Sunday morning breakfast! Aebleskiver!

I am a Realtor, work 7 days a week and so it is important I start the day with a smile on my face (which is easy as I have so many wonderful friends and clients!)… Sometimes though, comfort food is a nice way to start the day! Aebleskiver (Danish pancake balls) and a few cups (smile) of hot frothy café au lait sometimes does the trick!  Have a great day!

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55 Hillside Crescent -Public Open House- Sunday 2/16/20 1-3 p.m.

Please join me at a public Open House today at 55 Hillside Crescent in New Rochelle from 1-3 p.m. Located in a cul de sac, this lovely 3200 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, Center Hall Colonial home on 0.27 of an acre is sure to please. While winter now, the garden boasts beautiful flowers in the spring and summer months when you can sip a cup of tea or morning coffee on the delightful patio which is assessed via the kitchen and family room. The kitchen has a center island, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, a breakfast area, and opens to the large, sunny family room with its wood burning fireplace. The formal dining room, office, living room, laundry area and powder room complete the first floor. The master bedroom (17’X15′) offers great light, a walk in closet & the lovely master bathroom with marble counter & a Jacuzzi bathtub. There are three additional bedrooms, and a hall bath also on the second floor, and access to a room (23′ X 18′) over the garage which is not included in the square footage. Close to transportation, schools, and fine dining, and just 30 minutes from New York City!  This charming home is being offered at $1,100,000.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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How Far is it from 95 Robinhood Road?

I entered a wonderful home in White Plains a few weeks ago.  (now going into contract) .. Why so quickly?  Simply because the home was beautiful, and this was the driving distance to local destinations… 

  1. Downtown White Plains – 8 Minutes 2.1 miles
  2. The German International School – 2 minutes -0.6 miles
  3. Ridgeway Elementary School 3  minutes. 1.5 miles
  4. White Plains Train Station –  9 minutes 2.9 miles
  5. The Westchester Mall – 5 Minutes 1.9 miles
  6. Westchester Hills Golf Club 2 Minutes 0.9 Miles

     7) Some Restaurants in White Plains:

Morton’s Steakhouse – 4.3 Miles

Lilly’s– 4.3 Miles  (New American)

Mulino’s of Wetchester – 4.6 Miles

Lombardo’s White Plains – 4.4 Miles

KEE Oyster House – 4.6 Miles

Meditteraneo 4.3 Miles

North Street Tavern & Wood Fired Pizza 4.3Miles

P.F. Chang’s 4.1 Miles

The Brazen Fox – 4.3 Miles

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ – 4.5 Miles

The Cheesecake Factory –
4.1 Miles

Serafina White Plains -4. miles

Hudson Grill – 4 .1 miles

Tre-Angelina -4.5 Miles

BLT Steak – 4.1 Miles

Vintage Lounge & Restaurant – 4.3 Miles

Holy Crab Cajun Seafood  3.9 Miles

Turkish Cuisine -4.3 Miles

White Plains is great !

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Public Open House Sunday February 9th, 1-3 p.m. 95 Robinhood Road

Please join Brad Brammer and I at a beautiful home on Sunday, February 9th  from 1-3 p.m. at 95 Robinhood Road in White Plains.  Located in a quiet Cul-de-Sac, this 4000 sq. ft. 3.5 bath sunny Colonial home located on 0.25 of a lush acre abutting the Ridgeway Country Club is simply gracious, elegant and charming! Built in 2008 (like new), there are beautiful hardwood floors throughout, a simply grand eat-in kitchen with granite counters, an Island, Viking stove/wall oven/microwave/ Refrigerator and GE Monogram Wine Refrigerator. There is a large 1st floor family room (adjacent to the kitchen) with a wood burning fireplace leading to the deck. The formal dining room, living room, powder room and laundry room complete the 1st floor. The Master Bedroom has both a walk-in closet, built-ins, plus the master bath has a polished Travertine marble floor, separate shower and bath, marble vanity. The 2nd bedroom has an en-suite bath, the 3rd and 4th bedrooms share a Jack-n-Jill bathroom w/granite counters. Great space in the lower level which also accesses a patio. Central Air Conditioning, Gas heat. Close to downtown White Plains, fine dining, trains and still close to New York City. This lovely home home is being offered at $1,270,000.   95robinhoodroad.com/

White Plains is GREAT!

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Where in the World (Westchester) is Matthew – Blog #5

Where has Matthew been these past few weeks?
D’AGOSTINO CLOTHIERS AND TAILORS…Style And Sophistication In A Class By Themselves!

