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Friday, April 24, 2015

Terrific Takeout: Canaletto Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

The sublime Risotto Asparagus e Gamberoni of Canaletto

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Dinner at Canaletto is an extraordinary experience, and one you should not miss particularly after you go shoe shopping for Paul Mayer Attitudes at Bloomingdale's.  Located at 208 East 60th Street, Canaletto is owned by our friend Giuliano Zuliani, who also owns its sister restaurant, Primola, which was featured recently here.  Canaletto earned a spot in Peachy's Picks in 2011:
and we were delighted to recently return.  Of course it's named after the painter.  It's every bit as terrific as Primola, and we began with a simple yet superb Insalata Mista.  Giuliano's cousin, Elvis, is the GM at Canaletto.  Just like Primola, Canaletto is another bastion of classy Italian sophistication on the Upper East Side.  Louis Moroco is the Executive Chef of Canaletto, and his brother Samuel is the Executive Chef of Primola.
Canaletto was careful to put the dressing on the side as we wished, and the lettuce and tomatoes in particularly were fresher than they are at other restaurants this time of year.  
Every edible hit of Canaletto is presented with flair and panache, and its style has spectacular flavor to back up the strong visual.  For our appetizer, we chose the Prosciutto di Parma con Frutta Di Stagione: Imported Prosciutto with Seasonal Fruit.  Not only was the prosciutto itself sliced just right and a delicacy from Italy, but also Canaletto used honeydew melon instead of cantaloupe,which was a nice touch.
Though we found everything we tried laudable, Peachy's favorite was the Risotto asparagus e Gamberoni.  It's a fantastic combination and the shrimp is succulent beyond this world.  The asparagus are in perfect proportion, adding both color and nutrition, and the risotto quality is creamy yet firm and delicious.  We can't wait to eat this again!
The shrimp hit parade continued with our entree: Spiedino di Gamberoni Alla Griglia (Grilled Shrimp with Vegetables.)  It's amazingly healthy and the shrimp are seared to perfection.   They really go to town on the vegetables also, and who doesn't need to eat more vegetables: celery, red, yellow and green peppers, eggplant, zucchini, carrots and mushrooms team up to add to the symphony of the shrimp spectacular on your plate.
Don't hate them because they're beautiful.  Eat them!
It would be a big mistake to leave without trying the Tiramisu, especially if you were so angelic with the vegetables....be sure to leave room to personally befriend it!  It's the best one we've had in 2015 so far.

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LIVING WITH LINCOLN, THE STORY OF ONE FAMILY’S EFFORTS TO SAVE THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN OVER THE COURSE OF FIVE GENERATIONS, ON HBO Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates

FEATURED IN IMAGE: Abraham Lincoln portrait that appears on the U.S. $5 bill
Photo Credit: Meserve Kunhardt Foundation/Courtesy of HBO





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 FEATURED IN IMAGE: Abraham Lincoln portrait that appears on the U.S. penny
Photo Credit: Meserve Kunhardt Foundation/Courtesy of HBO




FEATURED IN IMAGE: Frederick Hill Meserve
Photo Credit: Kunhardt Family/Courtesy of HBO





HBO Documentaries has come out again with a completely fascinating tale, and this one spans from Lincoln to today.  The Kunhardt family has adopted this president as one of their own, and their superhuman research on his life and photographs of him is a tale you will want to watch.  Lincoln was the most photographed person of the 19th century.  The photograph of Lincoln that was used for the $5 bill and the one used for the penny are both based on the Kunhardt collection photos, and this family's contribution to American history is incredible.  And, by the way, it was also one of their pictures that Lincoln's Mount Rushmore incarnation is based upon as well.
 FEATURED IN IMAGE: Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt and Philip Kunhardt Jr.
Photo Credit: Kunhardt Family/Courtesy of HBO
  FEATURED IN IMAGE: Abraham Lincoln and son Tad
Photo Credit: Meserve Kunhardt Foundation/Courtesy of HBO

The story spans many generations, and the massive dedication really began with Frederick Hill Maserve, whose father was in the Civil War.  He amassed the photography collection, and his daughter Dorothy collected the facts.  And the stories.  And every anecdote possible.

