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Our favorites it list for Summer 2010

Restaurants

grotto neon

Grotto
Osteria, Lounge, Garden
100 Forsyth Street
New York, NY 10002
212-625-3444
Hidden on the fringes of the Lower East Side and Chinatown a set of stairs bring you down to my favorite summer garden. Underneath the colored lanterns you feel like you could be in Italy or Spain but it is just fine to be in Manhattan drinking wine on a hot summers night.

Visual Arts

Marina Abramovic with flowers

Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
Probably the most talked-about exhibition this year. Whether you like this exhibition, laugh at it, or think of it a freak-show, there’s little doubt that Abramovic is opening up MoMA, injecting it with life, altering its course in ways that are exciting. The Museum of Modern Art

Movies

still from I Am Love

I Am Love
Director: Luca Guadagnino; 2010
A voluptuous unease defines the mood of I Am Love, the story of a super-rich Milanese family thrown into turmoil. From its opening shots – a city panorama, beautiful beneath December snow – the film seems at once serene and ominous, dreamy and impressionistic a mesmerizing film.

Flowers

Sunfowers on display showing petals and center

Sun Flowers
The ultimate summer flower.

Beauty Products

chanel nail polish opened bottle and brush

Chanel Riviera
A delightful pink nail polish.

Get Aways

courtyard fountain with flower petals

Tangier
Exotic Morocco, shimmering sand against the blue sky meets the cool ocean. A perfumers dream fragrant oils, spices and colors that blur in the summer heat.


Our favorites it list for Spring

Restaurants

Minetta Tavern
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http://www.minettatavernny.com
Step back into New York of days gone by Minetta Tavern is an old fashioned classic re opened by Keith McNally. Complete with the original murals and photo gallery the ambiance exudes glamour. As for the famed "Black Label" burger, delicious and the best "Original Martini" stirred with gin and bitter orange, both classic and original as with the nostalgic Minetta.

Bars

Izakaya Ten
http://www.izakayaten.com/
Set in the middle of the Chelsea art gallery neighborhood this cozy bar feels like stepping into a hip Tokyo bar in Shinjuku. Funky art and Japanese pop music create a great vibe. Excellent selection of SakeÕs and ShochuÕs. I recommend the sesame Shochu on ice, very smooth and unusual.

Performances

Merce Cunningham at 90
Merce Cunningham dance troop
http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=703
Merce Cunningham's world premiere of "Nearly Ninety" at BAM was dazzling and poetic. Often called the greatest living choreographer the solos, duets and trios were unpredictable and powerful. Sonic YouthÕs live performance was a cascade of noise rock music accompanied by visuals of ripples of liquid and smoke. The tremendous lighting added to Romeo GigliÕs costumes of pattered leotards and to the liquid movements.

Movies

Valentino: The Last Emperor
Valention Design
http://www.newyorker.com/arts/reviews/film/valentino_the_last_emperor_tyrnauer
The fabulously opulent life of Valentino shown in this documentary is at times wildly funny and is an endearing love story that left me with tears in my eyes.

Visual Arts

Picasso: Mosqueteros
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http://www.gagosian.com/
The last phase of Pablo Picasso's career, paintings museum worthy are on display at Gagosian gallery. Rich and roughed up the paintings are comic and haunting. The images stay with you long after viewing.

Music

Sonic Youth "the eternal"
the eternal
Starts out with a nod to Yves Klein on to 60's Berlin then to NY beat poet Gregory Coso road trip groove.

Beauty Products

Shiseido
Lilac Luster Compact
Lilac Luster eye shadow. Beautiful light sparkle perfect to welcome spring.

Flowers

Cherry Blossoms
Blooming cherry blossoms in the spring
Symbolic of spring, cheery blossoms possess a poetry that deeply runs through Japan. I always look forward to these delicate flowers and the parties that surround them this time of year.


Our favorites list for Winter 2009

Restaurants

Corton
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http://cortonnyc.com/
With exquisite white walls embossed with images of butterflies and trees, this peaceful Tribeca dining room is the perfect complement to chef Paul Liebrandt's innovative and studied delicacies. A real treat... if you can get a reservation.

