Duet Restaurant in NYC

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.
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SELF’s 2nd Annual UpNOut Studio at Spring Studios NYC

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.

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Sweet Sunday: Greyston Brownies

Greyston Bakery has 3 delicious brownie flavors: Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Snickerdoodle Blondie and Brown Sugar Blondie. I would bet that most if not all of my readers have tasted their brownies before! Why? Their brownies are in a variety of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors including Half Baked, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and their newest flavor Brownie Batter Core. Greyston Bakery has a very unique hiring policy: through their Open Hiring model, they enable job opportunities for people with barriers to employment while bringing together the resources needed to succeed in the workplace and to thrive in the community. The company was founded in 1982 by a Zen Buddhist Monk, Bernie Glassman. He realized there was a homeless epidemic and wanted to offer those people a job, no questions asked, and taught them how to bake.  View Post

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Sweet Sunday: Fancy Food Show Favorites

Within the categories of desserts and sweeteners, my primary focus was on discovering notable international food brands and as well as domestic brands with certified organic and non-GMO labels. For a taste of sweet, I had my eye on satisfying, unique treats rather than ones that are often considered indulgent like dense cakes, custards, and cheesecakes.

Below is a sample of some of my favorites I rediscovered and grew fond of at the food show.

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Caboo Paper

Within my day-to-day activities and habits, I am always searching for new alternatives that will help to create a more sustainable lifestyle. I am already teaching my daughter, Sarah, about ways we can lessen our carbon footprint by providing examples of renewable and eco-friendly resources. Thus while I was at the Summer Fancy Food Show this past June, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the initiatives of Caboo, a Canadian-based company, which has created ecologically sustainable paper products from bamboo and cane sugar.

This concept instantly caught my attention. Not only are their products durable and soft it is also of superior quality. Their toilet paper, kitchen roll and other paper products are made from fast-growing, renewable sugarcane and bamboo instead of trees. You may have seen and or heard of bamboo products such as t-shirts, flooring, umbrellas, and bed sheets. Thus, why is bamboo the ideal resource?

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