Blvd Bistro: Great American Comfort Soul Food in Harlem.

It was a cold and windy early Sunday evening and I was making my way down Lenox Ave to the corner of 121st Street. I was invited by BLVD BISTRO to do a review of their brunch menu, and when I walked into this small but comfy restaurant, I immediately felt warm, not so much from the heat, but from the warm and friendly atmosphere I was greeted with. I was also very impressed that they are open for brunch from 10AM to 6PM! Perfect for those who like to sleep late on Sundays, like myself!

 

Blvd Bistro is owned by the chef, Carlos and his wife Markeisha, who also is the hostess. A very nice pair these two, as they seem to complement each other in an obvious way at first sight. Born in Mississippi Carlos has been cooking since he was 5 years old, and his family moved to New Jersey when he was about 7 and was raised there.

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When I asked Carlos if he does all the cooking at home, he gave me a smile and said “no, we share the cooking at home”. Markeisha has a very friendly and disarming way about her that makes you feel at ease instantly. Carlos is a very down to earth kind of guy you can’t help but like no nonsense and straight to the point. Carlos and Markeisha are living the American Dream!

 

 

The manger Charles is a well dressed gentleman who is very pleasant and well spoken, but very much business oriented at the same time and commands respect without too much effort.
This Southern bistro has a very organic, comfortable feel to it that inspires you to stay long after you finished your meal.

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The décor is very “earthy”, nice hard wood floors, wooden tables, and very comfortable booths for dining, and high chairs for children. The place has a trendy East village feel to it, so you get the feeling that you have been here before, yes a homey feeling indeed! Carlos descried the décor as an “extension of his living room”, (so yes I was right).

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There is a small, but cozy bar in the back, and they play cool music that sets the mood for the place, an eclectic mix of Jazz and Latin tunes. Gaslight light fixtures adorn the left side of the ceiling, and recent works of the local artist Ronald Draper are hanging on the wall, I was very impressed that he remembered me, as he said hello and called me by name on his way out from having brunch, we have only met once or twice. Nice fellow and even nicer artwork.

 

 

I was served the Shrimp and Grits, and the Chicken and Biscuits, along with a field green salad with goat cheese and apples. The shrimp and grits is made with real beacon strips and cheddar cheese, the best I ever had in my life, and the fried chicken is so satisfying ,(the batter on the chicken must be a secret family recipe) and the biscuits “will change your life”. This is southern comfort food at its best! The field green salad was equally as good. All paired was a very decent Chardonnay.
A woman eating a salad there Juliette said “I would like to see more vegetarian, gluten free options; however, the food is so good here I’m seriously re-thinking this vegetarian business”.

 

I could not help but notice that every customer left the place with a smile on their face, which says much in its own right.
The staff was very friendly and attentive, always checking if I needed anything with the very same Southern hospitality that I was greeted with.

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(The staff: Manager Sarina, Erol, Jasmine)

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Jasmine my server was excellent, and pretty much everything else. I give Blvd Bistro five stars for service, five stars for hospitality, and five and a half stars for the food! And four and a half stars for ambiance. Overall I give this restaurant Five and a half Stars. The Food was definitely a comfort, and the Southern hospitality was extremely on point! A great place to take a date for brunch, dinner or even drinks, you can’t go wrong in any sense of the word!

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Cheri Harlem: A Taste of Fine Elegant Parisian Dining in the Heart of Harlem

 

Have you ever dreamed of having a romantic elegant dinner in Paris? Well now you can without ever leaving Harlem, or the rest of the city for that matter. Cheri Restaurant has brought Paris to central Harlem right on Lenox Ave.

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This Classy French Restaurant has everything you could ask for, from the wonderful interior decorated with style, to the baby grand piano and comfortable lounge area, as well as a stunning garden in the back to wine and dine your date under the stars.

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It has been said that Cheri is “The Most Romantic Restaurant in Harlem”. The friendly and chic staff, all speak fluent French (and perfect English) ever ready to provide for you the most wonderful dining experience with charm and grace.

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(Khadija, Eyitayon.A, Sam Calvin, and Gerald Iean)

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Alain Eoche, owned and ran a successful restaurant in Paris for many years until a structural problem forced him to close. So Alain decided to launch a wonderful humanitarian project in Haiti in which he would build a leaning center for children, while providing meals, daycare, and support for poor families. He would also open a food stand on the beach, but the universe had other plans for Alain! All the paperwork and construction was set while he traveled for holiday.


