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The Cook’s Cleanup: A Guide to Bringing Out the Best in Your Kitchen



Keeping your home neat and tidy can be hard work. Between work, getting the kids to school, errands, life administration tasks and other chores, the housework can quickly fall by the wayside. That’s why some people employ cleaners because they’re simply too busy to clean their house. However, not everyone can afford a cleaner, especially with the rising cost of living these days. If possible, you should carve out some time in the week for cleaning, even if it’s just a quick once over. A minor cleaning spree can make a world of difference in how your house looks and feels. It’s definitely worth the time and effort. 

And some rooms in your house see a lot more traffic and use than others. For instance, the bathroom and the kitchen can quickly become untidy and dirty even after a few days. Fear not if you’re feeling overwhelmed about cleaning your kitchen. This helpful article will share the cook’s cleanup, and you’ll learn how to bring out the best in your kitchen. Read on to learn more.

Clean the Splashback

Your kitchen splashback tiles can quickly become dirty as you cook each day. It’s unavoidable, as splashes of sauce and other cooking dirt quickly accumulate on your splashback. As part of your daily routine, spray your splashback with some cleaning product and quickly wipe it down. If you do this daily, you’ll avoid the grime building up over days and feel better about being in your kitchen.

Wipe Down the Benches Each Night

Kitchen benches are prone to becoming fastly dirty, as crumbs, spills, and other assorted debris accumulate on them as you cook, prepare breakfast and get the kids’ lunches ready each morning. Give your kitchen benches a thorough wipe-down as part of your evening routine. If you do this each night, the dirt and stains won’t build up as much, keeping your kitchen feeling so fresh and so clean.

Invest in a Dishwasher

This revolutionary kitchen appliance is a must-buy if you don’t already have a dishwasher. You’ll save so much time and effort that you would usually spend on doing the dishes. All you need to do is rinse your dishes, stack them in the dishwasher and put them on overnight or as you leave for work in the morning. Then, all you need to do is empty it once the wash cycle is finished. You can make emptying the dishwasher part of your daily routine, and you’ll be amazed at how much time you save with this nifty appliance.

Vacuum and Wash the Floor Regularly

Your kitchen floor is probably the top contender for the floor in your home that gets the dirtiest quickest. Spilled tea and coffee, sauce from cooking, crumbs, cereal bits, and other debris quickly populate your kitchen floor. You should aim to vacuum and mop the kitchen floor once a week, if not more, if it requires it. You could do this on a Saturday morning or afternoon when you have the time, between your weekend activities or outings. 

Periodically Clean the Cabinets

Over time, your kitchen cabinets will get dirty, grimy or stained. This can’t really be avoided as it’s almost impossible to not make a small mess when you cook. Give your cabinets a spray and thorough wipe down every month or so. Ensure you clean the handles, too, as these can get dirty too. 

Wipe Down The Fridge Door and Handle

Your fridge door can also become grimy and stained as the oils from your hands get onto the door or if the kids grab the handle with grubby hands. Give your fridge handle and door a spray and wipe every week or so. Take off all the magnets, kids’ art and appointment letters so you can thoroughly clean them.

Clean the Oven and Microwave

No one enjoys cleaning the oven, but it’s an unavoidable part of cleaning up your kitchen. You can use a heavy-duty oven cleaner to break down all the grease, grime and dirt that accumulates inside your oven. Remember to wear heavy-duty gloves and ensure the kitchen is well-ventilated when you clean the oven, as the fumes can be harmful.

After you’ve cleaned your oven, next up is the microwave. This is the easier of the two jobs, as you can take out the plate, wipe it down, and then wipe the bottom, walls and roof of the microwave, getting rid of any stains, grime and other yucky build-ups.

A Cleanup Conclusion

This informative article has shared the cook’s clean-up and how to bring out the best in your kitchen. If you make these cleaning tasks a part of your regular chores routine, your kitchen will stay clean, pristine and shining. You’ll be proud of your kitchen, and cooking in will be a pleasure.


The Pepsi 125 Diner



In celebrating its 125th birthday, Pepsi is opening a unique pop-up restaurant for a limited time in NYC.

The Pepsi 125 Diner will open at a location in Midtown Manhattan TBA on October 19 and remain open until October 25. The secret entrance promises to be “instagram worthy.” The Pepsi themed American diner will serve timeless diner inspired dishes alongside a vast selection of Pepsi inspired offerings.

This fascinating immersive journey will have you traveling back in time through every era of Pepsi and get a glimpse into the future! A 3-course meal will consist of delectable diner classics with an innovative Pepsi twist. Specially crafted cocktails and mocktails will also be available. This experience states it goes beyond food and drink but brings together the connection between Pepsi and the world of pop music and culture through spectacular performances and rare memorabilia.

The diner is open to all ages with a duration time of approximately two hours. Ticket prices are set to start at $50, this will include appetizer, entree, dessert, and unlimited Pepsi soft drinks.

Tickets went on sale to the public and were snatched up ASAP, however there is a waitlist at

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Indigenous Climate Warriors in Times Square



(Photo by Honor the Earth)

On Tuesday September 19, 2023, the Indigenous peoples took to the frontlines of the climate crisis on Turtle Island and took over Times Square painting a giant mural with the message, “No Green Colonialism; Land Back NOW!”

This mural came the day before the UN Climate Ambition Summit, where world leaders are expected to come together and make decisions around the climate crisis.

