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December 2021 Features
Postcards from the Holiday Train Show 2021 at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, USA
Destinations
City Hall NY -NY Botanical Garden Train Show 2021 - photo by Luxury Experience
Holidays are about traditions, and for the past 30 years, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) - Holiday Train Show® has been an annual tradition for families to kick off the joyful spirit of the winter holiday season. The Holiday Train Show®, located in Bronx, New York, along with baking holiday cookies, watching holiday movies, and sipping hot cocoa brimming with marshmallows while wrapping gifts, has become a holiday tradition for Luxury Experience. Perfect for all ages, visiting the Holiday Train Show® at the NYBG will linger in your imagination long after you leave the show. The Holiday Train Show® at the NYBG runs from November 20 through January 23, 2022. Happy Holidays! 
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Jooki – The Music System for Children
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Jooki - The Music System for Children
Luxury Experience readers know that we are huge music fans; we love listening to our enormous collection of music, writing about music and about music performances, and when it comes to buying gifts, we love to give the gift of music. When we "discovered" Jooki (pronounced "jukey" like jukebox), a music system designed for children to use and operate, we were instantly smitten. Designed in Belgian by three dads in 2014 with toy and technology experience, Jooki is a screen-free WIFI streaming and Bluetooth player for children ages 3 and up. How exciting is that! We cannot wait to see our little nephew Asher's face light up as he discovers music - his way, with his Jooki. 
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Rhum Barbancourt Dinner at Rebel Restaurant and Bar, NYC, USA
Restaurants
Signature Barbancourt   Musselw - Rebel Restaurant and Bar - Photo by Luxury Experience
Rhum Barbancourt has a legacy of creating fine rums made in Haiti from crushed sugar cane juice since 1862. To showcase their line of Rhum Barbancourt, Crillon Importers, Ltd. held a private dinner at the Haitian restaurant, Rebel Restaurant and Bar in New York City for a spirited evening of excellent food to complement the Rhum Barbancourt exceptional rums, and Luxury Experience was there to learn more about the iconic rum brand.
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The Art of Picnics - Seasonal Outdoor Entertaining by Alanna O’Neil
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The Art of Picnics - Seasoned Outdoor Entertainment - by Alanna O'Neil.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "picnic" as "a meal that is eaten outdoors especially during a trip away from home; a trip or party that includes a meal eaten outdoors; something that is pleasant or easy." Professional photographer, designer, and home cook Alanna O'Neill's debut cookbook, The Art of Picnics - Seasonal Outdoor Entertaining published by Yellow Pear Press a division of Mango Publishing, beautifully captures that feeling with inspiring recipes and stunning photography. Let the picnicking begin!
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Samantha Fish - Faster
Music Scene
Samantha Fish - Faster
The release of Samantha Fish - Faster marks the eleventh release, on the Rounder Records label, by this remarkable singer, songwriter, guitarist, and overall outstanding musician. The creativity continues to roll from Samantha with 12 new tracks that encompass many different formats (genres). But with Samantha, the term genre is amiss when referring to her work, as creativity like Samantha's does not fit a single format or category, it fits being listened to over-and-over again. 
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Samantha Fish at The Warehouse, Fairfield, CT, USA
Performances
Samantha Fish - at FTC The Warehouse - photo by Luxury Experience
Blues rocker, singer, songwriter and guitarist Samantha Fish rocked The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company in Fairfield, Connecticut. One of the many stops on her FASTER tour throughout the United States and Europe, she gave the appreciative Fairfield fans a night to remember delivering over 2-hours of her hard driving guitar work that she is known for, and vocals that match. A powerhouse of a performer, and with an eager and encouraging audience, she gave as good as she got, and for that Luxury Experience and the rest of the fans were especially appreciative.
