New York Paris London Palm Beach Hudson Valley

Posts Tagged ‘Dining’

IMG_4890

Old Fashioned Mom Magazine hosted a VIP Soiree at The Skylark.

IMG_4891

This intimate gathering included, Sabrina Baldieri, Lauren Lawrence, Alessandra Emanuel, Joy Marks, Elizabeth Washer, Laura Bounin and Michelle-Marie Heinemann.

The Septet celebrated the OFM lifestyle brand at The Skylark which provided the most fantastic views of the City.

IMG_4909

Set thirty stories up in the heart of Times Square South, The Skylark delivers a classically-styled cocktail lounge with expansive panoramic views of the Hudson River, Hudson Yards, Times Square, The Empire State Building, and the best of Midtown Manhattan.

With its multi-level indoor spaces, open-air rooftop terrace and warm furnishings — designed by Meyer Davis Studio — The Skylark is a truly all-season destination. In cooler months, guests can enjoy breathtaking city views from the main lounge’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Warmer days deliver an experience that flows naturally between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Drinks and food at The Skylark are as distinctive as the space itself. The exclusive mixologist’s cocktail menu is based on classic inspirations that are rendered using only the freshest ingredients. The light fare options include a variety of small plates – perfect for an after-work or evening bite.

IMG_4907

I throughly enjoyed several of these Harvest Cobbler’s handcrafted by master mixologist Johnny Swet. It includes; Titos Vodka, Marilde Pear Liquor, Pear and Rosemary.

IMG_4908

 

IMG_4893

The Skylark was developed by hospitality veteran David Rabin together with Jim Kirsch and Alison Awerbuch of Abigail Kirsch.

…..until the next OFM Soirée!

IMG_4894

 

~The Skylark~

212-257-4577

200 West 39th Street

30th Floor

www.theskylarknyc.com

 

 

image

 

image
Ithaa is the world’s first and only all glass undersea restaurant:  Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Hotel

image
Enjoy cocktails, lunch or dinner at Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

image
Ithaa translates as ‘Mother of Pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dhivehi.

Rated “the most beautiful restaurant in the world” by the New York Daily News, Ithaa sits five metres below the surface, offering 180-degree panoramic views of the vibrant coral gardens surrounding it. Ithaa (meaning ‘mother of pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dihevi) serves contemporary European cuisine in a six-course set dinner menu. Expect indulgences such as caviar for dinner while the four-course lunch menu offers lighter fare. Also open for mid-morning cocktails and can be booked privately for breakfast, weddings or other special occasions.

The restaurant offers the largest wine cellar in the country and a spectacular beachside setting.

 

image1

L’Etoile:

image1

element

The menu at L’Etoile was created by renowned French Chef, Jean Paul Bondoux. Originally from Burgundy, Bondoux has settled in South America for over 30 years, where he has the established La Bourgogne restaurants in Punta del Este – Uruguay, and in Buenos Aires – Argentina, as well as NoSo at the hotel W Santiago in Chile. Bondoux arrives in Brazil at the roof top of the Sheraton Rio Hotel, featuring a traditional French cuisine focused on the simplicity and high quality of the local produce to replicate some of his traditional long standing recipes as well as new seasonal dishes with Brazilian influence.

element

image2(1)

 

image3

 

image4

 

image1(1)

Main contact:

L’Etoile

Phone: 55 21 2529 – 1299
Email: letoile.rio@sheraton.com

Address:
Located: At the 26th Floor of Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel and Resort
Address: AV Niemeyer 121, Leblon – Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Brooke-Fedagain-691x1024

The Highborn of Newport
By Brooke Fedigan

Usually, right around January during the frigid days of winter, I start dreaming of summer and planning our annual summer vacation. My mind immediately takes me to our favorite place; a laid back New England beach town filled with verve, and an elite harbor filled with magnificent sailboats and yachts. It is a town of old world charm, splendid mansions and delicious dining.

Newport, Rhode Island is THE place to spend summer vacations, and we share our love of Newport with a patrician coterie. Those of high society have vacationed in Newport since the 1800’s, and its popularity has not waivered.

Along with relaxing on a private beach, and taking in the nightlife on Bannisters Warf, we love to take in the view of the harbor, and dine at Castle Hill Inn. Located just off Ocean Drive, Castle Hill Inn offers a divine menu and breath taking ambiance.

Beautiful Views2

Beautiful Views & Relaxing on the lawn…..

