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Stay Comfortable and Healthy With These Essentials



Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it sometimes feels as if staying comfortable and healthy is out of your control. This, however, is certainly not the case. In fact, there are actually plenty of little ways that you can help yourself with health and comfort. 

Over the last year and a half, our country–and world–have redefined what taking care of ourselves looks like. We’ve had to pivot innumerable times to deal with changing guidelines, new developments, and emerging results. The result is that we have become highly adaptable, and perhaps more invested in taking care of our health and safety than ever before.

If you are looking for ways that you can actually positively impact your health and comfort, look no further. These essentials will give you the boost that you need, no matter what your situation is. 

For All People: 3M N95 Masks

Remember when, at the beginning of the pandemic, you couldn’t get your hands on 95 masks? They’ve finally made their grand return, and it would be wise to purchase a few while they are in stock. 

3M N95 masks are able to give you the protection you are seeking against COVID-19 and other viruses. A securely-worn paper, fiber, or cloth face mask has been shown that it reduces the spread of both viral and airborne bacterial infections. This is because it works to block the respiratory dropments as well as aerosolized particles that can carry a germ, virus, or other contaminant when the person that has it talks, sneezes, or coughs. 

You should also be sure that you are getting an N95 mask that has been certified by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH. This means that they have gone through extensive testing. 

When it comes to airborne illnesses, you can never be too safe–and N95 masks can provide you with the security you need to feel more comfortable around people in this highly difficult time.

For People With Babies: Organic Baby Food For Delivery

Here’s an undeniable fact: if you have a baby, taking a look at what’s in their food is a wise idea. There are a variety of reasons why shopping organic is a wise idea, and what could be better than getting it delivered right to your house? 

Now, it’s possible to get organic baby food for delivery. Whether it’s simply because you like the convenience of delivery or because you feel safer at home right now, you don’t have to choose between excellent baby food and the risks that can come with leaving your home. 

Ideally the organic food brand that you choose for your new child will have options. Children need different things as they grow and develop, and it’s smart to choose a food brand that creates versions of the product that correlate to age and what they need. 

If you’re really being careful, you should also ensure that the brand you choose has none of the big nine allgens, no added sugars, is not fortified, no gluten, and is, of course, organic. 

For People Who Menstruate: Rael

If you are a person who gets their period, Rael is a brand that you should definitely check out. The products available from Rael could make your period significantly more comfortable–which we all know can be one of the most difficult times of the month.

Rael offers a variety of supportive products that will offer you comfort and convenience when you are menstruating. They are deeply committed to sustainability, and that’s something that you will notice throughout their product offerings. 

They have reusable period underwear (much more comfortable than what you’ve been wearing before!), organic cotton reusable pads, and even a complete period care kit that will help you conquer both days and nights when you are menstruating. 

If that wasn’t enough, Rael even has some products that are not specifically for your period. They have skincare, washes and wipes, acne treatment, and heating patches, too. If you are looking for a self-care item, Rael most likely has it. 

For People Who Are Struggling With Anxiety: YANA

If you are struggling with anxiety, your first step should be to see a therapist or counselor, if you have the means to be able to do so. In addition, this product is not a replacement for prescribed medications that were given to you to treat anxiety or depression. 

That being said, YANA can make a tremendous difference with your anxiety levels. The acronym stands for “you are not alone” which is an important reminder when you are struggling with any mental health crisis.

The exact way that the product works isn’t exactly known, but it is often thought that it has an impact on chemicals that influence your moods in your body, most specifically norepinephrine and dopamine. That makes YANA different from other antidepressants you might have heard of in the past as it doesn’t impact serotonin levels. 

For People Who Have Diabetes: A Specific Type of Bread

If you are someone who has diabetes, you likely have to take specific steps with your diet to support the condition. Maybe you have thought that bread is out of the picture, or you are unable to have it with diabetes as it causes your levels to spike. 

This is not necessarily true; you just haven’t found the best bread for diabetics yet. The reality is that you should avoid white bread, and go for sprouted when you have the opportunity to do so. 

In addition, it is really wise to steer clear of breads that have refined ingredients–think the loaves that you can get in the supermarket. While they are cheaper than some alternatives, they could have a negative impact on your condition. Instead, find a bread that fuels your body.

