, Coach Chairman Emeritus, Lew Frankfort, Everlane CEO Michael Preysman & Rebekka Bay.

The FTF Whitespace Gallery showcased the top 10 fashion & technology startups to checkout: Prynt, Reify, Thursday Finest, Leblum, Evrnu, M2M, Orchard Mile, Sundar, RED Marketplace, Obvious.ly Social.

http://www.fashiontechforum.com

Domenico Vacca X Irina Shabayeva Fashion Show & VIP Brunch #DVClub #BridalFashionWeek

Domenico Vacca and Irina Shabayeva joined forces in creating a striking formal collection for men and women. To cap off Bridal Fashion Week in New York the duo showcased both formal wear and bridal creations in the presence of VIP’s, Celebrities, Media, and their Clients. The Runway show was capped off by a Brunch in Domenico’s opulent private club. Afterward’s Guests spent the afternoon shopping the collection.

 

Windstar Cruises: Portugal, Spain, France and Ireland James Beard Culinary Cruise @WindstarCruises @Beardfoundation #WindstarCruises

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Windstar Cruises is a luxury cruise line with a fleet of six yachts, three of which are their signature sailing yachts, and the other three, the newly refurbished motor yachts (Star Legend above) to the tune of $8.5 million dollars each. This year Windstar partnered with The James Beard Foundation to offer three voyages throughout Europe and Northern Africa with award winning Chefs and Sommeliers providing rich culinary experiences in each destination.

The yachts fit 210 people in luxurious suites, many with balconies, bathtubs, and walk-in closets. Small enough to enter rivers and ports where larger ships cannot go, but big enough to provide amenities like pools, jacuzzis, full-service spas, gym,multiple dining options and entertainment venues.

Our voyage began in Lisbon, Portugal a coastal city with old world charm that is seeing a huge growth as a premier destination with a growing foodie and art scene. Fashion Week in Lisbon is now drawing designers from all over Europe and abroad twice a year. 

Our first port of call was Porto, Portugal (Day 1). A coastal city in Northwest Portugal known mostly for the many bridges ,and for the producers of Port Wine. Being on a culinary cruise with daily wine tastings, the Sommelier, William Davis, went into Porto and shopped for favorites to introduce to guests that evening. Windstar provides two complimentary culinary excursions on each sailing. Guests can choose which port of call to attend these immersive activities. Wines offered during nighly wine tastings are complimentary during event and at dinner.

The next two ports of call( Day 2 & 3) were in El Ferrol and Gijon, Spain. Two old cities in the Province of A Coruna on the Atlantic Coast, and in Austurias, respectively. El Ferrol is known to be major naval shipbuilding center for Spain and Northern Europe. Gijon is located on the Bay of Biscay. Gijon is mostly recognized these days for having one of the best International Film Festivals in Spain.

Days 4 & 5 We were docked in beautiful Bordeaux, France. Windstar offers overnight stays in cities where most cruise lines only stay for the day. Part of the Windstar program is a complimentary excursion to a French Chateau (Chateau Kirwan) and Vineyard. A catered cocktail party awaits the guests with delicious food, wines from the vineyard and live music.

Day 6 We were in La Rochelle, France. A coastal city in southwestern France. A busting marina with tons of outdoor cafes and shops. Renaissance architecture mixed with colorful hillside homes. Many Europeans venture here for weekend stays and boating activities during the summer months.

Day 7 was the first of two enrichment days at sea. A time to unwind and enjoy activities on board including cooking demonstrations with James Beard award winning chef Maria Hines. Guests can also arrange galley tours and lectures with Sommelier William Davis.

Day 8 was spent in  Saint- Malo, France. A coastal city in Brittany with the downtown located in a Walled City and the Saint-Malo cathedral as the centerpoint. A popular Windstar excursion is the Oysters of Cancale tour. Driving through the countryside until you reach the Oyster farm, a family run business producing some of the freshest oysters that are sold locally and exported worldwide.