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Ben Levin – Still Here
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Ben Levin - Still Here
Blues singer, songwriter, and pianist Ben Levin is already making headway in the world of the Blues at age 22. His album, Ben Levin - Still Here is 12-tracks of the vintage Blues sound that he loves; it is a Blues release for Blues aficionados. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ben Levin clearly lets his passion fly on his newest release that hit the streets on October 22, 2021, on the Vizztone label. Joining Ben Levin on the release are Aron Levin on guitar, Chris Douglas on bass, and Oscar Bernal on drums. 
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Fifth State Seville Gin
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Fifth State Seville Gin
Fifth State Seville Gin is the creation of Master Distiller Robert Schulten, owner of Fifth State Distillery located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which was awarded the 2021 Connecticut Gin Distillery of the Year by the prestigious New York International Spirits Competition. He handcrafts this delectable gin from locally grown Connecticut corn and Seville oranges, which is distilled in small batches in a column still. The result is a smooth and richly flavorful orange forward gin that is an admirable ingredient in cocktail and culinary recipes.
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Doubt: A Parable, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Performances
Westport Country Playhouse - Doubt -Betsy Aidem, Eric Bryant by carol rosegg
For the past 90 years, the Westport Country Playhouse located in Westport, Connecticut has been dazzling audiences with their high-quality, professional performances. Director David Kennedy continues the tradition of excellence with his presentation of Doubt: A Parable. Written by Playwright John Patrick Shanley, the play was the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The talented ensemble cast features actors Betsy Aidem, Eric Bryant, Kerstin Anderson, and Sharina Martin. The play runs from November 2 - 20 (in-person tickets) and from November 11 - 21 (virtual tickets).
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Havana Film Festival New York 2021 – Memories of My Father
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Memories of My Father - El Olvido Que Seremos
What a thrill to be in New York City for the Havana Film Festival New York 2021 - Celebrating Latin American Cinema since 2000! Beginning with the Opening Night Film, Memories of My Father/El Olvido Que Seremos, directed by Oscar-award winning Director Fernando Trueba with actor Javier Cámara based on the true story of Colombian human rights activist Héctor Abad Gómez, the festival has a plethora of impactful films. The Havana Film Festival New York 2021 runs until November 11, 2021. 
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Hartford Flavor Company Vanilla Flavored Vodka
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Hartford Flavor Company Vanilla Flavored Vodka
Hartford Flavor Company Vanilla Flavored Vodka is a delectable super premium gluten free vodka made with organic sugar cane and infused Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla beans. Creatrix and Infusionary Lelaneia Dubay is the driving force behind her innovative woman-owned distillery in Hartford, Connecticut, where the flavors she creates are as innovative as she.
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Greenwich Concours 2021 – How to Score the Ultimate Barn Find
Arts and Antiques
How To Score the  Ultimate Barn Find - Greenwich Concours 2021 - photo by Luxury Experience
After a 2-year absence, the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, sponsored by Hagerty, was back at Roger Sherwood Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Luxury Experience was on hand for the 2-day automotive festival. In addition to a fabulous collection of automobiles and motorcycles, new for the October festival,  were interesting panel discussions throughout the day on Saturday, October 23, 2021. The seminar, "How to Score the Ultimate Barn Find" moderated by John Nikas, with panelists author and television host Tom Cotter "The Barn Finder," Wayne Carini, author, and host of the television show, "Chasing Classic Cars," and Peter Kumar, Founder of Gullwing Motor Cars in New York, left the audience dreaming of finding their own special vehicles.
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New York City Wine and Food Festival – Grand Tasting and Demos 2021
Gastronomy
Robert Irvine cooking Lamb using a reverse sear - NYCWFF - photo by Luxury Experience
The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York Wine & Food Festival - Grand Tasting featuring Culinary Demonstrations from Andrew Zimmern, Robert Irvine, Buddy Valastro, Duff Goldman, Jet Tila, and Scott Conant, and presented by Liebherr Appliances, was a very tasty way to spend a beautiful autumn afternoon in New York City. Held at Hudson River Park's Pier 76 (408 12th Avenue, NYC), the day was filled with tasty food, cocktails, spirits, and culinary demonstrations.
