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October 2018
Features
Brooks England - Briefcases
Fashion Scene
Brooks England - The New Street When it comes to briefcases, there is no need to sacrifice function for fashion. Designed in a country famous for its rain, Brooks England, established in England in 1866, knows how to create durable, well-made briefcases that deftly combine comfort, good looks, and weatherproofing to ensure your briefcase and your precious contents inside arrive at your destination looking great no matter the weather. Designed for cyclists, the New Street Briefcase part of the Brooks Discovery Range bags makes a statement whether riding your bike or traveling by car, motorcycle, train, airplane, or yacht to your destination.
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Encuentro de Sabores de Tamaulipas, Mexico - The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY, USA
Gastronomy
Chef Angel Garcia and Edward Nesta - Photo by Luxury Experience Our palates went on a Mexican holiday at the American Bounty Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, during the Encountering the Flavors of Tamaulipas, Mexico gala as part of the State of Tamaulipas Mexico and The Culinary Institute of America Cultural Culinary Exchange. Celebrating the cuisine from the state of Tamaulipas, was Chef Hugo Urtaza Alvarez, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Chef Ángel García, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Brian Kaywork Chef-Instructor, American Bounty Restaurant, Charles Garibaldi, CHE, Maître d'hôtel Instructor, Michael Zebrowski, Pastry Chef-Instructor, and the American Bounty Restaurant Class of 2018-2019.
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Greenwich WINE + Food Festival 2018, Greenwich, CT, USA
Gastronomy
Chef Scott Conant and Debra C. Argen - photo by Luxury ExperienceWine, food, and fun flowed during the 2018 Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival presented by Serendipity. It was a beautiful blue sky, last day of summer, on Saturday, September 22, 2018 and Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut was buzzing with energy and excitement over the eighth year of the Greenwich WINE + Food Festival, and Luxury Experience was there to help celebrate!
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Jane Monheit at The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT, USA
Performances
Jane Monheit - Ridgefield Playhouse - photo by Luxury Experience Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist Jane Montheit lit up the stage at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her gorgeous vocals and engaging storytelling. Deftly pulling Jazz standards spanning from her illustrious 20-year career, Jane Monheit connected with her audience from the opening song until the resounding standing ovation. Brava!
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Adam Richman - 2018 Greenwich WINE + Food Festival, Greenwich, CT, USA
Gastronomy
Adam Richman - Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival 2018 - photo by Luxury Experience I had the opportunity to watch Adam Richman in action at the stove during the 2018 Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival presented by Serendipity located at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. Always irreverent, and downright funny, Adam Richman, whom many in the audience knew from his former television show, Man vs. Food, created Garlic Shrimp and Honeydew Siracha Salsa Tacos while delivering one-liners with breakneck speed, providing restaurant and travel tips, and answering questions from the audience. Adam Richman is definitely a funny man who knows how to cook!
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Man of La Mancha, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Performances
Westport Playhouse - Man of La Mancha - Philip Hernandez - photo by C Rosegg Every year, the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut presents one musical, and for the 2018 season, their big production of the Tony-award winning musical, Man of La Mancha written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, and directed by Mark Lamos, was a triumph of a masterpiece, over-the-top wonderful! Starring Philip Hernandez as Cervantes/Don Quixote and a brilliant cast of 14, If you only go to see one play this year, this is the one to see! Man of La Mancha runs until October 14, 2018 at the Westport Country Playhouse.
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Alex Guarnaschelli - 2018 Greenwich WINE + Food Festival, Greenwich, CT, USA
Gastronomy
Alex Guarnaschelli - photo by Luxury Experience Celebrity chef and top culinary talent Alex Guarnaschelli engaged and entertained audience members with her chef demo during the 2018 Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival presented by Serendipity held in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut where she made Clams in a Puttanesca Sauce. Easy to make and very tasty, what more could you ask for?
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Harmony - The People's Guitar 1945 - 1975, by Ron Rothman
Luxury Products
Harmony Guitars - The Ppeople's Guitars - 1945 - 1975 Author Ron Rothman tells the interesting story of The Harmony Guitar Company in his gorgeous 176-page hardcover book, Harmony - The People's Guitar, 1945 - 1975, published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. During those 30 years of production in Chicago, Illinois, the American company "rocked" the world of many professional and amateur guitarists. In addition to the history of Harmony Guitars there are great photographs of the guitars and the guitarists who played them including Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend, Richie Valens, Dave Davies of the Kinks, John Sebastian, to name but a few. Harmony - The People's Guitar 1945 - 1975, by Ron Rothman makes a great gift for your favorite guitarist or vintage guitar collector.