For People Who Are Adamant About Skincare: Body Wash

There are few things as exciting, for a skincare enthusiast, as finding out about a new body wash collection. Ideally the collection will smell good, be effective, and help your skin out. If you have been looking for a body wash that manages to hit all three of these points in the past, look no further. 

You will want to be sure that you like the scent of the body wash that you choose, as you will be using it more than just once. This is a must to stay comfortable because you want to like the way you smell–and of course you want a product that will help your skin stay clean! 

Remember: Staying Happy And Healthy Can Be A Combination Of These

The reality is that what makes one person happy and healthy might not work for another, so you will have to find a routine that works for you specifically. While that might take some time, it will definitely be worth it when you find a wellness and comfort routine that puts a smile on your face and has you feeling your best every time. 

Whether you are someone who falls into multiple of these categories or just one, creating your own routine is one of the best things–and most empowering ones–that you can do for yourself. 

Food and Drink

Restaurant Scene Glory in New York City



Are you hungry? Then New York City is the place to be this season.

Found at the glorious Henn na Hotel New York is the fantastic GOSUKE. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here at the place where the hip and happy come to stay for a perfect staycation or vacation getaway. The authentic Japanese restaurant located inside the lobby serves up a superb dishes that will bring bliss to your life.

Chefs highlight over 50 years of experience handling Japanese cuisine in Japan and New York City. This wonderful restaurant highlights a menu of fresh sushi and sashimi meals. You are greeted by staff who passionately cares about your dinning experience. They want you to feel the same love they have for food with each delicate curated plate.

Il Tinello East never goes out of style. In a City with thousands of restaurants, this sparkling gem of a business outshines many. The treasures found at Il Tinello East blend years of tradition with innovative Italian cooking and provide a rich experience through presentation that is purely matched by a delicious menu.

The menu boasts a lunch and dinner service that is notably divine in presentation and taste factors that all together create a magical experience. The fresh homemade pastas, regional ingredients and diverse wine list are all desirable. Portions are as large as skyscrapers and tastes are as rich as the Wall Street stock markets.

Such highlights at this quintessential restaurant include antipastos of Grilled Portobello with mixed green salad, goat cheese, balsamic dressing; Capesante with pan-seared jumbo sea scallops, brandy, saffron, herb sauce; and Crispy Calamari with tomato sauce. Enjoy the house favorite Caesar Salad for two prepared table side and served classic style: or the Siciliana with mesclun, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, and cucumbers.

pastaRAMEN is another fantastic option for the hungry New Yorker. It is coming to SoHo this April for a month-long dinner party powered by HexClad, the fastest-growing cookware brand in America.

The secret, speakeasy-style experience from Montclair Hospitality Group will head to NYC following sold out dinners in Seattle, Jersey City, Miami and Los Angeles.  Those pop-up dinners were so successful that pastaRAMEN opened its first permanent restaurant location earlier this year in Montclair. pastaRAMEN’s SoHo omakase pop-up will feature a one-of-a-kind Wafu (Japanese inspired) Italian omakase dinner from James Beard Nominated Chef Robbie Felice complete with truffles, caviar, uni, mouth-watering Ramen and more.  This 10-course meal will expertly fuse Italian and Japanese cuisines into one-of-kind dishes such as Cacio e Pepe Fritti, Truffle Porcini Ramen and Dry Aged Japanese A5 Wagyu.  Reservations open on March 31.

And, we hear that Sweetbriar held a fantastic Bourbon Masterclass this month with Beverage Director Ivan Papic, in partnership with Heaven Hill Distillery. The night was dedicated to expanding one’s bourbon whiskey knowledge with an  exclusive cocktail class and tasting that guided guests on select cocktail creations paired with small bites from Executive Chef Bryce Shuman.

The chef is famed for “Food & Wine Magazine’s” “Best New Chef” of 2015, was previously in the kitchen at three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park where he worked under Chef Daniel Humm for six years and rose to Executive Sous Chef before opening Michelin-starred Betony, where he received a three-star review from The New York Times.

For Sweetbriar, he has created a chef-driven dining experience that shares a spirit with his Ribs n Riesling pop-up. It combines his personal history of growing up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina cooking and eating barbecue, and his professional background in fine dining. The experience is centered around live fire cooking and the bounty of New York State’s seasonal produce.