Alain arrived in Harlem to visit friends, and learned that a hurricane destroyed all that he planned in Haiti. Pondering what his next move would be, he saw a beautiful brownstone on 121st street on Lenox Ave and got inspired to open up a restaurant right there. In March 2014 Cheri was open for business; Alain had arrived at his density, and brought Paris with him!

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In little over a year Alain has touched the hearts of all of Harlem, and Cheri was nominated as the Number 1 Restaurant in Harlem by Trip Adviser. You can always find him deeply involved in charities, fund raisers, supporting his fellow restaurant owners on Lenox Ave; and last summer he opened up a free refreshment stand out in front of Cheri, just because it was hot outside and wanted to make sure everyone was alright.

 

Cheri has hosted events for many artists and performers, such as the recording artist and human rights activist Charles Duke, who held his CD release party at Cheri and performed his hit single “Everybody Wants to be Loved”; and shot portions of his music video for the same single there as well. Cheri has hosted up and coming artists like Anthony Boone, showcasing his paintings, and even had an auction event for him. Cheri always has some event or party in the works, so it’s best to stop by often, call or follow on Facebook to find out the latest.


As for the food, Alain uses the freshest organic produce, which is brought daily from the local farmers markets, and cooks for you as if you are a long time friend visiting for dinner. Everything on the menu I have tried, and all the selections (even the entrée of the day) is super delicious, and just looks so damn pretty on the plate. The duck leg confit will make your mouth water, and the Salmon Saffran with seasonal vegetables Casserole will warm your heart and soul. I love it all! My favorite thing to do here is to have (just to sit in those comfortable chairs) a glass of “Three Wishes” Chardonnay and Oysters, sit back in my favorite chair and listen to music and dream.

 

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(Manager Alex and beautiful hostess  “J”are the only remaining from the original team)

Speaking of dreaming, on Friday Nights you can sip and relax to Debra Watts with the very talented John Watts on piano (John also writes musicals I believe) as they lull you into tranquility with the enchanting sounds of Bossa Nova, perfect for a romantic dinner on Friday nights.


For Brunch on Saturday you can nosh to your favorite Cheri dish while grooving to the Jazz sounds of Leah Pearson Finnie, but we just call her “Lady Leah”, you can’t get any better than this.

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I’m in Paris indeed! But beware!
The deserts are addictive and heavenly tasty.

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(Franck the chef has magic hands in the kitchen)
Cheri, in just over a year and a half of being open has become one of the flagship restaurants in Harlem.


You can find Harlem Socialites and icon’s holding court there at any given time, why even the first Lady Michelle Obama came to hold court with Alain!

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(Alain holding court with the first Lady)

On the wall behind the bar are framed photos of famous icons as well as Harlem’s own icons such as Frank Dibrino, Leanne Stella, Tanya Buckley, Musa Jackson, Rosemarie Stein, Farrah Burns, Kristin Krantz, Sheila Ennis, Norbert Akou, Sonya Hensley, Lu Sierra, Charley Anderson, Will Vaultz, Stephanie Calla, and Yours Truly Mike Strange, and a host of others.

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There is so much more I could say about Cheri, I could fill a whole book. I have no choice but to give Cheri Five, No, Six Stars in all categories. If there is such a thing as a Six Star Restaurant Cheri is it!

 

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Lenox Saphire: A Gem (in the rough) on Lenox Ave.

Lenox Saphire a Senegalese/Moroccan Restaurant on the corner of 127th street and Lenox Ave is a very interesting place to have dinner, hang out, or pastries and coffee, just walk from the dining room right into the patisserie, which has a sunnier look and mood to it, which is in sharp contrast to the dimly lit restaurant which commands a more serious tone; however it does have a bit of charm with vintage pictures and African art hanging on the walls. On the center of the ceiling is a curious huge horn sculpture, the most remarkable piece in the room.

The very pretty manager Fatou who seemed shy, but very polite, said that they have a small but loyal following of regular customers in which they regard as good friends. As for the clientele that they cater to, she described it as “Everybody”. The owner and chef, Fara Fall, and his Moroccan wife love to cook and wanted to bring the combined traditional tastes of West African and Moroccan dishes of their homelands to Harlem.