You ought to know Dorothy, and you do if you read Pat the Bunny.  It's hers and one of our most favorite books!

It's not all cut and dry research: it's a highly personal story that lets you in on all the family dynamics, and their quest to preserve Lincoln's memory and life best.   Did you know Lincoln lost his mother at 10, then his sister, then his first love.  Lincoln's grand-niece had his personal collection after he died, and the Kunhardt family acquired that directly from her.

Even if you don't love American history as much as we do, the story is highly emotional and human.  The Kunhardt family breathes life into a man you've never met, and the result on HBO is a must-see!  A most beautiful story eloquently told, Living with Lincoln does awaken "mystic chords of memory." (Lincoln)

Today, their collection is at Yale University.

We hope this family publishes some of Dorothy's unpublished manuscripts like The Cracker Animal Book...






 FEATURED IN IMAGE: Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt, Philip Kunhardt, Philip Kunhardt Jr., Nancy Kunhardt, Kenneth Kunhardt
Photo Credit: Kunhardt Family/Courtesy of HBO

Whom You Know Highly Recommends Living with Lincoln!





 FEATURED IN IMAGE: Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt
Photo Credit: Kunhardt Family/Courtesy of HBO






 FEATURED IN IMAGE: Cover of "Pat the Bunny" written by Dorothy Kunhardt
Photo Credit: Meserve Kunhardt Foundation/Courtesy of HBO








 FEATURED IN IMAGE: Clair Popkin and Peter Kunhardt
Photo Credit: Kunhardt Family/Courtesy of HBO


In the years following the Civil War, ancestors of documentary filmmaker Peter Kunhardt collected a treasure trove of photographs, rare books and other artifacts relating to Abraham Lincoln. Over the decades, their descendants carried on the work, helping to preserve an essential part of America’s past.

Directed by Kunhardt (HBO’s Emmy®-winning “JFK: In His Own Words”) and Brian Oakes, LIVING WITH LINCOLN explores his family’s physical and emotional connection to the president, revealing a personal side of the immortal leader through a modern-day journey of discovery, obsession, depression and despair. 

Other HBO playdates: April 25 (12:15 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 28 (11:00 p.m.)

Narrated by director Peter Kunhardt, LIVING WITH LINCOLN chronicles how five generations of one American family have shared the “glorious burden” of collecting, preserving and documenting a vital archive relating to Abraham Lincoln. Beginning with great-grandfather Frederick Hill Meserve, Kunhardt’s family collected photographs that might have been lost forever, including now-iconic portraits used on the penny, the five-dollar bill and even the image used to create Lincoln’s likeness on Mount Rushmore. 

Through photos, home movies and the words of Kunhardt’s ancestors (voiced by living relatives), the documentary profiles family members for whom stewardship of the Lincoln collection became an obsession, including his grandmother, Dorothy Kunhardt, author of the classic children’s book “Pat the Bunny” (which was published 75 years ago), and his father, Philip Kunhardt, Jr., a former managing editor of Life magazine. Juxtaposing the challenges and the humanity of the Lincoln revealed in the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection with those of his ancestors, Kunhardt sheds light on the rewards and, in some cases, pitfalls involved in helping to preserve an important part of America’s past. 

This treasure trove of Lincoln memorabilia, much of which has been stored in attics and basements, has brought both pride and responsibility to family members, sometimes at the expense of careers and health.

LIVING WITH LINCOLN is at once a look back at a towering American president – who was the most-photographed man of the 19th century – and a memoir of a single American family. Showing the importance of preserving the past, the film underscores the fact that even the most revered public figures, and the people who safeguard their legacies, are ultimately and essentially human.

Peter Kunhardt’s previous HBO credits include the Emmy®-nominated “In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01,” “Bobby Kennedy: In His Own Words,” “Nixon on Nixon: In His Own Words,” the Emmy®-nominated “Gloria: In Her Own Words” and the Emmy® winners “JFK: In His Own Words” and “Teddy: In His Own Words.”



