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    Save the Date: Art of Food NY

    Screen Shot 2018-01-11 at 3.13.36 PMOn Saturday, February 10, one of the city’s biggest food events is making its return: the Art of Food. Held at Sotheby’s, Art of Food will showcase more than 25 New York City restaurants that will create and present one dish to guests. The dish will be inspired by a piece of artwork that is hanging in Sotheby’s. 

    This year’s event will be hosted by Richard Meier, famed artist and architect, and Chef Claus Meyer. Chef Meyer is internationally known for his Nordic-style dishes and New Yorkers can now visit his new Grand Central Terminal restaurant Agern. The first 50 VIP tickets sold will receive a signed copy of Chef Meyer’s book titled The Nordic Kitchen. 

    Participating restaurants and chefs include: Andy D’Amico from 5 Napkin Burger, Alexandra Shapiro from Flex Mussels, Mark Strausman from Freds at Barneys, Bobbie Lloyd from Magnolia Bakery and Benjamin Zwicker from T-Bar Steak, just to name a few. Each restaurant will be set up around the showroom serving the dish, while the artwork that inspired the chef hangs throughout the room. 

    Sponsors of the Art of Food 2018 include Our Town, New York Presbyterian, WQXR, Effen Vodka, Flowers on the Park, MassMutual Greater Long Island and Yelp. 

    To purchase tickets for the Art of Food, visit www.ArtofFoodNY.com. 

    Images via ArtofFoodNY.com 

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    A Cut Above the Rest


    An edgy twist on fine jewelry might be just the thing for fashionistas this season. Indulge in one-of-a-kind pieces studded with diamonds or glimmering with gold — above all, something that impresses whether it’s on your wrist or around your neck. The best of the best of autumn’s fine jewelry, cut to perfection, will look perfect on you.


    Screen Shot 2018-01-05 at 1.36.13 PMWhite Gold Black Bangle 

    This 14-karat white, rose and black gold cuff bracelet demonstrates the intricacies and craft of fine jewelry. The 14-karat black gold mesh is delicately fused with the white gold shape of the piece. Topping off the gorgeous cuff are fine diamonds and diamond flowers. Available at Forever Diamonds, 5508 Sunrise Highway, Massapequa, NY, $9,200


    Screen Shot 2018-01-05 at 1.36.19 PMTiffany & Co.

    Adorn your ears with only the best from Tiffany & Co.’s 2017 Blue Book Collection, the Art of the Wild. Tiffany & Co.’s platinum and 18k yellow gold earrings feature pear-shaped spessartites totaling 8.55 carats. Inspired by the way flower petals overlap, Tiffany aimed to craft a radiant display of diamond vines budding from elegant spessartite seeds. Round yellow diamonds and brilliant white diamonds make up the leaf-inspired petals for a look that summons up nature. Available at Tiffany & Co., 727 Fifth Ave., New York, NY or 1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ; price available upon request


    Screen Shot 2018-01-05 at 1.36.39 PMVan Cleef & Arpels

    In a world where so many things are immediately accessible, Van Cleef & Arpels maintains exclusivity and elegance with its High Jewelry collection, Liane. Inspired by couture, a cherished inspiration for Van Cleef & Arpels since the 1940s, the Maison reinterprets the aesthetic of braided gold with a bold combination of colors, textures and materials. Gold and colored stones gracefully draping off long necklaces with adjustable clasps and golden tassels evoke movement and femininity. Diamonds, amethyst and onyx adorned with 18k rose gold are treats in themselves. Available at Van Cleef & Arpels, 744 Fifth Ave., New York, NY or 1200 Morris Turnpike, Suite 230, Short Hills, NJ; price available upon request


    Screen Shot 2018-01-05 at 1.36.25 PMCartier

    The brand’s signature panthère motif comes to life in this 18k yellow gold ring with onyx, tsavorite garnets and diamonds. Set with 17 brilliant-cut diamonds and totaling 0.04 carats, this ring is bound to make a statement on any occasion. The panther is the symbolic animal of Cartier, making its first appearance in 1914, and its fierce, playful and lovable qualities are echoed in Cartier’s pieces. Available by appointment only at Cartier, 828 Madison Ave., New York, NY or 1200 Morris Turnpike, Suite B216, Short Hills, NJ; price available upon request


