Pretzel Baking Class in Center City, Philadelphia


Invite someone to join you in a unique baking class — pretzels. Students will form the dough in a variety of shapes then sit down to enjoy their creations with a glass of Foret Organic, a Belgian beer.


Anna Boisture
Le Pain Quotidien


Thursday November 14, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM EST


Le Pain Quotidien – Walnut Street Bakery
1425 Walnust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Do You Want To Be Extremely Successful?

1ef6217Success at any stage in life is alluring. And not easy to achieve. Recently, Joel Peterson, Chairman of JetBlue Airways, mused in LinkedIn about other authors’ writings on the subject of success. His thesis is that hard work, rather than short lists quickly read, is the key to achievement. “The very reason success is elusive is that it still requires a lot of hard and often tedious work. Not just daily work at the office, but the constant work of making ourselves into more effective, more adaptable, more thoughtful people. That’s what it means to build character. No secrets here. Just hours, days, months, and years of persistence in doing what matters most, honoring commitments, and working well with others.”

Peterson cites blogger Alex Banayan’s “The 5 Traits of Wildly Successful People” which lists “be persistent, ignore convention, be a problem-solver, cut back on sleep, build good relationships” in order to succeed. Alas, if only it were so easy. I have a serious problem with reducing sleep as it has been proven that our minds simply don’t function effectively without a full night of shut-eye, and for me it is the truth. Certainly, persistence, thinking outside of the box and problem solving are effective traits of people whom we admire. But there is more.

Peterson worked with author Steven Covey, whose best-selling business book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” has been emulated by authors listing their versions of his work. Instead of following these plans, I would agree that working on oneself is preferable. Covey quoted Aristotle on the subject: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act – but a habit.” So, working on ourselves, such that character is built and positive habits become part of our personality will naturally point us in the direction for which we strive. Then, perhaps the shortcuts will triumph.

Peterson sums it up with this: “Aristotle’s notion – the one Covey also espoused – is a profound one. Success in life is rooted in aligning our actions with our values, until our choices flow naturally, and without calculation, from our character. Like everything else worth doing, this is a matter of consistent, determined practice – as unromantic, familiar, and headline-unfriendly a secret as that may be.”

First Candlelight Friday at Wolffer Estate


October 25th from 5PM until 8PM

At The Winery


The Gumbo Collective

The Gumbo Collective is an eclectic band fronted by Danish drummer, Claes Brondal.
The Gumbo Collective redefines the concept of Jazz and ties in universal rhythms and harmonies in a musical journey ranging from Northern Europe and Africa to Latin America and the US, ultimately cooking up a diverse gumbo of musical styles.

Featured Musicians:

Bakithi Kumalo – Bass and Ukulele Bass

A South African bassist, composer and vocalist who has worked with a wide variety of diverse artists including Gloria EstefanHerbie HancockChaka KhanHarry BelafonteCyndi Lauper andPaul Simon. Kumalo is most known for his fretless bass playing on Paul Simon’s 1986 albumGraceland, in particular the bass run on “You Can Call Me Al“. Kumalo has toured regularly with Simon since then.

Max Feldschuh – Vibraphone & Malletkat

Claes Brondal – Drums & Percussion

No cover charge – Wines by the glass, bottle, and cheese/charcuterie plates for purchase


Wolffer Estate | 139 Sagg Road P.O. Box 9002 | Sagaponack, NY 11962


Remembering Hurricane Sandy

On the first anniversary of Sandy, Kings County Distillery and BDG 92 will host New York magazine photographer, Pari Dukovic’s exhibition of his work documenting the storm.

Sales will benefit the Brooklyn Recovery Fund

October 11 – November 2

Free and Open to the Public, Fridays and Saturdays | 12 – 6pm

Hurricane Sandy

Enchanting Iceland


ATT00008Upon my recent return from Iceland, I found this article in “The New York Times Travel Section.” 