Tony D’Agostino Sr. – Photo by Clare Lawrence

Clothing trends and fashions come and go. But at the exquisite D’Agostino Clothiers and Tailors in Larchmont, this landmark family-owned business has always kept up with the times when it comes to both classic and modern clothing. Incorporated in 1962, this monumental local entity has been at the forefront of the upscale clothing arena for more than half a century. In 1962…America had announced its embargo against Cuba, Bob Dylan issued his debut album, Johnny Carson became host of The Tonight Show. And D’Agostino Clothiers was born.

Think of it,  D’Agostino Clothiers has been outfitting discerning individuals and Westchester families for over 55 years with the finest seasonal overcoats, blazers, pants, socks, prom dresses, suits, shoes, jackets, vests and much more all under one spacious roof with that impeccable D’Agostino touch. They proudly feature suits and jackets by Ralph Lauren, Zegna, and Michael Kors, as well as shoes by Florsheim, Hushpuppy and more. You’ll also find Save The Duck outerwear and Wilkes and Riley, Enro and other fine shirt makers represented. D’Agostino Clothers also sells Buffalo Jeans and has a dressmaker and 3 tailors on premises. Once here, you will be greeted by the very hospitable and cordial D’Agostino family, a family that takes tremendous pride in helping you choose the right look and fit for you or your children.

Photo by Clare Lawrence

I asked Tony D’Agostino Sr. how much pride and satisfaction he gets from working with his two Sons, Erminio and Tony, Jr. “Great! Eventually, I am going to retire and they will take over the business. It’s their business when I’m gone.” Tony D’Agostino on the secret to his success, “The secret is do good work, fair prices and quality work. I believe in giving the customers high quality work and merchandise. People will be satisfied and I will be satisfied. People appreciate quality good work.” D’Agostinos is known for their remarkable tailoring. “Tailoring is very important, says Tony Sr. You make the people look nice. You dress them up right. I started being in this business when I was five years old as an apprentice. I came over at fifteen years old and I had a trade. I went out on my own on Palmer Avenue in 1964. I bought a dry cleaner and tailor, gave up the dry cleaner and did tailoring, and had people working for me also. Little by little, I got bigger. I moved to Boston Post Road, then moved to our current location here in Larchmont. When asked about keeping up with fashion trends,  Tony Sr, commented,  “No problem. As the fashions change, we change with it. We make whatever changes in the trade. We are tailors.  We can make the garments bigger or smaller, narrow and change the style. We do mostly big jobs. As for our clothes, we buy basic stuff. The idea is to satisfy the customer and keep them happy, and they will come back.

Even though this unique and spacious store features many top designers, you will love their competitive prices. D’Agostino Clothiers is a special place when it comes to fine clothing; two generations of a brilliant clothing family that are ready to serve your every need! The D’Agostino family also provides expert fitting and tailoring on premises. You will love the precision and skill they put into altering your newly purchased clothing. Stop by today for all your valuable apparel needs and custom tailoring. Tony Sr. and his two sons, Erminio and Tony Jr. welcome you to peruse their racks of beautiful clothes. D’Agostino Clothiers is also the ideal place to find your wedding gown, Bar Mitzvah outfit, communion, prom and more. They’re located at 138 Larchmont Avenue in Larchmont, NY and feel free to call them today at 914. 834. 0634. Let your true stripes show in D’Agostino Clothiers legendary attire! Five decades of fine vestments and custom tailoring…
NEW ROCHELLE FARMS….10,000 sq ft Of Grocery Goodness!

Jeff, (store manager), Jose, (co-owner), Matthew, Victoria, Jose’s daughter – Photo by Clare Lawrence

It just had to happen. The much anticipated, brand new, all encompassing grocery store in New Rochelle has been unveiled to rave reviews. New Rochelle Farms, a 10,000 sq ft pristine supermarket on North Avenue and Manor Place, features wholesome prepared food, seafood, fresh fish which is brought in twice per day sometimes,  a large selection of produce including organic, a deli section, a hot and cold food bar, a juice/coffee bar, full service meat department with a butcher who works on demand and more such as vegan and gluten free foods.  New Rochelle residents and others are singing the praises early on of New Rochelle Farms, and our city’s newest supermarket has been welcomed with open arms. And with people now living a healthier life, New Rochelle Farms is perfect for finding only the freshest fare all under one roof. They also feature a vast array of products from Peru, Mexico, Brazil, India, Bangladesh and West Indian. In addition, they’re one of the only supermarkets in Westchester to carry Portuguese olive oil. 