LIVING WITH LINCOLN was produced by Peter Kunhardt along with his sons Teddy Kunhardt and George Kunhardt; directed by Peter Kunhardt and Brian Oakes; edited by Brian Oakes, Chris Chuang and George Kunhardt. For Kunhardt Films: executive producers, Peter Kunhardt and Dyllan McGee. For HBO: supervising producer, Jacqueline Glover; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.

Photo Credit: Kunhardt Family/Courtesy of HBO

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Bergeron, Kopitar and Toews Voted Selke Trophy Finalists #NHLAwards Our Coverage Sponsored by Martin's Tavern of Georgetown Est. 1933

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The President’s favorite booths, The Proposal Booth of Jack and Jackie Kennedy, Mickey Mantle in The Dugout Room, George W. Bush and family at Table 12 are just a few of the iconic stories. Fourth generation owner Billy Martin, Jr. continues the tradition of Washington’s oldest family owned restaurant and Georgetown landmark. 




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Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” the National Hockey League announced.

All three were Selke finalists in 2013-14, when Bergeron, Kopitar and Toews finished 1-2-3, respectively, in balloting. This marks the first time in 18 years that the same trio has swept finalist berths for any trophy in consecutive seasons: Paul Kariya, Adam Oates and Teemu Selanne were the top three contenders for the Lady Byng Trophy in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Selke Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the Frank Selke Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Bergeron was the NHL's top performer in the face-off circle in 2014-15, leading the League in total face-offs (1,951), wins (1,175) and winning percentage (60.2%). He also ranked among the League's top five forwards in a host of statistics that measure team puck possession while on the ice at five-on-five, including SAT (shot attempts differential), SAT Rel% (ratio of player's on-ice SAT vs. off-ice SAT) and SAT Close (SAT in one-goal games in periods 1 and 2, tie games in period 3). Bergeron is a Selke Trophy finalist for the fourth consecutive season; he captured the award in 2012 and 2014 and finished runner-up to Toews in 2013.

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar led Kings forwards in ice time per game (19:23) and was the top face-off man (752-678, 52.6%) on the club that ranked fourth in the NHL in team defense, allowing an average of 2.40 goals per game. He was the NHL's top-ranked forward in the team puck possession metric SAT (shot attempts differential), as the Kings registered 363 more shot attempts than they allowed when Kopitar was on the ice at five-on-five. The 27-year-old center will be vying for multiple honors in Las Vegas, already having been announced as a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy.

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Toews played a key role in helping the Blackhawks tie for the fewest goals against in the NHL and post the 11th 100-point season in franchise history (fifth since 2008-09). He led all Western Conference players and ranked fifth in the League overall with a career-best +30 rating, ranked fourth in the NHL in face-off wins (947) and sixth in face-off winning percentage (56.5%), and topped Blackhawks forwards in total ice time (1,584:36, 19:33 per game). A Selke finalist for the fourth time in five years, the Blackhawks captain is in quest of a second career win after capturing the award in 2013.

History

The trophy was presented in 1977 by the National Hockey League Board of Governors in honor of Frank J. Selke, one of the great architects of Montreal and Toronto championship teams.

Announcement Schedule

The three finalists for NHL trophies are being announced by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet/TVA in Canada on Stanley Cup Playoff broadcasts through May 5, during pregame programming from 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., ET. The series of announcements continues on Thursday, April 23, when the three finalists for the Calder Trophy will be unveiled.

IMG will produce the 2015 NHL Awards™, under the direction of executive producer Steve Mayer.

A full line up of presenters and entertainment, information on broadcasting and tickets, as well as hospitality and travel packages through PrimeSport will be announced at a future date. In what has become an annual tradition, EA SPORTS will be unveiling the Cover Athlete for the upcoming launch of NHL 16. In addition, fans can enter for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 NHL Awards™ at www.NHL.com/Vegas and tweet about the event using the official hashtag #NHLAwards.