The place is quite comfortable to dine in, and the space is relatively pleasant. But there seems to be something out of place. The food is good (I enjoyed the catfish), but the service leaves something to be desired (The Gem in the rough part, I would say). They have this laissez-faire attitude regarding service, such as bringing water, refilling such water, taking your order in a timely fashion, and just don’t seem very interested in your dining experience until it’s time to pay the check, when it comes (I waited quite a bit for mine), the whole experience conveys mixed signals which I can only describe as bittersweet. It has come to my attention that many have complained about the service, little about the food, and none about the space. It is my belief that if they sort out the service end, and train the staff to be more friendly and engaging, they will be packed to full capacity every night.

The patisserie which is connected to the restaurant is very inviting, and a pleasant area to have brunch. Scrumptious pastries and tarts fill the glass showcase, which seem to emit their own light! The smell of freshly baked bread daily fills the air with delight (Gem part indeed).

The bartender Nick seemed like a nice fellow for sure, but then there’s that laissez-faire kind of service which you just can’t seem to escape (Gem in the rough part), but he is a charming follow indeed, and knows how to make his drinks. He mixes specialty drinks like the “Le Fara” (Grey Goose, Mint, cucumber and simple syrup)


Lenox Saphire is open for Breakfast, Brunch, and Dinner, and the French bakery makes fresh bread and croissants daily. They host seasonal holiday parties and a live Jazz band (The owner is a Jazz lover) on Tues and Thursday nights (also Sunday Brunch in the summer). They have happy hour everyday including Sunday from 4-7 and a DJ on Friday nights! All good things (Jewel part again). The outside seating is a great place to eat and people watch, especially during the summer. So I will go back to try the “Sizzing garlic shrimp” and the Moroccan Djin” and I was told that the Thiebou Djin (fish stew over exotic rice) is worth it.
My review on Lenox Saphire is of a mixed nature, three stars for the food, two stars for the ambiance, one star for the service. Overall I give it Two and a half stars, but tasty food is tasty food!

The Lost Art of Gentlemanly Etiquette: (How to behave like a gentleman) Part 2

With Thanksgiving just a week away, some of us will be obliged to dine in a social setting other than ones own home. How does a gentleman conduct himself at the dining table? What are the protocol’s for distinguishing oneself as a classy and proper gentleman of good taste? Well, here is a guide to help you shine like an “Elegant Classy Gentleman”. Whether in a restaurant, at someone’s home or a formal dinner party this guide will set you apart from the cavemen.

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A Gentleman’s Etiquette Guide to Dining:

Many men at their own table have little peculiar notions, which a guest
does well to respect. Some will feel hurt, even offended, if you decline a
Dish which they recommend; while others expect you to eat enormously, as
If they feared you did not appreciate their hospitality unless you tasted
Every single dish on the table. Try to pay respect to such whims while sitting at the table of
Your host, but avoid having any such notions when presiding over your own table.

1) Whatever delicacies which may be upon the table, and which are often served in small quantities, partake of them but sparingly, and decline them when offered the second time.

2) Observe a strict sobriety; never drink of more than one kind of wine, and Partake of that sparingly.

3) The style of serving dinner is different at different houses; if there are many Servers, they will bring you your plate filled, and you must keep it. If you Have the care of a lady, see that she has what she desires, before you give your Own order to the waiter; but if there are but few servers, and the dishes are upon the table, you may with perfect propriety help those near you, from any dish within your reach.

4) If your host or hostess passes you a plate, keep it, especially if you have Chosen the food upon it, for others have also a choice, and by passing it, you May give your neighbor dishes distasteful to him, and take yourself those Which he would much prefer.

5) If in the leaves of your salad, or in a plate of fruit you find a worm or insect, Pass your plate to the waiter, without any comment, and he will bring you Another.

6) Be careful to avoid the extremes of gluttony or over daintiness at the table. To Eat enormously is disgusting; but if you eat too sparingly, your host may Think that you despise his fare.

7) Watch that the lady whom you escorted to the table is well helped. Lift
And change her plate for her, pass her bread, salt, and butter, give her orders To the waiter, and pay her every attention in your power.

8) Before taking your place at table, wait until your place is pointed out to
You, unless there are cards bearing the names of the guests upon the plates; In the latter case, take the place thus marked for you.