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Pilobolus - Come To Your Senses, Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA
Performances
Pilobolus - Come To Your Senses Amazing, astounding, and astonishing best describe the dance company, Pilobolus, and their spectacular evening of contemporary dance with their program, "Come To Your Senses" at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. We have seen some incredible performances throughout the years at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, and as such, they have set the bar high for our expectations. The performance by Pilobolus surpassed the bar with their spectacular, gravity defying abilities and choreography that not only pushed the envelope, shredded it and cast it to the wind. Bravo!
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Alastair Greene - Live From The 805
Music Scene

Alastair Greene - Live From The 805 Listen up Alastair Greene fans! I just listened to the new Alastair Greene Live From The 805, a 2-Disc, 20-track album that is going to rock your Southern Blues Rock world; it did mine. Released on the Rip Cat Records label, Alastair Greene proves his mettle as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, along and his band mates, Jim Rankin on bass and Austin Beede on drums. Recorded live in Santa Barbara, California in front of a sold-out show, the 94:30-minute release has great energy and drive.

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Chef Lidija Ragauskas Recipes - Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar, New York, NY, USA
Chefs Recipes
Beef Stroganoff - Russian Samovar, NY, NY, USA The Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar owned by Roman Kaplan and located in New York City at 256 West 52nd Street just off 8th Avenue in the heart of the theatre district has been serving traditional Russian cuisine since 1986 and features Chef Lidija Ragauskas as the talent in the kitchen where she has been delighting patrons' palates for the past 18 years. If traditional fare of blini, caviar, and house-infused savory and sweet vodka, bring a gleam to your eye, then Russian Samovar is sure to delight. Chef Lidija Ragauskas graciously shares her mouth-watering recipe for Beef Stroganoff to tempt your palate into visiting the restaurant.
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Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar, New York, NY, USA
Restaurants
Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar - NY, NY, USA We took a "culinary tour" of Russia via dinner in New York City at the acclaimed Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar located at 256 West 52nd Street just off 8th Avenue in the heart of the theatre district. Since 1986, the Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar has attracted diners not only for the delcious traditional Russian cuisine and savory and sweet house infused vodkas, but also for the music.
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Postcards from The Glass House, New Canaan, CT, USA
Destinations
The Glass House - New Canaan, CT, USA - Photo by Luxury Experience Living in Connecticut, for years we have wanted to visit The Glass House in New Canaan. As it is only open for tours from May until November 30, somehow time slipped away from us each year without experiencing this architectural treasure built by the renowned American architect Philip Johnson. This year, we finally visited this National Trust Historic Site. Built between 1949 and 1995, The Glass House is nestled on 49-acres in the affluent town of New Canaan, Connecticut and consists of fourteen stunningly modern structures. Now a museum, Philip Johnson (1906 - 2005) lived in The Glass House from 1949 until his death in 2005.  
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Cruising on the Hudson River with Hudson River Cruises, Kingston, NY, USA
Adventures
Esopus Meadows Lighthouse - Hudson River Cruises - photo by Luxury Experience Experiencing a sightseeing cruise with Hudson River Cruises aboard the Rip Van Winkle down the Hudson River exploring the Hudson Valley of New York and the Catskill Mountains was a breathtaking experience. For the past 35 years, Hudson River Cruises has provided stunning vistas and excellent service. The cruises run from mid-May until the end of October, making them the perfect way to experience the beauty during the summer as well during Autumn's annual "leaf peeping."
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Postcards from the Catskill Mountains, New York, USA
Destinations
Roundout Lighthouse- Hudson River Cruise - photo by Luxury Experience Greetings and love from the Catskill Mountains of New York State, which are inspiring to visit in any season as there is much to do and experience. Located in the south eastern region of New York State, north of New York City and south of Albany, the Catskill Mountains covers 5,892 breathtaking square miles. The area has long attracted artists, musicians, and adventurers who come to the area to be inspired by nature's beauty; we visited Mt. Tremper and Kingston and were inspired as well.
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Postcards from Washington, DC, USA
Destinations
Whitehouse - photo by Luxury Experience Greetings and love from Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, which should be on every traveler's radar. Founded on July 16, 1790, it is an amazing city with a rich history in which to submerse oneself. Architecturally stunning the city is a diverse blend of historic and contemporary design. For visitors the city has much to experience from learning about the history of the United States to visiting its many historic sites, attractions, and museums.
