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Since 2006, my sister and I started this tradition of going to the Whitney Biennial, an exhibition that addresses the current trends in American contemporary art today. The Whitney Biennial, in the art world never ceases to generate controversy among art critics. Every two years, a group of curators are selected, and these experts have the herculean task of touring the United States in search of works in artists’ studios to find the very best, and the most current in contemporary art in the United States. The works selected comprise the exhibition that occupies 5 floors of the Whitney.

This year, the Biennial tries something rather fun and in keeping with today’s times for the Whitney commissioned “special edition” sandwiches to accompany the exhibition.    “Sandwiched” is a temporary pop-up cafe with sandwich creations by notable chefs of the Union Square Hospitality Group.  These sandwiches will be available until the end of the Biennial.

At sandwiched, I tried the Cured Salmon which consisted of cured salmon, avocado cream cheese, cucumbers and radish on a sourdough rye.  The sandwich was made by Carmen Quagliata of Union Square Cafe.

For dessert, I tried the Fluffer Nutter which was actually a sandwich made of two peanut butter cookes and the peanut butter and marshmallow filling.  The Fluffer Nutter was made by Pastry Chef Jenny Giblin of Blue Smoke.   I then washed down my meal with a glass of Hudson Yards Merlot.

I personally, am biased towards any kind of sandwich with Smoked Salmon, but please be advised, they have other sandwiches as well.   If you are interested in their menu, you may visit it below:

http://www.whitney.org/file_columns/0001/6855/wallmenu_3_april_.pdf

Also, when you get to the Whitney, try taking in the Whitney Biennial.  It will turn your world upside down.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is located at:

945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
General Information: (212) 570-3600
info@whitney.org

How to get here:
Subway: 6 Train to 77th Street
Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 to 74th Street
Car: There are several parking garages nearby the Museum.

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Happy Hump Day! If you are looking for bargains this weekend, try going to some of these sample sales as discovered in AM New York:

Rock & Republic: This Friday, 4-9PM; Saturday-Sunday; 9AM-7PM at the Metropolitan Pavillion, 123 West 18th Street, 4th Floor between 6th and Sevent Avenues, 212-463-0071.

Cynthia Steffe: Thursday-Friday, 10AM-5PM, 550 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor between 39th and 40th Streets. 212-403-6200.  All women’s pieces between $5 and $50

French Connection: Wednesday-Sunday 10AM-7PM, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue, between 15th and 16th Streets.  212-543-4300.



Okay, so that was a little corny.  It’s been ages since I’ve entered a post, but after coming back from “My Little Secret,” a speakeasy that recently opened in Manhattan’s Little Italy, I found the inspiration to write again.

Located on 149 Mulberry Street, you won’t find this place if you are looking for a sign that reads “My Little Secret ” because it’s a speakeasy.   Rather, you need to look for a big burly bouncer standing by a red velvet rope that opens to a staircase leading to a basement entrance.  There is no secret knock, or code to get in.   Once you’re inside, you will find yourself in a bar with low ceilings and the ambiance of a wine cellar noted by the wooden barrels on the wall.

Basement Entrance to My Little Secret. Photo Courtesy of B. Teh

Photo by B.Teh

They have a unique cocktail menu with each drink costing $13.  Wine and beer is also available.  Try the “Smoking Secret Cocktail” which consists of Mekhong, Domaine de Canton, honey, Fee Brothers and Angostura Bittters.  I liked this drink because it didn’t have the usual syrupy sweetness that I find when I drink Cosmos and Martinis.

The waitstaff was friendly and very accommodating.  They even shared with us an additional secret to the venue, but I won’t give it away, you have to speak to Vinnie or Daniela.

My Little Secret is located on:

149 Mulberry Street; 646-448-4535; http://www.mylittlesecretnyc.com



I love Atlantic City.  It’s a place where I can bridge my love for being by the seaside with the comforts of urban living.  I can choose to bask in the sun at the beach, or enjoy a night out at one of the many hotel bars and lounges.  I don’t very much care for the gambling, but the option of shopping, spas and restaurants motivates me to return to this New Jersey city periodically.

On this most recent trip, I discovered two places in the Tropicana Hotel and Casino.  They are Alto Vino and Red Square.

Alto Vino is the newest addition to the Tropicana’s menu of things to experience apart from gambling.  Located on the the top of the North Tower, it offers wine from the world’s leading producing nations, California, and New Jersey.  Yes!  New Jersey produces wine.   To complement your wine, charcuterie, cheeses, and desserts ranging from $3-$6.  You can sip wine and admire the view as this wine bar boasts one of the best views of the Atlantic Ocean and Boardwalk.

At Alto, I tried New Jersey red wine produced by Tomasello Winery.   I am familiar with their product, but can only find it South of Middlesex County.  I also ordered a prosciutto and helped myself to cheese at the bar–it was complimentary that night.

At Red Square, located at the base of the Trop’s Havana Tower, I dropped by briefly to sample their Chocolate Martini.   At the entrance, you will be confronted by Lenin’s statue, its likeness not at all intimidating as the larger-than-life original formerly located in Moscow’s Red Square.  It has an encyclopedic selection of vodkas from around the world and boasts a frozen bar and a vodka vault.  You can order entrees and caviar if you are having a craving for a little luxury.   If you want to expand your vodka vocabulary beyond Grey Goose, Absolut, and Stoli, try their sample flights.  You will learn about less familiar brands that only a connoisseur would know.

For more information on Alto or Red Square, please visit:

http://www.tropicana.net.



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