9) Put your napkin upon your lap, covering your knees. It is out of taste, and Looked upon as a vulgar habit to put your napkin up over your breast. (Who does that in the 21st century?)

10) Sit neither too near nor too far from the table. Never hitch up your coat sleeves Or wristbands as if you were going to wash your hands. Some men Do this habitually, but it is a sign of very bad breeding.

11) Never tip your chair, or lounge back in it during dinner.
All gesticulations are out of place, and in bad taste at the table. Avoid
Making them.

12) Converse in a low tone to your neighbor, yet not with any air of secrecy if others are engaged in tête à tête conversation; if however, the conversation Is general, avoid conversing tête à tête. Do not raise your voice too much; if You cannot make those at some distance from you hear you when speaking In a moderate tone, confine your remarks to those near you.

13) If you wish for a knife, plate, or anything from the side table, never address Those in attendance as “Waiter!” as you would at a hotel or restaurant, but Call one of them by name; if you cannot do this, make him a sign without Speaking.

14) Unless you are requested to do so, never select any particular part of a dish; But, if your host asks you what part you prefer, than please do so, as in this Case the incivility would consist in making your host choose as well as carve For you.

15) Never blow your soup if it is too hot, but wait until it cools. Never raise Your plate to your lips, but eat with your spoon.

16) Never touch either your knife or your fork until after you have finished Eating your soup. Leave your spoon in your soup plate that the server may Remove them both. Never take soup twice.

17) In changing your plate, or passing it during dinner, remove your knife
And fork, that the plate alone may be taken, but after you have finished your Dinner, cross the knife and fork on the plate that the server may take all Away, before bringing you clean ones for dessert.

18) Do not bite your bread from the roll or slice, nor cut it with your knife; Break off small pieces and put these in your mouth with your fingers.

19) At dinner do not put butter on your bread. Never dip a piece of bread into The gravy or preserves upon your plate and then bite it, but if you wish to Eat them together, break the bread into small pieces, and carry these to your Mouth with your fork. Using your fingers evinces a shocking want of good-breeding.

20) Never criticize any dish before you.

21) Never put bones, or the seeds of fruit upon the tablecloth. Put them upon The edge of your plate.

22) Never use your knife for any purpose but to cut your food. It is not meant To be put in your mouth. Your fork is intended to carry the food from your Plate to your mouth and no gentleman ever eats with his knife.

23) If the meat or fish upon your plate is too rare or too well-done, do not eat It; give for an excuse that you prefer some other dish before you; but never Tell your host that his cooking is uneatable.

24) Never speak when you have anything in your mouth. Never pile the food On your plate as if you were starving, but take a little at a time; the dishes Will not run away.

25) Never use your own knife and fork to help either yourself or others. There Is always one before the dish at every well-served table, and you should use That.

26) It is a good plan to accustom yourself to using your fork with the left hand, When eating, as you thus avoid the awkwardness of constantly passing the Fork from your left hand to your right, and back again, when cutting your Food and eating it.

27) Never put fruit or bon bon’s in your pocket to carry them from the table. Do not cut fruit with a steel knife. Use a silver one.

28) Never eat so fast as to hurry the others at the table, nor so slowly as to keep Them waiting.

29) If you do not take wine, never keep the bottle standing before you, but pass It on. If you do take it, pass it on as soon as you have filled your glass.

30) If you wish to remove a fish bone or fruit seed from your mouth, cover Your lips with your hand or napkin, so that others may not see you remove it. If you wish to use your handkerchief, and have not time to leave the table, Turn your head away, and as quickly as possible put the handkerchief in your Pocket again.

31) Always wipe your mouth before drinking, as nothing is more ill-bred than To grease your glass with your lips.

32) If you are invited to drink with a friend, and do not drink wine, bow, raise Your glass of water and drink with him.

33) Do not propose to take wine with your host; it is his privilege to invite you. Do not put your glass upside down on the table to signify that you do not Wish to drink anymore; it is sufficient to refuse firmly. Do not be persuaded To touch another drop of wine after your own prudence warns you that you Have taken enough.

34) Avoid any air of mystery when speaking to those next you; it is ill-bred And in excessively bad taste.

35) If you wish to speak of any one, or to any one at the table, call them by Name, but never point or make a signal when at table.

36) When taking coffee, never pour it into your saucer, but let it cool in the Cup, and drink from that.