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Hector's List of Happiness: Point 18

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New York City FC at Chicago Fire: Match Preview Our Coverage Sponsored by Cosmopolitan Dental, Official Dentist of Whom You Know


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All of the New York City FC players are on the same wavelength.

They know their continued weekly improvement as the Major League Soccer season progresses will pay dividends in the long run.

“Obviously results are important in this business, but at the same time I think we’re creating a culture and I think consistency is a big thing for this Club right now,” midfielder Ned Grabavoy said. “If we keep doing those things the results are going to come in bunches at some point.”

New York City FC is striving to continue their weekly development as the Club travels to the Midwest for a match against the Chicago Fire on Friday night.

Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. EDT at Toyota Park. The match will be broadcast nationally on Univision Deportes Network and live streamed on their website and app (iOS and Android). Fans can also listen to it on 970 AM or WQBU 92.7 FM.


“I think we’re going look to continue to improve and look to build off momentum of two positive performances and hopefully get the result we’re desperately wanting,” head coach Jason Kreis said. “All of us want so bad to win a game; to have the result in our pocket that clearly shows we’ve been performing in a positive way.”

New York City FC (1-3-3; 6 points) is coming off a pair of positive performances that unfortunately didn’t yield the results the Club wanted or deserved.

The Club was dominant – especially in the first half – in both a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union on April 16 and in a 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers three days later. Late goals by the opposition left New York City FC heartbroken, but the players and coaches know the side’s progression is what should be and is focused on.

“The players are now grasping tactically what we’re looking to do at the beginning of matches and equally as important, if not more important, they’ve been willing to have the aggressive mindset that it takes,” Kreis said.

Added Grabavoy: “I think obviously the results haven’t gone our way lately, but we’re building on performances in a positive manner. We need to take another step forward as a group.”

While New York City FC is coming off two matches during Week 7, Chicago (2-3-0; 6 points) hasn’t played in 20 days.

The Fire last took the field on April 4; beating Toronto FC 3-2 at Toyota Park. The layoff could be a good thing for either side come Friday night.

“It’s somewhere in the middle as are all things in life,” Kreis said. “It will be good for them because I’m sure they’re rested, fully recuperated and healthy. Hopefully it will be a positive thing for us because it tends to lend itself to some rustiness at the beginning of matches.”

Friday’s match will be a homecoming for a pair of New York City FC members.

Grabavoy grew up in Joliet, Ill., located approximately 40 miles southwest of Chicago, and is a product of the Chicago Fire PDL program. The 2000 Gatorade and NSCAA/adidas National High School Player of the Year led Lincoln-Way Central High School to two-straight Illinois state championship games.

New York City FC assistant coach CJ Brown won the MLS Cup (1998), four U.S. Open Cups (‘98, 2000, ‘03, ‘06) and the Supporters’ Shield (‘03) during his 13-year career with the Fire. He wasinducted into the club’s Ring of Fire in 2012.

“It’s great,” Grabavoy said. “I usually get to play there once a year and have a lot of family and friends there. It’s always a bit of a special game for me going back to where my roots are. At the beginning of the year I always check the schedule to see when that game is at Chicago. I’m looking forward to it this weekend.”

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Terrific Takeout: Mac's Afghan Kebab Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

