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Thursday, July 24, 2014

By Bernard Ros, Owner of Meli Melo restaurant and Paname French restaurant on Second Avenue

"I've been extremely satisfied with my experience with Whom You Know.  In the fall of 2013, I first met Peachy Deegan when she came to Paname for an initial feature in her takeout column. She followed up in the spring of 2014 with a formal dinner review. Having been in the Manhattan restaurant business as an owner for nearly four decades, I really appreciate someone that takes the time and effort she does to recognize independent restaurants, especially at the level of detail covered. And I love that she studied French in school!"

-Bernard Ros, Owner of Meli Melo restaurant and Paname French restaurant on Second Avenue


The New York Landmarks Conservancy Presents: Tourist In Your Own Town #32 - The Cloisters Museum & Gardens

Take a look inside The Cloisters Museum & Gardens, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art, architecture, and artifacts of medieval Europe. The Cloisters is located in the midst of Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River.

The museum opened to the public in 1938 and was designed by architect Charles Collens to resemble a French Romanesque abbey. John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated the area for the park, the building and much of the collection.

Designated a City Landmark in 1974, The Cloisters Museum & Gardens is your chance to visit Europe without buying a plane ticket.

phone: 212.923.3700

Thank you to Egle Zygas, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Terrific Takeout: Valbella Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

Pastry Chef Amy Holmes of Valbella, with the Napoleon she created

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Whom You Know had a fantastic initial experience at Valbella in 2012:
and this restaurant continues to impress!  We began with the gorgeous Insalata d'Robiola: arugula, hearts of palm, artichokes, roasted peppers and robiola cheese in a red wine vinaigrette.  This refreshing combination was a generous portion; you could eat the salad alone for dinner!  However, the hit parade was just getting started.  When you see the rest of the menu you know that you cannot stop at salad.

In the Antipasti section, the Medaglioni di Aragosta proved to be pure decadence!  The lobster medallions jubilantly danced in mascarpone cream to tantalize our tastebuds.  A true original!
Accompanied by toasted filbert, it was served in a lovely balsamic glaze.  The array of textures and stunning flavors was simply amazing.  Valbella is newer to New York than Connecticut; like many great things (!) Valbella is native to Connecticut.  Its Greenwich location is the original and it's been in operation for 25 years in the same location.  Valbella has had a location in Manhattan downtown for nine years.  We visited the midtown location both times, now and in 2012.
We adored the Trenette with Creamy Truffle Sauce the last time, and every bite was just as good as we remembered!  Shaved black truffles accentuate the trenette, which is similar to fettuccine.  It still is synonymous with heaven!  You must try this.  Words alone do not do it justice.
Those with discriminating taste know that when the bone stays in, the meat is more flavorful and this rang true with the carnivorous entree we selected: Costoletta Burrata.  You can see the triumphant Burrata peeking through the superb veal chop!  
Pencil asparagus graced the mountain of Veal Chop stuffed with Burrata Cheese, and every bite announced that quality is truly consistent at Valbella.  This being our second visit, we can confirm everything is just as excellent as we remembered, and owner Ralph Malfetano (his mom is Valerie at the Greenwich location) ensures that Valbella never misses a beat.  You can tell details matter to him just as much as they matter to us.
The Fettuccini Al Sugo is another absolutely convincing pasta option, and you should make it your goal to try all of the superstar selections (over time, of course!)  We are enormous fans of fettuccine and this version served in a classic Bolognese sauce with a touch of cream was majestically impressive.
We were pleased to meet Amy Holmes (above), who created a colossal Napoleon!  You can see its proportion in the top picture, so we would encourage you to share it with a friend.  Make sure it's a very good friend because if it was not so humongous, you probably would not want to share it!  Valbella is definitely Terrific Takeout.  (And Ralph, click here to see our NHL Interviews!)


New CEO for VisitBritain Sally Balcombe, brings strong digital and commercial skills developed over an impressive career in global travel; Priority is to ensure inbound tourism continues to deliver growth and jobs across Britain

Christopher Rodrigues, Chairman of VisitBritain, the strategic body for inbound tourism, today announced the appointment of Sally Balcombe as the organisation's next Chief Executive Officer, following a competitive appointment process and with the full support of all board members. 

