An Extraordinary Culinary Experience at the Upper West Side’s Machiavelli

Last night I had the opportunity to experience a meal at Machiavelli, located on the Upper West Side on the corner of 85th Street. This restaurant is the passion product of restauranteur Nathalie de la Fontaine, who spent nearly 20 years as the owner of the West Village’s La Focaccia prior to opening  this establishment, which is about five or six years old. To say that Machiavelli is one of the Upper West Side's best kept secrets is an understatement. I was moved by the restaurant's ambiance, its passion for the arts (there are fine paintings on the Read More


Peace, Love and Cupcakes The Musical

Last night we had one of those ONLY IN NEW YORK MOMENTS, taking in a high quality, really fun show for kids on a Saturday night with a stellar cast and top notch music at the Vital Theatre Company. The show was Peace, Love, and Cupcakes The Musical, carefully chosen with my soon to be 11 year-old in mind. She's a bookworm, and this play happens to be based on a popular book with the same name. She also loves peace signs, the word 'love' and cupcakes, so seeing it made perfect sense. Based on a book written by Sheryl Berk and her 11 year-old daughter, Read More


Dreaming of NYC


I spent some of my pivotal years living and working in NYC on the Upper West Side.  I moved to NYC at the age of 24 and vowed never to leave.  I loved walking out of my building into city life.  I loved everything about it and rarely complained about the high price of living, particularly when I was making a mere 23K in my first job as an assistant.  I thought I would never leave.  I was home. Fast forward to now.  I've been living in the suburbs for the last 10 years. Don't ask me how that is possible.  Granted, I live only 15 miles from the city and Read More