The Indigenous communities are organizing to push back on the Biden Administration’s push toward solutions to the climate crisis that threaten the lives of Indigenous people across Turtle Island, which they call “Green Colonialism.” “For too long, Native lands and communities have borne the brunt of harm from mining and other extractive industries. As the federal government moves to support clean energy development, this cannot come at the expense of clean water or Indigenous rights. This familiar assault on Native lands and communities is another wave of colonialism, and we will not stand by and allow our lands to be sacrificed,” Krystal Two Bulls,  executive director of the national Indigenous organization Honor the Earth said in a press release.

The mining projects violate treaty rights and threaten clean water and land in places such as Thacker Pass, Oak Flat , and the Talon-Tamarak mine near the Mississippi headwaters.

We should all be fighting this fight!


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Food and Drink

White Wine for Summer Send Off




It is hard to believe that summer is officially wrapping up. But as days get shorter there is still plenty of time to toast the season in style with these favorite white wines.

Kenwood Vineyards Six Ridges Chardonnay 2019

This refreshing chardonnay crisp apple and crunchy peach flavors is electrifying and oh, so yummy! It brings out the feeling of velvet caressing you. This is simmply all of the best the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County has to offer.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc


Divinely balanced wine with zesty aromas and highlights of pink grapefruit, melon and gooseberry. It refreshing and perfectly sweet. Every sip will have you singing praises to the wonderful summer you just had.

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Beatles Brunch at City Winery Where Strawberry Fields Lives Forever



I was taken to City Winery by Eli Marcus for the Beatles Brunch with Strawberry Fields.
This show plays every Sunday with an unlimited brunch buffet that includes coffee, tea and juice, starting at noon. A bottomless brunch cocktail package is also available and children get in free. Here tourists mingle with New Yorkers, eating scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, dried out French toast, spicy potatoes with onions and peppers, perfectly done chicken, salad and fresh fruit. What is so nice, is that everyone seems happy to to be here, to see and hear the Fab Four.

Eli Marcus, Suzanna Bowling

The show starts off without fan fare. The lights dim and four men enter, not quite looking like the originals. Tony Garofalo (John Lennon), Billy J. Ray (Paul McCartney), Ira Siegel (George Harrison), and Michael Bellusci (Ringo Starr) and their costumes and wigs have seen better days. Then the music starts. You can watch one of our video’s here.

From the early hits like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” “Ticket To Ride” “Eight Days A Week” and more the first act is nostalgia at it’s best. It was adorable to watch the audience, especially the young ones “Twist and Shout.”

After a break in came the Sergeant Pepper era, clothing and all. From that we got “Nowhere Man,” “My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “When I’m 64,” “Penny Lane” and songs that dig into your soul. They are done well and the Beatles live again. You can see our video here.

Then the later songs like “I Am The Walrus” and “Don’t Let Me Down” end a show that is almost two hour long of music, that is classic. I have to admit I wanted to hear “Blackbird” and “Norwegian Wood,” but what you get is a  well rounded assortment of those songs that shaped several era’s.

Billy J. Ray, Ira Siegel

Ira Siegel stands out with his guitar playing that is out of this world. I really loved all the songs he sang as well.

Michael Bellusci

Michael Bellusci, gives Ringo a run for his money on the drums.

Tony Garofalo

Tony Garofalo is the founder, creator and producer playing rhythm and lead guitar and singing lead vocals along with Alan LeBoeuf from the original Beatlemania playing bass guitar. Ray looks the most like the Beatle he is playing.

Alan LeBoeuf, Ira Siegel

Alan LeBoeuf, Ira Siegel

Alan LeBoeuf

Strawberry Fields has been covering The Beatles for over three decades. They used to have a residency at B.B. Kings, but these days their home base is City Winery and it is definitely a great way to spend a Sunday. All four are consummate musicians and obviously have a love for what they do and that rubs off on their audience.

For a souvenir up a City Winery Strawberry Fields Rose Wine and have it signed by the cast. With its is its strawberry pink color, you get a combination of kiwi, watermelon and the taste of strawberry that lingers.

City Winery is right next to Little Island, Chelsea Market, The Highline, the Meatpacking district, Chelsea, and West Village. Everything is nearby to make a perfect outing for the whole day and this is one brunch where you definitely get your money’s worth. Click HERE for tickets

Tickets are $65.45

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A Fun Night at Dave and Buster’s 42nd Street



Thank-you again to Eli Marcus and the staff of Dave and Buster’s, at 234 West 42nd Street.

Eli Marcus

Eli was sending the concierge’s to the show The Shark Is Broken.

The producers of The Shark Must Be Broken, Eli Marcus and the general manager of Dave and Buster’s

There were lots of new friends to be made such as Carol Mennie, Caroline Rosado from the Hilton, Dinnella Collado from the Washington Square Hotel, Benjamin Maddy from Dave and Buster’s and Michaela Paratore of Benjamin Steakhouse Prime

Michaela Paratore

This destination for sports enthusiasts, foodies, and arcade offers space, fun and some fabulous happy hour deals.

All across the multiple screens were football, basketball, and hockey games from across the sporting world. At the sports bar an impressive selection of drinks, including craft beers, signature cocktails await. I sampled some their tasty bites and was impressed.


Pretzel Dogs

To sooth your inner child air hockey and arcade games are waiting to be played.

Margarita and I playing for Make A Wish

If you are looking for entertainment they have a legendary Trivia Night with fantastic prizes.

Double Pepperoni Flatbread


BBQ Chicken Flatbread

This is actually a great place to throw your holiday parties.

Fire-Grilled Atlantic Salmon

Boneless Wings

Chocolate- and caramel-filled churros with chocolate and salted caramel dipping sauces.

I am so glad the Mayor of Times Square invited me to his event.

Margarita Parlionas and Eli Marcus

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