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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Hoppity Children's Windows of Ralph Lauren on Madison Avenue in Manhattan April 2014 Our Coverage Sponsored by Maine Woolens

Maine Woolens is a weaver of blanket and throws located in Brunswick, Maine. We work primarily with natural fibers, like cottons and worsted wools and are committed to using renewable natural fibers from American growers whenever possible. We do piece dyeing and package dyeing in house and the combined experience of our excellent employees exceeds 300 years. Our wool and cotton blankets and throws are 100 percent machine washable, soft and luxurious to the touch, cozy warm and comfortably light. We have many styles to choose from. Our clients are very positive about our products and happy to support a Made in Maine, USA company.  Jo Miller is a Mover and Shaker:
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Lilly Pulitzer Madison Avenue Spring 2014 Windows Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates

For over 30 years, Stribling and Associates has represented high-end residential real estate, specializing in the sale and rental of townhouses, condos, co-ops, and lofts throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, and around the globe. Stribling has more than 200 professional brokers who use their respected expertise to provide personalized service to buyers and sellers at all price levels. A separate division, Stribling Private Brokerage, discreetly markets properties over $5 million, and commands a significant market share in this rarified sector of residential real estate. Stribling is the exclusive New York City affiliate of Savills, a leading global real estate advisor with over 200 office in 48 countries. 
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Pat Areias April 2014 Madison Avenue Windows Our Coverage Sponsored by Solera Restaurant

If you want to experience premium Spanish cuisine in Manhattan, there is only one place to go and that is Solera. Solera Restaurant and Tapas bar has been dominating Spanish cuisine in Manhattan for the last twenty-one years. Housed in a comfortable midtown brownstone, Solera occupies two floors at 216 East 53rd Street, with a capacity for 115 people. Each dining room evokes a warm, intimate feeling and reflects the colors and images of Spain. Solera restaurant offers contemporary interpretations of regional Spanish cuisine that will delight you. The Wine Selection is exclusively Spanish, offering New York's most extensive collection of Spain's D.O.'s, as well as, a fine selection of Sherries and Gran Solera Brandies de Jerez. Do tell Rufino that Peachy sent you! He is famous for bringing the paella pan to New York, among his many accomplishments. Solera was highly recommended by Whom You Know:
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Peachy's Picks Washington D.C.: Martin's Tavern Since 1933 Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

Our pals Owner Billy Martin IV and Executive Chef Gregorio Martinez

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There are a lot of places you can go to have a good dinner in America.  However, dining with the best of American history is rare, and that's exactly what's done every day at Martin's Tavern on 1264 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. since 1933 and their top-notch cuisine has also been making history in some world-class stomachs.   The first place Peachy Deegan ever lived outside her hometown was Georgetown, and after earning a B.A. in American History from the Jesuit school with the best hockey team up North, she has been fortunate to dine at some of the best restaurants in Manhattan and on the East Coast but there's only one place where JFK went after church on Sunday for brunch and that's Martin's Tavern.  He loved it so much that that's where he asked Jacqueline Bouvier to marry him, right there in the proposal booth at Martin's Tavern.  We were incredibly lucky to have this seat during our review; thank you Billy!


This is Booth #3 where we sat.
Where we sit matters to us-we detail what we look for in our review instructions.  We did not ask for this booth specifically but secretly Peachy was dying to sit here.  

