New Bar Hudson Malone Opening 2 Blocks From P.J. Clarke’s

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“There was an outpouring of grief among the regulars at P.J. Clarke’s last June when word spread that ten-year barman Doug Quinn had been abruptly fired. A few months after the incident, Quinn told Grub Street he was hard at work planning what he said would be a genuine ‘New York joint’ with killer drinks, but also a solid menu. ‘It’s going to be the kind of place you can eat at three or four times a week,’ he said.”

While waiting for Hudson Malone to open, take a date to Bill’s Food & Drink on Wednesdays and Fridays to see Quinn’s spectacular bar tending. Sean Largotta, one of the management team members of Crown Group Hospitality, which owns Bill’s, said, “Having Doug behind the bar gives it an old New York feel.” Crown Group owns the Lion in Greenwich Village and Crown on the Upper East Side, as well.

Romance in Reykjavik

22REYKJAVIK-slide-A754-articleLargeIngrid K. Williams shares exhilarating news in The New York Times about Iceland’s recent upsurge. The article describes Reykjavik as being “where this year the capital’s impressive new concert hall won the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award, the European Union’s top prize for contemporary architecture. In other parts of town, new restaurants are embracing fresh local fare, and the bacchanalian night life is thumping with a crop of new bars and clubs.” 

Mapping the city with 36 hours of fun, Williams recommends taking “the elevator to the top of the austere Hallgrimskirkja, an imposing pale gray church whose distinctive stepped-slope facade frames a tower (admission, 700 kronur, or about $6 at 118 kronur to the dollar) from which a bird’s-eye view of the city’s colorful rooftops and compact downtown awaits. Then return to sea level to marvel at the city’s newest architectural landmark: the Harpa concert hall, unveiled in May 2011, is a dazzling geometric structure that sits like a jewel on the waterfront.” 

Next would be Tonar for live performances by musicians from Iceland’s experimental music scene on Fridays, followed by a stroll to Bio Paradis, an independent film house. Then taste Icelandic tapas at Forrettabarinn near the harbor and craft beers at the Microbar, a pub in the City Center Hotel.

Start your Saturday by meandering along the waterfront walk into residential Seltjarnarnes area and toward the lighthouse on Grotta Island, then dip your feet into a geothermal footpath which is “Kvika,” a sculpture by Olof Nordal. You will be ready for Mokka-Kaffi, a coffee shop specializing in homemade waffles with jam and fresh cream (850 kronur) before heading over to the Kiosk, a co-op featuring the creations of eight young designers. In a dizzying tour, Williams takes you on to venues for lobster mini burgers, dill aquavit and Birkir snaps where you may revel all night.

Wake up to white hot dogs with fried onions, raw onions, ketchup, rémoulade, sweet Icelandic mustard (380 kronur). Then take the ferry from Skarfabakki pier to the uninhabited island of Videya for a leisurely walk along meadows, beaches and past American artist Richard Serra’s installation of basalt columns.


“5 Things Blissful Couples Do”

201303-orig-couple-1-300x205Oprah gives us a sensible approach here to keeping relationships fresh and exciting. Written for those who’ve been together for years, this perspective may be used by dating couples as well.

Number one is “they never let the first date end,” meaning continuing to share dreams and innermost feelings. Hard as it is to do when house, work, health, children and grandchildren issues pile up, it is important to keep those conversations going. We change and we need to keep sharing who we are with our mate … or serious relationship partner. Terri Orbuch, a psychologist and author of 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great advises talking to your partner for at least 10 minutes a day about non practical issues to avoid “the unhappiness gulch.”

Next is spending “mental time in the nosebleed seats,” by looking at the issues in a disagreement not from one’s partner’s point of view, but from the outside. Northwestern University social psychologist Eli Finkel and his colleagues asked married couples to spend just seven minutes writing about a recent fight with their spouse from the point of view of a neutral observer, three times over the course of a year. When the year was up, those couples had more satisfying, trusting and passionate relationships than couples who didn’t do the writing exercise.”

Third is being generous in small ways, such as having a cup of coffee waiting for your partner when they roll out of bed.

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Grandmas Who Don’t Dress Like Grandmas

s-GRANDMAS-480x360In honor of National Grandparents Day, The Huff Post Style has gathered 13 photos of grandmas who still rock their gowns. Plus there is a bonus section on Grey and Gorgeous.

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