Bars

Apotheke
http://www.apothekebar.com/
Through an obscure door on an off street in Chinatown, enter into a dimly light bar specializing in custom cocktails. With the bar lined with distinctive apothecary bottles, you can choose from one of the many infusions of flowers, fruits and spices. The housemade Absinthe is a must--flaming glass and all.

Performances

NYC Ballet
ballet dancers posing
An evening of George Balanchine at Lincoln Center. Pure movement in time and space, contemporary masterpieces.

Movies

Silent Light
woman looking at camera
A gorgeous art film with possibly the most beautiful opening and closing scenes ever. Directed by Carlos Reygadas.

DVD

Les Chansons d'Amour
Love Songs movie
A romantic French love musical directed by Christophe Honore.

Visual Arts

Hiroshi Sugimoto
photo of sea and land
The mesmerizing photographs of the sea and sky will surely transport you. More information at: http://www.sugimotohiroshi.com/

Literature

After Dark by Haruki Murakami
A story about all that is mysteriously moving in the world while we sleep.

Music

Sultana
sultana album cover
The Bosporous meets Brooklyn... Innovative, sexy Hip Hop/Rap from one of Turkey's best.

Beauty Products

Nars Lip Gloss Misbehave
tube of lipgloss
Beautiful sparkly red, a surefire way to heat up the winter darkness.

Flowers

Plum Blossoms

Symbolic of the ending of winter, plum blossoms possess a fragrance with a deep pink sweetness. I always look forward to these richly scented flowers this time of year.

Get Aways & Do Not Disturbs

Palm Beach, Florida
Maria on the beach with dog
Just two hours away on Jet Blue and warm warm warm! The beach at the Breakers is spectacular, and the wild blooming orchids in the palm trees are simply inspiring.


Our favorites it list for Fall 2009

Restaurants

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Marea
240 Central Park South NYC
Marea is a seafood restaurant but not entirely, it is possibly more accurate to call it a restaurant inspired by seafood. The bar back is honey onyx with a crudo bar along the restaurant's side. We feasted on the crudo selections my favorites were Passer Long Island Fluke, Tonno bigeye Tuna, and the most delicious Sgombro Pacific Jack Mackerel. The Santa Barbara sea urchin Spaghetti, given that I am Uni fiend this dish was the high point.

Visual Arts

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Photographs by Kazuumi Takahashi
High Tide Wane Moon
The Japanese photographer Kazuumi Takahashi's pictures of slow moving ocean tides, waning moons and abstract horizons make for exquisite gazing. The state of mind builds gradually to a state of calm, studious inner grace, an almost Kierkegaardian, existential essence. You'll have to think and look deeply while experiencing these photographs.

Performances

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Idiot Savant
By Richard Foreman
Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street NYC
This new work by Richard Foreman is a philosophical comedy, in the great tradition of Ionesco and Preston Sturges. From existential and metaphysical acrobatics, to a ridiculous game of inter-species golf with a Giant Duck, Idiot Savant is a fresh, bracing and hilarious exploration of the boundaries of the legitimate.

Movies

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Bright Star
Bright Star the latest film by Jane Campion a gorgeous, beautiful romance, a story of love between the legendary poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and his muse, Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) Poetry about a Poet. The cinematography is like watching a moving Vermeer painting, disarming beauty, much like Keats's own lyrics.

Flowers

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Chrysanthemums
"Kiku" in Japan are the symbol of the Emperor and through out autumn there are festivals celebrating the stunning elegance of the Japanese Chrysanthemums the most celebrated flower in Japan.

Beauty Products

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La Mer Concealer
Deceptively light cream-to-powder concealer is a bit pricey but worth the splurge.

Get Aways & Do Not Disturbs

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Japanese Hot Springs
"Onsen" is the ultimate get away for me. Soaking in an outside bath surrounded by the autumn mountain colors could not be more relaxing. A night time dip under the stars sipping sake is not bad either.