37) Never leave the table till the mistress of the house gives the signal.

38) On leaving the table put your napkin on the table, but does not fold it.

39) Offer your arm to the lady whom you escorted to the table.

40) It is excessively rude to leave the house as soon as dinner is over. Respect To your hostess obliges you to stay in the living-room or parlor at least an hour.

41) If the ladies withdraw, leaving the gentlemen, after dinner, rise when they
Leave the table, and remain standing until they have left the room.

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Follow these simple protocols of gentlemanly etiquette, and you will command the respect and awe of everyone present. Good Dining to All!

Gin Fizz brings back 1940’s speakeasy glamour to Harlem

Harlem’s classy new lounge/music venue/speakeasy Gin Fizz Harlem marks the return of exciting elegant night life on Lenox Ave. This upscale venue is styled like the old fashionable speakeasies from the 1940’s with a touch of pure elegance!

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The owner David Chevreux has much to be proud of. After David’s father secured the space right upstairs from Chez Lucienne between 125th & 126th Street and Lenox, and expressed that he wanted to open something “young and chic”, David pulled together his own money and approached his dad and said “I want to be part of this” and invested with his father as a partner.
Taking only six months to set up, by the end of March 2015 Gin Fizz opened its doors.
Two months later, David took over the reigns as sole owner, and didn’t look back. David Chevreux’s mission was simple, “I want the best live music in Harlem that’s both hip & cool.”
This young entrepreneur’s vision is now a stark reality!

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KIMG0873When asked what his is most proud of about his hip Harlem club, David replied: “Most of all I’m proud of my Staff!” “The one’s that stood by me through all the storms”; at first David was unsure about the clientele  coming in. Now his enforced dress code of “Men with jackets” or stylishly dressed, and “Women’s chic” ensures the direction of this soon to be famous Harlem venue.

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Adreena, Kristina,Tiffany and Christina Corrad are leggy and lovely waiting to take your order.

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The bartenders Asa and Naira serves up specialty drinks, like the “Gin Fizz” (of course) and the “Spicy Thing” as well as a host of others that will keep you in good spirits indeed (no pun intended). My favorite drink is the “Le Mac”(formally known as “The Classy Gentleman” as if you didn’t know).

KIMG0878KIMG0871Gin Fizz, has in such a relatively short time has built a reputation for showcasing the most brilliant Jazz Artists and exciting new comers. Such as the Great recording artist, “Mark Cary”, and the soulful Noel Simone Wippler & the band of friends (“that shuffle”). My favorite night at Gin Fizz is Thursday night, The Harlem Sessions hosted by Mark Cary is not to be missed on that night, after one set, you’re staying this to the end. The talented and engaging Mr. Cary gets down like that! Saturdays you can dance and grove to the spinning’s of celebrity DJ’s Like “Antoine DeBrill”

David Chevreux’s Gin Fizz has returned classy late night nightlife to Harlem!

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The Sexy bartender Naira

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The stylish waitress Adreena Thompson ready to greet you.

The Lost Art of Gentlemanly Etiquette: (How to behave like a gentleman) Part 1

It is well known that most young men today; as well as older men have lost (or never had nor learned) the art on how to be a true gentleman, especially among Millennial’s who have been overly influenced by social media, movies and television shows depicting young men behaving very uncouth in words and deeds, and believing such things as being “cool”. The popular term “Chivalry is dead”, came about because young men just do not know have to behave in society toward others with respect and courtesy. Young women, as well as older one’s have forgotten what it means to be treated as a lady, and unfortunately, many young and older woman really don’t know how a true “Lady” is supposed to behave due to the same backward influences of popular culture and music and rely on walking about half dressed, or wearing clothes that convey that they are less than their worth.

