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July 2016
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A Romantic Summer Weekend in Connecticut, USA
Destinations
Debra Argen and Edward Nesta at Gillette Castle - photo by Luxury ExperienceWe spent a romantic summer weekend in Connecticut staying in a luxurious inn and exploring the enchanting towns of Essex, Hadlyme, Old Lyme, and Old Saybrook. We dined in lovely restaurants and on a dinner train, visited a museum, and even a castle. Picture postcard perfect Connecticut was an excellent choice for wining, dining, romancing, enjoying life, and each other!
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Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Old Saybrook, CT, USA
Hotels and Resorts
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa , Old Saybrook, CT - USA
The luxurious Saybrook Point Inn & Spa located in the shore town of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, has all the bells and whistles one could want in a luxury property - sumptuously appointed guestrooms, an upscale restaurant, Spa, two year-round salt water swimming pools, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, fitness center, complimentary bikes to explore the area, a marina, and impeccable service. It is also conveniently located to both New York City and Boston, with 2-hour drive times.
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Sanno at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Old Saybrook, CT, USA
Spas
Sanno - Saybrook Point Inn and Spa - Old Saybrook, CT, USA - photo by Luxury ExperienceEnter the full-service luxurious Sanno spa at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Connecticut via their private entrance where a whimsical stone seahorse sculpture greets guests and leave the world behind. Once inside the Spa, the soothing waterfall and light fragrance in the air create a visual, auditory, and olfactory experience. The Spa's philosophy is, "Be well, look well, feel well, and eat well," with a diverse menu of treatments from which to select, in addition to a nail salon, beauty treatments, and multiple relaxation rooms making it ideal for couple Spa weekends, girlfriend getaways, and wedding party preparations.
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Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT - The Center of Impressionism in America
Destinations
Florence-Giswold Museum - photo by Luxury ExperienceOne of our favorite destinations in Old Lyme, Connecticut is the Florence Griswold Museum, home of the Lyme Art Colony, where Miss Florence's family homestead became a boardinghouse for artists which evolved into the center of Impressionism in America. The museum itself is a treasure, as is Miss Florence's Late Georgian style home, the lush gardens, the studios, and Café Flo where you can enjoy a meal overlooking the river after feasting your eyes on the art.
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The Essex Clipper Dinner Train - 1920's Dinner Romance - Essex, CT, USA
Adventures
Essex Clipper Dinner Train - CHEERS - photo by Luxury ExperienceThe Essex Clipper Dinner Train in Essex, Connecticut was the perfect setting for the "Adventure Kids" aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta to have a romantic 2.5-hour summer dinner, 1920s style. Comfortably seated in the beautifully restored 1924 Meriden dining car we enjoyed the scenic views and the stunning sunset as the train made its way through picturesque New England scenery. So close your eyes, let 1920s music play, pop the bubbly or enjoy a cocktail, and imagine yourself onboard the Essex Clipper Dinner Train, perfect for couple's, families, or for celebrating life's special occasions.
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Chef Gese Rodriguez Recipes - Fresh Salt, Old Saybrook, CT, USA
Chefs Recipes
Chef Gese Rodriquez - Fresh Salt, Old Saybrook, CT - photo by Luxury ExperienceChef de Cuisine Gese Rodriguez of Fresh Salt restaurant at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Connecticut brings a fresh and modern taste to the AAA Four Diamond restaurant with his recipes for Seared Tuna Steak with Red and Yellow Peppers, English Cucumber, Fennel, Napa Cabbage, and Kimchi Sauce, and Pan Seared Diver Scallops with Fresh Sweet Corn, Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Peaches, Parsley, Cilantro, and Chives. Situated on prime Connecticut shoreline, the attractive restaurant offers spectacular views to pair with fresh farm-to-table, and boat-to-table, well-crafted and presented cuisine that celebrates the rich local bounty.
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Fresh Salt Restaurant at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Old Saybrook, CT, USA
Restaurants
Seared Tuna - Fresh Salt Restaurant - Old Saybrook, CT - photo by Luxury ExperienceSummer dining does not get any fresher than at the restaurant, Fresh Salt at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa located in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Chef de Cuisine Gese Rodriguez is the talent in the kitchen where he brings creative flair to farm-to-table and boat-to-table presentations to complement the stunning shoreline ambience.
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Gillette Castle, Hadlyme, CT, USA - Where Fantasy and Romance Come To Life
Destinations
Gillette Castle & State Park, CT, USA - photo by Luxury ExperienceWe spent a wonderful afternoon at Gillette Castle State Park in Hadlyme, Connecticut exploring the impressive Gillette Castle with its rough granite fieldstone exterior and unique interiors that was once home to actor William Gillette. Whether you are looking for a fun family outing or a romantic setting to propose or say "I do," Gillette Castle and Gillette Castle State Park are sure to stir the imagination.
