New York International Auto Show returns to NYC



A fun event for car lovers returns to New York City through April 3, 2016.  The New York International Auto Show returns to the Javits Center .   Hundreds of cars are on display from every major manufacturer.  There are production cars, concept cars as well as interactive exhibits.


New Maserati Levante

Representatives from the manufacturers are on hand to answer questions and to show off the amazing variety of cars on display.   There are many new models which the public has not seen before including the Maserati Levante SUV, new Lincoln Continental,  all new Ford GT  supercar , the new Fiat 124 Spider,  Nissan GT-R , Mazda MX-6R and many more.  There is an entire level  (lower level) of just SUVs, Trucks and Jeeps.  And don’t miss the North Wing where companies such as Fiat, Mini, Subaru and more have set up there impressive displays.  Fun for everyone and please bring your camera.

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New Fiat 124 Spider


Tickets are $16 for adult and $7 for children under 12 years old.   For those of you traveling via Metro North to Grand Central, a new option for getting to the Javits Center just opened last fall.  From Grand Central take the 7 Train which will now end on at the new Hudson Yards subway station on the westside.  This is the first new NYC subway station to be built in decades.  The station is a half block from the Javits Center.


New York International Auto Show

Javits Center

655 West 34th Street NY  NY]

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Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden



Looking for some Springtime inspiration while your own garden is still slumbering?   You should really check out the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.   This special show takes place in the Haupt Conservatory at the Garden and features thousands of beautiful  orchids from around the world on display.  As you walk, soft classical music is playing to enhance the mood. The conservatory is warm and humid and simulates a tropical garden complete with water features and palm trees.   It is quite the retreat from the cool early spring temperatures outside.


Haupt Conservatory

There are guides to answer your questions, or you can self tour and read the many signs along the route.  It is quite a beautiful show.   In the evening there is a separate show  in the conservatory which features special lighting and you can stroll the through the show with a cocktail in hand and music is creating a romantic mood.  Your ticket to the evening show includes a signature cocktail, The Ginger Vanilla Fusion.

Your ticket also allows you access to the rest of the Botanical Gardens property.   The show runs through  April 17th 2016.

For ticket information :

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard Bronx New York

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Taste of Ridge Hill


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An event for foodies is coming to the Ridge Hill Shopping Center in Yonkers on March 31, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm.  The Taste of Ridge Hill will feature a “sip and a taste” from 6 different restaurants at the Center.  Participating restaurants will be Angelo’s, Havana Central, Lefteris Gyro, 5 Napkins, Texas de Brazil and Elevation Burger plus a wine tasting.

There will be complimentary valet parking and tickets must be purchased in advance. 21 and older only for this event.

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Zero Otto Nove: A fresh look at Italian cuisine in Armonk


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I have heard about the wonderful food at Zero Otto Nove on Arthur Avenue in  the Little Italy Section of the Bronx and was interested in eating at their Westchester restaurant in Armonk.    Located off Old Route 22 in a former commercial building, the restaurant decor has an industrial modern interior combined with traditional touches.  The brick walls, exposed trusses and  large opening garage door are  a hint to is past and this has been blended with traditional touches to create a warm inviting effect.   On a Sunday evening I visited for dinner and  it was a full house and most tables were filled with families and tables with  couples .  Some tables were filled with a variety of dishes which encourages sharing a variety of plates.


The food is Southern Italian inspired by the owner and chef Roberto Paciullo from Salerno Italy. The menu is both familiar yet unique and there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy and to share.

Starters:  I began with Parmigana di Melanzane E Zucchine  (Eggplant and Zucchini parmigiana)  with fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce. The sauce was fantastic as only the finest San Marzano tomatoes are used and the pasta is made fresh daily.


Eggplant and Zucchini Parmiagiana







You can taste the difference with the fresh quality ingredients.     I also shared the Grilled Octopus with fresh tomatoes, capers, cannellini beans and olive oil.  Delicious !  Also shares was the Polpettine, Polenta and Caprino which is an innovative and tasty delight of small meat balls, polenta, and goat cheese.  Both appetizers were delectable and the presentation was pleasing.  There  is also a wood fired oven on premises which provide diners with a choice of fresh pizza selections.


Meatballs with Polenta and Goat Cheese


Grilled Octopus


Wood Fired Oven Pizza

Main Course:  The entrée I picked was the Mediterranean Sea Bream with clams, cherry tomatoes in white wine.


Sea Bream and Clams

Sea Bream is a mild tasting white fish which was cooked with the other ingredients in aluminum foil to keep in the moisture and taste.  The foil is opened table side and the aroma of flavors that escape is quite amazing.  The dish was a fantastic combination of flavors.

