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Friday, October 24, 2014

Terrific Takeout: The Jeffrey Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner

 From The Jeffrey Reubenstein to the Wellfleet Oysters, The Jeffrey is Showing Culinary Enthusiasts of Manhattan that Casual is Deliciously Sophisticated too!
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Expert tailoring department located at both locations.
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 One of our best recent experiences was a surprise to us.  Someone was walking to Bloomingdale's, and passed a culinary endeavor we hadn't yet heard of: The Jeffrey, one of the nicest surprises we've had in Manhattan this fall.  It is celebrating its one-year anniversary now!  Owner Patrick Donagher, who hails from County Donegal, is doing amazing work at his beer garden/cocktail bar/coffee bar/craft beer bar.  We haven't seen such diversity in such a small place done so well.
 On the day we visited, the Daily Oyster selections included Kusshi from the other BC, British Columbia, and the ones we ordered: Wellfleet, which are from Massachusetts (where our favorite BC is.)  The Wellfleet Oysters were simply smashingly fresh and succulent, and every bit was fabulous as if you were eating them at a place with a white tablecloth.
 This announced quality to us, and don't think that casual places are less sophisticated.  The Jeffrey has the best quality of any casual place we've been to recently, and this was just our first visit.

 The Kale salad is just triumphant, and Patrick told us how much he loved it so we thought we'd find out how we liked it.  This Tuscan Kale Salad comes complete with pine nuts, shaved root vegetables, picked strawberries, aged asiago and truffle vinaigrette.  And we loved it!
 It is definitely what you should be eating this weekend.  Ms. I Don't Like Salad Dressing loved this one, and it comes dressed for the party on your palate.
 Aside from the creatively added strawberries, the Asiago cheese is quintessential to this vegetable victory.
 You have to try The Jeffrey Reubenstein.  Before this creation, Peachy Deegan knew Rubenstein, but not this sumptuous sandwich.  Pastrami, sauerkraut and house made IPA mustard on rye will totally hit the spot, and the chips were delicately devoured with enthusiasm too.  This is every bite as delicious as it looks:
 The Jeffrey is Terrific Takeout!


New at the 2015 CES: Personal Privacy and Cyber Security Marketplaces Hyprkey, iWallet, Private Internet Access, Silent Pocket and Others Showcase New Security Innovations at CES Tech East

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®today announced the launch of the Personal Privacy and Cyber Security Marketplaces at the 2015 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Personal Privacy Marketplace will focus on personal cyber security products and solutions that offer consumers peace of mind in today’s technology-driven world. From smart wallets and safe payment apps to secure messaging and private internet access, companies in this area will showcase technologies that protect consumers. 

The Cyber Security Marketplace, presented by the Gold Identity Federation, will be a destination for attendees to learn about the newest technologies and strategies they can adopt to protect their information online. The area will provide information on how service providers are joining together to replace the ineffective username/password system as well as how users are accessing private accounts with a simple PIN, sharing encrypted files in the cloud, blocking lost devices and more. The Gold Identity Federation will officially launch at the 2015 CES and any service provider can join to utilize this authentication service and any mobile device user can sign up for their own free, secure identity. 

“As we all embrace the convenience and “always connected” powerful capabilities of our electronics devices, our privacy and security take on even more importance,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “We developed the Personal Privacy and Cyber Security Marketplaces to highlight companies and organizations who are developing advanced solutions to stop identity theft, fraud and other cybercrimes. We are excited to experience these new innovations designed to protect our personal information.”

Major exhibitors located within the Personal Privacy Marketplace include: Vysk, Hyprkey, iWallet, Private Internet Access and Silent Pocket. Both the Personal Privacy and Cyber Security Marketplaces will be located in CES Tech East, in the South Hall (S1). CES Tech East will encompass the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), Westgate Las Vegas and Renaissance Las Vegas. Tech East includes a registration area, marketplaces, conferences, exhibits, press rooms, meeting rooms and select keynote addresses.

The 2015 CES will feature 20 category-specific marketplaces highlighting innovation across diverse product areas. Companies interested in exhibiting in the Personal Privacy Marketplace should contact Oleg Burdo at The Cyber Security Marketplace is an educational destination sponsored by the Gold Identity Federation, an alliance of industry, government, and academic partners who have come together through the International Academy of Science for the purpose of improving cyber security and education.