“THE sky above Reykjavik was as dark as black ice, save for a handful of diamond stars. As a cutting wind whipped off the frigid sea and blew down the narrow streets lined with brightly painted storefronts, shivering pedestrians tightened their scarves and scurried into cozy bars and restaurants to find warmth.” Though it was only 4:30 PM, writes Liz Alderman, the Nordic light had already appeared and Reykjavik’s sophisticated appeal captured her.

She and a friend had come to admire Iceland’s natural beauty: “thundering geysers, powerful waterfalls and the therapeutic waters of the Blue Lagoon, a vast thermal lake half an hour south of Reykjavik with a turquoise hue so impossibly bright that it looks Photoshopped. We wanted to spot the glowing green ribbons of the aurora borealis, which were reported to be especially luminescent this year because of sunspots casting a wide spectral aura over the North Pole. But it wasn’t just Iceland’s natural splendors that lured us: we also wanted to get a taste of the rollicking midnight club scene that Reykjavik has been known for since Bjork put it on the map.” But they were immediately captivated by the bars and restaurants full of Icelanders conversing well into the night.

Icelanders are friendly and open, quick to assist with directions, and equally so to discuss their nation’s troubled economic history and recent rally. One of my friends mentioned that the country is now an offshore banking haven. Prices are high in the trendy boutiques as well as in the craft shops. In the 1990’s free market reforms led to an economic upswing until 2006 when inflation and banking deficits, followed by the global financial recession in 2008 devastated their gains. Today the country’s economy is slowly rising; tourism, aluminum smelting, software production and fishing are major sources of income.

The architecture dates back only to the 18th century when wooden structures replaced mud houses. We saw one of the mud huts on our trip to the Blue Lagoon. Handsome structures abound now in and around Reykjavik.

Our guide told us that Icelandic was the base for all Scandinavian languages but, upon researching this myself, I found that it is the westernmost of the Indo-European languages of the West Nordic branch, also including Faroese, Norn, and Norwegian. Though difficult to pronounce, many words could be understood phonetically.

I tremendously enjoyed this country of dramatic contrasts and look forward to returning to admire the midnight sun. “Eventually, someone will whisper that the island’s snowcapped mountains are protected by trolls and elves, mystical creatures that, it turns out, many Icelanders still firmly believe exist today. One loquacious guide on a tour outside the city told us of a fairway on the outskirts of Reykjavik that was diverted around a pair of large boulders believed to be the homestead of a troll who did not want his habitat disturbed by modernity.”


Photos by Zvi Binor.


Looking For Some Privacy For Romance?


W27th-104-DPetHotel-10Unwilling to leave your beloved dog behind for an evening of romance? Try D Pet Hotels at 104 West 27th Street, New York, NY for an incomparable experience for your pet. “Offering ‘five star luxury’ facilities and services for NYC canines, D Pet Hotel is the ultimate doggy daycare for the uber-pampered canine companion. By day, dogs frolic together in large play spaces with like-minded new friends atop rubberized paw-friendly surfaces.”

Grooming, training classes and walking services are offered as well as an au courant boutique for “for dogs who dabble in haute couture.” And for those into gourmet food, a chef will prepare unique dishes delivered by room service. Chauffeurs will deliver your dog in style to the hotel where he or she may have anything from a basic to a luxury room, featuring a human bed, flat screen tv, pictures on the wall and lots of space.

Your dog won’t miss you at all; really.


Deepak Chopra’s 5 Tips for Leading a More Spiritual Life

201211-orig-deepak-chopra-300x205Spiritual leader, Deepak Chopra shares ideas for improving our inner life in these clips from “Oprah’s Lifeclass” and “Super Soul Sunday.”

First is “STOP” which is an acronym for Chopra’s suggestion for one’s reaction to a stressful situation. “Go to your ‘state of being’ by stopping, taking a deep breath, observing what is going on in your body and proceeding with loving kindness and compassion.”

“Sleep is when our soul refreshes itself” explains why it is so important to both physical and mental health along with good food and exercise.

In answer to an audience question about how to maintain a positive outlook while dealing with unhappy memories of the past, Chopra references an Indian saying: “I use memories but will not allow them to victimize me.”

See all of these tools for inner peace here: