Spending A Perfect Sunday On Arthur Avenue

I recently decided to create the perfect Sunday afternoon by visiting a few Bronx Little Italy establishments--all within a two minute walk from each other on the legendary Arthur Avenue! Each has something different to offer but all have one thing in common--they serve authentic Southern Italian food items! My secret is to take things from local stores and bakeries…read more

Sei Less: This Asian Fusion Speakeasy Will Become Your Midtown “Home Away From Home”!

Sei Less recently opened in the old Jimmy's 38 space on West 38th Street and it has an unusual vibe--it successfully mixes dimly lit Asian themed decor with a comfortable yet chic after work lounge. In the center of the main dining room is a super long bar that seemed to be really hopping during my visit. Although Sei Less…read more

Chateau de Chantilly Cafe: An Amazing Array Of Pastries, Eclectic Decor And Friendly Service Make It A Northern VA Hotspot For Dessert Lovers!

I recently visited the Chateau de Chantilly Cafe in Chantilly, VA upon the recommendation of a friend who said it was "super cute" and had the "biggest amount of pastries you will ever see in one place"! Upon entering this vibrant loft-like space, I immediately agreed with her remarks! All sorts of pastry counters and cases are arranged neatly in…read more

Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Of Small Electronics!

Everyone loves tech gifts these days and here are the very best small electronics that I have encountered in my travels this fall and winter! There is definitely something for everyone here--from the most health-oriented folks to people who want to have the most stylish computer keyboards and headphones! You can't go wrong with any small electronic that people will…read more

The Only Place To Be This Weekend (11/6-11/7): The Makeup Show At The Metropolitan Pavilion!

I am possibly The Makeup Show's biggest fan. While this "beauty insider" expo is held in several major cities each year, the NYC one has the largest selection of brands with their rapid beauty maniac followers just itching to get those "industry discounts" out on the floor. Whether you are a makeup artist who just have your favorite beauty brands,…read more

PJ Bernstein Deli: Authentic Deli Food That No Foodie Can Resist!

Authentic deli food has become a lost art--especially in Manhattan when only 25 years ago, there was an old school delicatessen type resto every three blocks. PJ Bernstein is a survivor, thanks to keeping their quality consistent for decades, being in the center of the Upper East Side in terms of location, friendly service a family atmosphere. Oops, I almost…read more

American Express Gold Card’s Pop-Up Diner: Creatively Mixing Old & New American Cuisine

I had a rockin’ good time at the American Express Gold Card Pop-Up Diner which was in Williamsburg for three unforgettable days. Co-presented by reservation app Resy, the Amex Pop-Up Diner took place at 15 River Street in an empty lot directly across from the legendary Domino Park. While the oldies blasted, 75 privileged Gold Card members lucky enough to…read more

The Cheesecake Factory In Willowbrook Mall (Wayne, NJ): Your “Go To” Spot For Stellar Comfort Food Dishes, Delectable Desserts And Impeccable Service!

If you think that all the Cheesecake Factor has to offer is a huge variety of cheesecake, well, it has so much more! After visiting The Cheesecake Factory in my original hometown of Wayne, NJ, I have decided that it is an ultimate comfort food destination. Just because it is a chain restaurant, don’t disqualify it for authentic rib-sticking food…read more

Expedia’s We Love NYC Homecoming Concert Pre-Concert Happy Hour Was A Blast—And So Was The Show!

I was thrilled to be able to attend Expedia’s pre-concert happy hour for We Love NYC: Homecoming Concert and attend the concert itself with VIP tickets thanks to the lovely folks at Expedia—which was the show’s official “travel companion.” It thrills me to know that they booked the travel for a lot of the artists on the long-awaited concert’s roster…read more

A “Christmas In July” Tasting Of The Best Of The Spire Collection From The Jackson Family Wines Portfolio!

I was excited to be invited to a “Christmas In July” virtual wine tasting featuring Mollie Battenhouse, MW, National Director of Wine Education at Jackson Family Wines (a legendary name in wines). Battenhouse walked us through the highly anticipated Spire Collection for holiday gift giving. As it says on’s home page, “The Spire Collection is the pinnacle of the…read more

Be Sure To Check Out The Long-Awaited Posthumous Ronnie James Dio Autobiography, Rainbow In The Dark!

I got to know the legendary Ronnie James Dio a little bit back when I was a full-time music journalist in the 80s and 90s. I always found him to be a very real person and always genuinely interested in conversing with his fans at record store appearances and after shows. The first time I met him when I went…read more