The other dish was a pasta dish which was suggested by the waiter and I am glad I ordered.  This is a unique dish of  Radiatori in Cartoccio , which is pasta with porcini mushrooms, tomatoes, bread crumbs and parmigiano reggiano also cooked in aluminum foil.  Because of the unique preparation of this dish, the food was soft creamy and amazing.  As the foil was peeled back, you could witness the pasta unfurl in front of you as the flavors wafted over the table.  This is not your typical old school Italian dish.


Pasta,porcini mushrooms,tomatoes cooked in tin foil

Dessert: is homemade and fun to share.  The cannoli  alla Zero Otto Nove  was a variation of the classic cannoli  as it was two flat thin canolli pastries filled with sweet ricotta creme.  I had to indulge in the Sogni Cioccolato  (chocolate cake with dark  and flavored with Grand Marnier and covered in Nutella).  Hats off to the pastry chef for two provided two great ways to finish a fine meal.

Zero Otto Nove is a really innovative Italian restaurant with food for the whole family and is prepared and served from the heart.  The service was great and they  made you feel like you were part of the family.

Fun Fact:  Zero Otto Nove means  zero eight nine (089) which is the area code for Salerno Italy from where the owner/chef is from.

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Zero Otto Nove

55 Old Route 22 Armonk NY       Tel:  914-273-0089



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Village Social: A dining adventure for all



A full parking lot is usually an indication that a restaurant is popular. After driving by Village Social in Mt.Kisco, I had to stop in and investigate for myself. I decided a Tuesday evening would be a perfect time have dinner there. Upon entering the eatery on Main Street I immediately noticed the modern-rustic decor featuring wood floors, ship lap siding, brick walls, exposed metal trusses, and soft lighting provided by Edison bulbs. The barroom features plenty of seating and a large semi oval shaped bar with a polished concrete counter.
Once I was seated I started to review the menu at noticed the variety of interesting dishes. Village Social is called an American Bar and Kitchen but Master Chef Mogan Anthony takes great pride in using an array of spices based on his background (he is from Malayasia) and his culinary training. He seems to vary the menu and experiments with new ingredients and dishes. A lot of time and preparation goes into the development of each dish before it makes the menu. There are many specialty items and the menu changes twice a year (Fall and Spring). There is a variety of small plate dishes and I was advised by the staff to try a few.

Some amazing selections include Salty pretzel tuna with Kimchee aioli and scallions.

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Salty Pretzel Tuna




Corn milk Polenta bites with freeze dried corn and brown butter honey, Milk and Honey Risotto fritters with                             Prosciutto de Parma and basil salt and Poached Shrimp Piri-Piri


Risotto Fritters

with Malaysian ground crili.





All of these small plate dishes were fantastic and had an explosion of flavor from the creative paring of spices and ingredients. The culinary creativity is quite apparent and the presentation of each dish was pleasing to the eye.

For a main course I chose the Shrimp and Quinoa bowl with mussles, calamari and roasted tomatoes. It was cooked and served in a chicken broth and wine stock and was light and flavorful while enhancing the taste of the seafood.


Shrimp and Quinoa Bowl

Another superb dish was the Steak and Egg Entree with scallions, sesame seeds, chili condiment and steamed Japanese rice. The use of a fried egg was different and we would see this again in another item we would sample.


Steak and Egg with Japanese Rice

There is an array of wood oven fired pizza for all tastes. This is not your usual old school pizzeria style pizza. I sampled the Sunnyside Egg Pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, prosciutto and truffle oil. The wood fired oven really makes a difference in the finish to the overall taste, and how it makes the crust light and cripsy. So good! I brought the rest home.
Upon enjoying all the creative and unique dishes, I could not leave Village Social without a taste of their home made desserts. The Royal Chocolate Truffle Pie was a work of art and tasted as good as it looked. It is enrobed in a pretzel crust with peanut butter custard, 100% cacao nibs a sprinkling of popcorn on the side. This mouth watering dessert was as good as it gets.


Royal Chocolate Truffle Pie







Village Social is a special restaurant with dishes I have not found in other dining establishments. Chef Mogan Anthony and Chefs de Cuisine  Mauricio Nunez and Daniel Yacashin are quite innovative and seasoned at what they do. Service was friendly and efficient.

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With Chefs Mogan Anthony and Mauricio Nunez

Village Social is a place for all. The separate bar room was filled with singles and some couples and the main dining room was a mix of couples, families, and groups of friends. A full restaurant on a Tuesday evening is certainly a sign that Village Social is a hit. There will be outside seating returning April 1st for lunch and then fully opens in May . There is also Happy Hour from 4-6pm with $5 wine and beer selections as well and certain appetizers.  A new location will be opening in Rye this summer.  Don’t miss the fun!


