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Tastemaker: Wisdom and Friendship Packaged in an Airbnb Rental

As life changes and evolves, so does our traveling style. Or, should I say our travel accommodations. We have a baby girl, Sunny Bea, who is almost two years old which in itself is crazy how times flies. But since then, we have been renting homes vs. staying in hotels on our getaways. Initially, the […]

Alfredo Miccoli, A layered chef & a dash of beet juice

“A restaurateur can weave a perfect palette for a dining experience, but true chivalry is a forever patron.” -BE Quote   I have been a constant at Almar restaurant, located in Dumbo, even before it was named named Almar. But only recently had I met Alfredo Miccoli, the co partner and Executive chef. One night, […]

Tastemakers: Beyond The Board

I wasn’t sure about spending a month in the Hamptons. I have always leaned forwards the Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard vibe. But, with my new mantra, “Good Energy-No Expectations.”  I absolutely loved it! I grilled constantly, farm-stand hopped, pitched my rainbow umbrella on the beach with breakfast sandwiches, and wine and cheese for sunsets […]

To The Core…

  As I mention in the About Me of my website, I am an explorer to the core. I have been that way since the beginning. I recently traveled to Iceland. It was such an adventure–new landscapes, new foods, new stories. Every time I leave for a trip near or far, it reminds me of […]

An Ode To Generation X

With all the hype focused on the millennials, I felt an obvious urge to celebrate a generation of people who have paved the way for positive global growth and awareness, who have given back on so many levels, and are still quietly kicking some real ass… Growing up: Skateboards were used as toboggans to zoom […]

Tastemaker: Nadeige Choplet of Choplet Ceramics

I met Nadeige when I was in South Williamsburg recently for my day trip post (see it here!). I quickly realized that I needed to have an extended conversation with her when I learned that there is so much more to her story! Read on to learn about this artist and entrepreneur’s journey from art school in […]

Foragers Market – Meet the Butcher

Have you been to Foragers Market in Brooklyn? It’s one of my favorite markets in New York – not only is their selection consistently amazing, fresh, and thoughtful, but the people involved are so knowledgeable and inviting! You can really tell they love what they do and give it their all. I recently had the opportunity […]

“Live Longer” Exercises

I try to incorporate new styles of exercise into my regime. Several months ago, I started practicing Gyrotonics, an exercise based on expansion and flow corresponding with breathing sequences and Qigong, an eastern Chinese practice derived from Tai Chi that concentrates on cultivating and balancing life’s energy. I am confident that my journey to explore these […]

Chef Bueno’s Octopus Salad

An Interview with Chef Bueno of Rancho Pescadero + Octopus Salad Recipe       Where did you start cooking? And why.    My culinary adventure started in Mexico City when I was a kid. My family used to visit different restaurants on Sundays; for me that was a great school, even if I didn’t […]

Baja Cool

Baja Cool — worth the wait. Four years ago I booked a room at this newly opened resort on the pacific coast of Baja. Of course, New York weather in December being what it is, our flight was cancelled, and I sadly had to e-mail Rancho Pescadero and say that I would not be coming…this season.   […]

Hidden Pond: Heaven on Earth

I will never blurt the statement, “Couples shouldn’t work together,” ever again. I spent a breezy afternoon on the screened in porch of Earth, the al fresco restaurant, with the dynamic duo, work and life partners Danielle and Justin Walker. He is the executive chef and she is the director of the events and front […]

Feeling Right at Home

Turn the page Some chapters of your life unfold smoothly, a natural progression of life’s ebbs and flows. Other times are filled with upheaval and profound change. Two years ago I left a business I helped create and grow to embark on a new journey, a leap of faith into the unknown. A time filled with no regret, nonetheless moments of […]

Tastemaker: Antonio Morichini, A sweet chef with a fierce commitment to his cuisine

  Heading up into Brooklyn Heights, I must have passed Bevacco restaurant three dozen times. Like a wolf, I circled, sniffed, and inspected this new “piece of meat.”  Then I took the plunge. I headed in one afternoon, struck up a conversation with the owner, and sucked down two Smiles, their version of a straight […]

Chef Antonio Morichini

Tastemaker: Sabina Ptacin, PR & Entrepreneur Powerhouse

The Lady Of The Hour… It was a great thrill to sit down with spunky Sabina Ptacin the owner of Red Branch PR agency and the Chief Excitement Officer of PRENEUR. We first met a number of years ago at a Ceslie Armstrong event and instantly clicked. Now with Red Branch offices relocated to Dumbo, […]

Melissa Wildstein, Katie Hellmuth Martin, Sabina Ptacin

Tastemaker- Lorin Rokoff & Laura Paterson, Hot Blondies Bakery

The other day I was fortunate to get an inside peek of the magic and camaraderie that make Hot Blondies Bakery such a sweet success. I buzzed the doorbell and trailed the rich and comforting scents of chocolate, butter and batter browning which led me to the sun-kissed union square bakery. We chatted and I sampled […]

Hot Blondies

Tastemakers: Canyon Ranch: Lifesavers of the Luxury World

A Reflective Experience It was a crisp bright day in early March. One of those days where you spot the optimistic New Yorker dressed in inappropriate springtime attire yearning for the warmer weather.  Luckily it was because after preaching how reliable the F train had been, it was disappointingly thirty minutes late forcing me to […]

Canyon Ranch Nourish & Inspire Event

TasteMakers: Pedro Lara at the Tides Resort, Masters of Balanced Living

The Tides Resorts are Masters in the Art of Balanced Living. Integrating local culture with nature’s tapestry, providing seamless service while respecting guest’s privacy, and customizing itineraries while never compromising the essence of R & R. Resorts are like theater productions, there are many roles involved and every individual needs to execute with aplomb for […]

Tides Pier

Tastemakers: Bridal Brunch Round Up

Last Sunday, at the Le Parker Meridien,  I attended The Bridal Brunch, a group of wedding vendors collaborated by Kate’s Paperie, who shared their craft and tips with Brides to Be.  Originally, I must admit I signed up to support the girls who helped me create my Save the Dates and, claim the 10% discount […]

Bridal Brunch

Tastemakers: Abhaya Yoga Studio

I recently had a chance to sit down with Tara Glazier, co-founder of the Abhaya Yoga Studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn. What I enjoy most about her style is that she incorporates a narrative in her classes, weaving in the history and background of the Yoga teachings into each session…. I was surprised to learn that […]