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    The British-born diamond extraordinaire’s historical affiliation with yellow diamonds is magnificently emphasized in this Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut diamond ring. Set in platinum, the 23.07 carat ring beautifully sparkles with the extraordinary yellow diamonds. With more than five decades as one of the world’s most luxurious jewelers, Graff is known for colored jewels and precious stones in creative form, and this ring is no exception. Going with any outfit, it will set you apart from anyone else on Madison Avenue. Available at Graff, 710 Madison Ave., New York, NY; price available upon request

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    Chef’s Challenge: Porter Collins and Summit House Featuring Mushrooms

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    Year round, the New Jersey/New York metro area is a mushroom forager’s heaven. There are morels to pick in the spring, chanterelles to be plucked in the summer and various species such as hen-of-the-woods, boletes (also known as porcini), puffballs and honey caps popping up in the fall.

    We asked two well-known New Jersey chefs to demonstrate innovative and creative ways the mighty mushroom can be used in the kitchen. Chef Anthony Pino of Porter Collins in Hoboken and Chef Martin Kester of Summit House in Summit provided two compelling recipes featuring some of their favorites fungi. 

    Porter Collins: Wild Mushrooms e Pepe

    Chef Anthony Pino started Anthony David’s Gourmet Specialties 15 years ago with his spouse and business partner Liz, after they graduated from Johnson & Wales University. The Pino empire expanded in 2002 with the opening of Anthony David’s, followed in 2008 by Bin 14 and the recent opening of Porter Collins in burgeoning uptown Hoboken.

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    * Makes four portions


    • 2 cups roughly chopped wild mushrooms
    • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
    • 2 ounces extra virgin olive oil, plus a drizzle for the finish
    • 4 ounces heavy cream
    • 4 ounces Tallegio cheese, diced
    • 1 pound fresh vucatini, cooked to al dente
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 ounces Pecorino cheese, grated 
    • Sea salt to taste  


    1. In a large pan over medium-high heat, sauté the mushrooms and garlic in the olive oil until mushrooms are lightly golden brown (about 5 minutes). Once the moisture from mushrooms has evaporated, add the cream and Tallegio.
    2. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 3 minutes.
    3. Add the bucatini to the sauce and toss, then add the pepper and salt.
    4. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and the Pecorino.

    Screen Shot 2018-01-05 at 1.26.01 PMSummit House: Roasted Maitake Mushrooms, Seabeans & Sunchoke Purée

    Chef Martin Kester is the executive chef of recently opened Summit House. He joined the restaurant after six years as chef de cuisine of Ninety Acres in Peapack, NJ.

    A 2003 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Kester has trained in highly rated kitchens throughout New Jersey and New York, including the NoMad in NY, Elements in Princeton and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY.


    • 1 ounce vegetable oil
    • 3 ounces Maitake mushrooms (Also known as hen-of-the-wood), cleaned with damp cloth
    • 1 tablespoon high-quality butter
    • 3/4 ounce sea beans
    • 1 tablespoon each of fresh parsley and fresh chives, finely chopped, combined then divided
    • 3 ounces sunchokes
    • 3 tablespoons salt (plus finishing to taste)
    • Juice of 1 lemon

    Screen Shot 2018-01-05 at 1.26.17 PMDirections:

    1. Using the tip of a pairing knife, gently split off portions of the Maitake mushrooms, maintaining the integrity and shape of the small bunches, about 1-2 inches in length and 1/2 centimeter in thickness. The goal is to achieve a meatier texture throughout the base of the mushroom and crispy ends.
    2. Place heavy-bottomed sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 ounce of vegetable oil and, once hot, the mushrooms. Do not crowd the pan. Cook the mushrooms, undisturbed, for 45 seconds. Toss the mushrooms, turn heat down to medium, add 1/2 tablespoon of butter and cook until evenly browned (About a minute). Add the sea beans and continue to sauté for 2 minutes. Finish the mushrooms with 1 tablespoon of finely cut herbs and salt to taste.
    3. Wash sunchokes and peel them. Add to a large pot of cool water with 3 tablespoons of salt and the lemon juice, then bring to boil. Gently slide a pairing knife into the sunchokes, remove them from heat and strain. Add to a blender and purée on high. If needed, add a bit of vegetable oil to smoothen. Season with salt to taste.
    4. On a hot plate, add the mushroom and seabean preparation in 3 bunches. Add 3-4 tablespoons of sunchoke purée around the plate, but not on the mushrooms. Finish with fresh herbs and a pinch of Maldon salt, if desired. 
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    Vanille Fatale by Tom Ford

    Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 2.22.48 PMTom Ford knows clothing, but the fashion brand is dominating yet another market, beauty. With fragrances, lipsticks and facial products, you can never have enough Tom Ford in your routine. With the launch of the brand’s newest perfume, Vanille Fatale, you’ll want to add it to your collection immediately. 

