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February 2016
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Chef Maria Loi Recipes - Loi Estiatorio, New York, NY, USA
Chefs Recipes
Chef Maria Loi -Loi Estiatorio Restaurant - New York, NY, USAChef Maria Loi's restaurant, Loi Estiatorio located in New York City focuses on Greek Mediterranean cuisine that is deliciously prepared and presented and is healthy for you, too. In addition to being a dynamic chef, Maria is also the author of more than 36 cookbooks; to put it mildly, this woman knows how to cook! Chef Maria Loi graciously shares a delicious taste of her restaurant with her recipes for: Carrot and Halloumi Croquettes (Karotopites Me Halloumi), Crab Cakes (Kavourokeftedes), Grilled Octopus (Htapodaki Stin Schara), and Loi Greek Yogurt.
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Loi Estiatorio - New York, NY, USA
Restaurants
Tiger Prawns Grilled - Loi Estiatoria, New York - photo by Luxury ExperienceChef Maria Loi's restaurant, Loi Estiatorio located at 132 West 58th Street in New York City, focuses on healthy Greek Mediterranean cuisine. Greeks are renowned for their wonderful cuisine and their gracious hospitality, both of which are in abundance at Loi Estiatorio. The food is sumptuous, well-presented, and healthy, the ambience is warm and welcoming, and the service is excellent. We entered as strangers and left as friends.
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Chef Brian Lewis Recipes - The Cottage Westport, CT, USA
Chefs Recipes
Chef Brian Lewis - photo by Melisa HomChef Brian Lewis, chef owner of The Cottage located in Westport, Connecticut brings a playful approach to his new restaurant which opened in December 2015. He graciously shares a delicious taste of the restaurant with his recipe for Maple Bacon & Eggs - robiola fonduta and two of the creative signature cocktails on the menu, the French 256 and the Calvados Sidecar to tempt your palate. Bon Appétit!
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Jefferson Grizzard - Daydream Of Hope
Music Scene
Jefferson Grizzard - Daydream Of HopeJefferson Grizzard establishes his talent front and center, with Daydream Of Hope, a follow-up to his acclaimed Learning To Lie CD, released on the Back Porch Syndicate Records label. The 9-track release features all original music written by Jefferson Grizzard, with impressive guitarmanship, storytelling lyrics, and a honeyed whiskey voice that helps Jefferson Grizzard and the band lay down a release that you will want to add to your collection.
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The Cottage, Westport, CT, USA
Restaurants
White Miso Buttered Lobster - photo by Luxury ExperienceEnter the door of Chef Brian Lewis' new restaurant, The Cottage in Westport, Connecticut and the first thing that you notice is that the space is at once intimate and cozy, stylish yet comfortable, like the charming shoreline town of Westport founded in 1835 where it resides. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Chef Brian Lewis focuses on inspired classical cuisine interspersed with exotic ingredients and picture perfect presentations to dazzle the eye as well as the palate.
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NoMa Social, New Rochelle, NY, USA
Restaurants
Shrimp - photo by Luxury ExperienceNoMa Social located in the Radisson New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York is a stylishly cool and contemporary restaurant and lounge where Executive Chef Bill Rosenberg focuses on Mediterranean cuisine. The menu features a diverse selection of tapas as well as large plates, and cocktail fans will appreciate the interesting cocktails. Located one-half mile from the New Rochelle Train Station, the restaurant is a mere 35-minute train ride on Metro North from Grand Central in New York City making it perfect to meet friends for lunch, tapas and cocktails, or dinner in the evening.
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Chef Bill Rosenberg Recipes - NoMa Social, New Rochelle, NY, USA
Chefs Recipes
Chef Bill Rosenberg - NoMa Social RestaurantThe restaurant NoMa Social in New Rochelle, New York focuses on Mediterranean cuisine and is located in the Radisson New Rochelle. The Culinary Institute of American-trained Executive Chef Bill Rosenberg is the talent in the kitchen. Chef Bill Rosenberg graciously shares his culinary recipes for NoMa Pâté de Campagne, and Exotic Mushroom Risotto and 2 cocktail recipes: Smores and Feisty Spicy to tempt your palate into visiting the restaurant. Located one-half mile from the New Rochelle Train Station, the restaurant is easily accessible making it perfect to meet friends for lunch, tapas and cocktails, or dinner in the evening.