Martin's Tavern has served every President from Harry Truman to George W. Bush.  A few returned regularly and sat at their favorite table.
Also be aware that notable booths are:
Booth #1: The Rumble Seat - In the 1950's JFK sat here reading the paper and having brunch on Sundays.  He was a Congressman and then Senator from Massachusetts at the time and lived just two blocks down N Street from Martin's.
Booth #2: The Nixon Booth- In the 1940's and early '50's, Richard Nixon sat there as a Congressman, then Senator from California and later as Vice President of the U.S.  He enjoyed Martin's Meatloaf -sometimes with his wife, Pat, most often with colleagues from Congress or the Administration.
Booth #3: The Kennedy Booth - a. k. a. The Proposal Booth - JFK and Jackie frequently dined in Booth #3.  On Wednesday, June 24, 1953, having returned from covering the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth for the Washington Times Herald, Jacqueline Bouvier accepted John Kennedy's proposal of marriage.  
Booth #6: The Truman Booth - Harry Truman, his wife Bess and daughter Margaret sat here for many dinners when Margaret was a student at George Washington University in 1942 and he was a Senator from Missouri.  Margaret Truman wrote 14 mystery novels set in Washington, D.C. and many of her novels include Martin's Tavern.  
Booth #24: The LBJ Booth - Living Landmark Robert Caro wrote in The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Master of the Senate on page 790 set in 1956 - Senator Lyndon Johnson, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn and his assistant Richard Bolling met for several dinners at their usual table regarding civil rights legislation.  "Bolling - Rayburn's young protege and 'point man' on civil rights - was getting a close-up view of Lyndon Johnson at the Board of Education and at several dinners in a private dining room at Martin's at which he was the only person present with Mr. Sam and Lyndon."
Bill Clinton writes about Martin's Tavern in his book "My Life"
We know Martin's Tavern is important to history.  But what you should know is that Martin's Tavern knows more that it's equally important to be nice.  Menus were ready at this booth with Martin's pens and we were given commemorative pins for their 80th.  We even got a detailed history of this esteemed venue, and what we really are waiting for is Billy's book someday on Martin's Tavern; he has many stories you will want to be regaled with.  Billy greeted us with cheer and pride:
Peachy Deegan put her napkin on her lap and could not wait to begin.  Martin's Tavern is a place where she personally would like nearly everything on the menu, which is rare.  We often appreciate all that a restaurant can do but do not always feel as though we'd pick it on our own.  If Peachy was designing a menu, it would be very close to Martin's. To top it off, you should know that Martin's is also Irish and you know we love love love Ireland and the Irish from everywhere.  In case you missed Peachy saying so a million times before, she once lived in Cork because she spent a semester at UCC.  


Peachy began with a delightful Chianti, which was a perfect welcome and it set the tone for the night well, and it paired perfectly with her Filet Mignon, which was truly incredible, setting the standard for all Filet Mignons we've eaten in the Mid-Atlantic.  
Some restaurants with an illustrious history are content to sit on their laurels with their cuisine, but not Martin's.  Though it was founded by this Billy's grandfather and great-grandfather, Billy Martin the 4th has worked incredibly hard to be the owner and bought the business from his father.  This Billy was once the bartender for many years prior to becoming Martin-in-charge.  William S. Martin, an immigrant from County Galway who used to drive the soda truck for Schweppes, and his son William G. Martin opened Martin's Tavern in 1933.   There's a New York connection here as well-Patricia Martin Simpson, the current Billy Martin's aunt, is from Rochester. William G. was a Hall of Fame athlete at Georgetown University and went on to play three professional sports: basketball, football and baseball, including playing for the Boston Braves in 1914, the first team to take the World Series in four games.  In 1949, William A. Martin (the third Billy Martin) stared behind the bar, and finally in 1982 the current Billy did the same, and started behind the bar.  In 2001, William A. Martin took over and has been a smashing success, with every year better than the previous one which has kept him smiling.
We are looking forward to Billy and his grandfather meeting one day in heaven.  We bet Peachy's grandmother (see Deegan girls to the right, bar circa 1940's New York) likely had a chat up there with William S. and William G. prior to this review...
Peachy Deegan began with the Oakwood Atlantic Smoked Salmon appetizer.  Diced hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, red onion and capers graced a spectacular salmon complete with fresh chef made dilled creme fraiche and toast points.  A winner of a start, this edible entry had great flavor and was presented beautifully.  You heard all of the colorful history before, but of course we wanted to know what the recent Presidents that we have lived through have eaten.   Donald Rumsfeld has told Billy Martin that both he and Ronald Reagan have loved the Prime Rib.  (Donald if you are reading-we would be happy to review your book if you meet Peachy at Martin's!)  George Bush 41 likes the corned beef and cabbage, and Bill Clinton is all about the hamburgers at Martin's Tavern.  George W. Bush (43) loves the crabcakes and seafood.  Nixon liked the meatloaf.  Bottom line-if you want to be President, you should eat at Martin's Tavern.
Another quite cool aspect of Martin's Tavern is that its corner on the block is not a right angle-it's an obtuse angle for all our geometrically-inclined readers, which makes Martin's even better for people-watching.  They do have outdoor seating which we bet is also spectacular; maybe we will sit outside next time.  Martin's has 98 seats inside and 20 outside and we hope it expands up and down to accommodate the continued demand.  We love the original paneling in the interior; the original mahogany bar also adds to the charm of the decor.  Basking in this history, it is even more exciting to eat your filet mignon 8 oz tenderloin.  Resting on top of superior garlic toast and the chef's vegetables: asparagus and carrots perfectly cooked - is the piece de resistance: the Filet Mignon, absolutely the most succulent choice Filet Mignon you could eat.  It was sizzled to perfection at medium, and it tasted like a diamond you'd get from the up and coming Senator from Massachusetts especially when you sit in this booth!  But why would you eat a diamond when you can eat this Filet Mignon...
Bread pudding, which is traditionally Irish, was one of the desserts we tried and both this and the Creme Brulee that they chose for us to try were truly standout.

