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December 2016
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Cailler Chocolates - Bringing the Taste of Switzerland Home
Luxury Products

Cailler Chocolates - Signature Collection While you may not be able to jet off to Switzerland on a whim, you can easily indulge your taste buds with Cailler chocolates, home of Swiss chocolate since 1819. We had the opportunity to experience the brand during Cailler's United States tour at a pop-up event in New York City and were happy to learn that these exquisite chocolates are now available for purchase online via Amazon.

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Perry Ellis Aqua Extreme and Original Penguin Premium Blend - New Men's Fragrances
Luxury Products
Perry Ellis Aqua Extreme Cologne Looking for holiday gifts for the special men in your life? Having tried both of these fragrances, here are two great suggestions: Perry Ellis Aqua Extreme, the new fragrance designed by Jean-Claude Delville is fresh and vibrant, a masculine fragrance that is as adventurous as the wearer, and Original Penguin® Premium Blend created by Harry Frémont, the sixth scent in its fragrance line, with cool, crisp notes and the famous Pete the Penguin® logo on the attractive frosted bottle.
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Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill - Oyster Festival, NY, NY, USA
Restaurants
Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood - Oyster Festival - photo by Luxury Experience Oysters were in abundance at Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill in New York City, New York during their Fall 2016 Oyster Festival. We deliciously sampled our way through an appetizing presentation of oysters including various types of raw, fried, baked, broiled, fritters, Po Boys, and Creole Oyster Chowder, along with New England Clam Chowder, and colossal shrimp. Absolutely amazing!
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Miro Kitchen, Fairfield, CT, USA  
Restaurants
Shor Rib Benedict - photo by Luxury Experience Sunday Brunch at Miro Kitchen in Fairfield, Connecticut was perfect; a relaxing meal in an attractive space that began with tasty brunch cocktails and culminated with Banana Fosters French Toast with candied banana, coconut whipped cream, and chocolate maple syrup. Owned by Eugene Kabilnitsky, the restaurant opened in March 2016 where the focus is cuisine from the Pacific Rim regions including the U.S. West Coast, Hawaii, and East Asia. Executive Chef Howard McCall is the talent in the kitchen.  
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Colbie Caillat – The Ridgefield Playhouse, CT, USA
Performances
Colbie Caillat - photo by Luxury Experience
Grammy® award winning, multi-platinum Colbie Caillat presented The Malibu Sessions Acoustic Tour with Special Guests Justin Young and High Dive Heart at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut, which was an exceptional evening of pop music. Colbie Caillat’s golden vocals and inspired lyrics along with sets from the opening bands kept the audience thrilled for a nearly 3-hour performance.
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Mariza - Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA
Performances
Mariza - Fairfield Quick Center - Photo by Luxury Experience Multi-Grammy nominated Mariza brought an exciting evening of Portuguese fado music to the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Singing in Portuguese and engaging the audience in both English and Portuguese, she added to her fan base with her dynamic vocal range, passion, and beautiful stylings. Amazing, is the best word to describe her thrilling performance!
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Greenwich 2016 WINE + Food Festival, Greenwich, CT, USA
Gastronomy
Michel Nischan and Debra C. Argen - Greenwich WINE + Food, CT - photo by Luxury ExperienceIt was another amazing year at the 2016 Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival presented by Serendipity in Greenwich, Connecticut benefitting The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp, Wholesome Wave, and the Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation. Great wines and spirits, delicious food from area restaurants along with celebrities Kathie Lee Gifford, Michel Nischan, Adam Richman, Marcus Samuelsson, Marc Murphy, Alex Guarnaschelli, and more, with music by Grammy award winners Ziggy Marley and the Old Crow Medicine Show made it an event to remember.
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TBar Steak and Lounge, New York, NY, USA
Restaurants
Prime Aged Rib Eye Steak - TBar NYC - Photo by Luxury ExperienceTBar Steak & Lounge located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, New York features Executive Chef Ben Zwicker as the talent in the kitchen. Since its opening in 2007, TBar Steak & Lounge has attracted Upper East Side locals with its enticing food, comfortable yet upscale attractive ambience, and excellent service.
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Chef Ben Zwicker Recipe - TBar Steak and Lounge, New York, NY, USA
Chefs Recipes
Chef Ben Zwicker - Tbar Steak and Lounge - New York, USAExecutive Chef Ben Zwicker of TBar Steak & Lounge located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, New York graciously shares a delicious "taste" of the upscale, chic restaurant with his recipes for Tuna Tartare, Seared Octopus Salad, and Banana Mille-Feuille to tempt your palate into making a trip to New York City to personally experience the restaurant.
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Chef Michel Nischan Recipe - Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival, USA
Chefs Recipes
Chef Michel Nischan - Photo by Luxury ExperienceThe 2016 Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival presented by Serendipity in Greenwich, Connecticut hosted Chef Michel Nischan, CEO and Founder of Wholesome Wave as part of the 4-day festival. Chef Michel Nischan graciously shares a delectable taste from his cooking demonstration with his recipe for Seared Wild Striped Bass with Tomato Basil Fondue adapted from his cookbook, Sustainably Delicious, from the Wholesome Wave recipe box.
