An Interview with Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger of Elements Fitness

It is a pleasure to introduce my readers to Elements Fitness, a boutique barre and dance fusion studio located in the Village of East Hampton steps away from the Village’s shopping and dining scene. I have been taking classes at Elements Fitness for the past month and am so thrilled with the method, class format, and energy that Founder and Director Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger brings to class. She is so personable and friendly with each client, greeting them before class, and bidding them farewell at the finish. During class, she is encouraging and upbeat, keeping each one of us focused and striving for our best output.

If you have never taken barre before or if you are a master at the barre, you must come to Elements Fitness. In all my four years of taking barre classes, I have never experienced an hour fly by so quickly as I have when taking Andrea’s classes. Her expertise and positive spirit are what make her classes so unique and so worthwhile. Below, read my exclusive interview with Andrea where we discuss her approach to teaching, the apparatuses of a barre class, and what are her refrigerator essentials pre and post-workout.

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Fig and Walnut Holiday Herbed Cheese Spread

This post was sponsored by Heluva Good!® Cheese as part of an Influence Central campaign. All opinions and content are my own.

I love great food all year round, but there is something about the holidays where each crafted dish must be special. From incorporating herbs grown at home to using a special technique my parents and grandparents taught me, each recipe enrobes heartwarming memories all with great taste and good fun. One of my favorite recipes I love to create during the holidays are cheese spreads. Cheese spreads have always been a staple centerpiece dish at home growing up. We all loved to pick our favorite ingredients to add in, a little of this and that, and create our own unique recipes. My family and I would write these recipes down on a notepad, and keep it in the kitchen drawer to reference for making again throughout the year.

Heluva Good! has the perfect cheese for entertaining. Not only because of how diverse their Heluva Good! Cheese block selection is (think Colby Jack to White Sharp Cheddar), the quality and mouthwatering taste is so exceptional, and it really adds that extra bite to any cheese dish. Their selection is a great choice for the holidays as well as year round for any occasion. You can easily incorporate their cheese blocks into everyday recipes from omelettes and grilled cheese sandwiches to late night fajitas and casseroles. Even for a simple cheese and crackers plate, Heluva Good! Cheese provides the ultimate snacking experience.

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Cocktails & Conversation at The Baker House 1650

On Saturday, December 2nd, The Baker House 1650 in partnership with Domaine Select Wine & Spirits, hosted the exclusive event “Cocktails & Conversation – An Evening with Award-Winning Mixologist Tad Carducci.” This sold-out event was held from 4-7pm and was attended by locals and visitors alike. The exclusive demonstration by mixologist Tad Carducci of the Tippling Bros included the art of mixology with four holiday cocktails. Guests received recipe cards for the demonstrated cocktails and copies of Carducci’s book, A Lime and A Shaker.

Tad Carducci is a bartender, mixologist, and restauranteur. He noted that he has been in the restaurant business since he was 14, or about 30 years. He has crafted cocktails and studied mixology for 15 years. His book, A Lime and A Shaker, primarily focuses on craft cocktails with tequila and mezcal.

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Holiday Stocking Stuffer $40 & Under Gift Guide 2017

Looking for gifts to fill those stockings on the mantle? Choose ones that standout with lots of character and practicality. Below, I have curated a list of some of my favorite stocking stuffer gifts that are all each under $40. Take out the ho-hum and gift your loved ones presents they will talk about, indulge in, and use throughout the winter season and beyond.

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Ihi Riha Maldivian Curry Recipe from Milaidhoo Island Maldives Resort

Put an island spin on your holiday spread by introducing exciting and bold flavors to the dinner table courtesy of Milaidhoo Island Maldives. Available at its Ba’theli Restaurant & Lounge over the holiday, the resort is sharing their recipe for Maldivian Curry for those who can’t make it to the Asian country for the feast. Ba’theli is the first modern Maldivian restaurant in the Maldives. The Maldives is a destination I wish to visit within the next five years. In fact, the country is among the top ten nations I wish to visit next.

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Milaidhoo Island Maldives is a sophisticated 5- star boutique resort with 50 secluded villas, both overwater and by the beach. The resort features dedicated 24-hour island hosts, three exquisite restaurants, two bars, and a thriving house reef. Nightly rates start at $1,575 per night for two people in an over-water villa on half-board basis.

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