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Perry Ellis RED - The Men's Fragrance
Luxury Products
Perry Ellis - RedPerry Ellis RED is the latest men's fragrance created by the Perry Ellis International, Inc. label and was released for spring 2016 and was designed as "a scent of power, passion, and performance." By definition, red is a primary color and is considered to be a "warm" color, a color of passion, power, energy, and excitement, it is a color that attracts attention, think the color of stop signs, fire engines, and Ferraris, and those attributes are integral components of Perry Ellis RED, a wonderfully sensual and masculine eau de toilette men's fragrance.
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The Invisible Hand - Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Performances
Westport Country Playhouse - Invisible Hand photo by RoseggAyad Akhtar's political thriller "The Invisible Hand" will keep you on the edge of your seat at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut. The play directed by Westport Country Playhouse's Associate Artistic Director David Kennedy, features the talented ensemble of Jameal Ali, Eric Byrant, Fajer Kaisi, and Rajesh Bose, and runs from July 19, 2016 - August 6, 2016.
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Pastry Chef Miroslav Uskokovic - NYCE 2016 - Restaurant Desserts at Home
Gastronomy
Chef miroslav Uskokovic and Debra C. Argen with pudding = Photo by Luxury ExperienceAttention chocoholics! Pastry Chef Miroslav Uskokovic of Gramercy Tavern in New York City, brought the art of making decadent chocolate desserts at home to the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and The International Culinary Center (ICC). The class menu: Hot Fudge Cake and Chocolate Pudding with Pecan Dragée, Pecan Praline, Prunes and Chocolate Covered Puffed Rice. Pastry Chef Miro Uskokovic graciously shares his pudding recipe below, which is fabulously delicious, need I say more?
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Royal Southern Brotherhood - The Royal Gospel
Music Scene
Royal Southern Brotherhood - The Royal GospelThe Royal Southern Brotherhood - The Royal Gospel, the latest release from this talented Blues Rock group released on the Ruf Records label features RSB members, Cyril Neville, Bart Walker, Tyrone Vaughan, Darrell Phillips, Yonrico Scott, with special guest Norman Caesar lending his talents on this impressive album.
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Chef Chung Chow - New York Culinary Experience 2016 - Modern Hawaiian Techniques and Cuisine
Gastronomy
Chef Chung Chow and Debra Argen - Photo by Luxury ExperienceI took an exciting Modern Hawaiian Techniques and Cuisine class with Chef Chung Chow of Noreetuh in New York City, New York during the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and the The International Culinary Center (ICC).  As a scuba diver, I have spent substantial time in the Hawaiian Islands, and wanted to learn new techniques and flavor profiles to create Hawaiian cuisine at home. Under Chef Chung Chow's guidance, the class created Mochi-Crusted Black Bass with Green Beans in a Fermented Black Bean Sauce, and Big-Eye Tuna Poke with Macadamia Nuts, Seaweed, and Soy-Pickled Jalapenos. It felt great to be back in Hawaii, if even only by my palate!
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Baker Ellie Pegler - New York Culinary Experience 2016 - Breads Vaucluse Style
Gastronomy
Baker Ellie Pegler and Debra Argen -photo by Luxury ExperienceWhat I especially enjoyed about the class, Breads Vaucluse Style with Head Baker Ellie Pegler at the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and the The International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York City, was the opportunity to learn new bread techniques. Ellie Pegler, the head baker at Chef Michael White's restaurant, Vaucluse, deftly guided the class through the art of making croissants and baguettes, which were oh so delicious!
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Van Wilks - 21st Century Blues
Music Scene
Van Wilks - 21st Century BluesVan Wilks - 21st Century Blues is his first studio release in 10 years, and the wait was well worth it! The 12-track release starts out blazing, continues to add steam, and culminates in an impressive finish that begs the finger to hit the play button again. Joining Van Wilks on this fabulous release are special guests Christopher Cross and Malford Milligan.
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WEN Fragrance Collection by Chaz Dean
Luxury Products
Wen By Chaz DeanChaz Dean's luxurious seasonal fragrances from the WEN® Fragrance Collection: WEN® Sweet Toasted Almond Eau de Parfum, WEN® Basil, Cucumber Tea Eau de Parfum, and WEN SIXTHIRTEEN® By Chaz Dean Eau de Parfum, are perfect for spring and summer with their lighter, refreshing notes created by Los Angeles Stylist Chaz Dean and were designed as unisex fragrances.
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