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Hard Rock Cafe: I Just Had To Visit For The Rockin’ New Drinks And Classic Comfort Food!

I recently headed to the Hard Rock in Times Square to test one of the new drinks I have been obsessed with since learning about it entering the drink menu back in January 10th. It is called the Berry Sangrita-Ria and is a must for anyone who loves refreshing berry drinks that focus on natural berry flavor and that are…read more
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Cafe Bilboquet: Authentic & Casual French Bistro Fare You’ll Fall In Love With!

I recently had the opportunity to check out the brand new Cafe Bilboquet which just opened last August to plenty of fanfare including coverage in The New York Times. Centrally located at 26 East 60th Street just a few doors east of its highly-acclaimed parent eatery Le Bilboquet, this newcomer has everything you would want for breakfast, lunch or even…read more
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Bedford & Co: Midtown Gets Arty (And World-Class Modern American Grub)!

I first discovered Bedford & Co. quite accidentally when I got invited to the Historic Hotels Of America press luncheon there. Inside the historic Hotel Renwick at 118 East 40th Street--which is a member of the Hilton Curios Group and once home to F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck and other famous writers--this dimly lit restaurant has a loft look with…read more
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Tartina: Stellar Southern Italian On The Upper West Side!

Tartina recently moved from Ninth Avenue between 45th and 46th Streets to the NW corner of 111th Street and Amsterdam Avenue and has garnered many new fans along the way. Prices are excellent for modern Southern Italian fare that is all made from scratch--that includes homemade pasta and desserts. All produce is organic and all meat, fish and cheeses used…read more
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A Visit To Life Cafe At Life Time Athletic Club: Health And Deliciousness Come Together Very “Smoothie-ly”!

My recent visit to Life Cafe inside Life Time Athletic in the Sky building at 605 West 42nd Street was quite eye-opening--and not just because their Almond Butter Smoothie gave me a jolt of energy, LOL! The only other time I have seen a healthy food cafe of any sort in a Manhattan health club before was at Premier 57…read more
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Treadwell Park: Great Casual Eats And Artisanal Beer On The Upper East Side

Treadwell Park (at 1125 First Avenue on the southwest corner of 62nd Street) brings in a youthful crowd who enjoy a non-rushed atmosphere where you can sit at wooden benches and play board games, Foosball, pinball or ping pong while they eat and drink. The former site of the Neeley’s BBQ restaurant, the space is huge and loft-like with wood…read more
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Lavatera: Brooklyn’s Best “Fast ‘N Fresh” Bistro!

I recently visited Lavatera Mediterranean Bistro at 88 Livingston Street in Brooklyn Heights and was floored by all the fast and fresh offerings. The prices are low, too—you can get a giant salad with many toppings of your choice for only around $10 and all sides are $4!  The principal behind Lavatera is simple—you walk to the front where about…read more
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Skura Style: Turning Sponges Into An Art Form!

As a longtime journalist, I have never written about sponges and there is a first time for everything. The owners of the highly innovative sponge subscription service called Skura Style recently through a press bash in the magnificent Upper East Side townhouse of MSNBC TV personality Donny Deutsch—which resembles a giant four floor art gallery. Deutsch’s walls are covered with…read more
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Chefs & Champagne 2017: The Hamptons’ Ultimate Foodie Event Only Gets Better

I was lucky enough to attend the 27th Annual James Beard Foundation's Annual Chefs & Champagne event at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack on July 29th. Legendary James Beard Foundation Award–winning chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson was toasted by more than 1,000 guests, who grazed from table to table of 35 NYC area chefs' greatest creations--many which were…read more
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Jill Zarin’s Luxury Ladies Lunch 2017: Still One Of The Hamptons’ Stellar Events

Why do I enjoy going to Jill Zarin's Luxury LadiesLunch every year? Besides the proceeds going to thyroid cancer research (a subject that has really hit home for Jill and her longtime husband, fabric king Bobby Zarin, who Skyped in from his hospital bed to great guests), the event gives guests the opportunity to network with experts in beauty, fashion…read more
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BFLORAL: New York’s Most Original Florist Teaches A Few Tricks To Bloggers!

I was lucky enough to attend BFloral's Summer Media Event on Saks Fifth Avenue's 2nd Floor--which is now set up with all sorts of mini boutiques arranged in a circle! I have not had much experience attending floral events although it has been a trend at press events to let guests create their own bouquets. The folks at BFloral along…read more