My husband Sean and I stole a little time to ourselves, and enjoyed an aperitif on the lawn overlooking the harbor, then moved to a table to savor delicious appetizers.

Lou Rossi, Executive Chef at Castlehill Inn

Lou Rossi, Executive Chef at Castlehill Inn

Executive Chef Lou Rosse treated us to Matunuck Oysters that were sweet, creamy and divine. We also enjoyed the Rhode Island Calamari, which is voted Best in New England, and the Watermelon Burrata Salad certainly received an outstanding vote in my book. We found solace in the beautiful sunset, and watched as a boat sailed by in true tranquility.

Matunuck Oysters

Matunuck Oysters

You too can enjoy the amenity of Newport, and timeless bliss of Castle Hill Inn. The lawn at Castle Hill is open from Memorial Day until Columbus Day. You certainly owe it to yourselves to visit Newport and become one with the harbor views of Castle Hill!

Hudson-House-Inn
Hudson House Inn #3

Hudson House Inn

Hudson House Inn #5

A delightful lunch…..

Hudson House is located on the serene waterfront in the village of Cold Spring, N.Y. …I love this area as my country house is nearby and there is so much to do and see. On a beautiful sunny day it is so nice to sit on the porch and have a delicious meal and watch the River boats pass by on the majestic Hudson River.

The Hudson House River Inn in Cold Spring Aug. 1, 2007. (Rory Glaeseman / The Journal News )

The Hudson House River Inn in Cold Spring

Hudson House Chopped Salad with Sashimi Tuna #6

Hudson House Chopped Salad with Sashimi Tuna

Hudson House offers thoughtfully prepared dishes that are extremely fresh and the service is impeccable. The culinary team is led by executive chef John Guererro and some of my favorites include the Hudson House chopped salad with sashimi tuna, the mozzarella and beefsteak tomato, the vegetable spring roll and the apple strudel with French vanilla ice cream.

Hudson House Inn

Hudson and Michelle-Marie Heinemann with friends Michael Chadwick and Jesse Peterson.

My son loves the sweet tea that is perfectly iced and served in a mason jar……the cocktail list is quite impressive and I thoroughly enjoyed my raspberry mojito!

Fresh Mozzarella and Beefsteak Tomato

Fresh Mozzarella and Beefsteak Tomato

vegetable spring rolls

Vegetable Spring Rolls

Apple Strudel with French vanilla ice cream

Apple Strudel with French vanilla ice cream

Cold Spring Living

Cold Spring Living

Hudson House is a must if you are in the area….

Hudson House River Inn
2 Main Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516
www.hudsonhouseinn.com

Michelle_Marie_Heinemann_Hyacinth_Cornelia_Heinemann1

Old Fashioned Mom Magazine held its first event on May 6th at Bar Pleiades in the Surrey Hotel. The event celebrated Spring and the success of the magazine while introducing guests to the exciting new bath line created exclusively by the Old Fashioned Mom brand.

Lovely ladies sipped hand crafted Bellini’s and Bloody Mary’s made by bar maestro Guy Fouquet while the little ones had Shirley Temples and chocolate croissants from Cafe Boulud.

The mood was pure champagne kisses as beautiful ladies delighted in one another’s magnificent spring hats.

The most extraordinary chapeau went to Tanja Dreiding Wallace, wearing a masterpiece created for her by designer Victor De Souza. The inspiration was Marie Antoinette, France’s iconic but ill-fated queen.

Arletta Cousineau flew in from Monte Carlo to attend the regal party “I am so delighted to be here, the women are all gorgeous and truly represent an International and modern day Old Fashioned Mom. The bath products are exquisite and luxurious on the body. My favorite is Heavenly Hyacinth, named after Michelle-Marie’s little girl, it reminds me of the fragrant smells of the south of France and my skin has never looked better.”

Beautiful and talented Cassandra Seidenfeld said “I am thrilled when I receive my current Old Fashioned Mom Magazine. It is comprised with trendsetting ideas, fabulous travel advice, delicious recipes, and a wealth of information spanning New York, Palm Beach and London. I discover cutting- edge guidance about fashionable restaurants, and up to the moment Philanthropic events. I am also filled with bliss to know that the new bath products line is here, and I adore my delicious Grapefruit Marmalade Sugar Scrub. It leaves my skin soft like a baby and glowing with a dewy glimmer.”

