Duet Restaurant, a charming French-American brassiere, is easily spottable as you stroll through Greenwich Village* in Manhattan. And rightfully so. With a refined yet relaxed vibe, Duet Restaurant should be one of the top restaurants from which you decide upon to take your significant other on a romantic date night out, or a family gathering after a milestone event. I made my first visit to Duet this past Sunday for an early dinner before heading back home to the Hamptons.
I chose a side table on the main level adjacent to their grand, floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing for sweeping views of the West Village and plenty of natural light. It was an opportunity to witness the bustling weekend in the Village while settling in for a relaxing dining experience. My waiter was excellent; he provided spot-on recommendations on the cocktail menu and the dinner menu, explaining the preparation of each dish and which ones he thought I would prefer based upon my culinary preferences.
This past Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th, I had a blast participating in Self Magazine’s 2nd annual UpNOut Studio, which brought together 22 of the hottest boutique studio workouts and trainers all under one roof at the spacious Springs Studios in TriBeCa. The event space, renowned as the top choice for photographers, filmmakers, and publications from around the world, was equipped with professional, caring staff members and ample space for the fitness classes. Each event goer had plenty of space to store their belongings, relax, and move about.
I attended on Sunday, and stayed for three classes: CITYROW, Aerospace High Performance Center, and ((305)) Fitness. I had taken CITYROW and ((305)) Fitness pop-up classes in Montauk during the past three summers.
Townline BBQ, located in Sagaponack, is one of my favorite spots to drop in for an impromptu lunch and bar bite. This rustic, laid-back local’s favorite is open thru lunch and dinner, so you could stop in after work, for an mid-afternoon snack or for an after dinner drink and dessert. I usually come in for lunch and order my favorite combo plate: Brisket, Pulled Pork, Corn Bread and Collard Greens. For dessert, my go-to is a slice of their super-moist German Chocolate Cake, and my most recent is their Birthday Cake with colorful sugar sprinkles. The atmosphere is so relaxing and chill, I never feel rushed. I always like to sit in the seats adjacent to the parking lot or outside during the warmer months. View Post
I am hosting a giveaway for one of the best Peanut Butter brands around, PB Crave, a company that I recently discovered at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show in Manhattan. One winner will win a four pack of PB Crave peanut butter, which includes the following flavors: Razzle Dazzle, Cookie Nookie, Coco Bananas, and Choco Choco. Try my favorite flavor, Cookie Nookie, first! I love to spread each flavor on whole wheat bread with sliced bananas, in brownies, and as a topping for homemade crêpes.
I discovered a fun, all natural gourmet cookie dough at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show that should be on the top of everyone’s gift list this autumn and upcoming holiday season. Joel’s Outrageous Cookie Dough graciously sent me their Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk and Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough to bake at home and enjoy amongst family and friends. The cookies were so much fun and very simple to bake. After storing in the freezer, we thawed the cookie dough for a half hour, broke away each of the twelve square pieces and baked them in the oven on 325 degrees for exactly 14 minutes.