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Duomo 51 Hit or Miss With a Great View



Are you looking for a summer rooftop terrace with a view of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center?Duomo 51 is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails. Finding the restaurant is not the easiest as there is no sign outside, as of yet. Duomo 51 is located on the seventh floor of the DoubleTree Hotel directly across the street from Rockefeller’s Center.

You take the elevator to get up there and it is under renovation and dirty, but once the elevator opens there is an expansive dining room that leads into the glass-enclosed terrace, with views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The terrace features a retractable roof and heaters. On either side will be cocktail bars and chairs that over look Rockefeller Center.

Duomo 51, opened a month ago and it really needs time to get the kinks out. The terrace is not finished and seems a little sterile. The servers are not exactly trained. When my first server poured my water, he got more on my phone, glasses and table and then walked away without cleaning it up. When I asked for a paper napkin he reached over and took the cloth napkin and didn’t even wipe the top which would have had more water flying, until I asked. Thankfully I ordered a drink and that was perfection. Lost in Rome ($20) is Vodka served with a blueberry Puree, lime, mint and ginger beer served in a shaker.

The menu is Tuscan-Italian inspired, so for appetizers we started out with Burrata ($20) with tri colored Herman’s tomato’s lightly glazed with balsamic and olive oil. The Burrata melted in your mouth and was delicious with the sun-dried tomato olive oil served with the bread. Delicious.

The fabulous olive oil with sun-dried tomato’s

We also had the Gamberi al Brandy ($25) grilled shrimp with cannellini beans, fresh tomatoes, and cognac sauce, but the sauce is non existent, so basically grilled shrimp with beans, that lacked flavor. Yeah for the delicious olive oil infusion.

I ordered a Malbec, Aymara ($15) that had a nice balance and body.

For our main course we shared the handmade pasta Carbonara style ($27) Spaghetti here is served with organic egg, pecorino cheese, smoked pancetta and ground pepper is offered. When the cheese was served it was not freshly ground and the dish lacked peas and had too much salt, so nice but not great.

We also ordered Dover Sole (MP) prepared table side. This delightful fish was lightly sautéed and was served in a lemon sauce, but not enough of it. Also though the fish was deboned, it was not served to us. They offer the wrong utensil, so when serving myself the fish slid off the spoon, but the dish itself was something I would order again.

For dessert homemade Ice Cream with warm berries ($12) and a homemade Panna Cotta with fresh berries ($12). Both of these were truly wonderful. My guest had a cappuccino ($6) with a heart on top, as well. It was a terrific ending.

Duomo 51 offers elegant private event spaces with many different attractive setups based on the size of the party and occasion and you can have a party up to 130.

The lavatory/bathroom is located down a flight of long basement stairs and is not so clean. Also on the elevator down there is no L button instead you have to push G for ground. All 6 of us in the elevator thought that stood for garage. Still there is much to admire about Duomo 51 and look forward to trying them again in another couple of months. However if you are planning an Easter brunch, this just might be the perfect place for Brunch.

Duomo 51: 25 W 51st St., 7th Floor

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Hoodwinked from Heaven Looks At Alzheimer’s



Hoodwinked from Heaven makes its NYC debut at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton’s Symphony Space, 250 W 95th Street on Sunday, May 7, 2023 @ 3:00 PM

Elisa Brown wrote Hoodwinked from Heaven for her late father Bill who suffered with Alzheimer’s. In this heart-warming, knee slapping, one woman show, Elisa kicks up her heels and spins some Tall Texas tunes and tales inspired by true family stories. This show celebrates the deeply American music that kept Elisa’s family alive with hope and laughter and continues the legacy of her father’s character and love.

Originally trained as a classical singer, Elisa’s  has been thrilling audiences around the globe for decades. She sings a wide range of vocal styles – from country to pop to Spanish musical theater and opera. Elisa now  takes her to solo performances on Off-Broadway, The Bitter End, and Carnegie Hall, as well as to concert venues in South America, Spain, and China, and onwards. She had her own show on PBS, The Heart of Art with Elisa Brown. Her CDs, The Ave Maria Experience and New World, was co-written and co-arranged with Grammy winning producer Barry Goldstein, and has garnered worldwide praise.

If you know or have someone suffering from Alzheimer’s this show just might help lighten the load.

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