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Fourplay at the Blue Note New York
Performances
Nathan Eart and Chuck Loeb - FourplayThe Jazz group, Fourplay: Bob James, Nathan East, Chuck Loeb, and Harvey Mason, celebrated their 25th anniversary at the Blue Note New York with a rousing performance to promote their new CD, Silver, released on the Heads Up International label, a division of Concord Music Group; it was a not-to-be-missed evening of music.
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Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Old Saybrook, CT, USA
Hotels and Resorts
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa , Old Saybrook, CT - USAA stay at the luxurious Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, always feels like home. Located directly on the water, it is an elegant landmark with its own lighthouse suite. Owned by the Tagliatela family, it has all the bells and whistles - sumptuously appointed guestrooms, Fresh Salt restaurant, Sanno Spa, two year-round salt water swimming pools, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, fitness center, a 113-slip marina, impeccable and welcoming service, and is only a 2-hour drive from New York or Boston.
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Greenwich Concours d'Elegance America Automobiles - 2015
Arts and Antiques
1934 Duesenberg SJ 514 sedan - photo by Luxury ExperienceThe Greenwich Concours d'Elegance held in Greenwich, Connecticut, and founded by Bruce and Genia Wennerstrom, celebrated its 20 anniversary in 2015. The 2-day annual event attracted collectors and enthusiasts to scenic Roger Sherman Baldwin Park overlooking Long Island Sound, for the opportunity to see exceptional, rare, and one-of-a-kind classic motorcars as well as newly launched luxury motorcars from sponsors.
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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, Essex, CT, USA - All Aboard!
Adventures
Essex Steam Train - Debra C. Argen, Edward F. Nesta - photo by Luxury ExperienceThe Essex Steam Train conductor called "all aboard" and the "Adventure Kids" aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta were off on another adventure. Essex, Connecticut is beautiful anytime of the year but especially so during the fall when the foliage attracts visitors from around the world to experience its beauty. Over the course of our narrated 2 ½ hour journey, we experienced this annual phenomenon by train and by riverboat, as part of the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat experience.
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Chef John Cortesi Recipes - Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Old Saybrook, CT, USA
Chefs Recipes
Chef John Cortesi, Fresh Salt Restaurant - photo by Luxury Experience Executive Chef John Cortesi of Fresh Salt restaurant at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa located in Old Saybrook, on the Connecticut shoreline, brings his inspiration and passion to the restaurant where the focus is on fresh sea and farm-to-table cuisine. He graciously shares a few of Fresh Salt's savory and sweet recipes for Fresh Salt Lobster Cioppino, Yellowfin Tuna Burger, Apple Spice Scones, Apple Compote, and Baked Apples to tempt your palate into making a trip to experience the restaurant.
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Fresh Salt Restaurant at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Old Saybrook, CT, USA
Restaurants
Swordfish - Fresh Salt Restaurant - Saybrook Point Inn & Spa- photo by Luxury ExperienceFresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa located in Old Saybrook, Connecticut features Executive Chef John Cortesi as the talent in the kitchen. This AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant is located directly on the water and has a tantalizing menu to tempt your palate to complement the stunning views. Accessible by car, train, or by boat, as the Inn has its own marina, Fresh Salt is definitely worth a trip.
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Fourplay - Silver
Music Scene
Fourplay - SilverThe Jazz group, Fourplay: Bob James, Nathan East, Chuck Loeb, and Harvey Mason, with special guests and ex-Fourplay members Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour, celebrate their 25th anniversary with their aptly titled CD, Silver, released on the Heads Up International label, a division of Concord Music GroupFourplay - Silver is a mix of Funk, Fusion, Pop, Jazz, Blues, and that all so familiar tight melodies and the Fourplay exactness from talented musicians at the highest level.