Registration for the 2015 CES is now open. For more information, visit

About CES:
The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Follow CES online at


On Money and Evil, by Mark Twain

"The lack of money is the root of all evil."
MARK TWAIN, Mark Twain's Notebook


Peachy's Picks Washington, D.C.: Pie Sisters on M Street in Georgetown Our Coverage Sponsored by Maine Woolens

The quintessential Peach Pie, and The Pie Sisters! 

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:
Visit our website at
We have been highly recommended by Whom You Know: 
Maine Woolens, affordable luxury and tradition. 

The Peach Pie piece by Pie Sisters was one of the best culinary items we encountered this summer!  If you have been reading, you learned earlier this year that there are two kinds of Pie:
1. The kind by Pie Sisters
2.  All of the other pies in the world that wish they were by Pie Sisters
Pie Sisters was first featured in Terrific Takeout:
They were also featured in Chandelier Peachy:
 We love their commitment to tradition, and their style.  Pie Sisters uses only fresh ingredients, and they have eight sweet and three savory pies available at any one time.  Pies are made daily, and the pie crust is made daily as well.  In addition to regular size pies, pie bites are available.  These are mini-pies made in a cupcake tray.  We so glad we made it in the window where peaches were in season during our last Washington trip! 
 This was every bite as delicious as it looked.  The flavor was extraordinarily fresh, and the crust is amazing too.  We recommend a la mode, and they use Breyers French Vanilla. 
 Every bite of this piece of pie trumped some dinners we had!
It is THAT excellent. 
 We also tried the cuppy -cookies and cream flavor. 
 Also, just delightful!
A lot of thought, effort, quality and hard work goes into making each of these individually.

For the love of Pie, go see our friend Alli Blakely and her sisters!
Peachy Picks Pie Sisters!
Pie Sisters is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know. 
3423 M Street in Georgetown
212 338 7437 (PIES)


CEA Congratulates Robert Holleyman on Confirmation as Deputy USTR

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding Robert Holleyman's Senate confirmation to serve as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (USTR): 

“We praise the Senate for their confirmation and congratulate Mr. Holleyman for this commendable achievement. We look forward to working with him to create strong trade polices that promote innovation and increase American exports. 

“Specifically, we will work with Mr. Holleyman to craft agreements exclusive of harmful intermediary liability language and excessive copyright restrictions. We believe that intellectual property provisions of trade agreements should not exceed U.S. law and must recognize that fair use is a key building block of innovation. More, this protection should be incorporated into a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill which will enable the President and USTR to pass critical trade agreements more promptly.

“Likewise, CEA looks forward to working with Mr. Holleyman on a swift and successful conclusion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). Securing this agreement, as well as strong protections and enforcement mechanisms in other trade agreements such as the Trade in Services agreement (TISA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TTP), will ensure the success of American businesses and lead to the creation of American jobs.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at,


Terrific Takeout: Paprika Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

Polpettine di Agnello

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: 

For more information about Fresh Origins, visit their website at 


 Opened since 1999, Paprika was acquired by the current owner, Savr Zaraev, in 2013.  We were delighted to make his acquaintance, and he may be the only person we know from Mongolia.  Paprika is the eighth restaurant that Savr has owned, and his illustrious culinary history began when he was 19 years old in Moscow, where he worked until he was 34.  Savr owned seven Japanese restaurants in Moscow in the past, and Paprika is his inaugural venture into New York's culinary business.  Paprika serves Northern Italian cuisine and they now serve lunch, not just dinner.   Peachy Deegan does like meatballs, and the meatballs made at Paprika are lamb meat balls with brussel sprouts, finger potatoes and pecorino cheese, shown above.  We really enjoyed the brussel sprout participation in this dish; it was unique. 
 We love how so many green salads exist in Manhattan!  During every review we aim for a green salad, and the Insalata di Avocado was just wonderful!  Avocado is very trendy right now-a very hot food figuratively-and it added a nice dimension to the mesclun and asparagus.  The black truffle dressing was another laudable component.
 All pasta at Paprika is made on premises we are told.  All ingredients are fresh-nothing is frozen. 
 We love lobster ravioli, and we suggest you befriend the Ravioli di Aragosta at Paprika.  It's joined by red and yellow cherry tomatoes, fresh oregano and lemon zest.  Also, is is attractively presented.
 Peachy is a fish person, and she chose Dorado for her entree, and it came with a lovely side of spinach and mushrooms.
Paprika is Terrific Takeout!


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