07Feb

Restaurant Review: Brunch at Alice’s Arbor in Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

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This past weekend my teenage daughter and I decided to take some time out of our daily routine and head to Bed Stuyvesant, Brooklyn for brunch. Our destination: Alice's Arbor. It had been years since I'd been to Bed Stuy, and I always knew even then it was on the brink of gentrification and change, so I was eager to make this particular trip from our home in Westchester. As a vegetarian, I can tell you that the menu, which is inspired by Chef Mike Franzetti, is diverse and wide ranging. Carnivores can have their share of meat, from chicken to ribs for Read More

21Jan

A Visit to Israel with a Loving But Conflicted Heart

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“But doubts and loves dig up the world like a mole, a plough. And a whisper will be heard in the place where the ruined house once stood.” These are words from Israeli poet Yehudah Amichai’s poem, “The Place Where We Are Right.” Interpretations of poems can vary, but for me, this piece refers to a difference in opinion about a place that you love but can’t quite vocalize both out of fear and out of love. I have felt this type of conflict several times in the past year on two very different types of trips. A year ago, I visited Read More

07Jan

Where You Can Find Me

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I apologize for my silence here on the blog as of late. Call it a combination of working full time and raising kids. Then there were the holidays. We went to Montreal and Vermont for a week, for a bit of skiing, spa'ing, and relaxation. Stay tuned for more on that in future articles and clips. Meanwhile, I haven't been that quiet on the Internets. If you do a Google search, here's where you can find me.   Trekaroo San Antonio with Kids 48 Hours in Portland with Kids 48 Hours in Seattle with Kids 48 Hours in Vancouver with Read More

23Dec

Netflix: My Year in Review and Shows I am Thankful For

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Disclosure: As part of Netflix’s Stream Team, I get inside access to Netflix's programming and share my thoughts on their programming with my readers often. But as always, my thoughts are my own. Netflix just gets better and better. I've been a member since its humble start and am continuously impressed with its original and bold slate of programming, both original and acquired. It keeps my entire family occupied at various times of the day and night. My teenage daughter is obsessed with its offerings, many of which I used to watch at one point in Read More

19Dec

Reflecting on Meeting Some of the Cast and Crew from “The Greatest Showman,” a Musical Feast

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Disclosure: I attended a screening and press junket hosted by 20th Century Fox. I was not paid to write this post. It's so crazy that two weeks ago I knew very little about Phineas Taylor Barnum. I knew he started the circus I grew up with, but little more. Since seeing the upcoming Christmas motion picture "The Greatest Showman," I have thought little else but this man, his life, and the story that inspired this beautiful new movie, which is fortunately a musical but not just a musical. He was not ony a brilliant business man, but he was a family man Read More

10Dec

Living Out Loud in Israel

"Greatness is not what happens to you. Greatness is who you are in the face of what happens to you." - Adrienne Gold Davis This was one of the first things I heard on my recent trip to Israel with Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and it really resonated with me. With this inaugural trip for a group of what was coined "media magnets," I knew I was experiencing something kind of amazing and didn't want to lose sight of the importance of this very signifiant statement. I had been on many press trips in my time, and you've read about many of Read More

08Dec

Review: The Parisian Woman at the Hudson Theater

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Beau Willimon wrote "The Parisian Woman, now playing on Broadway in NYC. He is also the creator of Netflix's "House of Cards" and the upcoming series "The First" on Hulu. From what I understand, he is constantly making changes to his new play, which takes place in contemporary Washington, D.C. and revolves around an uncannily familiar President who we don't learn is called Trump near the end of the play. But believe me, it is completely obvious that this play was written to reflect the tumultuous, turbulent, twisted times we are living in. I actually Read More

05Dec

Guest post: Review of “Puffs” at New World Stages

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. If you or you kids are fans of  the Harry Potter series, the play Puffs is for you. In addition, if your kids have never read the book or watched Harry Potter movies (like my 8 year-old twins), then the play “Puffs” is also for you. The truth is this play may be more for kids than for adults. My kids enjoyed every minute. They could not stop giggling. At times, I was wondering why do they Read More

14Nov

Guest Post: Review of New York’s Newest Big Apple Circus

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This a guest post written by writer Lisa Gerstel-Zach, a diverse and seasoned executive who has spent her career in Children’s and Family Entertainment via Publishing, Live Events and Broadcast before stepping back to take a much earned reprieve from the Corporate world in order to reinvent herself and remember why she moved to New York. She lives in the latest hip neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. Friday afternoon and it is like negative 40 degrees out, what could be better than bundling up in 12 layers and heading Read More

05Nov

Review: “What We’re Up Against” by Theresa Rebeck

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In the aftermath of the Harvery Weinstein scandal, #MeToo, and everything that's going on in the world, a play about gender issues seems more relevant than ever. Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against at the WP Theater is that play for me, and as soon as it started, I knew I was in for something timely and relevant to what we are experiencing today. It's not about sexual assault, but rather office politics, gender imbalance, and equality, all which are issues that pertain to what we are hearing about today. In my first TV job, I worked for two men. I Read More