Sally brings an impressive track record in the global travel sector having been Managing Director of British Airways Holidays and of the specialist sun division at TUI. As Commercial Director of Opodo and Chief Marketing Officer at Travelport, she has developed a deep understanding of the power of digital and technology to engage and motivate customers. Most recently Sally has been a Board member of VisitBritain, Governor of the Museum of London, Commissioner of English Heritage, and Non-Exec Director of Mr & Mrs Smith whilst also advising a number of businesses focusing on the digital area. 

Christopher Rodrigues said: "This has to be as the most exciting tourism marketing job in the world. Sally inherits a great team, and an organisation that has shown it can deliver results and ensure Britain remains competitive in international markets. 

Our inbound tourism figures continue to break records and the GREAT marketing campaign continues to raise the aspiration to travel to Britain. Our partnership marketing campaigns deliver the great deals that turn aspiration into bookings. The challenge now is to ensure that inbound tourism, Britain's fifth largest export industry, continues to deliver jobs and growth across the country in partnership with our strategic partners, the National Tourist Boards." 

Sally Balcombe, VisitBritain's new CEO, added: "I'm delighted to take on this role and am looking forward to leading VisitBritain in an era in which marketing has become global and digital. 

VisitBritain is already a high-performing agency with a clear growth strategy for Britain through to 2020. My commercial experience and time as a Board Member means that I understand the need to focus on our customers, target our marketing to inspire them to explore Britain and work seamlessly across public and private sector partners to ensure we continue to deliver our ambitious plans for growth." 

In addition, Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has asked Christopher Rodrigues if he would be willing to continue as Chair beyond the expiry of his current term and Christopher is delighted to have agreed. 

About VisitBritain
VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, is responsible for inspiring the world to explore Britain and for developing the UK’s visitor economy.
Americans made 2.8 million visits to Britain in 2012 and spent $3.7 billion USD (£2.4 billion). The US remains in the top spot in terms of market value for inbound tourism and is one of the top three most important markets in terms of visitor numbers. 
Visitors traveling to Britain can find out more information from plus purchase money and time saving local transport, sightseeing, attraction, theatre and tour tickets from
Follow us on Twitter @VisitBritain, Pinterest (Love GREAT Britain), Instagram: lovegreatbritain and Facebook: LoveGREATbritain


The Tidal Basin Around the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. Our Coverage Sponsored by ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN

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The Jefferson Memorial and Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. Our Coverage Sponsored by Patsy's Italian Restaurant on West 56th Street of Manhattan Est. 1944

Founded in 1944 by Pasquale "Patsy" Scognamillo, Patsy's Italian Restaurant has been in its current and only theater district location on West 56th Street (in the building just next to the original site) since 1954. Celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year, the one and only Patsy's Italian Restaurant has had only three chefs--the late Patsy himself, his son Joe Scognamillo, Joe's son Sal Scognamillo; it is this family's labor of love. Patsy's Italian Restaurant has been known for years as Frank Sinatra's favorite restaurant, and in fact, his family still enjoys dining at Patsy's Italian Restaurant whenever they are in town. In addition to Sinatra and family, Patsy's Italian Restaurant has become a favorite with countless stars on both the east and west coast, who have come to regard Patsy's Italian Restaurant as a mecca of Italian fine dining. They enjoy the restaurant's remarkable signature dishes, including succulent Veal Chops Siciliano, spicy Lobster Fra Diavolo, tender Chicken Contadina, and savory Calamari stuffed with seafood and more including some of the finest pasta dishes in the city. Patsy's Italian Restaurant's famous sauces, made from the freshest, most mouth-watering ingredients, are available in better supermarkets and specialty food stores throughout the U.S. Some of Patsy's Italian Restaurant high profile patrons include Rush Limbaugh, Al Pacino, Placido Domingo, Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Tom Hanks, Madonna, George Clooney, Rappers Heavy "D" and Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey,Tony Bennett, Don King, Robert DeNiro, Don Rickles, Jacklyn Smith, Phyllis George, Stephen King, Mario Puzo, Calvin Klein, Carroll O'Connor, Jon Bon Jovi, Liza Minelli, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Chris Noth, Farrah Fawcett, Chevy Chase, Cheryl Ladd, Huey Lewis, and Patty LaBelle, to name several. Sal Scognamillo is the first feature in Whom You Know's Culinary Kings and Queens, and Patsy's is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.