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Mike Zito and The Wheel - Keep Coming Back
Music Scene
Mike Zito & The Wheel -Keep Coming BackMike Zito & The Wheel - Keep Coming Back released on the Ruf Records label is a rollicking Blues follow-up to his releases Songs From The Road and Mike Zito & The Wheel - Gone To Texas. Joining Mike Zito are Jimmy Carpenter, Rob Lee, Lewis Stephens, Scott Sutherland, Anders Osborne, Trina Shoemaker, Suze Simms, Riley Zito (Mike Zito's daughter), and David Farrell who keep the Blues moving along nicely on this fabulous 12-track release.
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Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival - 2015 - Greenwich, CT, USA
Gastronomy
Kathie Lee Gifford and Edward F Nesta - Greenwich Wine + Food Festival - photo by Luxury ExperienceThe fifth annual Greenwich 2015 WINE + FOOD Festival presented by Serendipity was a celebration of delectable wine and spirits, delicious food, celebrities, fun, and live music by Grammy and CMA Award Winners, Little Big Town, to benefit the charity founded by Paul Newman, The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp for children coping with serious illnesses, and the Greenwich Parks & Recreation Scholarship Fund.
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East Coast Open High-Goal Championship Polo 2015
Adventures
East Coast Open Polo Championship - Kissing Trophy - photo by Luxury ExperienceThe United States Polo Association® (USPA) and Greenwich Polo Club presented the 2015 East Coast Open a high-goal polo championship, held in Greenwich, Connecticut with six teams comprised of polo's top players competing in the 20-goal tournament for the coveted Perry Cup trophy over a two week and three weekend period. Intense, fast-paced action made for an exciting tournament for both the players and the spectators!
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Luciana Souza - Speaking in Tongues
Music Scene
Luciana Souza - Speaking in Tongues Jazz vocalist Luciana Souza is at her most daring with her latest release, Luciana Souza - Speaking in Tongues on the Sunnyside Records label. She deftly explores and melds musical heritages, cultures, and genres with her ensemble of Lionel Loueke, Gregoire Maret, Massimo Biolcati, and Kendrick Scott, and the listener is enriched by the journey that leads to new discoveries.
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Wuji Restaurant, Scarsdale, NY, USA
Restaurants
Wuji Restaurant, Scarsdale, NY - Classic Peking Duck - photo by Luxury ExperienceWe had a fabulous dinner at Wuji Restaurant located in the heart of Scarsdale, New York featuring high-quality, well-crafted, and beautifully presented Chinese cuisine in a stunning, contemporary ambience. Executive Chef Zhou Guang Zan is the talent in the kitchen where the focus is on using certified organic chicken and beef, Heritage pork, local and organic produce whenever possible, their seafood program adheres to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch recommendations, and presentations are as artistic as the attractive space.
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Lee Ritenour - a TWIST of RIT
Music Scene
Lee Ritenour - a TWIST of RIT Grammy® winning Jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour (aka Captain Fingers) celebrates his 40th anniversary since his debut album release in 1976. His latest release, a TWIST of RIT, is not a "best of" rehash of old tunes; it consists of 12 tracks of new and old favorites with a "twist and flip" released on the Concord Music Group label.
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Sasha's Bloc - Heart On Fire Featuring Jane Monheit
Music Scene
Sasha's Bloc - Heart on Fire featuring Jane MonheitLove the Big Band Jazz sound? Look no further than Sasha's Bloc - Heart On Fire Featuring Jane Monheit, an 11-track release of original music by bassist, songwriter  Alex Gershman that pays tribute to the Jazz of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to dance and romance as you listen to this gorgeous release.
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Devon Allman Band at StageOne, Fairfield, CT
Performances
Devon Allman at StageOne, Fairfield, ConnecticutDevon Allman and his band comprised of Bobby Schneck, Jr. on guitar, Anthony Nanney on drums, Steve Rice on bass, and the "new kid" Brendan Moore on keyboards, rocked the house with their rollicking Southern Blues Rock performance at Fairfield Theatre Company's StageOne in Fairfield, Connecticut.
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