    The brand itself calls Vanille Fatale “the perfect storm” of blends. Wearers of this new perfume will be dazzled by hints of spicy saffron and coriander as it gently mixes with notes of myrrh and olibanum. As those notes settle, an aroma of roasted barley takes over and the heart scents of roasted coffee absolute, narcissus and frangipani pull its all together. Topped off with Madagascan vanilla and rich mahogany, you have a scent unlike any other.

    Vanille Fatale is “impassioned, transfixing and defiant,” so why wouldn’t you want to introduce it into your collection? Vanille Fatale retails for $230. Purchase it today at www.tomford.com. 

    Images via TomFord.com

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    The Gucci Garden Flourishes in Florence

    Gucci Garden_DE RERUM NATURA_Tian 002Just look for the giant neon eye that signifies Florence’s newest exhibit, the Gucci Garden, at the Palazzo della Mercanzia. Opened to the public on January 10, the Gucci Garden pays homage to the dominant fashion house’s collections from 1921 to present.  

    The Palazzo originally housed the Gucci Museo back in 2011, and the brand thought it was a good location to open up this expansive exhibit because of its prime location (between the Uffizi and Piazza di San Firenze) and its aesthetic. 

    Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele says, “The garden [at the Palazzo della Mercanzia] is real, but it belongs above all to the mind, populated with plants and animals: like the snake, which slips in everywhere, and in a sense, symbolizes a perpetual beginning and a perpetual return.” 

    Gucci Garden_Guccification_0544Guests who visit the Gucci Garden will be able to experience the brand’s clothing, accessories, artworks, visual installations, documents and artifacts. Notable artists who work with the brand like Trevor Andrew (GucciGhost) and Jayde Fish also contributed to the Gucci Garden’s aesthetic by designing walls throughout the exhibit.

    “The past is very much part of the present at Gucci, which is perfectly in keeping with Alessandro’s idea of the brand, and indeed his attitude to Florence, Gucci’s home, which he sees as a city where history is vibrantly alive,” says Maria Luisa Frisa, head of the BA degree course in Fashion Design and Multimedia Arts at Iuav University in Venice.

    Gucci Osteria_786Fashion and art are not the only aspects of the Gucci Garden though. The exhibition will also have a restaurant component on the ground level, where Chef Massimo Bottura will create exquisite dishes. Bottura, who is internationally known for his three Michelin-star eatery Osteria Francescana, created a menu that features Italian fare with a few personal touches added to it. 

    Half of each ticket sale will benefit the city of Florence to help with restorations. 

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    Virtuoso: Uncommonly Good

    Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 2.10.16 PMSince opening its doors last year, Common Lot has given New Jersey residents a New York City dining experience without having to travel into the city. The new Millburn-based eatery, opened by the talented duo Chef Ehren and Nadine Ryan, features a carefully curated menu, vibrant ambiance and, of course, mouthwatering dishes. Perfectly crafted with seasonal produce and topped with the couple’s international cooking experience, each dish at Common Lot will send diners on an unforgettable journey.

    You both grew up outside of the United States. Why did you open Common Lot in Millburn, NJ?

    We decided that the time was right to open our own restaurant, the U.S. seemed like the best fit for us. We looked at several different areas, including Vermont, the Berkshires and NYC. However, we felt Millburn had everything we were looking for and, in turn, felt we had something unique to offer Millburn. The proximally to both NYC and the Paper Mill Playhouse was a big drawcard for us, but in particular, we already knew of a lot of people who regularly traveled into NYC for meals but were very keen to have something more local and with a more globally inspired cuisine. 

    How did you come up with the name?

