Blue Hill at Stone Barns is a fantastic dining experience

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For the longest time, I’ve wanted to try Blue Hill. But I’d never been — even though it’s located barely 20 minutes from my house. This super-exclusive restaurant has been beyond my reach for many reasons. For starters, it’s a pain to make reservations a month in advance. For another, the meals are pricey. I also wanted to go with …

A cheap, simple holistic way to get rid of spring allergies – advice from Jeffrey C. Yuen

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Hey, allergy sufferers! This post is for you and anyone else with sinus conditions. How miserable are you? Desperate enough to try a fool-proof holistic solution? If the answer is “yes,” read on. And if you’re roaring “hell, no!” maybe you’ll keep reading anyway… The information here comes directly from my friend Jeffrey C. Yuen. He is a leading classical …

Fales Library & its director Marvin Taylor are special

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For inspiration, I like visiting Marvin Taylor. Without fail,  just hearing about his life gives me new ideas for reinventing myself… Marvin is a self-described “queer” boy from the Quaker midwest. He fled to NYC and found work as a nerd librarian. Today, at age 50, he has a hot job running a very cool, private library that archives the …

How to make vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free Rice Krispie treats, with recipe options

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Did you know that vegans and strict vegetarians can’t have Rice Krispie Treats? The problem is the marshmallows. The puffy white pillows of sweetness that hold together these crunchy, chewy snacks are made with gelatin. And gelatin is a substance derived from the bones and connective tissue of farm animals. Too bad, because Rice Krispie Treats are a relatively inoffensive dessert. It’s …

Enjoy a Chinese banquet but boycott the evil of shark fin soup – photo essay

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A typical Chinese banquet can be an insanely delicious 10-course orgy. While I’ve attended a few fab vegetarian versions of this feast, most events are heavy on meat and seafood. Unfortunately, these menus also feature one item that symbolizes the brutality of Chinese food culture: shark fin soup. Chinese banquets go on 24/7 to celebrate just about any occasion. Starting …

Chinese medicine master Jeffrey C. Yuen’s essential health & beauty diet regimen

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Now that the holiday party season is over, I am left with 10 extra pounds of blubber, an itchy scalp, a pasty-pimply complexion and bad breath. There’s only one way to deal with this mess. Gotta return to my good food regimen. That means sticking to a diet created by the rock star of Chinese medicine experts. This is a …