According to officials of New Rochelle Farms, they are taking on this new endeavor with great responsibility and they stand prepared to meet and surpass the community’s expectations. I spoke with store co-owner, Jose

Matthew welcoming you to New Rochelle Farms. Photo by Clare Lawrence

Filipe who said, “I wanted to be part of the organic growth of the city. New Rochelle is growing. It’s a New Rochelle store and I’m catering to everybody.” As for the great decor of the supermarket, Jose added, “We wanted to use as much natural material as possible when designing New Rochelle Farms. It feels natural. We found a tremendous source of construction materials that were buried here. The floor had an original floor from 1940, old wood blanks. We used the wood as the core throughout the store along the walls and for shelving. What that does is give the store its natural feeling. That’s why it feels so warm and comfortable. 

New Rochelle Farms is a gem in the city’s ever-growing economic climate, and stands ready to bring the freshest food with top notch service to welcoming customers from all over. New Rochelle Farms had its official grand opening on January 21st, and the word already among residents is that this needed supermarket has been a long time coming.  With downtown New Rochelle going through its historic real estate transformation, New Rochelle Farms will also have the obvious distinction of serving those city inhabitants who live close by to the store. The farm has come home you could say, with much fanfare in its wake. New Rochelle residents are in for a real treat! New Rochelle Farms is open seven days a week from 7 am to 9 pm. Visit soon and often, as the farm is now in your backyard. New Rochelle Farms….now open and highlighting delicious food in the Queen City.
CONSIGN IT ON MAIN….Exquisite Interior Consignment in The Heart Of Downtown New Rochelle!

Photo by Clare Lawrence

Nestled charmingly in downtown New Rochelle, opposite C-Town supermarket is a longtime paradise that Westchester and The Tri-State area have come to know for stunning heirlooms both classic and modern. Consign It On Main is a connoisseurs best resource when it comes to purchasing and consigning items for the home in their 3,800 sq ft showroom which features everything from beautiful couches, to worthy art pieces, vintage and modern chairs, designer lamps, fine china, high-end lighting, mid-century furniture and more. They are spotlighting consignments from luxury homes in The Hamptons, Connecticut, Westchester County and New York City. New Rochelle has also over the years become home for UN diplomats. Some of whom even buy their home furnishings at Consign It On Main for their residences abroad.

What makes Consign It On Main so special and unique?  According to Dom Cioffoletti of the store, “The secret to our success is that we are very selective as to what we take. We make sure the quality is there. We are also very well educated about the items we sell. And we pass that knowledge onto our consumers. Some of our consignments are rare. For instance, we have a doorbell ringer; there were only two manufactured in the world; one of them was sold in an antique store in Manhattan. We feature the other one.” Patrons who visit Consign It On Main are in store for a great experience. Comments Dom, “It’s really a family-like atmosphere. Our customers get special attention when they come in here. Candice, my partner, will recommend pieces for their home; many times she will go to their home and get a feel for their house, and give her input and knowledge of many years. She will put her twist and spin into the home and make it an absolutely amazing and beautiful.”

Matthew with Amy Coleman – Photo by Clare Lawrence

Consign It On Main features new and used home furnishings and accessories priced considerably less than the original retail cost. Highly knowledgeable and well respected proprietor Candice Denslow and her business partner, Dom Cioffoletti, have been in high quality home furnishings for decades and they look forward to working with you on all your fine home decor needs, including, of course, your cherished consignment items. Industry veterans, they can be trusted with all your consignment questions and more. They will help you with their years of knowledge and kind approach with all consignment issues. They have even garnered a great reputation with academy award-winning set designers in the New York area for distinctive pieces.

Amy, Dom Cioffolett, and Matthew – Photo by Clare Lawrence

Also proudly featured inside their store is Sweet Preserves, a designer boutique, where you may be pleased to find such items as Hermes and Chanel Jewelry, handbags, clothing, wallets, scarves, vintage artifacts from the 1970s, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton and more! Amy, who runs the boutique, also accepts no name, unusual pieces for consignment if they’re interesting. Amy.sweetpreserves@yahoo.com to check out her consignment items which are always a fraction of the retail price and are in mint condition. Amy’s  consignments come from as close as New Rochelle and as far away as Kentucky and Palm Beach. Consign It On Main is the only store you have to visit to decorate your home and office. And Sweet Preserves to enhance your closets. Their reputation speaks for itself. Now in Westchester for over a decade, featuring the most elegant and timeless consignments! Visit or call them today; 914 637 7600. 543 Main Street in downtown New Rochelle. Consignitonmain@gmail.com. Consign It On Main… revitalize your home,
apartment or office with panache and discernment!
Until next time! Have a Great Valentine’s Day from Matt and Clare
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95 Robinhood Road – Public Open House 1-3 p.m. February 1st, 2020