The current President has not been to Martin's Tavern and all we've got to say is what is he waiting for????  We're not sure Barack Obama has an interest in Whom You Know however he should know that Billy will make whatever he wants and if Michelle wants to bring vegetables from her garden, Martin's Tavern is happy to prepare them.  Martin's Tavern has survived the Great Depression, World War II and Korea, Camelot and the Great Society, Vietnam and Watergate, the Cold War and the Gulf War.  Your stomach will not survive your trip to Washington if you miss Martin's-make Martin's Tavern a priority for your stomach.  We were really looking forward to this review, and sometimes when we are so psyched up for a place we can be disappointed but Martin's was exactly as amazing as we thought it would be!
We cannot WAIT to go back to Martin's Tavern.  It really is something special.
Our esteemed panelist adds:
We recently dined at Martin’s Tavern in the Georgetown area of Washington D.C. We arrived at the quaint restaurant and bar on Sunday night arriving to find it buzzing with activity counter to our expectations for general foot-traffic on Sunday night dining. We entered into a restaurant steeped in 80 years of history, much of it from the Martin family’s 4 generation ownership and connections with Washington Politicos and leading small business owning families. Most all Presidents from the past 7 or so have dined here and many other politicians and luminaries. 


The restaurant is conveniently situated on a corner abutting Wisconsin Ave so that one can spot people walking up and down this landmark street. The interior is decorated in a comforting, nostalgic throwback to the past like a saloon or perhaps a Chicago style steakhouse. In fact, we sat at the table that JFK sat at when he proposed to Jackie. The tables are spacious and the feel is casual but not cluttered or claustrophobic. It’s a great spot for family style dinners or for large events. Additionally, there is plenty of outdoor seating without ado as the location is quiet and quite private given the location. 

The menu is quintessential American fare with plenty of meats—steak, pork-chops, meatloaf, chicken roast turkey and fish too—Salmon, tuna, shrimp. Plenty of choices on the menu for all palates and eaters at reasonable prices. 


Once we arrived, our host Billy Martin (the owner) spoke to us at length about the restaurant and his family’s long and storied history as well as his time managing the restaurant over the past 13 years. Each year has been successively more productive than the prior, a real feat for the economically sensitive and faddish restaurant business. Billy is hospitable , welcoming, knows his regular customers very well and has incredible stories to share. His pride and passion for the family business is self-evident. I recommend anyone interested in history or family business to speak with him. Billy introduced us to his Chef, Gregorio Martinez, a El Salvadorian who has been in D.C. for decades. Gregorio is quite accomplished and prepares his dishes artfully and with fine local ingredients, many organic. 