Village Social Kitchen and Bar
251 Main Street Mt. Kisco NY 914-341-6260

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The Impossible Dream: Man of La Mancha returns to Westchester

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The masterful Broadway classic Man of La Mancha has returned to the stage here in Westchester. This beautifully staged production at the Westchester Broadway Theater is Broadway quality and should not be missed!

Man of La Mancha is a musical inspired by the story of Miguel de Cervantes imprisonment during the Spanish Inquisition and is also inspired by his book Don Quixote written in 1615. The musical adaptation places Cervantes in a dungeon prison awaiting his hearing for charges brought against him by the inquisition. Cervantes is a self described poet and play wright  as well as a tax collector. His latter position and his act of taxing a church has placed him in prison. His fellow prisoners upon meeting Cervantes and his loyal sidekick decide to have their own “mock trial” and seize his manuscript.

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Cervantes demands the opportunity to defend himself and using his skills as an actor and a trunk full of costumes and props, he launches into a virtual “play within the play”. Along with his sidekick Sancho, the other prisoners become part of this story woven by Cervantes. Cervantes spins the tale of a noble knight on a noble quest, and he becomes Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha. Despite living in an era of fear and despair, Quixote is a dreamer. He dreams of a world where knights still roam spreading virtue and morals, performing noble quests and coming to the aid of their Lady.
Quixote is a idealist and a dreamer and the audience (as it has been since its Broadway debut in the 1960s) becomes a fan of Quixote. His idealism for a simpler and kinder world is in stark contrast to the reality of 16th Century Spain. Indeed his spirit and ideals in the face of grim reality  are what attract so many current audience members .

His idealism is manifested brilliantly in the song “The Impossible Dream” which is the hallmark of the performance.

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This production at the Westchester Broadway Theater is Broadway quality. Directed by David Wasson (who worked on the first Broadway revival) , it stars Paul Schoeffler as Cervantes/Quixote. He is brilliant especially in the role of the mad knight Quixote and his deep vocals do justice to the music. He has starred on Broadway in Rock of Ages, Sweet Charity, Hook and others. Michelle Dawson is wonderful as Quixote’s lady Dulcinea and her vibrant vocal performance is memorable. The rest of the cast does a great job in bringing the performance to life .

Special note should be given to the Set and costume designers Michael Bottari and Ronald Case and the wonderful lighting design by Andrew Gmoser.
Man Of La Mancha runs to May 1, 2016. Do not miss this Broadway classic. Dinner is included with your ticket price and you dine prior to the performance.

Westchester Broadway Theater
1 Broadway Plaza Elmsford New York 914 592-2222
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Pier 701: Hudson River views and fine dining awaits


Outstanding Hudson River views are just part of the reason for dining at Pier 701 in Piermont. I recently dined at Pier 701 on a beautiful clear evening and was seated in a dining room with panoramic views of the Hudson River and the twinkling lights of Westchester in the distance. The menu is American-Mediterranean with a wide selection of fresh seafood.
I wanted to begin the evening with a special cocktail and my helpful and friendly waitress, Karissa suggested the “Pearmont-tini022. A fresh fruity pear drink which combines Absolut Pear Vodka, pear schnapps, and pear nectar. A unique and fun way to kick off the evening. There are other interesting drinks on the bar menu as well.





Starters: I began my meal with the lobster salad, a lovely ensemble of Mache lettuce, avocado, onion, fennel and mango in a citrus vinaigrette. This appetizer was light and refreshing with its smooth and citrusy dressing.


Lobster Salad

Another appetizer selection was the Baked Brie in a filo dough with fig chutney.

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Baked Brie in filo dough

The presentation of this dish was interesting and was served with mixed greens over a balsamic reduction drizzle. I was told this delicious. The last appetizer at our table was a fried artichoke salad which I sampled. It was a lovely balance of spices and crispy texture. It was quite good.
Main course: For my entree I chose the pan seared Chatham Cod with butternut risotto in a butternut coulis. The fish was very fresh and the side dish that was served with the cod really displayed the talents of the chef.

Another choice was the braised drunken beef short ribs.


Short ribs

The ribs were braised in Guinness Beer and served with grits and asparagus and was quite tasty. The other selection at our table was the Mediterranean Bouillabaisse, an excellent rendition of the classic seafood dish served in a large pot with clams, mussels, shrimp and cod in a tomato saffron broth with croutons. I tasted this dish and really enjoyed how the mellow tasting broth complimented the fresh seafood.