Other Old Fashioned Mom devotees included: Randi Schatz of Avenue Magazine, Maya Johnson of Palm Beach Today International Magazine, Couture Designer Maggie Norris, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Tracy Stern, Lauren Day Roberts, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Debbie Dickinson, Leesa Rowland, Alessandra Emanuel, Anne Baker, Aimee Marcoux Spurlock, Tanja Dreiding Wallace, Joy Marks, Donna Soloway, Joycelyn Engle, Jen Bawden, Tina Storper, Adele Niño, Andrea Warshaw-Wernick, Lucinda Bhavsar, Carol Heinemann, Nancy Amodeo, Lynn Versaci, Jean Trocino, Rosemary Ponzo, Melissa Levis and Brooke Fedagain.

Hyacinth Cornelia Heinemann was perfectly turned out in her matching LaRoyex Fascinator with Mommy Michelle-Marie Heinemann. Her brother, Hudson Cornelius Heinemann opted for a more low key look with a Fedora from Maus & Hoffman in Palm Beach.


Guests received complimentary gift bags filled with Old Fashioned Mom luxury body scrubs including Parisian Chocolate Honeysuckle, Pink Grapefruit Marmalade and Heavenly Hyacinth!

Old Fashioned Mom Magazine held its first event on May 6th at Bar Pleiades in the Surrey Hotel


michelle-marie-heinemann-and-fawaz-gruosi21

Michelle-Marie Heinemann & Fawaz Gruosi - CEO of de GrisogonoAbsolut Elyx and de Grisogono held an exclusive dinner at The Four Seasons celebrating craftsmanship. de Grisogono the Swiss luxury jeweler was founded in 1993 by black diamond specialist Fawaz Gruosi. One of the most prolific designers of our time, Fawaz has captured hearts and souls with his genius creativity and design. His jewelry is the purest expression of fine art, a wondrous world of shimmering hues that are extravagant and preserve the finest traditions of Haute Joaillerie.

The Four Seasons was predictably divine offering wild nettle Risotto with rock shrimp, morels and asparagus followed by perfectly prepared pepper-crusted Filet Mignon with fire roasted ramps and ancho sauce. The Four Seasons grand mariner soufflé was heaven and the signature pink cotton candy made the evening complete. Throughout the year, The Four Seasons host a wide variety of events from musical performances, cooking classes, pool parties and wine maker dinners. Completely Fabulous!!

Regina@fourseasonsrestaurant.com
Fourseasonsrestaurant.com

de Grisogono – Swiss Luxury Jeweler


Absolut Elyx

“Delicious Cocktails that included…..Wet and Dry Martinis, On the Rock….and my favorite, The Dark Horse.”

The Four Seasons


restaurant-logo-ll

The Leopard Lounge….located in the Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach at 363 Cocoanut Row, is really one of my favorite places to have dinner with the family. The food is fresh and delicious using the finest local and seasonal ingredients and the staff is extraordinarily attentive. There is live entertainment every night which my children especially enjoy that creates a lively and spirited mood. There is also a fabulous range of wine, spirits, cocktails and they have their own home made flavored vodkas. The pineapple martini is divine!

Set your taste buds alight in the Leopard’s Lair

The legendary and newly refurbished Leopard Lounge, one of Palm Beach’s best loved institutions, is the epitome of sleek sophistication. Jet black lacquered walls, window blinds, granite topped tables, leather banquette seating and chairs, are perfectly complemented by a leopard skin patterned carpet, beveled mirrors, punkah fans and the richly swirling white and red images of the decadent hand painted ceiling.

Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, the menu features an eclectic mix of classic American, English, Oriental and International dishes prepared with flair and imagination by
Executive Chef Gerard Coughlin. Breakfast and lunch can also be enjoyed on the courtyard patio or by the pool.

Lunchtime favourites include their famous Aberdeen Angus Beef Burgers served with the fresh topping of your choice and a wire basket of crispy fries, their inspired Leopard Club Sandwich with avocado and hard-boiled egg, and Bea’s Chicken Noodle Soup – a velvety smooth bowl of delicious goodness created by the founder, Bea Tollman.

Signature dinner dishes include the Veal Chop and the 14oz boneless New York Strip, both cooked to perfection in a 900° wood burning Josper Grill. The searing heat produces a lightly charred outer layer that locks in all the natural juices and rich flavor to create an unforgettably appetizing taste experience. The South African Style Chicken Curry, prepared with a special mix of 10 exotic spices and served with fragrant jasmine rice, crispy poppadoms and tangy mango chutney, is equally popular.

Diners also love their signature Maryland Style Lump Crab Cakes. Made from genuine lump crab meat, lightly breaded then pan seared to a golden brown and drizzled with our Chili Lime Mayonnaise, they’re a delicious appetizer.

Bartenders are minor celebrities in their own right and every night they provide some of the finest live entertainment in all of Palm Beach – this is definitely the place to be seen, to dance the night away, or to just sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

The Leopard Lounge and Restaurant at The Chesterfield, Palm Beach

Heinemann Family at The Leopard Lounge Restaurant

The Heinemann Family at The Leopard Bar and Restaurant – Palm Beach, FL

Afternoon tea at The Leopard Lounge and Restaurant

English Afternoon Tea

Leopard Bar & Restaurant Palm Beach, FL

The Restaurant

Leopard Bar & Restaurant Palm Beach, FL

The Bar

Leopard Bar & Restaurant Palm Beach, FL

The Courtyard

old-fashioned-mom-worlds-50-best-restaurants-feat

See the 50 Best Restaurants of the World at www.theworlds50best.com

NOMA

No. 1 – Noma – Cophenhagen, Denmark

Following what chef-owner René Redzepi calls a ‘restaurant mid-life crisis’, Noma has dramatically re-taken the top spot in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The period of angst and creative hiatus he refers to was not prompted by last year’s ‘demotion’ to second spot, but conversely by Noma capturing and retaining the title of The S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant over several years previously.

In the past year or so, the restaurant has been transformed once again with a fresh approach and energy. Its renewed confidence is based on greater knowledge and considered experimentation, rather than the intuition and raw discovery of its earlier period. Many of the dishes are actually simpler now, but no less original – and no less connected to the Nordic terroir. Diners at the 45-seat restaurant, located in a stripped- back warehouse on Copenhagen’s dockside, are introduced to Noma’s food via its inimitable series of ‘snacks’ – 10 servings that include the likes of sea urchin toast and caramelised milk and cod liver. These are followed by 10 further courses – a dish of beef tartar and ants among them – before the meal is rounded off with a stunning array of ‘treats’. Redzepi’s food can at times be shocking – visceral even – but diners who are prepared to put themselves in the kitchen’s hands rarely leave disappointed. With flavour to the fore, there are dishes here that slap you in the face and make you feel glad to be alive.

Never content to sit still, Redzepi and his crew are shipping the restaurant out to Japan in early 2015 for two months, where they will seek to apply their philosophy to Japanese ingredients. But for now Noma can celebrate its 10th anniversary on top of the world once again.

El-Celler-de-Can-Roca

No. 2 – El Celler de Can Roca – Girona, Spain

El Celler de Can Roca is at heart a local family-owned restaurant rooted in the fiercely independent state of Catalonia. But at the same time, it has featured on this list for almost a decade – reaching the vaunted number one spot last year – and secured a global reputation for its gastronomic prowess.

Brothers Joan and Josep opened El Celler de Can Roca in 1986 alongside their parents’ simple restaurant in a working class suburb of Girona. In 2007 they relocated to the current premises up the road. By then Joan, a hugely accomplished chef, and wine aficionado Josep had been joined by their much younger sibling Jordi, who was forging his own stellar career as a pastry chef. The combination has proved to be a gastronomic holy trinity.

Guests entering El Celler de Can Roca immediately find themselves enveloped into a world of genuine hospitality. The 14-course culinary experience not only sees Catalan ingredients cooked with supreme precision, but that also stimulates diners’ senses, emotions and memories – whether via an evocative smell, an explosion of flavour or a visual trick. Some dishes are elaborate, such as a salad of sea anemone, razor-clam, cucumber and seaweed in escabèche, others are more straightforward; but each is beautifully balanced.

The food is matched with a mesmerising array of wines and Sherries, largely but not exclusively drawn from the Spanish peninsula. Diners in the 55-seat dining room will look into a triangular glass-walled garden in its centre, as the engaging but unobtrusive service continues serenely around them.