Grilled Ahi-Tuna Tower

We sampled the smoked Salmon and pan-seared Sea Scallops for appetizers. The smoked salmon was savory and well prepared. The Sea Scallops were very tender and simply prepared with a refreshingly light orange citrus sauce. For a main course, we tried the Grilled Ahi-Tuna Tower which was outstanding. Very simple, adequate portions of fish with crispy wontons, Napa Cabbage prepared in a hoisin sauce. Dessert included crème Brule that was to die for and a bread pudding with raisins. Both of these dishes were perfectly done. 


Overall, we highly recommend Martin’s Tavern and will certainly return, especially to chat with Billy over a Bourbon! We hope Martin’s can expand and add even more space to allow more folks to experience the history, charm, great food and hospitality. 

Peachy Picks Martin's Tavern!

Martin's Tavern is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.


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Lenovo Flexes Multimode Muscle with New Dual Mode Laptops FLEX 2 Packs More Flexibility and Features into Affordable Devices

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today introduced two new additions to its FLEX family of dual mode laptops with the new FLEX 2 laptops available in 14 and 15.6-in models. Not only do the laptops give users 300° flexibility with two great modes, Laptop and Stand, they improve upon the original models in compelling new ways with an enhanced visual experience offering full HD screen and discrete graphics models.

Shaping Higher Performance
Available in either a 14 or 15.6-in screen, the laptops take Lenovo’s family of dual mode devices to the next level with new design and performance features. The black or silver1 FLEX 2 laptops catch attention for their 300° rotation and their optional backlit keyboard, which finishes the look on this beautiful device.

Inside the laptop, consumers will love the eye-popping visuals with a noticeably brighter full HD 1920X1080 widescreen display on select models. Users can choose NVIDIA GeForce graphics on models with up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors for a rich entertainment experience, making images in games and videos display quickly and smoothly. Or they can opt for models with dynamic AMD Radeon™ R5 M230 discrete graphics and AMD APU processors all the way up to AMD A8 models2 with on-chip Radeon graphics.

Equipped with Dolby Advanced Audio v2 technology, the FLEX 2 laptops make sound from movies, games and music come across its stereo speakers louder with greater clarity, consistent tone and less distortion. And for users who like to video chat, the laptops come with an optional dual array digital microphone for truer to life calls when using the 720p HD webcam.

The FLEX 2 further provides an overall better user experience over its predecessor thanks to several advancements for processing, storage and memory. For fast and efficient operations, the FLEX 2 laptops offer choices of the latest Intel and AMD processors, come with a range of three storage options - up to 1 TB of HD or hybrid SSHD storage or up to 256 GB SSD storage - and long battery life. 

Two Modes in One Machine 
Starting at just $429, the laptops give users one of the most affordable “convertible-like” PCs, with two unique modes in one machine. Users can enjoy the benefits of a Windows 8.1 touch-centric experience in both modes via the 10-finger multitouch screen.

FLEX 2 works great in its traditional clamshell laptop mode for productivity tasks with its comfortable keyboard with its stylish and functional one piece multitouch touchpad with an optional cool metal palmrest. Then simply flip the keyboard underneath the screen 300° to transition into Stand mode for a different way to watch movies and riveting digital content up close.

“The new FLEX 2 gives consumers two great devices – a full-function, multitouch laptop and a second, Stand mode – in one machine all at an extremely affordable price,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, worldwide marketing and design, PC Group, Lenovo. “New features like a crystal clear high resolution screen and the latest processing technologies make it even more suited to helping express and manage consumer’s digital lives.”

Pricing and Availability3
Pricing for models of the FLEX 2 14-in and 15.6-in start at $799 and $429, respectively. The FLEX 2 laptops are available beginning in June via Lenovo retailers and www.lenovo.com.

For the latest Lenovo news, subscribe to Lenovo RSS feedsor follow Lenovo on TwitterandFacebook. The press kit is available at: http://news.lenovo.com/CES2014.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker worldwide and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

1Black on 15-in model and silver on 14-in model.
2Only available on 15-in models.
3Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.