Dessert: All the desserts are homemade. Our table shared a few, starting with the Oreo Cheesecake, New York Style with a oreo crust and fudge topping


It was a nice presentation and a tasty twist on cheesecake. The next treat was the apple and cranberry crepes, a fun combination of carmalized apples and vanilla pastry cream wrapped in a soft crepe. Yum! The last dessert was a was the Citrus Tifle. The dish was served in a mason jar filled with orange cake filled with honeyed citrus fruit, lemon curd, blood orange sorbet and fresh whipped cream. This was my favorite and a great way to end the meal.
Chef Owner Denis Whitton changes the menu every season using the freshest produce and ingredients. When the warm weather returns Pier 701 takes advantage of its location by opening its outdoor deck for alfresco dining, and there is even a tiki bar to keep the fun going all summer long. In addition sand has been brought in and place between the deck and the edge of the river to give you that true waterfront experience.  I cannot wait until warm weather !   Lunch and Sunday Brunch also served.

Pier 701
701 Piermont Ave Piermont NY phone: 845-848-2550

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St Patrick’s Day with a twist at Robibero Winery



Start your St Patrick’s celebration with something a little unique. You can toast the Irish and St Patrick with a glass of green Robibero Sangria ! Robibero  Family Winery is located in the Hudson Valley wine county in New Paltz, New York. The event takes place this weekend March 12th and 13th at the Winery. Every glass of the green sangria purchased will enter you into the “pot of gold” to win a Wine tasting and tour for a party of 10.
There will be wine and craft beer available and live music as well both days.
After the winery you can explore the area around New Paltz where there are great shops and plenty of restaurants in which to dine.
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Robibero Winery
714 Albany Post Road New Paltz, New York
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Try a new local restaurant as Hudson Valley Restuarant Week Returns


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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, presented by Valley Table Magazine is back again! Starting Monday March 7, 2016 and it runs through Sunday March 20,2016.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of this very special celebration of local foods and restaurants. This event involves over 200 participating restaurants in the Hudson Valley which offers diners special three-course price fixe dinner menus for $29.95 (not including beverage, tax and gratuity).  Many of these fine restaurants also offer 3-course price fixe lunches for $20.95 (not including beverage, tax and gratuity).  Many of the chefs source their fresh ingredients, wines and craft beers from New York State farmers and producers.

This is an amazing opportunity to try new restaurants, or revisit some old favorites at a reasonable price. There are no tickets to buy and the process is easy ! Go to the Valley Table website and scroll down and view the participating restaurants, then choose a restaurant (or more), call them to make a reservation and then enjoy!

You really should not miss this special time get out and dine at some of the fantastic restaurants we have here in the Hudson Valley.

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Educating Rita at the Ridgefield Theatre Barn


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A wonderful play has debuted at the Ridgefield Theatre Barn in Ridgefield Ct. “Educating Rita” is based on the 1983 film starring Michael Caine and Julie Waters.
The story is about Rita, a young working class married woman from Liverpool England who feels that there is more to life than her job as a hairdresser and her husband who pressures her to have a baby and start a family. Deep down Rita is seeking more to her existence and decides to enroll in a local college and is assigned Professor Frank Bryant as her tutor in English Literature. Rita is young, full of energy and excited to learn and change her life for the better. She perceives the well educated to be better off in life and happy. Frank however is quite the opposite, and though he is well educated, he hates teaching, drinks way too much and laments his life, his failed marriage and his lost ambition of being a great poet. He shutters himself away in his office with his books and his scotch.
Despite their differences , Rita provides a spark in his life. Her youth and her energy revive the Professor though briefly. Throughout the play we see Rita slowly evolve from the uneducated hairdresser to a young woman expanding her understanding of literature and at the same time experiencing enormous personal growth. There are many levels to the story as the audience watches the two very separate tracks each of the players follow. Indeed, though it is Rita who was transformed by her reluctant teacher, in the end it is she who becomes his inspiration in life.


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The performance stars Lynette Victoria as Rita who is both charming and brilliant in bringing the character to life. There was never a moment during the play that I thought I was watching actors, but one feels you are actually following the lives of real people. Nick Kaye brings his skills to the character of Frank and provides the audience with a wonderful performance that stays with you after the house lights come up. Considering this play has a cast of only two, the performers should be congratulated for maintaining the interest of the audience for over two hours.

Direction by Brian DeToma is first rate as he really brings the story and characters to life. The rest of the creative team Timothy Hubenthal (Set design), Mark Hankia (lighting) Panni Layton and Paulette Layton (Producers), have worked together to create an intimate setting that makes the audience feel that you are actually in the Professor’s office with Rita and Frank. An excellent evening.
The show plays through March 19th, so please do not miss this performance. Tickets are $24 each and $20 for students, seniors and veterans.   Seating is cabaret style at round and rectangular tables.  Grab your friends and enjoy a great night out at the theater.
Ridgefield Theater Barn
37 Halpin Lane Ridgefield Ct
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