Gentlemen! Being classy does not mean expensive cars, lots of money and expensive clothes. It means having manners, being polite, and respecting people, even if you don’t particularly like them. Good manners make a Gentlemen Classy!
How to behave like a gentleman:
1) Always avoid any rude or boisterous action, especially when in the presence of ladies. It is not necessary to be stiff, indolent, or sullenly silent, neither is perfect gravity always required, but if you jest around, let it be with quiet, gentlemanly wit, never depending upon clownish gestures for the effect of a story. Nothing marks the gentleman so soon and decidedly as quiet, refined ease of manner.
2) Never allow a lady to get a chair for herself, ring a bell, pick up purse or gloves she may have dropped, or, in short, perform any service for herself which you can perform for her, when you are in the room. By extending such courtesies to your mother, sisters, or other members of your family, they become habitual, and are thus more gracefully performed when out in public.
3) It is not necessary to tell all that you know; that would be mere folly; but what a man says must be what he believes himself, else he violates the first rule for a gentleman’s speech—Truth.
4) Cultivate tact! In society it will be an invaluable aid. Talent is something, but tact is everything. Talent is serious, sober, grave, and respectable; tact is all that and more too. It is not a sixth sense, but it is the life of all the five. It is the open eye, the quick ear, the judging taste, the keen smell, and the lively touch; it is the interpreter of all riddles—the over comer of all difficulties—the remover of all obstacles. It is useful in all places, and at all times; it is useful in solitude, for it shows a man his way into the world; it is useful in society, for it shows him his way through the world. Talent is power—tact is skill; talent is weight—tact is momentum; talent knows what to do—tact knows how to do it; talent makes a man respectable—tact will make him respected; talent is wealth—tact is ready money. For all the practical purposes of society tact carries against talent ten to one.

5) Habits of self-possession and self-control are the best foundation for the formation of gentlemanly manners. If you unite with this the constant intercourse with ladies and gentlemen of refinement and education, you will add to the dignity of perfect self command, the polished ease of polite society.
6) Avoid pride, too; it often miscalculates, and more often misconceives. The proud man places himself at a distance from other men; seen through that distance, others, perhaps, appear little to him; but he forgets that this very distance causes him also to appear little to others.
7) When you meet a lady at the foot of a flight of stairs, do not wait for her to ascend, but bow, and go up before her. In meeting a lady at the head of a flight of stairs, wait for her to precede you in the descent. However you may also let a lady ascend first and proceed up behind her. The logic being, to catch her should she trip or stumble backwards

8) Gentility is neither in birth, wealth, or fashion, but in the mind. A high sense of honor, a determination never to take a mean advantage of another, adherence to truth, delicacy and politeness towards those with whom we hold intercourse, are the essential characteristics of a gentleman.

9) Perhaps the true definition of a gentleman is this: “Whoever is open, loyal, and true; whoever is of humane and affable demeanor; whoever is honorable in himself, and in his judgment of others, and requires no law but his word to make him fulfill an engagement; such a man is a gentleman, be he in the highest or lowest rank of life, a man of elegant refinement and intellect, or the most unpolished tiller of the ground.”

10) Courteous and friendly conduct may, probably will, sometimes meet with an unworthy and ungrateful return; but the absence of gratitude and similar courtesy on the part of the receiver cannot destroy the self-approbation which recompenses the giver. We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness around us at little expense. Some of them will inevitably fall on good ground, and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others, and all of them will bear the fruit of happiness in the bosom whence they spring. A kindly action always fixes itself on the heart of the truly thoughtful and polite man.

11) Learn to restrain anger. A man in a passion ceases to be a gentleman, and if you do not control your passions, rely upon it; they will one day control you. The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves, and we injure our own cause in the opinion of the world when we too passionately and eagerly defend it. Neither will all men be disposed to view our quarrels in the same light that we do; and a man’s blindness to his own defects will ever increase in proportion as he is angry with others, or pleased with him. An old English writer says:
“As a preventative of anger, banish all tale-bearers and slanderers from your conversation, for it is these blow the devil’s bellows to rouse up the flames of rage and fury, by first abusing your ears, and then your credulity, and after that steal away your patience, and all this, perhaps, for a lie. To prevent anger, be not too inquisitive into the affairs of others, or what people say of yourself, or into the mistakes of your friends, for this is going out to gather sticks to kindle a fire to burn your own house.”
12) Keep good company or none. You will lose your own self-respect, and habits of courtesy sooner and more effectually by intercourse with low company, than in any other manner; while, in good company, these virtues will be cultivated and become habitual.

13) Be ready to apologize when you have committed a fault which gives offence. Better, far better, to retain a friend by a frank, courteous apology for offence given, than to make an enemy by obstinately denying or persisting in the fault.

14) An apology made to you must be accepted. No matter how great the offence, a gentleman cannot keep his anger after an apology has been made, and thus, amongst truly well-bred men, an apology is always accepted.