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New York City Wine and Food Festival – Farmer’s Market Brunch with Geoffrey Zakarian
Gastronomy
New York City Wine & Food Festival - 2021
We spent a perfect Saturday morning at the Farmer's Market Brunch presented by White Claw and hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian, part of the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival LIVEHAPPilly series presented by Illy. Held at The Standard High Line Biergarten located in the Meatpacking District of New York City we spent a leisurely Saturday morning eating, drinking, and mingling with top chefs and chatting with other guests.
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Marija Jelic and Anthony Manoli at Carnegie Hall, NYC, USA
Performances
Marija Jelic - Power of Destiny - Carnegie Hall
Magical! It was an amazing night in New York City for the Power of Destiny Concert presented by New York Artist Management with Serbian Star  Soprano Marija Jelic and American pianist Anthony Manoli at Carnegie Hall in the intimate Weill Recital Hall. A beautiful venue and two masterful talents was the perfect intro to the Autumn 2021 season at Carnegie Hall.
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The Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Catherine Gill
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The Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Catherine Gill
With the growing trend towards plant-based food, vegetarian and vegan diets, we were excited to "discover" The Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Catherine Gill published by Hatherleigh Press, as a great motivator to learn more about this highly nutritious whole-grain that is rich in protein, dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins. Who knew quinoa (pronounced KEEN-waa) was so fabulous? Catherine Gill's book is filled with valuable information and over 100 recipes that cover the gamut from Breakfast to Desserts. Now that is something to cheer about.
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Hiromi – The Piano Quintet: Silver Lining Suite
Music Scene
Hiromi - The Piano Quintet - Silver Lining Suite Hiromi - The Piano Quintet:: Silver Lining Suite is a stunning 9-track piano jazz album composed and arranged by pianist Hiromi and released in late September 2021 on the Telarc International label, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc. Hiromi - The Piano Quintet is comprised of Hiromi on piano, Tatsua Nishie (1st violin), Sohei Birmann (2nd violin), Meguna Naka (viola), and Wataru Mukai (cello).
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Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE with John Patitucci and Dave Weckl
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Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE with John Patitucce and Dave Weckl
Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE includes tracks from the Akoustic Band's song book starting with the 1980s and moving forward, as well as the band pays tribute to some of the greats in the jazz world such as Thelonious Monk, Chet Baker, and Duke Ellington. This is the Akoustic Band's first release in over two decades, but the sound feels like it was just a few minutes break between sets. This is the last LIVE session by the legendary Chick Corea which says it all, this a must have release. 
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Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado: Best Of
Music Scene
Thornbjorn Risager - The Black Tornado : Best Of
Danish blues singer, songwriter, guitarist Thorbjorn Risager and his band The Black Tornado have been thrilling audiences for just shy of two decades. The band formed in 2003, released their first CD in 2004, and their career has skyrocketed since then due in part to the smoked honeyed whiskey voice of front man Thorbjorn Risager, and the talented band is par excellence as well. The new double-CD release, Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado: Best Of, features 25 fabulous songs crafted to perfection over the years as well as some new music. Released on September 24, 2021, on the Ruf Records label, this is a blues album for collectors. 
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The Complete Autumn and Winter Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen
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The Complete Autumn and Winter Cookbook by Americas Test Kitchen
Cooler weather tends to bring out the inner cook in all of us when we want to spend more time in the kitchen creating special meals for ourselves, as well as for family and friends. Always on the lookout for inspiration, we fell in love with The Complete Autumn & Winter Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen, which has over 550 recipes that will dazzle the senses and provide plenty of inspiration for everyday meals, holiday meals, breads, brunches, festive drinks, desserts, lovely food gifts, and much more. Beautiful photographs and easy to follow recipes make this cookbook a showstopper. Happy cooking!
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