Things that are Festivus!

In this week’s list, I have to include the Holiday Market at Union Square, which remains open until the 23rd of December. It is the perfect market for the season, bright, crowded and totally Christmassy! I know, I know, that’s not a real word, but you know what I mean, right? For more info and hours go to NYMagazine.com.

The Rose Bar in the Gramercy Park Hotel has just become my favorite holiday bar! It’s so cozy, the drinks are so good, it’s crowded with classy people and, of course, pink – with a kind of Tudor on Acid decor. When you go, do not order some boring glass of wine, or even hard liquor, but choose one of their signature Martinis instead. Lets see, between the three of us there, we tried the Spiced Mango, with a little sprinkle of cinnamon on top, the Ginger Fig, which has fig jam and therefore a nice little texture, the Diamonds & Pearls, with coconut and blueberries and the Rose Lychee Martini, containing the perfect balance of both ingredients, and not tasting like perfume at all! It is the absolute best bar I have been to in a long time and our server Theodora was not only fashion-model beautiful but also efficient and attentive. Click on The Gramercy Park Hotel for more info. Oh, and remember, that kind of class, quality and service never come cheap.

I highly recommend the film “Love in the Time of Cholera” with superhunk Javier Bardem and a stellar ensemble cast from around the world. The story – from Marquez’ novel by the same name – is the closest I have found in a western film to resemble a Bollywood plot, but that’s not the only reason I loved it. I read the book and cannot imagine anyone other than Mr. Bardem playing the part of Florentino Ariza. He exudes sexiness and even looks attractive as an eighty-year old. It is currently in select movie theaters, but I wouldn’t risk missing out on this great film. So, run to a theater near you and be prepared for a treat that will leave you craving a nice Latin meal.

Discover the joys of Overstock.com. I have. When in the market for some sheets, I turned to them at the advice of my best friend. I was amazed at their selection and prices. Now I understand why the overpriced bedding department at Macy’s is always so empty. Was I the last to find out? Anyway, if you haven’t tried it already, click on Overstock.com and remember that they have it all!

If the walk through Curry Hill this week has left you wanting for some good Bollywood films, but you discovered that Netflix has a very limited selection and even what they do carry is always scheduled for a “very long wait”, do give I-Talkies a try. They carry only South Asian films and do a terrific job of sending out exactly what you want to see. If you don’t live in New Jersey, which is where they are based, they will automatically upgrade your “One at a Time” membership to two movies at once. At around $10/month it is a great deal. Make sure to rent out first “Black”and “Devdas” by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, two classics must-sees. Click on I-Talkies.com.

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