Wednesday, January 26, 2011

3-Day Yoga Retreat at Resort at Mt Hood: Still Time to Book

This time of the year we need a way and a place to warm and awaken our bodies and souls. Yoga is my go-to deep-freeze therapy, and The Resort at The Mountain, a nature-inspired spa and ski destination less than one hour east of Portland, Oregon has the remedy this weekend. Scheduled from Friday - Sunday, the resort is offering a Yoga and Meditation Retreat for yogis and yoginis of all levels and aspirations with acclaimed yoga instructor Paleena Mason of My Unique Perfections. Mason will spend the weekend guiding and encouraging you through five yoga sessions, exploring positions, meditation and breath work. You’ll learn and perfect yoga techniques to realign your posture and restructure your mobility, while also increasing the awareness of your body and its surroundings.

Priced at $459, the weekend also includes two nights of luxurious accommodations, daily meals and smoothies to optimize nutrition and boost stamina. To encourage you to relax even more, special prices of $59 per treatment are offered at the Spa, and you'll have plenty of free time for a massage, facial, body exfoliation or wrap. For more information or to make a reservation, call The Spa at The Resort at 877.439.6774 or email

Saturday, January 22, 2011

NYC Restaurant Week Starts Monday: Jan. 24-Feb. 6

It's that wonderful time of the year: freezing temperatures, slush everywhere, blue moods and wonderful restaurant deals! NYC's Restaurant Week offers delicious deals for lunch for $24.07 and dinner for $35 at more than 300 of the city's best tables. Don't wait -- book your reservations now and also register your American Express card to get a $15 dining credit back for participating.

Eataly, Flash Mobs and Cooking Schools: A Dining and Socializing Destination in NYC

I'm not sure whether Mario Batali's Eataly is really a destination marketplace or whether it's simply a hangout for everyone interested in sampling Italian coffee, crudo, pizza, and meats, but it's wonderful, crowded gastronomy and fun all mixed up. Last week's flash mob performance of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" added another dimension to the food hall. Now, on to the more serious business of Lidia Bastianich's upcoming cooking school programs at Eataly.

Enjoy the video -- it makes me very happy that I live in New York. David Garrett, you're an awesome musician.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

See an Off-Off-Broaday Show: Line at 13th Street Repertory

I usually write about Broadway shows and sometimes about Off-Broadway shows, but last night I ventured into the territory of Off-Off-Broadway shows. For me, this has historically been more of a “miss” than a “hit,” but I’ve finally found a show that I can recommend for those intrepid enough to lose the Broadwayist attitude and try something different. However, can you really call a show that has been running for 38 years different? The show is Line, written by Israel Horovitz with artistic director and theater founder 94-year-old Edith O'Hara (amazing). It’s about five random people who ostensibly come together to wait on line for something. We’re never quite sure what they’re waiting for, but it doesn’t really matter. This is an existentialist show about social mores and behaviors. The ensemble is excellent, and the one-hour quirky piece will leave you thinking. And, isn’t that what theater is supposed to do? Playing at the 13th Street Repertory Theater, 50 W. 13th Street, New York, Friday and Saturday nights at 9:30pm.

Monday, January 10, 2011

2010-2011 Restaurant Dining Lists -- The Greatest New York: The Oyster Pan Roast

The 2010 countdown lists have made way for the ubiquitous 2011 forecast lists and "best of" lists. I'm a bit tired of them already, as I imagine you are. But there's one list that I want to draw attention to, virtually verbatim (credit to New York Magazine's Grub Street), because it highlights Manhattan's best signature restaurant dish, Grand Central Oyster Bar's Oyster Pan Roast. Grab a seat at the bar and watch the chefs prepare this time-defying, cholesterol-inducing treat:

"The Oyster Bar pan roast — still being served at the Oyster Bar in the bowels of Grand Central — is a silky concoction, thicker than soup but gentler than a stew. It’s made with half a dozen Bluepoints, sweet butter, a dash of secret chile sauce, and flagons of country cream, all poured over a comforting mattress of soggy toast. I would argue that it’s grander than that other great New York icon the pastrami sandwich on rye, more versatile than eggs Benedict (invented at the Waldorf-Astoria) or the porterhouse steak, and heartier than vichyssoise soup, which the great chef Louis Diat first served at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on 46th Street in 1917. The last time I enjoyed it, the steamy bowl took exactly four minutes to reach my place at the bar, which is more or less what you’d expect for the greatest New York restaurant dish of all time. In that magisterial, eternally bustling room full of strangers, it tasted exactly the way it did when I ordered it for the first time, 40 years ago, with my grandfather, a lifelong New Yorker: opulent, mysteriously spicy, and faintly like the sea.
" -- by Adam Platt

I can't order this more than once a year, but that makes it that much more enjoyable. Here's to Lipitor.