On Design, by Charles James

"A design should be fitted away from the figure in order to allow a breeze of air to linger between the body and the fabric."
-Charles James
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

READ THIS: DOWNTON TABBY A Parody By Chris Kelly Our Coverage Sponsored by Maine Woolens

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Chris Kelly’s Downtown Tabby had me laughing from the first page, a guide to the formal feline table setting. For example, a proper place setting contains four milk glasses and one milk goblet. This book is a perfect light-hearted parody of the popular television series Downtown Abbey with a nod to Upstairs/Downstairs and is most cleverly done. You will want to read every word and look at every picture to capture all the humor contained in this little literary treasure. The feature “uninvited but necessary words from the Dowager” is exactly what one would expect from such a feline: “I’m not judging you. That’s far too active a word for it”. I found these quotes to be the most hilarious. The color plates interspersed in the chronology of feline history in the early 1900’s portray cats of this era exactly as they would see themselves. Need I add that the author’s other accomplishments include writing and producing situation comedies? Get reading and start laughing.

Love Downton Abbey? Love cats? Love both? If your answer to any of the above is yes, then we have the book for you! Chris Kelly's Downton Tabby is a hilarious spoof of the hit television series, starring - you guessed it - cats! Featuring the "Upstairs Cats," the "Downstairs Cats" (among which are a disproportionate number of cats named "Emma"), and other cats that come into their lives, Downtown Tabby follows the lives of the Downton Tabby cats from 1910-1920. Interwoven into the story are cute little interludes, such as "Uninvited but Necessary Words from the Dowager," "How to Keep a Secret at Downton Tabby," "The Language of the Tail," and "How to Argue with Lord Grimalkin About His Most Deeply Held Beliefs: A Play in One Act." Fun, clever, and creative, Downton Tabby is an absolute must for cat lovers and Downton Abbey fans alike!

Joining the onslaught of Downton Abbey influenced works, Chris Kelly has written a parody of the wildly successful English series, in feline form. That is to say, that one of the writers for Bill Maher has conceived a parody of the show and has aptly named it Downton Tabby. Named thusly because it is cat-based, cat-oriented, and cat-terrific. Mr. Kelly, as an astute and hysterical writer and editor of ultra hip satire, sarcasm, and commentary, composed his own version of life at Downton. The cats are upstairs and downstairs, fully outlined, directed and presented in a somewhat organized, somewhat erratic style where quotes are injected every few pages, and the visuals range from cats in clothes and beautifully drawn character portraits.  Let this little book not be for just the cat lovers out there, not just for Downton fans, but for followers of popular culture, and perceptive students of trend. Mr. Kelly, possibly egged on by his editors at Simon & Schuster has married the concept of children's book and alternative tale telling in this hard cover little volume that tells tales, quotes from well known historical figures (which may or may not be real, of course) and rattles through Downton Tabby with precise modes of behavior. How to set the Tabby table, how to hiccup like the Dowager, how to marry off you daughter. Those of us enthralled by the characters in the series will recognize and whoop at the references to names, if not faces, in Tabby. A book to love, and laugh over. Chortling is allowed, too.

And the Madness over Downton Abbey Continues!!! The latest book to hit the shelves this season is “Downton Tabby” by Chris Kelly. This is the perfect book for Cat Lovers and Downton Abbey Lovers alike. The hilarious similarities and parody on the premise of the show really lightens the day. From the portraits of the Downstairs Cats to the over the top litter boxes, one cannot do anything but smile. Adorable illustrations teamed up with clever quotes and ideas makes this the perfect hostess gift for your next cat lover’s dinner party. Please make sure they serve the best caviar!

Downton Tabby is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know!


Who among us hasn’t had the thought, “Downton Abbey would be so much better if only there were more cats?” Certainly, author Chris Kelly did and set out to rectify this problem. The result? The utterly charming and hysterical DOWNTON TABBY: A Parody. 

Set on the stately Yorkshire home of the Earl and Catness of Grimalkin, DOWNTON TABBY tells the story of England’s first family of cats and their servants – their lives, loves, births, deaths, marriages, affairs, prides, prejudices, senses, sensibilities, mills, flosses, cakes, ales, high teas and funfairs, car accidents, scandals, bouts of Spanish influenza, and war with Germany. From Lady Minxy’s relationship with Matthmew Clowder to Lady Serval’s affair with the chau-fur to the constant framing of poor Boots the valet, life at Downton Tabby is never dull for these Upstairs and Downstairs cats. And, of course, Vibressa Clowder, the Dowager Countess, always has something to say about it. 

