THERE WILL BE DRAMA

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When I was 12, I attended a summer drama camp at our local community college. Under the guidance of the instructor, my friends and I penned original scripts and scavenged costumes from our parents’ closets. I was a ferociously bossy child, with a big imagination and an even bigger perm, and I threw myself into my production like it was already shortlisted for an Obie. After several days of rehearsals, all of our parents were invited to a one night only performance of our original work. My opus, entitled Cinderella II, was a sequel to the beloved fairy tale, and…

I AM YOGA

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The word “yoga” means union. Yoga is the connection between mind and body. My own yoga practice is a way to handle stress, find calm in my mind and strength in my body, and be present as an educator, a parent, a kid’s yoga teacher, and a person in a busy world. Kids are yoga. Their practice begins naturally as part of their development when they are just infants. Tummy time is Cobra pose. When they are on their backs grabbing for their toes, it is Happy Baby pose. As they grow, children, like adults, encounter stress on many levels,…

The Case for Restraint

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“John, Table 10 doesn’t like the half bottle of Burgundy.” Argh. For the second time this month and the third time this year, a customer isn’t thrilled with this bottle that we love so well. Wines like these from the Burgundian appellation of Mercurey are often not as easy to drink as Pinot Noir from California or Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Compared to a West Coast pinot, this bottle from Domaine Meix-Foulot is lean and dry and lacks the richness and intensely sweet fruit of many of its New World cousins. What it does have in spades is restraint—an Old…

The Finds / Dining in the Hood

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Local Restaurants Bring Smorgasbord of Tastes Stroll through Park Slope on a sunny day, and your eyes will usually find a restaurant you’ve never noticed. There are so many places to eat, it can be impossible to choose one. Here’s a rundown of a few unique spots we’ve found in the past year that tickled our taste buds. Have a spring adventure and check one out for yourself! Carnem — 318 5th Avenue Carnem, which opened last May, offers up classic steaks, sauces, and seafood with a side of whimsical delights like pork belly cotton candy lollipops. Yes, it’s…

EAST, MEET WEST

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My first foray into Eastern Medicine and alternative healing therapies was at the age of twenty-eight. My body was shutting down, plagued with chronic fatigue and autoimmune disorder, I was desperate. I had been laughed at by gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, and various other -ologists, shipped from office to office as soon as I reached the edge of that particular doctor’s particular scope of knowledge. A vegetarian at the time, I was smugly told that a cheeseburger was “probably the answer to my issue.” Or worse, I was told that my “issue” didn’t really exist at all. But, intuitively I knew something…

You Can Do This!

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Dear Hypocrite, I know you’re not a therapist—you’ve been saying that for years—but I’m struggling with some real issues and looking for help or insight everywhere I can think of. You might just be the one to tell me something useful or perhaps make me feel not so alone. Besides, you’re free. My mom has Alzheimer’s. It was obvious after several events (her walking out in traffic and setting her kitchen on fire) that she was no longer able to live at home by herself. I hired a part-time aide for a while, but she needed even more care, so…

Playing House

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For Christmas last year, my daughters got a dollhouse. By New York City standards, it’s really more of a doll mansion than a house. Four stories, massive terrace on the second floor, private garage, and a charming two-person swing hanging from an attached archway. Every time I look at the dollhouse, I imagine what the doll version of our real apartment would be, an exercise that only depresses and demoralizes me. No parent would buy that doll-apartment—except maybe for New York City parents, because, after all, it would be a space-saver. My girls love their dollhouse. I love their dollhouse. It…

Heirloom Wine / into the esoteric

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Most of us know the more common grape varietals such as sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Those with an interest in expanding their horizons might venture into more esoteric territory, parsing the pleasures of grüner veltliner, chenin blanc, petite sirah and tempranillo. But, like the foodie that’s moved on from supermarket tomatoes and now scours greenmarket stalls for varieties they’ve never tasted, the adventurous wine drinker seeks out lesser known regions and grape varietals in pursuit of diversity and new experiences. According to wine writer and editor Jancis Robinson, there are over ten thousand grape varietals in…

A Daily Practice

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When Pema Chodron, the well-known Western Buddhist writer and ordained nun, went to the dentist and he asked her what she did, she responded that she taught meditation. He told her that one day he would begin meditation when he was less busy. She said you probably won’t need it as much then. A daily meditation practice is like getting to the gym: The longer you stay away, the harder it is to return to, and the more you do it every day, the more your body eases into the habit. When I first started my daily practice several years…

New Korean

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Korean Restaurants Heat Up Brooklyn Dining Scene A bright pink and turquoise scheme brings a welcoming, even kid-friendly vibe at White Tiger on Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights. In the kitchen, chefs create fresh versions of the Korean food Chef Liz Kwon grew up with. Bartenders pour glasses of soju and sake and mix creative cocktails like the Citrus Moon, with sugar-washed moonshine, rice wine, chamomile, yuzu-honey, and lime. Kwon will deliver you large portions of piping hot food herself, like savory anchovy-fried rice topped with a runny egg and spicy, chewy pan-fried ricecakes. The spices will thaw you out but…

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