A Mouth-Watering Meal at Plates

Plates Larchmont

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, the region’s largest dining event, is returning Nov. 4-17.  This popular event, spanning 114 miles and seven counties, is among the largest Restaurant Week events in the country, bringing together farmers, chefs and local purveyors to support the local economy and showcase the farm-to-table movement that makes the Hudson Valley a premiere culinary destination. The list of restaurants is extensive and includes some of our favorites and some places we've yet to try including Red Hat on the River, Tarry Lodge, X20 Xaviars … [Read more...]

A Day at LEGOLAND Westchester (with Planning TIps)


  A few years ago, we spent a day at LEGOLAND when we were in San Diego, and my then very young kids loved spending time in the mega-brand's theme park.  That was 3 years ago, and they're older but who outgrows Legos? So when I heard that there was a new LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, I was intrigued and excited to take them on a recent half-day of school. My son has never been a huge LEGO freak, but I knew once he got there, he'd be into it. My daughter is open-minded and she's not bothered by gender-specific activities but LEGOLAND has taken … [Read more...]

I’m Speaking! Join Me at the Digital Arts Experience on Cause Marketing

Cause Marketing Oct 10 Flyer (2)

Social media marketing has not only changed my life but it has helped me change the lives of so many others. Please join me for this fabulous event to hear how. A seminar and networking event focused on technology’s role in fundraising for non-profit organizations. Wednesday October 10th at 6:00p.m at the Digital Arts Experience 170 Hamilton Avenue #100• White Plains, NY Reserve your spot for FREE • info@thedae.com / 914-644-8100   … [Read more...]

Learning from Friends Who Help Others: Hot Cocoa for Charity

Evan Greenberg

When my eldest was two years old, I made a friend at her pre-school that I will have for life, Elisa Greenberg.  Our friendship is as genuine as it gets and I learn so much from her as a person and as a mother. It was right around that time when our kids were wee small that she started having an annual hot chocolate and sweet fundraiser in her garage, raising money for important causes.  She's the type of mom who wants to teach her kids about giving back, and thus this annual tradition began. It started small.  A group from our pre-school and … [Read more...]

Introducing Your Kids to Superheroes in Contemporary Art


I feel blessed to live right near NYC.  Not only can I enjoy what NYC has to offer but every now and then something unique ends up right outside my door.  This one happens to be in Riverdale, New York and appeals to the culture vulture part of me. Elisa Contemporary Art presents My Hero, a new art exhibit focusing on Superheroes in today’s contemporary art. The exhibit runs though March 31st, 2012 and the gallery will be offering workshops to introduce the work to children later this month and in March. From the days of Greek and Roman Gods and … [Read more...]

A Night at the Westchester Philharmonic

Tomomi Nishimoto

Last night my husband I had the pleasure of being invited as guests to an evening at the Westchester Philharmonic.   It was just luck to have chosen a night when Japanese conductor Tonoma Nishimoto and Ann Hobson Pilot, a well-known harpist, were joining forces and performing together on stage.  To say that it was a real treat is a bit of an understatement. Nishimoto led the Westchester Philharmonic though Liszt’s haunting symphonic poem, Les Preludes, Rimsky-Korsakov’s exultant Scheherezade and  Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer John Williams’ On … [Read more...]

Never Forget: Observing Kristallanacht with Ruth Bachner, Holocaust Survivor


This week on November 9th was the annual observance of Kristallanacht, "Night of the Broken Glass". It was a series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on 9–10 November 1938.  Jewish homes were ransacked, as were shops, towns and villages, as SA stormtroopers and civilians destroyed buildings with sledgehammers.  Around 1,668 synagogues were ransacked, and 267 set on fire. In Vienna alone 95 synagogues or houses of prayer were destroyed. Every year I lead a group of women from my synagogue to the Westchester Jewish … [Read more...]

My Son the Fashionista

ann taylor

Last week I got invited to the opening of Ann Taylor's new concept store, marking the brand’s first new concept store in White Plains and third in the state of New York. Ann Taylor opened two concept stores this past year. They were hosting an in-store party and styling clinic co-hosted by fashion expert Lucy Sykes.  It was also a fundraiser with the Junior League of Central Westchester Wayside Cottage, a not-for-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the … [Read more...]

Westchester’s New China White: No, Not Heroin, Chinese Food

China White

I get excited when we find great cuisine in Westchester, and have I got a recommendation for you:  China White.  No, I don't mean heroin, which is probably your first thought when you hear the name.  Rather  China White is a new, chic Chinese restaurant tucked away in Purchase.  I'm not sure exactly what they were thinking when they coined the name, but after tasting their spicy food, especially a HOT pepper that literally took me to another place for a few brief moments, it makes perfect sense.  They want you to get addicted, like a drug, and return … [Read more...]

A Westchester Find: The Gnarley Vine Bar in New Rochelle

Gnarley Vine

A few months ago, I wrote about the exceptional new restaurant in New Rochelle, Alvin and Friends.  It literally knocked my taste buds off and changed our perception of food in Westchester.  Since then, a slew of good restaurants have opened up in Mamaroneck, the town on the other side of where we live, as well, and we have far superior dining options locally than we ever did.  We have been waiting for the same development to occur in New Rochelle. So, last night, when my husband and I encountered a new wine bar in the area, based on the … [Read more...]