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Jan 24, 2010

Wellness in New York City

New York is a great place to Be Well:

Video by New York Video Service.


Pilates tips for winter

Manhattan's celebrity pilates guru: Mika Street shows how to get your arms in shape for the Spring season, especially for brides!:

Also: How to beat the winter blues:

And: How to get summer legs

Videos by: New York Video Service

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Jan 9, 2010

How to make the best Hot Chocolate on Earth

To make One Cup:
  1. 1 Big-ass Cup of milk (add cream if you have no guilt)
  2. Warm in a pot, don't boil
  3. Add stuff: fresh mint, or cinnamon, paprika, fresh grated ginger
  4. Teaspoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of honey
  5. Drop in a few pieces of your fav chocky (break it up first )
  6. Mix till melted
  7. pour in a cup
  8. Add scoop of icecream
  9. Add dollup of cream
  10. Grate some chocolate over the top
  11. Give a taste to your friend,
  12. Take it away immediately and enjoy


New York's Horse and Carriage debate continues

New York City's Health Department has proposed rules for horses that carry tourists that they would get 5 weeks of job-protected vacation...also, good news for the steeds, carriage drivers and their passengers would no longer be allowed to light up under regulations that could take effect as early as March.
"Just like cabdrivers, they shouldn't be smoking," declared Daniel Kass, the Health Department's acting assistant commissioner for environmental health.

Horse drivers will soon face the same restrictions as cab drivers: No cellphones, no texting, no music players and no cameras.

Horse owners will also have to supply thermometers so drivers can take readings after every trip and enter them into a log book.
When temperatures drop below 18 or above 90, the horses would get the day off to eat and stand still, and think about galloping in a green field with buttercups and clouds..

Councilman Tony Avella back in 2008 introduced new legislation attempting to ban the use of horses from pulling carriages around both the city and in central park.

Horse and carriage drivers tend not to want their comments on record, but the ones that do talk to the press usually refer to the fact that horses have been beasts of burden for thousands of years, and they are very happy to be working and interacting.

The last accident, a few years ago, resulting in the death of a horse: "Smoothie", involved a street musician startling the horse with his drum. (the horse was also a music critic). The ASPCA has backed the proposed ban, which is a telling factor in the ban's future success

Animal rights spokesmen usually draw the publics' attention to the unavailability of water for the horses and the cramped stables (all of which have passed inspection). In particular though is the worry that horses have to deal with careless car drivers whom more often than not are chatting on cell phones.

Carolyn Daly, a professional public relations woman, has been speaking on behalf of the horse and carriage association, but I spoke to the drivers and owners themselves who all seem to agree that the horses are are living a decent lifestyle.

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Jan 8, 2010

Rinat Shaham and Luca Pisaroni sing beautiful Mozart Duet in Paris Production of Cosi

A fan of Rinat Shaham, New York's own Mezzo Soprano Star of the opera world has posted this rehearsal video from the most recent Paris production of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte.
Sublime as always, worth the 5 minutes to listen:

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Daisy Martinez, chef, New Book out now: "Daisy, morning noon and night"

"Daisy's authentic recipes are easy to make, easy to eat, and sure to please."
-- Rachael Ray

Food Network star Daisy Martinez has written a great recipe book: Daisy morning noon and night.
Watch this 2 minute video, made by the New York Video Service: (NYvideo.US )