Using a combination of hilarious photographs, which depict some of the estate’s more scandalous moments, and delightful illustrations, Kelly takes us from the sinking of the Mewsitania to the Jazz Age, giving the reader the whole kitten caboodle. Mixed throughout are also essential guides to preserving their Golden Age, including Table Settings (don’t mix up the mouse and stoat forks!), A Code of Conduct for Cats and Gentlefolk (“Never do anything for yourself that someone can do for you”), and some Uninvited but Necessary Words from the Dowager (“Stop licking yourself there, dear, it’s terribly middle class”). 

Just in time for the holiday season, DOWNTON TABBY is the perfect gift for fans of the PBS hit show and for cat lovers everywhere.

Chris Kelly writes for HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. He won an Emmy for his work on Michael 
Moore's TV Nation. He's been an editor at Spy and the National Lampoon, a staff writer for Late Show 
with David Letterman, head writer at Politically Incorrect, and a writer/producer on a half dozen 
network situation comedies, some long-running and some that barely aired at all.

By Chris Kelly
Published by Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781476765938
E-Book: 9781476765945
Visit Simon & Schuster on the web at


The Cherry Blossoms of Washington, D.C. Shine Through an Overcast Sky Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates

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On Shape, by Charles James

"Part of what could be called eccentric is my deep involvement in the SHAPE of clothes in a movement...and conviction that what is distinguished is often a high form of eroticism."
-Charles James
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Comme une Evidence Eau de Parfum Highly Recommended by Whom You Know! Further Evidence that Yves Rocher is Among Our Favorites...

Sophisticated and feminine. Those are great words to describe any woman! Somehow, with their Comme une Evidence eau de parfum, Yves Rocher has succeeded in bottling a scent that evokes just those adjectives. It is a mostly floral scent (hence the femininity), but not too much so. The underlying green spiciness balances out the floral scents to keep things clean and classic. Although this is a lighter scent, it still lasts all day long. You may not notice it after a while, but people around you will… in a GOOD way! I got compliments from co-workers and from my boyfriend on this one!

One of my favorite things about Yves Rocher: they’re very much in love with scent. Their Comme Une Evidence Eau de Parfum is light enough for a summer’s day, and adds that “je ne sais quoi” to any moment. This is the perfect little bottle to keep tucked away in your desk drawer for a mid-morning spritz. Not heavy, just a hint, thus the name: "Comme Une Evidence…”. Yves Rocher grows their own flowers, did you know? And they only work with happy farmers around the world for their plant-based extracts. That is to say, it is a company that is totally on the up and up, so there is never any worry about using a product that is not totally backed up in the green sense. Comme Une Evidence Eau de Parfum hits the right note of beautiful. Not flowery, not too green or citrusy, but something that adds an air of “what are you wearing” as you walk by. 

This fresh floral scent is long on lily. It’s light enough for day but sophisticated for evening. The scent lasts a long time without being refreshed. The packaging is simple enough with a touch of whimsy. This bottle would be at home on any young woman’s shelf or fancy lady’s perfume tray.

Every woman wants to smell great. Finding the right perfume can be a very daunting task. I find that unique fragrances are hard to find but Yves Rocher is known for creating fabulous and different scents. Comme Une Evidence Eau de Parfum is a great fragrance from their fantastic line of fragrances. It's lady like, soft and subtle, bring scents of violets, roses and lilies together. It's a clean fresh fragrance that will appeal to every woman. It's perfect for the office or a date night out. This is a great gift for all ages and occasions as well.

Comme une Evidence is a positively interesting parfum. I still haven't decided exactly what's in it, but I love it. The scent is a bit flowery – sweet but not overpowering. Fresh, natural – like a summer day. I would wear this scent daily but not necessarily at night; Ii feels like a walk in the park, coffee at the cafe or a ride in the country.


A deep feeling of plenitude and harmony. 

There are times when everything is clear and simple, when everything around you exudes harmony and amplitude… These moments have their fragrance: Comme une Evidence… Clear, harmonious, essential and profound, it enfolds you in utter well-being.

It all begins with the tender green emotion of slightly crumpled violet leaves. Then, rose, jasmine and wild lily of the valley blossom easily into the soft caress of an oh, so feminine floral heart. The whole rests on a carpet of moss and patchouli, like a soothing shadow. A sensation of sweet harmony, a very special moment.


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