Another highlight of the cruise was the extravagant deck BBQ, well more like an enormous variety of Seafood, Meats, Paella, Salads, BBQ, Desserts and more. Combined with live music involving the ship’s crew, who have way more unlisted talents then you would imagine in their job description.

Day 9 was another relaxing enrichment day and the final day to indulge in spa services, learn about wine, or work -out after nine days of James Beard inspired eating and drinking.

Day 10 Arrival in Dublin, Ireland. Windstar offers post-cruise packages as well as daily excursions for guests with late flights.

One of the highlights of the cruise was a chance to dine with James Beard COO/CFO Marilyn Platzer and her husband Kenneth who was on board as well. We discussed how the James Beard institute raised over 6.5 million dollars in scholarship money to aspiring chefs to build careers in the culinary arts. The institute funds research in sustainability, environment, and the growth of the food industry. 

http://www.windstarcruises.com

http://www.jamesbeard.org

TAP Portugal offers daily nonstop flights out of Newark to Lisbon and offers connections throughout Europe. TAP Executive Business Class offers premium seating, dining, and entertainment options. http://www.flytap.com

Restaurant Review: Sixty 5 On Main Nyack, NY @sixty5onmain

 

Nyack is known for it’s dining and entertainment scene and is also seeing a growth in art galleries and the hotel industry, with the recently opened NYC outpost of the TIME Hotel. As more New Yorkers are searching for weekend getaways, that are convenient and unique, yet exciting the foodie scene is following in their footsteps and opening Eateries to satisfy their needs.

Sixty 5 on Main has an international feel with furniture, many one of a kind pieces, that were obtained from markets or antique stores ,while the foundation is local with some of the wall panels and tables made from trees in the Hudson Valley.

The Bar is the focal point of the space with a hand-made wine cellar showcasing bottles from the local Hudson Valley, to France, Italy, and Australia. The bartenders create specialty crafted cocktails depending on the season. Chef Moshe Grundman, formerly of Michelin-star winning restaurant Oceana, in NYC, created a menu with small plates perfect for sharing.

The cuisine is a mix of international flavors with a focus on Mediterranean dishes and plates with an Asian flare, utilizing locally sourced ingredients from the Hudson Valley. Our meal consisted of a tasting menu featuring fresh tuna crudo, fluke ceviche, fried calamari, meatballs on spaghetti cakes, a favorite, short rib fritters and Homemade ravioli, also a favorite and highly recommended.

The Music at 65 Main sets this restaurant apart with performers ranging from local bands to performers brought in from other venues. Jazz and Blues fills the room on many nights. There are three rooms in the venue with the Main Room, where all the action happens, The Cave Room, a dark intimate lounge ,and The Library, a smaller private space perfect for private parties and events.

Sixty 5 On Main: 65 Main Street, Nyack, NY 10960 (845) 358-5200 http://www.sixty5onmain.com 

Restaurant Review: Machiavelli on The Upper West Side @Machiavellinyc

Walking into Machiavelli is like walking into a Museum with “Renaissance” inspired murals, upholstered chairs and banquets, candelabras and a a live piano player on most nights.

A Northern Italian eatery owned by Nathalie de La Fontaine who lived in Northern Italy for several years and managed La Foccaccia in the West Village. Nathalie recently chose a new chef Gian Pietro Ferro, who was the executive chef at Osteria al Doge and head chef at Fiorello. His job was to revamp and revitalize the menu to celebrate the restaurant’s fifth anniversary.

Machiavelli’s menu focuses on pasta rolled by hand, pizzas, salads, and a variety of classic Italian dishes. We started our meal with the highly recommended “Sformato di Spinaci”. A flan made with fresh ricotta and spinach, topped with a classic fontina white truffle scented fondue cheese sauce.

The “Bruschetta”  is made to order with traditional red and yellow tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, basil over Tuscan Bread.

My favorite was the “Carpachio di Manzo”, thin slices of seared rare beef, baby arugula, grand padding and truffle oil. I am very picky with my Carpachio ,so I was pleasantly surprised by the texture and the flavor.

Farfalle Neri al Salmone

The pasta course was the most anticipated since this is what Machiavelli prides itself on. The “Farfalle Neri al Salmone” with Canadian Salmon in a pink sauce was served al dente with large chunks of salmon.

The “Tagliatelle Al Ragu di Vitello”, egg pasta ribbons served with veal ragu is also a very popular choice.

 Lamb Chops

Traditional Northern Italian Specialties include The “Pollo all Chichi”, breaded free- range Chicken Milanese served with baby arugula, onions and tomato, and my guests recommended “Costoletta d’Agnello alle erbe fresche”, Roasted Colorado Lamb Chops served with roasted potatoes and veggies. 

Prosciutto di Parma Pizza

The Pizzas at Machiavelli are made using the traditional Italian method with extra virgin olive oil, san marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. They are very good sized portions and can be shared. Pictured above is our favorite the “Prosciutto di Parma”, tomato, mozzarella, tomatoes, arugula and prosciutto di Parma.

 

 Tirimisu

Dessert was a traditional and very tasty Tirimisu, However many options are available. The wine selection was plentiful with many choices, either by the glass or bottle along with well crafted cocktails.

Machiavelli  519 Columbus Ave. New York, NY 10024 (212) 724-2658 http://www.machiavellinyc.com

Beauty Review: Dr. Kenneth Mark Skincare Collection Launch

This is one Skincare Brand that we are excited about this fall! Dr. Kenneth Mark is considered to be one of the preeminent dermatologists in the field of skin cancer detection, treatment and surgery. Considered in the top 5% of physicians nationwide selected by his peers and with a fellowship in Mohs’ Skin Cancer Surgery, Plastic Reconstruction, and Cosmetic Procedures. Dr. Mark practices in Manhattan (Soho), The Hamptons, and Aspen and has treated every kind of customer including several socialites, “housewives” and celebrities.

The recently launched skincare collection features Four products for all skin types that tackle a variety of skincare concerns in a simple ,easy to use skincare regimen containing key powerful ingredients for maximum efficacy.

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1.) The All -In One Cleanser combines a multi-tasking formula exclusive to Dr. Mark to cleanse, tone, and remove makeup. Key Ingredient Green Tea Extract removes impurities and pollutants from the skin for glowing and radiant skin. The cleanser is the first step to prepare before applying Dr. Mark’s other products.Contains Hyaluronic Acid to increase skin hydration and enhance tissue repair.

Directions: Apply to face & neck twice daily rinse off. $65 8oz.

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2.) Exfoliating & Hydrating Mask contains 5 Alpha Hydroxy Acids(AHA), Peptides, Jojoba and Calendula Oils, and Hyaluronic Acid. A patented delivery system of AHA’s prevents skin irritation. Exfoliates, soothes and smooths skin. Effective for men after shaving as well. Reduces appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. Increases cell turnover and extracellular matrix renewal.

Directions: Use twice weekly. Apply to face & neck. Rinse with warm water after 10 minutes. $85 2.5 oz

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3.) The Antioxidant Boost is the “Hero” product in the collection containing “Asta- Zome”, encapsulated astaxanthin( Dr. Ken’s proprietary ingredient), stem cells, peptides, precious mineral extract and vitamins. Also Argan Oil, Acai Oil, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, and Grape Seed Oil. Protects skin from free radicals and significantly reduces appearance of wrinkles by up to 46%. 

Directions: Apply morning and/ or night after applying The Dr. Kenneth Mark All in one cleanser $190 1.7 oz.

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4.) The Moisture Cure for deep and long lasting hydration contains Argan Oil, Acai Oil, Grape seed oil and Shea Butter. Also contains anti aging peptides, antioxidants and botanicals that work synergistically with the Dr.Kenneth Mark Antioxidant Boost. Decreases skin discoloration, increases skin cell renewal and smooths skin texture.

Directions: Apply Morning and/or night after applying Dr. Kenneth Mark all in one cleanser or after applying The Kenneth Mark Antioxidant Boost. $175 1.7oz

http://www.KennethMarkMD.com

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