The Zookeeper’s Wife: Jessica Chastain and Niki Caro Discuss War, Film, …

A few months ago I came across a great blog post on Messy Nessy Chic by Inge Oosterhoff about a zoo in Warsaw that gave shelter to Jews during World War II. The zoo’s operators, Jan Żabiński and his wife Antonina, faced a variety of hardships during the early years of the war. But Jan and Antonina had been involved…
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Cha Das Cinco: Breakfast in Porto

Located on the Douro river estuary, which follows upriver until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean, Porto is the second largest city in Portugal. It was the third country, and second stop on my recent trip overseas. I was enamored with the Portuguese city, with its stone streets, blue and white azulejos tiles, old churches and monasteries. Before heading out for…
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With MarieBelle, “Chocolate is Magic”

Synonymous with fine chocolate, MarieBelle chocolates hosted a decadent debut of their appropriately named short film – “Chocolate is Magic”. As a dedicated fan of their hot chocolates, I was thrilled to join the famed brand at their SoHo shop for an evening of treats. The shop, covered wall to wall with ingeniously packaged sweets is quite simply a chocolate…
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Autumn Adventuring with Duchess County Farm Fresh Rail Tours

Heading up the Hudson to Duchess County every fall is one of my favorite family traditions. Thanks to the MTA, finding our way upriver is as easy as ever. Once September hits, I immediately begin anticipating cold weather, looking out for the changing of the leaves, and craving crisp apple cider. MTA Getaways offer New Yorkers the opportunity to get…
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Early Breakfast with North Coast Organic Apple Products

Not much will get me to wake up significantly earlier than I usually do, but when I received the invite to join North Coast Organic at Maman – an adorable and popular café downtown – I didn’t have to give it much thought at all. I set my alarms, and set off bright and early. North Coast Organic have been…
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BookCon, is it worth it?

Every year publishers, writers, and readers gather en masse for a momentous occasion known as BookCon. I distinctly remember reading articles seven years ago declaring the death of the print industry. Judging by the year over year growth of BookCon, books are more popular than ever. With the ever-increasing popularity of the Young Adult genre, home to series’ like Cassandra…
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