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The Macy's Washington DC Cherry Blossom Windows Spring 2014 Our Coverage Sponsored by The Cutler Salon

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From A to Z series, Lenovo Spells out Style, Power and Affordability with New Laptops and Desktops Introduces AIO A540 Desktop and B, G and Z Series Laptops

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today introduced several new PCs starting with the Lenovo A Series A540 AIO desktop built for families and equipped with the latest audio and video features for enjoying digital content. Lenovo also introduced the B50 laptop for small businesses with a balance of essential technologies and affordability; the essential G50 laptop for general computing; and the Z40 and Z50 entertainment-focused laptops.

The sleek A540 AIO includes a super bright 23.8-in FHD 1920X1080 IPS display in an aluminum shell just four millimeters thin at its edge. Users can adjust the screen from -5° to 90° to position it for however they like to use it. Running Windows 8.1 and supporting 10-finger touch, the A540 lets users experience touch functionality with its collection of 20 pre-loaded games and education apps. Users can even go hands-free with Lenovo Motion Control, which supports up to 12 gestures to complete actions like muting the volume, advancing photos or playing videos. 

The A540 comes with top-of-the-line technologies including up to NVIDIA GeForce GT 840A graphics, up to an Intel 4th generation Core i7 processor, JBL speakers with Dolby Home Theatre, optional Near Field Communications to transfer files from compatible devices and an optional TV Tuner to watch TV programming right on the desktop.

Starting at just $399, the new 15-in B50 laptop offers small business users incredible value with a host of essential features. The laptops offer multiple screen choices: an HD 1366X768 anti-glare touch display, a FHD 1920X1080 or an HD 1366X768 display. Running Windows 7, users can select either models with up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors and optional NVIDIA GeForce 820M graphics or up to an A8 AMD processor and either AMD integrated or AMD Radeon R5 M230 graphics. They also have a DVD burner/player, up to 1 TB of HD or hybrid SSD storage, an optional fingerprint reader for security and Dolby Advanced Audio v2.

The G50 laptop comes with a set of computing technologies including choices of up to Intel 4thgeneration Core i7 or up to AMD R5-M230 processors, Windows 8.1, Dolby Advanced Audio v2, a DVD burner/player, an HD display and HD webcam. Users can easily log-into their PC with just their face using Lenovo’s VeriFace Pro facial recognition software.

Meanwhile, the stylish Z40 and Z50 laptops provide a full multimedia experience for on-the-go. At under an inch thin, they come equipped with an optional gorgeous FHD 1920X1080 display, a DVD player/burner, large storage options, Dolby Home Theatre with a 720p webcam. For opening and running users digital files and apps, the laptops offer extreme performance with up to AMD’s newest, highest performance APU processor with up to R7 discrete Radeon graphics.

“From A to Z, our latest Lenovo PC lineup gives people an incredible combination of performance, entertainment and value to help them get the most from their PC,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, worldwide marketing and design, PC Group, Lenovo. “With devices ranging from slim and sleek all-in-one desktops to laptops built for the media maven, we’re offering a wide array of PCs so you can pick the one that’s perfect for you.”

Pricing and Availability1
Pricing for models of the Lenovo A540 AIO start at $1,279.99 and will be available beginning in July and will be available via Lenovo retailers.
Pricing for models of the Lenovo B50 laptops start at $399 and will be available beginning in July via Lenovo retailers.
Pricing for models of the Lenovo G50 laptop starts $399 and will be available beginning in July via Lenovo retailers.
Pricing for models of the Lenovo Z Series start at $579. The Z40 will be available beginning in May via www.lenovo.com, and the Z50 will be available beginning in August via Lenovo retailers.

For the latest Lenovo news, subscribe to Lenovo RSS feedsor follow Lenovo on TwitterandFacebook. The press kit is available at: http://news.lenovo.com/CES2014.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker worldwide and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

1Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.

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