    We worked very closely with Perky Bros in Nashville on our branding and they assisted us with the naming. We wanted something that reflects our straightforward and relaxed style, but most importantly, we wanted it to reflect our belief that even the most beautifully prepared meal can’t be fully appreciated until people gather to enjoy it. So we feel Common Lot suggests that. 

    Common is something shared — like a tract of land or a space shared by community. Lot can be either a group of people or an area of land. Cutting a long story short, Common Lot is a shared space serving folks who have gathered together to share and enjoy a good meal.

    Tell us your approach to creating a dish.

    Our approach to creating a dish starts by being in constant contact with our suppliers. We need to know what’s coming into season, whether it be vegetables, fruit, seafood or meat, and we then want them to source the best available produce for us. From there, we use the formal training and experiences gained from living and working internationally to create a dish that is interesting and exciting. That includes using different spices, combinations of flavors and a variety of cooking techniques. 

    What can people who purchase your Kitchen Pass expect?

    We have only four seats at the Kitchen Pass. You are literally seated right next to the actual pass and look directly into the kitchen where the chefs are preparing and cooking food. You get to see all the action during service. Our concept is that the diner purchases a seat for the evening and then joins us for a culinary ride. Subject to any specific dietary restrictions, we will “feed you” dishes of our choosing. Some dishes might be experimental where we haven’t yet put them up on the main menu, while some might be variations of the main menu. The multi-course tasting menu will be a surprise and is our take on the traditional chef’s table. Since you are seated right on the kitchen, we invite you to interact and have fun with the chefs.

    Do you plan to expand Common Lot?

    We are so grateful and proud of the reception Common Lot has had. It has been a huge undertaking and a lot of incredibly hard work, not just from us, but from our entire Common Lot team. But that makes it all the more such a rewarding achievement. We will never say never to opening another similar venture if the right opportunity arises, because this is what we love. We are so very fortunate to be able to pursue our passion in this way. 

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    Christian Louboutin Tailors Romantic Getaway

    paris-2016-suite-royale-mandarin-01It’s never too early to start planning out your romantic Valentine’s Day getaway. This year, whisk your loved one away to the most romantic place on earth, the City of Love. The twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower, Parisian tunes and French wine will all add a spectacular touch to your plans, but take your special day one step further with a personalized experience by Christian Louboutin. 

    Louboutin’s “Be my Parisian Valentine” package is being offered exclusively at the Mandarin Oriental. The hotel in and of itself is luxurious, giving guests the opportunity to stay right in the heart of the city. The Mandarin Oriental is a close walk to the Place Vendôme, Tuileries gardens, the Louvre and Opera Garnier; not to mention that Rue Saint-Honoré is one of the most well-known streets in Paris for its stylish nature. 

    Louboutin, who regularly stays in Mandarin Oriental hotels says in the hotel’s famed Fan Campaign, “I like Mandarin Oriental Hotels because to me they are an invocation of exoticism.” 

    Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 1.12.21 PMThe package, which is available to guests the entire month of February, takes your luxurious stay to the next level. You and your guest will be able to experience a variety of superior amenities including a fresh breakfast either privately in your room or at the hotel’s Camélia restaurant if you prefer. Upon arrival, you both can toast to your love with a bottle of Louis Roederer champagne and a delectable chocolate dish crafted by the hotel’s notable pastry chef Adrien Bozzolo. 

    After you’re finished indulging, relax and unwind as you’re pampered to the max. One person will enjoy the full-on Christian Louboutin Manicure Experience right in your room. Next, head to Christian Louboutin Paris Beauté to receive lip and eye treatment. To top it all off, you will be able to take home three items from Louboutin’s collection: the Rouge Louboutin Lash Amplifying Lacquer, Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour and the Louboutin Loubibelle Lip Beauty Oil.

    It’s safe to say that the “Be my Parisian Valentine” package is one of the ultimate experiences you can have this Valentine’s Day. The package starts at €1,245 per night. To book your luxury stay at the Mandarin Oriental, visit www.mandarinoriental.com/paris/place-vendome/luxury-hotel/offers/be-my-parisian-valentine-by-christian-louboutin. 

    Images via Mandarin Oriental Paris

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    The Tiffany Metro Watch

    Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 12.18.41 PMWhat defines a New York minute? We’re not exactly sure, but Tiffany & Co. is one step closer to helping us find out. Its newest timepiece release, the Tiffany Metro watch, is inspired by the one and only metropolis, New York City. 