The delicious Tandoori Chicken Breast Kebab of Mac's Afghan Kebab


Fresh Origins is America’s leading producer of Microgreens and Edible Flowers. Combining the benefits of an ideal climate with a deep passion for quality and innovation, Fresh Origins products are sought after by the finest restaurants and top chefs. The farm is located in the picturesque rolling hills of San Diego County, where the near perfect weather allows for production and harvest all year. Fresh Origins produces almost 400 Microgreens, Petitegreens, Edible Flowers, Shoots, Tiny Veggies™ and related items. Many are not available anywhere else, with new introductions nearly every month. Fresh Origins products are on top of the finest cuisine in the world! Fresh Origins supplies distributors of specialty produce who serve fine dining restaurants and resorts nationwide. There are also a few online sources of their products available to private chefs and home cooks. Read our first Culinary Queen interview with Kelly Sasuga:
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 Though we have a documented, tested and proven track record of eating a lot of Italian, the truth is that we would be sick of it if we ate it every day.  Variety is the spice of life for sure!  We have a lot of categories, columns and ideas, and we look for the best performers in every discipline.  We first featured our friend Izmar Yalai in his first Terrific Takeout feature in February 2011:
We loved it, so we returned and his restaurant earned a spot in Peachy's Picks:
It took us far too long to return!  Izmar came to New York in 1982 after he lost his family when the Russians invaded Afghanistan in 1978-79, and he then studied aeronautical engineering in Switzerland.   It's your good fortune he's chosen to be in hospitality, and now his venue has got a new name change and it's named after his son, Mackenzie who joins him in the family business.  Izmar is the Executive Chef and Owner, and shops himself every day and the food is fresh.  The 1345 Second Avenue location, the only one we've ever been to, is now the one and only.  It has no relation to a 9th avenue location, and Mac's Afghan Kebab House is the best Afghan in the city right now according to us.  We also really liked Bamiyan, but that has closed Sayed Shah tells us.  Izmar tells us his restaurant opened in 1986 and he's been going strong ever since.
We began with the Aushak Ghoushti: boiled dumplings filled with scallions, herbs and spices topped with minted yogurt sauce and seasoned ground beef.  It's fresh, super flavorful and the refreshing mint is most wonderful contrast to the texture and spice of the beef. 
 We always want a green salad, and it's on the menu at Mac's Afghan Kebab house.  The garden salad is a lovely arrangement of tomato, lettuce, red cabbage, lime, shredded carrots and can you believe it, the best salad dressing we've had all year.  Peachy Deegan does not even like salad dressing as you know and she always wants it on the side (even here because she likes to control it) but she is out of control when it comes to this one.  Yogurt, dill, mayo and mint leaves are just some of Izmar's secrets in his recipe. 
 
 In short, if you are not now eating Afghan food, you should start with Mac's.  It is a delicious discovery, and we'd highly recommend the Tandoori Chicken Breast Kebab: chunks of boneless chicken marinated in fresh grated spices and tandoori masala.  The carrots and raisins on top of the amazing rice are perfect and the flavor is standout.  The chicken is fresh and tender and seasoned so well.   Nothing is too spicy and Peachy does not have a high tolerance for breathing fire.  Of course if it is not spicy enough for you, we're sure Izmar would be happy to accommodate.
 By the way you can substitute rice for any vegetable if you want.  We love the rice too much to do that. 
 Closer up: 
 Just the right touch on top! 
 Mac's Afghan Kebab is BYOB for religious reasons...and at a table near us we made friends with Lisa Meyer and Mr. Murphy, who also love this place.  They were so nice to share a glass of their wine and after talking to them, we realize it is a smaller world than you know because Lisa is part of Stribling!  Click here to see their listings!
 Go see Izmar!
Mac's Afghan Kebab House is Terrific Takeout.



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Ekblad, Gaudreau and Stone Voted Calder Trophy Finalists #NHLAwards Our Coverage Sponsored by Bergen Linen

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Defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers and forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers

Ekblad, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, set club records for goals (12), assists (27) and points (39) by a rookie defenseman. His 39 points were two shy of the NHL record for an 18-year-old defenseman (at the start of the season), set by Bobby Orr in 1966-67 (13-28—41). Ekblad led the Panthers in plus-minus (+12) and was on the ice for 88 Florida goals scored, the most of any player on the roster. The Windsor, Ont., native is aiming to become the second Panthers player to capture the Calder in three years, following Jonathan Huberdeau's win in 2013.


Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

A fourth-round selection (104th overall) by the Flames in the 2011 NHL Draft, Gaudreau recorded 24-40—64 to finish in a tie in points with Stone atop the rookie scoring list. He ranked first among all rookies in assists (40) and power-play goals (eight), and topped rookie forwards in average ice time per game (17:43). The 21-year-old Salem, N.J., native recorded his first career hat trick on Dec. 22, becoming the youngest Flames player to do so since Dec. 28, 1987 (Joe Nieuwendyk). Gaudreau is vying to become the first Flames player to earn Calder Trophy honors since Sergei Makarov in 1990.


Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators

Stone, a sixth-round selection (178th overall) by Ottawa in 2010, recorded 26-38—64 to finish first in the rookie scoring race. That featured 14-21—35 dating to Feb. 10 (31 GP), including a rookie club record nine-game point streak to end the season (8-5—13). Stone capped his performance with two goals in the season finale to help the team complete its successful playoff drive. He also led all rookies in plus-minus (+21) and shared first in the League in takeaways (98). The 22-year-old Winnipeg native would become the second player in franchise history to win the Calder, joining Daniel Alfredsson in 1996.


History

From 1936-37 until his death in 1943, NHL President Frank Calder purchased a trophy each year to be given permanently to the NHL’s outstanding rookie. After Calder’s death, the League presented the Calder Trophy in his memory.

Announcement Schedule

The three finalists for NHL trophies are being announced by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet/TVA in Canada on Stanley Cup Playoff broadcasts through May 5, during pregame programming from 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., ET. The series of announcements continues on Friday, April 24, when the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy will be unveiled.


IMG will produce the 2015 NHL Awards™, under the direction of executive producer Steve Mayer.


A full line up of presenters and entertainment, information on broadcasting and tickets, as well as hospitality and travel packages through PrimeSport will be announced at a future date. In what has become an annual tradition, EA SPORTS will be unveiling the Cover Athlete for the upcoming launch of NHL 16. In addition, fans can enter for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 NHL Awards™ at www.NHL.com/Vegas and tweet about the event using the official hashtag #NHLAwards.

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Hector's List of Happiness: Point 17

Happiness is caring about the happiness of those you love

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Life is a Bowl of Cherry Blossoms on Your Feet When You Tango with Paul Mayer Attitudes! Mover and Shaker Paul Mayer Crafts the Tango in Black Patent Leather with a Gold Heel and Again Earns Our Highest Recommendation



The best footwear in the world does not grow on trees.
Peachy Deegan searches for it high and low at FFANY four times a year, and a proven winner season after season, style after style that makes us smile is Paul Mayer Attitudes.  It's always a fabulously happy day when we encounter a new attitude and adopt it! 
 Our latest excitement is derived from the TANGO style, which is splendid in its black patent leather glory.  It announces to the world that you've got style right down to its smashing gold heel.
 A classic for any season, the Tango is particularly wonderful for spring as we all step out in new clean shoes on city streets with the cold weather and mess of the snow season behind us. 
 Though we often celebrate flats with this brand, the smart petite heel of the Tango gives you just the right amount of lift with the same signature bow in front that we know and love. 
 It takes two to Tango, so you've got one for your left and one for your right foot.
Made in Spain!
 
 
 


Paul Mayer's luxuriously, comfortable designs keep women coming back for multiple -- even dozens -- of pairs. Classic, yet contemporary and always comfortable, his shoes are an addiction that we highly recommend. A staple of the Paul Mayer collection is the simple ballet-flat, with true ballerina construction for a perfect fit that comes in a variety of colors and materials. A cult favorite is the cozy, a flat with lavender-scent infused soles adding style and fragrance to collector's closets as Paul's designs emerge in sophisticated design incarnations season after season in the most incredible hues, textures and modern innovations in luxury footwear because we know firsthand how incredibly brilliant he is. Mayer founded the brand in 2004 with partner, Jeff Levy. All shoes in the line are manufactured in Spain’s Valencia region, along the Mediterranean coast by a skilled staff of 12 artisans. They craft each pair of shoes with an old-world attention to detail that includes in-house embroidery, quilting and stitching as well as custom tanned leather. This allows the brand to cater to each retailer’s specific demands in with timely and consistent alacrity, with orders completed in an unheard-of 3 to 5 weeks. When not in New York, Paul can be found traveling to his myriad of stores across the country meeting his loyal clientele or vacationing in his favorite spot, the Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach. 
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