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Summer Fun Post-Sandy

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Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City, New Jersey

When Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast last October, many people in the New York City area were skeptical as to whether or not the Jersey Shore would be up and running in time for the summer.  Though much of the seaside attractions and boardwalks were severely damaged, many coastal towns have made speedy recoveries and are back in business. Amidst the weekly fireworks and bar festivities, here are just a few events and attractions to keep you entertained this summer.

Comedy

One of the best ways to enjoy summer nights is busting a gut with your friends at a comedy club. New York City is sprinkled with great comedy clubs such as Gotham and Caroline’s, and New Jersey is home to Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant, but if none of their acts tickle your funny bone, check out these more well-known comedians.

Jeff Dunham @ Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, July 14th

Jerry Seinfeld @ Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, July 20th

Concerts

Everyone loves a great summer concert or festival, especially under the star-studded night sky, and there is quite a selection. From rock, to country, to mega pop-stars, to throwback boy bands, there is a style to satisfy every ear.

Americanarama @ Pier A, Hoboken, July 26th

New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, 98* @ Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, July 26th

The Mrs.Carter Show World Tour starring Beyonce @ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, July 26th

Kenny Chesney @ MetLife Stadium, August 10th

John Mayer and Phillip Phillips @ PNC Bank Arts Center, August 21st

Food and Beverages

While shows can be fun, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back with friends and enjoy a meal and some drinks. We all have our favorite watering hole to visit, but here are some out-of-the-box ways to enjoy a variety of food and beverages.

Food and Wine Festival @ Bally’s Atlantic City, July 26th-28th

Manasquan River Water Taxi @ Point Pleasant, Weekends

The Rich and the Succulent: Paname Steps onto NYC’s Restaurant Scene

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Often enough in life we find things to blame for putting us in positions that  might not be ideal. If we’re late for work, we blame traffic. If we’re out of clean clothes, we blame our schedule. With recent health and fitness tactics arising, we are now blaming our previous bad health on food. While all food may have taken the heat once in awhile, French cuisine has been hit the hardest. From their rich sauces, to their succulent meats and cheeses, it’s easy to blame French inspired food on what we don’t like about ourselves. While French food may often be rich and decadent, if you can’t fit in a little indulgence in your life every once and awhile, then you’re simply not living right.

With French food taking the heat for bad eating habits, we’ve seen fewer and fewer French restaurants making their way into our hearts; however, Paname, a new French restaurant located on Second Ave between 56th and 57th streets in New York City has not only made it’s way into my heart, but has fully captured and locked it away.

Paname, which is slang for Paris, has created a flock of loyal patrons who claim to indulge in the restaurant’s food weekly. Bernard Ros, owner and executive chef, brought his traditional French style cooking to the United States forty years ago and has made quite the impression worldwide. Ros has owned eight restaurants worldwide and has an impeccable reputation with chefs and business owners alike. His food speaks for itself.

IMG_3226I started my meal at Paname with a grilled portobello Mushroom topped with mozzarella and red peppers and drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette. Now, without trying the famous crab cakes (due to a seafood allergy) I can honestly say it’s hard to imagine that anything is better than this. The mushroom, cheese and peppers complimented each other perfectly, and the dish wasn’t too heavy for an appetizer; however, it satisfied a craving

I followed my starter with the Niman Ranch Pork Scallopini with Mushroom Creme Sauce.  The pork was accompanied by mashed potatoes and an array of vegetables. The pork was fork tender, and the creme sauce was the perfect condiment. To be honest, I was worried that the pork may be fatty, or the sauce too heavy but neither element was overwhelming.

After the entree, my dinner companion and I transitioned into an easy conversation that gave us time to relax before we rewarded ourselves by indulging in some sweets. While talking about everything you should never talk about during dinner such as politics, religion, and current events, I couldn’t help but notice the comfortable ambiance of Paname. Everywhere I looked there were people enjoying their food, leisurely talking and taking a load off from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Not one person complained, or seemed unhappy or unsatisfied. Whether it was the calming walls that were accented with dark wood, or the artwork hanging beautifully around, or maybe the arrangements of beautiful spring flowers that complimented the crisp white table cloths around the restaurant. Whatever it was, it provided an atmosphere for Paname that was conducive to fine dining.

IMG_3227By the time my desert arrived, I was salivating waiting for it. I was always a fan of Creme Brûlée, but I had never had the opportunity to have it at an authentic French restaurant. With all the excitement I was building in my head, the actual product did not let me down. This creme brûlée was the best I’ve ever had. The rich, smooth custard topped with a hard layer of caramel was heated to perfection. The desert was topped with a a swirl of whipped creme, a fresh cut strawberry and chocolate sprinkles. The custard was the smoothest I’ve ever had and complimented the sweet, tartness of the strawberry perfectly. Even though I was stuffed from the delectable offerings I had previously indulged in, I simply couldn’t leave a drop of this heaven in the plate. With all the deserts being home-made, it’s no wonder that this desert is nothing short of amazing.

In a time where we are finally aware of how to properly fuel our bodies to live a long and healthy life, I can understand the hesitation to indulge in food as addictive and rich as French food. However, from my experience it’s worth the risk. Paname will leave you full and satisfied yet craving more at the same time. For anyone looking to indulge in one of life’s riches, I’d, without hesitation, recommend Paname.

 

Photos Courtesy of Krislyn Stark

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Goes Punk

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The early 1970s gave birth to the punk style and way of life, characterized by its dark, edgy, and do-it-yourself trends. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently highlighting the trend and its aesthetic to show the influences it has had on fashions, past and present, in the exhibition, “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”

The exhibit is organized into seven galleries designed to provide a multisensory experience for viewers with animated clothing, music videos, and audio techniques from several time periods. Each of these galleries serves to tell the story of the punk trend and its origins in London and New York, as well as highlight the ways in which it has impacted the high fashion trends that have become so popular today.

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The showcase features one hundred  designs for both males and females that show the convergence of the punk “do-it-yourself” trend and the couture “made-to-measure” motto. It examines the materials, techniques and embellishments of both the punk style itself and the manner in which it is incorporated into current high fashion designs. The exhibition highlights the presence of the punk aesthetic in modern fashions in highlighting its characteristic  “do-it-yourself” themes such as Hardware, Bricolage, Graffiti and Agitprop, and Destroy, which are represented in one of the galleries.

Expect to be dazzled by the international fashions of today that keep the punk trend alive! The exhibit runs now through August 14th. Don’t miss the chance to release your inner punk and learn about fashion while doing so.

 

Feature Image and Post Photos Courtesy of www.metmuseum.org

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity: A Must See Exhibition

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Screen Shot 2013-05-14 at 9.41.59 PMThe Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently hosting the spectacular exhibition, “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity,” that is sure to impress any fashion enthusiast. The exhibit surveys the role of fashion in the works of the most esteemed Impressionist artists such as Manet, Monet, Zola, and their contemporaries. Displayed are over eighty major paintings, accompanied by accessories, costumes, photographs, and more that showcase the emerging importance of the relationship between fashion and art from the mid-1860s to the mid-1880s. Also included in the exhibition are the actual dresses worn by models during the creation of some of the paintings.

The side by side comparison of the art work and the fashion pieces that inspired them showcases the importance of their relationship, and also the desire of the artist to capture the details of modern life in a way that captured the spirit of their time. The exhibition is running until May 27th. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to witness the history and the convergence of fashion and art in a way that is sure to bring Impressionism to life before your eyes!

 

Feature Image and Post Photo Courtesy of www.metmuseum.org