    With a few different style options, the Tiffany Metro watch infuses its new design with the “energy and pace” New York offers. Its sleek face is surrounded by a line of crystal clear diamonds, a signature of Tiffany & Co. Patrons who don the Metro watch collection have a variety of options for the face and bands to choose from. Face colors include ice blue, blue, pink, white, burgundy, while the bands come in Tiffany & Co.’s signature stainless steel or alligator leather in cerulean blue, blue, pink, white, burgundy, brown or light brown. No matter what combination watch you choose, it will look stunning on your wrist nonetheless. 

    Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 12.17.49 PMTo make each timepiece more personalized, the crown diamond has its own serial number to symbolize its rarity. Topped off with its Swiss-made inner workings, the Metro timepiece collection is just what you need in your repertoire.

    To shop the Metro watch collection, visit http://www.tiffany.com/watches/metro-watches?trackbgfm=pdp. 

    Images via Tiffany.com 

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    The Dubai Frame

    Dubai is easily one of the most luxurious places in the world. With enormous skyscrapers, premier hotels and luxurious shopping, the city recently welcomed its newest attraction, and it’s nothing short of incredible. 

    dubaiframe-skylineThe Dubai Frame, which opened to the public on the first of the New Year, gives visitors of Dubai a whole new perspective on the beloved city… a 360 degree perspective to be exact. Built by architect Fernando Donis, who also constructed the city’s Porsche Design Towers and the Renaissance Tower, the Dubai Frame stands 150 meters above the ground (approximately 490 feet) and spans 92 meters (approximately 300 feet) wide. 

    The two towers are connected at the top, and visitors of the Dubai Frame will be able to walk the bridge. There is where people will be able to view the city in its entirety, as the bridge contains a glass panel in the middle. 

    Besides gaining a stunning view of Dubai, the attractions’s bottom level is also a museum dedicated to the transformation of the city. 

    According to the site, the Dubai Frame is expected to become one of the city’s most desirable attractions alongside the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab. 

    To learn more about the Dubai Frame, visit www.thedubaiframe.com. 

    Images via TheDubaiFrame.com

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    Escape the Cold and Head for Zanzibar

    constance-aiyana-pemba-zanzibar-presidential-villa-terraceWith frigid temperatures sweeping the East Coast, we’re dreaming of warmer getaways, specifically to Zanzibar. The island welcomed its newest luxury hotel, the Constance Aiyana Pemba, and it is exactly the escape you need this week.


    As the eight hotel to be added to Constance Hotels & Resorts portfolio, Constance Aiyana Pemba oozes luxury. The resort, which opened its doors on January 1, boasts 30 premier villas that will invoke true bliss to those who stay there. Each villa captures views of Pemba Island’s crystal clear blue waters to provide you with serene scenes throughout your stay… but that’s not all.

    constance-aiyana-pemba-zanzibar-pretige-bedroomGuests who vacation at the Constance Aiyana Pemba will experience Zanzibar’s natural beauty, as the entire hotel was infused with ecological materials. Some natural elements throughout the resort include limestone, aggregates and coconut brooms, not to mention its surrounded by palm trees and in close proximity to the white sandy beaches. The hotel group says that “Constance Aiyana is a hotel in total harmony with Mother Nature.” 

    Natural elements aren’t the only tantalizing elements of the resort. Luxury experiences and delectable dishes also await you at Constance Aiyana Pemba. 

    constance-aiyana-pemba-zanzibar-pathway-to-beachExcursions offered by the hotel are a must when you visit, as you can take in the true beauty Pemba has to offer. From sailing on a handmade boat carved from mango wood to a Pemba Creek Safari ride to view the island’s vast amount of colorful birds, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Looking for a more low-key excursion? Head to the hotel’s spa where you can unwind with invigorating treatments. 

    When the sun sets, make your way to the resort’s restaurant to indulge in Zanzibar-style cuisine, which features incredible seafood and fresh fish. There’s nothing like good food and spectacular views to make for an incredible evening in paradise. 

    To learn more about Constance Aiyana Pemba, visit www.constancehotels.com/en/hotels-resorts/zanzibar/aiyana. 

    Images via ConstanceHotels.com

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