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Emerson Resort and Spa, Mt. Tremper, NY, USA
Hotels and Resorts
Emerson Resort & Spa - Mt. Tremper, NY - photo by Luxury Experience We stayed at the Emerson Resort & Spa a luxury boutique 53-room hotel nestled on 20 acres in the heart of the Catskill Mountains in Mt. Tremper, New York, where we were greeted by breathtaking mountain views. The "dog friendly" resort has a world-class 6,198 square-foot stunning spa with a plethora of treatments, an outdoor whirlpool, sauna and steamrooms, wellness and fitness classes including Core Yoga, Core Fusion, Vinyasa Flow, Beginner's Yoga, Pilates Mat, Barre Fitness, and more. In addition to their restaurant Woodnotes Grille there is also Ralph's Café for breakfast and lunch for guests on-the-go, an outdoor pool, complimentary bicycles, and indoor and outdoor activities to appeal to guests who want a little adventure. Complete with bonfires every Friday and Saturday night, and its proximity to the ski slopes, the Emerson Resort & Spa is a perfect Catskill Mountain getaway in any season.
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Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown, USA
Hotels and Resorts
Fairmont Washington DC, Georgetown The Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown, part of Accor Hotels, has all the bells and whistles that one would expect in a luxury hotel and then some. Located in the desirable West End, the hotel is an attractive blend of contemporary elegance and gracious hospitality. Sumptuous, well-appointed accommodations, Juniper, their gourmet restaurant, Balance Gym with a plethora of fitness options including CrossFit, Zumba, Yoga, Barre, Pilates, Spin, Boxing, and more, indoor saltwater pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam rooms, business center, complimentary bicycles, and Gold Floor for guests who want amore personalized experience, make it perfect for the business or leisure traveler.
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Woodnotes Grille at the Emerson Resort and Spa, Mt. Tremper, NY, USA
Restaurants
Faroe Island Salmon - photo by Luxury Experience We had a lovely dinner at Woodnotes Grille at the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mt. Tremper, New York located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, where the restaurant's focus is on "Catskill Creative Cooking." The delectable Woodnotes Grille menu features many New York state and Catskill Mountain local products, a nice selection of New York State wines in addition to United States and international wines, well-crafted artisanal cocktails, and excellent service, which made our experience at the restaurant most pleasurable.
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Juniper at the Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown, USA
Restaurants
Cioppino - Juniper Restaurant - photo by Luxury ExperienceFairmont Hotels go to great lengths to distinguish themselves as luxury properties, and the Fairmont Washington, DC Georgetown upholds that tradition of providing extra luxurious details in their restaurant Juniper by keeping bee hives on their rooftop and using the honey they gather in a few of their recipes. Executive Chef Jordi R. Gallardo and Chef Mitchell Eldridge are the talent in the kitchen where the restaurant's focus is on local, sustainable ingredients used in classic recipes with modern elements and beautiful presentations.
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Tenth Street Hats
Fashion Scene
Tenth Street Hats - York Beach from Brookly, and Montreal. from Biltmore - photo by Luxury ExperienceTenth Street Hats are "designer hats, made the old way, sold the new way" and is where fashion and function blend seamlessly. Founded in California in 1921 by Jack Dorfman and Arthur Hyman, the company remains loyal to providing their clientele with high-quality products in a variety of styles. With the growing concern for premature skin damage due to the sun and the rising number of cases of skin cancer and melanoma reported each year, there has never been more of a need to take care of your skin while looking fashionable.
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Juniper Recipes - Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown, USA
Chefs Recipes
Chef Jordi Gallardo, Chef Mitchell Eldridge Juniper restaurant at the Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown has two talented chefs in the kitchen, Executive Chef Jordi R. Gallardo and Sous Chef Mitchell Eldridge. Chef Gallardo graciously shares his recipes for Honey Walnut Bread, Chicken & Prosciutto Croquetas with Romesco Emulsion, and Gazpacho to tempt your palate before you visit. Bon appétit!
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Joanne Shaw Taylor - Wild
Music Scene
Joanne Shaw Taylor - Wild British Blues rocker singer, songwriter, guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor has a killer new album, Wild, which hits the streets on August 31, 2018. Joanne Shaw Taylor co-wrote 9 of the 11-tracks on the Wild release, and fully does justice to 2 great covers, the Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington song, Wild Is The Wind, and the George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward song, Summertime. Joanne Shaw Taylor struts her stuff with her powerful vocals and proves her mastery as a top Blues Rock guitarist, as well as songwriter. This release is one that you will want to add to your collection.
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