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Camelot - Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Performances
Camelot - Westport County Playhouse - Britney Coleman -  Robert Sean Leonard -by Carol RoseggMagical, best describes the Westport Country Playhouse's performance of the Lerner and Loewe musical, Camelot! The play shines brilliantly under the direction of Mark Lamos and its exceptional cast lead by Tony award winning actor Robert Sean Leonard, with Stephen Mark Lucas, Britney Coleman, Patrick Andrews, Michael De Souza, Mike Evariste, Brian Owen, Jon-Michael Reese, and Sana "Prince" Sarr. Camelot is the perfect finale for the Westport Country Playhouse's 2016 play season, and should definitely be on your "must see" list. Camelot runs from October 4 until November 5, 2016 at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut.
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Boothe Memorial Park and Museum, Stratford, CT, USA
Destinations
Windmill - Boothe Memorial Park & Museum - photo by Luxury ExperienceWe love discovering new places, and our latest "discovery" was Boothe Memorial Park & Museum located in the historic town of Stratford, Connecticut, founded in 1639. Situated on 32-acres, Boothe Memorial Park & Museum's idyllic setting with a rose garden, recreation area, and pavilions, make it a perfect place to spend the day, stroll, enjoy a picnic, and take in nature in any season.
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The New York Culinary Experience 2016
Gastronomy
Debra Argen and Edward Nesta - New York Culinary Experience 2016 - photo by Luxury ExperienceFor culinary enthusiasts as well as professional chefs, the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and The International Culinary Center) was once again a memorable weekend of baking, cooking, and celebrating with top industry professionals. Over the course of 2 days during the New York Culinary Experience 2016 we took bread classes, culinary classes, had chocolate and cocktail demos, and took a dessert class with top industry professionals where we learned professional techniques, tips, and delicious recipes.
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Chef Alain Sailhac - Classic French Recipes - NYCE 2016
Gastronomy
Chef Alain Sailhac and Debra C Argen - Photo by Luxury ExperienceChef Alain Sailhac, Dean Emeritus of The International Culinary Center (The ICC) in New York City, taught me how to make the classic French recipes, Bouillabaisse and Raspberry Crème Brûlée during the during the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and The International Culinary Center). Chef Alain Sailhac graciously shares his recipe for Raspberry Crême Brulée. Bon Appétit!
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Head Baker Francois Hiegel - NY Pretzels, EPI Bread - NYCE 2016
Gastronomy
Chef Francoise Hege, Edward Nesta - photo by Luxury ExperienceFrançois Hiegel, Executive Head Baker of the prestigious Thomas Keller Restaurant Group shared the art of making Classic New York Pretzels during The International Culinary Center (The ICC) in New York City, during the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and The International Culinary Center). Is there anything better than eating homemade pretzels hot from the oven?
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Chef Kerry Heffernan - Oysters A - Z at the NYCE 2016
Gastronomy
Chef Kerry Heffernan and Edward F Nesta New York Culinary Experience - Photo by Luxury ExperienceFor an oyster fan, Oysters A - Z with Chef Kerry Heffernan during the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and The International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York City was a fantasy of a cooking class. During the class I shucked my fair share of oysters to make East and West Raw Oysters with Two Mignonettes, Fried Oysters with Cornichon, Tangerine and Coriander Crema, and Oyster Pan Roast, with Oysteroot (Salsify) Celeriac, Bacon and Kale, and although all of the recipes were delicious, alas there were no pearls in any of my oysters. Chef Kerry Heffernan graciously shares his recipes for East and West Raw Oysters with Two Mignonettes, and Fried Oysters with Cornichon, Tangerine and Coriander Crema.
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Chef Paul Liebrandt - Fish and Chips - NYCE 2016
Gastronomy
Chef Paul Liebrandt and Edward F Nesta - NYCE 2016 - photo by Luxury ExperienceLearning the art of making authentic Fish and Chips with Chef Paul Liebrandt during the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and The International Culinary Center (ICC) brought back many fond memories of time spent in England. Chef Paul Liebrandt graciously shares his recipe for Fish and Chips with Lime Pickle Aioli.
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Chef Zachary Golper - Baking Bread with Potatoes - NYCE 2016
Gastronomy
Zachary Golper and Edward Nesta - NYCE 2016 - photo by Luxury ExperienceChef Zachary Golper, owner of Bien Cuit in Brooklyn, New York returned to the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and the The International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York City for the 4th year as an instructor. As someone who loves making bread, when I saw the list of participating chefs for the NYCE 2016, I knew that I wanted to take Chef Golper's bread class where I learned to make Madawaska Bread, Pugliese Bread, and Potato Focaccia, for which he graciously shares his recipe.
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Backtrack Blues Band - Way Back Home
Music Scene
Backtrack Blues Band - Way Back HomeBacktrack Blues Band - Way Back Home is 10 out-of-the-box fabulous traditional Blues tracks. The band focuses on harmonica driven Chicago Blues with Sonny Charles leading the way, joined by Kid Royal on lead guitar, Little Johnny Walter on rhythm guitar, Stick Davis on bass guitar, Joe Bencomo on drums, and special guest Victor Wainwright layering in piano. Latonya Oliver and Dana Merriweather add their lovely background vocals to make this release one to own.