Osteria Francescana

No. 3 – Osteria Francescana – Modena, Italy

In third place for the second consecutive year, Osteria Francescana continues to fly the flag for a nation that is arguably under-represented on the list. Italians are famously spiky when it comes to people interfering with long-established culinary traditions, yet Massimo Bottura is able to balance the demands of heritage and modernity and has created a restaurant where traditionalists and those seeking something entirely new are both amply catered for.

It’s not hard to identify what people like about the effervescent Bottura’s more avant-garde creations – they’re fun and unapologetically eccentric, yet always underpinned by perfect execution and, most importantly, deliciousness. The menu can now be split into three categories. First up are the traditional dishes from the Emilia-Romagna area that have little or no edgy elements, such as Bottura’s spectacular tortellini with Parmesan sauce and tagliatelle with ragù. Indeed, overseas visitors may notice that a good proportion of the restaurant’s Italian customers will opt for these superior staples.

Then there are the modern classics, such as the kitchen’s five ages of Parmesan and foie gras crunch – a take on a Feast ice cream with a hunk of foie gras bound in hazelnuts and filled with balsamic vinegar. Finally, there are the newly developed dishes, with recent examples including ‘camouflage’ – a thin layer of foie gras decorated with powders (hare blood, chestnut, various herbs), arranged to look like army woodland camo. Anyone sampling Osteria Francescana for the first time would be advised to try one in each category to get a true sense of the team’s extraordinary range.

Eleven Madison Park - New York City

No. 4 – Eleven Madison Park – New York, USA

You’d be excused for thinking that a fine-dining restaurant housed in New York’s Credit Suisse building would be something of a dour affair. After all, global financial services and food don’t make for obvious bedfellows. But at Eleven Madison Park, chef Daniel Humm and co-owner Will Guidara’s sleek Art Deco restaurant, the experience is anything but dull.

From card tricks – a server appears with a deck of cards on which different ingredients are written and bids the diner pick a card, only for a chocolate to be revealed from a secret compartment under their dessert bowl that is made from the filling on the chosen card – to unusual serves, nothing about a meal here is humdrum. Take the carrot tartare course (yes, really) which begins with a waiter affixing a meat grinder to the table and inserting two frighteningly fresh carrots. As they are being ground the diner is presented with a selection of condiments, including a quail’s egg yolk and shaved fresh horseradish, and is then left to construct their own dish.

Given the grandeur of the spacious dining room – its huge floor-to-ceiling windows and wooden floors are an imposing backdrop – this fun and fine dining is all the more welcome. It’s an approach that makes this the leading restaurant in North America, and which is now being mimicked in other top-end dining rooms around the world. Humm and Guidara can revel in the fact that at Eleven Madison Park, you saw it first.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

No. 5 – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – London, UK

It may have launched as The Fat Duck’s young townie cousin but, since opening in 2011, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has rapidly grown up to become widely celebrated in its own right. Signature dishes including Meat Fruit and Tipsy Cake with spit-roast pineapple have already gained iconic status around the world and Dinner continues to wow its patrons with ever-evolving creations.

Headed up by Blumenthal’s right-hand man, Ashley Palmer-Watts, the restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in London’s Knightsbridge is all about recreating history – British culinary history to be exact. Recipes from as far back as the 1300s are given a 21st-century makeover with contemporary ingredients and new-age cooking techniques, resulting in a menu that takes diners on a journey full of wonder and discovery. What may seem simple on the outside is carefully planned and cleverly constructed behind the scenes. A case in point is the Bohemian Cake, which takes its historical connection from Mrs. AB Marshall’s Larger Cookery Book of Extra Recipes from 1891. What once was a simple chocolate lemon cake has been reinvented as a modern-day dessert comprising yuzu-soaked chocolate sponge encased in grapefruit jam and chocolate mousse, flecked with chocolate and served with honey ice cream. Dinner is not about delicate combinations or table theatrics, but gutsy dishes that deliver a taste sensation with lasting impact.

See ALL of the 50 Best Restaurants of the World at www.theworlds50best.com

heidel-confiserie1

We love Heidel Confiserie….the perfect Chocolate Valentine for children!!! The packaging is so ornate and beautiful. Once opened each piece of delicious chocolate is individually wrapped making it easy for the younger ones to enjoy.

Made in Germany.
www.Heidel.com

Heidel Confiserie

Heidel Confiserie
Beautiful Individually wrapped chocolates, ideal for little ones.

Heidel Confiserie
The illustrations are exquisite, each piece of chocolate is so carefully wrapped.