15) Have you a sister? Then love and cherish her with all that pure and holy friendship which renders a brother so worthy and noble.
16) Love yourself

Chaiwali Brings Indian Chic Cuisine to Harlem

This new Harlem restaurant has brought a taste of India to Lenox Avenue. Upon walking in this chic new place to eat, with immediacy you are greeted by the staff like you are a celebrity that they have been waiting for all day and with quick courtesy ushered to a table to sit. The very capable waiters “Holly” and “Peter” will defiantly see to it.

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The staff is so friendly and attentive; you cannot help but feel special. The converted brownstones first two floors and garden in the back provide an ambience that is both relaxing and pleasurable for a lovely dining experience. The bartender “Jazi” always has a smile and lighthearted conversation for everyone at the bar as well as customers entering and leaving this new Harlem hot-spot.

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Anita Trehan, the CEO and owner of Chaiwali, has created something Harlem has never seen before, Authentic Indian hospitality and delicious Indian fusion cuisine. Diego Balarezo her business and romantic partner is a perfectionist, and can be seen at any given time behind the bar, in the dining area upstairs or anyplace in the restaurant making sure everything is, well just perfect.
The restaurant occupies the first two floors of Anita’s Harlem brownstone home. The decorative style is very pleasing to the eye, and the backyard dining area is crowned with a lovely gazepo, with lamps hanging in the center.

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The upstairs dining room reminds me of a trendy living room in an upscale Manhattan apartment, complete with bar. Beautiful paintings and embellishments set the tone for a romantic dinner. (My favorite spot)      KIMG0831~2                      KIMG0833~2

 

Adriane Mack the weekend general manager is a true professional and an asset to any service industry, due to her high business acumen and friendly social grace.

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The food is a delicious eclectic collection of Indian fusion created by Anita, who is very hands on in the kitchen (and still manages to walk onto the dining room floor looking fabulous)

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The lamb chops is to die for! Now lamb chops is one of my favorite dishes, and Chaiwali’s Vindaloo lamb chops tasted like heaven on earth. With just the right amount of spices and medium rare (how did they know?) just the way I like it. The mustard mash potatoes and peas, and Walnut chutney round out this dish to perfection! The Delhi Smoked Eggplant Mash & Flat bread is equally delicious, perfect for our vegan Harlemite’s! In fact most dishes on the menu are Organic, Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. Both healthy and tasty, just about everything on the menu has a high nutritional value, and prepared with great care suited for every pallet.

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KIMG0829~2The price point for the wonderful fare that Chaiwali offers is low to mid-range and very reasonably priced. So if you want five star cuisines, atmosphere and service, at two-three star prices? Chaiwali is the place to go! I look forward to returning to try the breakfast, brunch and lunch menus. I give five stars in all categories. Harlem has yet another jewel in her crown.

The Fashionable Trendy Blazer

The Fashionable Trendy Blazer is the most indispensable article in a man’s wardrobe, and simply the most practical piece to work with when building an outfit for your typical style of dress. However sometimes you just want to wear something different and reflect your stylish flair. Trendy Blazers can fit the bill for such occasions.

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Many gentlemanly cuts and styles can be found to make an outfit for the night memorable and really stand out from the rest.

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The untraditional blazer styles can be worn in a variety ways. With jeans or trousers, the trendy suit jacket can enhance your look and project your personality like a champion of style.

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Think out of the box, better yet, get rid of the box and into your own personal way of style!

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Capes Cardigans and Cloaks: Fall Fashion Styles for Gentlemen.

 

With autumn upon us (my favorite time of year), the air is brisk and crisp and just perfect for fall attire stylish wear. This year we have the men’s cloak and cape cardigans making a fashion forward statement in men’s wear. Since I was very young, I admired the cloaks and capes men wore in old period movies, giving them an air and flair to their countenance.

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2015 has now brought men’s capes and cloak cardigans into men’s stylish wear after decades in hiatus. The Cloak and men’s Cardigan Capes have taken a new spin in gentlemen fashion.

f7944b99a5184f5e58b9d9751f06b2d4Various asymmetrical cuts and styles as well as fabrics now drape the shoulders of gentlemen of style.

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From semi-casual to elegant dress, the Cardigan Cape and Cloaks can be seen all over the city worn by men of exceptional style.

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