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Greenwich Concours d'Elegance 2016 - International Motorcars
Arts and Antiques
1958 Alfa Romeo - Photo by Luxury ExperienceFounded in 1996 by Greenwich, Connecticut residents Genia and Bruce Wennerstrom, the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance is a 2-day celebration of exceptional and rare American and International motorcars - the Concours Americana, held on a Saturday, and the Concours International, held on a Sunday. Since its inception, it is one of the highlights of the Greenwich social season, and is one which Luxury Experience allows enjoys attending.
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Richard Elliot - Summer Madness
Music Scene
Richard Elliot - Summer MadnessRichard Elliot - Summer Madness produced by Rick Braun and released on the Heads Up International a division of Concord Music Group label is 10-tracks of pure listening pleasure that combines instrumental Jazz, Funk, and R & B. Joining Richard Elliot on this wonderful release are Rick Braun, Ron Reinhardt, Randy Jacobs, Nathaniel Phillips, Franklin Richardson III, Lenny Castro, Curt Waylee, Rebecca Vega, Gerey Johnson, and Eric Valentine.
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Cocktail Demo with Audrey Saunders during NYCE 2016
Liquor Cabinet
Audrey Saunders - photo by Luxury ExperienceAudrey Saunders, the owner of New York's esteemed Pegu Club, dazzled the audience with her Cocktail Demo during lunch at the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and The International Culinary Center (ICC), where participants in the 2-day gastronomical event had the opportunity to add to their cocktail knowledge as well as cooking with renowned toques. Cheers!
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Tommaso Starace with Michele Di Toro - From a distant past
Music Scene
Tommaso Starace and Michele Di Toro -From a distant pastThe latest release from Saxophonist Tommaso Starace is the melding of two instruments, a horn and piano, to create Tommaso Starace with Michel Di Toro - From a distant past. The resultant release is a masterpiece of melodies, transitions, and complementing musicianship.
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The Steepwater Band - Shake Your Faith
Music Scene
The Steepwater Band - Shake Your FaithRockers, get ready to rock with The Steepwater Band and their latest release, Shake Your Faith, which consists of 11 tracks of music written by the band: Jeff Massey, Eric Saylors, Tod Bowers, and Joe Winters released on the Diamond Day Records label. Guest Jim Wirt layers in harmony vocals and also plays piano and organ on this outstanding release.
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Ashleigh Smith - Sunkissed
Music Scene
Ashleigh Smith - SunkissedJazz Vocalist Ashleigh Smith's debut album, Ashleigh Smith - Sunkissed, released on the Concord Music Group label is one that Jazz aficionados will want to add to their collections. Winner of the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition, Ashleigh Smith makes her mark as a singer and songwriter on this 10-track stunning release.
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Pastry Chef Miroslav Uskokovic - NYCE 2016 - Restaurant Desserts at Home
Gastronomy
Chef miroslav Uskokovic and Debra C. Argen with pudding = Photo by Luxury ExperienceAttention chocoholics! Pastry Chef Miroslav Uskokovic of Gramercy Tavern in New York City, brought the art of making decadent chocolate desserts at home to the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and The International Culinary Center (ICC). The class menu: Hot Fudge Cake and Chocolate Pudding with Pecan Dragée, Pecan Praline, Prunes and Chocolate Covered Puffed Rice. Pastry Chef Miro Uskokovic graciously shares his pudding recipe below, which is fabulously delicious, need I say more?
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Chef Chung Chow - New York Culinary Experience 2016 - Modern Hawaiian Techniques and Cuisine
Gastronomy
Chef Chung Chow and Debra Argen - Photo by Luxury ExperienceI took an exciting Modern Hawaiian Techniques and Cuisine class with Chef Chung Chow of Noreetuh in New York City, New York during the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and the The International Culinary Center (ICC).  As a scuba diver, I have spent substantial time in the Hawaiian Islands, and wanted to learn new techniques and flavor profiles to create Hawaiian cuisine at home. Under Chef Chung Chow's guidance, the class created Mochi-Crusted Black Bass with Green Beans in a Fermented Black Bean Sauce, and Big-Eye Tuna Poke with Macadamia Nuts, Seaweed, and Soy-Pickled Jalapenos. It felt great to be back in Hawaii, if even only by my palate!
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Baker Ellie Pegler - New York Culinary Experience 2016 - Breads Vaucluse Style
Gastronomy
Baker Ellie Pegler and Debra Argen -photo by Luxury ExperienceWhat I especially enjoyed about the class, Breads Vaucluse Style with Head Baker Ellie Pegler at the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and the The International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York City, was the opportunity to learn new bread techniques. Ellie Pegler, the head baker at Chef Michael White's restaurant, Vaucluse, deftly guided the class through the art of making croissants and baguettes, which were oh so delicious!
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