Please join Brad Fischer and I at a beautiful home today from 1-3 p.m. located at 95 Robinhood Road in White Plains.  Located in a quiet Cul-de-Sac, this 4000 sq. ft. 3.5 bath sunny Colonial home located on 0.25 of a lush acre abutting the Ridgeway Country Club is simply gracious, elegant and charming! Built in 2008 (like new), there are beautiful hardwood floors throughout, a simply grand eat-in kitchen with granite counters, an Island, Viking stove/wall oven/microwave/ Refrigerator and GE Monogram Wine Refrigerator. There is a large 1st floor family room (adjacent to the kitchen) with a wood burning fireplace leading to the deck. The formal dining room, living room, powder room and laundry room complete the 1st floor. The Master Bedroom has both a walk-in closet, built-ins, plus the master bath has a polished Travertine marble floor, separate shower and bath, marble vanity. The 2nd bedroom has an en-suite bath, the 3rd and 4th bedrooms share a Jack-n-Jill bathroom w/granite counters. Great space in the lower level which also accesses a patio. Central Air Conditioning, Gas heat. Close to downtown White Plains, fine dining, trains and still close to New York City. This lovely home home is being offered at $1,270,000.   95robinhoodroad.com/

White Plains is GREAT!

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New Rochelle Farms Open for Business!

If you live anywhere near 465 North Avenue, New Rochelle, you will know that the local residents have been waiting a long time for the New Rochelle Farms supermarket to open. It finally did open on January 21st, and you can find a large selection of fresh fish, meats, a deli, hot foods, frozen foods, and vegetables galore! There is parking in the rear of the store as well as in the Municipal parking lot. Yay!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Public Open House Sunday 1/19/2020 at 1299 Palmer Ave #303 10538!

Please join me at 1299 Palmer Avenue, Unit #303 , Larchmont, Sunday, January 19th, 2020 from 1-3 p.m.! This charming coop is priced at $199,000 and is beautifully located -so close to the village and all!

Just a stone’s throw away as they say from the Larchmont Train station, fine dining, the park, and also close to Manor Park where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Long Island Sound. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase an 875 square foot, one bedroom COOP in a very desirable Larchmont Village elevator building. Spacious, sunny and a great view from the enclosed terrace overlooking the courtyard while you are relaxing and enjoying your morning tea or coffee! There is room for both a breakfast area and a dining area, great closets too. Located on the third (top) floor. There is a wait-list for parking but Municipal parking close-by if desired. Just 35 minutes from New York City. Welcome home to a great COOP!

Larchmont is GREAT!

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2019 New Rochelle Real Estate Sales Newsletter – Gay Rosen

Hi everyone!

2019 was certainly a year of surprises. For instance, I saw so many multi family properties go into multiple bidding for starters. Buyers are enterprising and smart. To offset the $10,000 cap property tax deduction, many young buyers/savvy buyers realized that a way to combat that was to purchase a multi family home, and to offset their mortgage payments with that additional rental income. Multi family homes in New Rochelle that were listed in the $450-500,000 price point sold at 100% (14 sales) ,multi family homes in $500-600,000 on average sold at 100.6% (13 sales) , and homes in the $700-800,000 price point also sold at 100% (7 sales). Interest rates were low, and so it was still a great time in which to purchase a home!

There were 72 single family homes sold in the $500-600,000 price range with an average list price to sales price ratio of 97.5%, 62 homes sold in the $600-700,000 price range with an average list price to sales price ratio of 96.1%, 33 homes in the $800-900,00 price range sold with an average of 97.2% list price to sales price ratio, 35 homes in the $900-1,000,000 price range with an average 95.8% list price to sales price ratio and 32 homes sold in the $1,000,000-2,000,000 price range with an average list price to sales price ratio of 94.6%. All told, a very impressive year.

How was it surprising? I saw many more rentals, some as a result of homes not being sold (322 in 2019 compared with 278 in 2019). There were 379 homes sold in the 2018 compared to 332 homes sold in 2019. (366 sold homes in 2017). The average sales price in 2018 was $760,979 compared to 2019 with an average sales price of $729,016. More homes closed in June/July which is expected as most buyers purchase in the spring months, and many closings are after the school year ends, so as I always inform my seller clients, list in January/February to catch the spring market! Especially if there are fewer buyers seeking a home, you want to be as visible as possible. 32 homes were sold in the $1-2 Million price range with an average sales price of $1,336,262, and with most homes closing in the months of January (3), May (4), July (9) and August (5) which still re-affirms listing in January or February.

I was fortunate to sell the highest sold home single family home in New Rochelle since 2007 at $3,400,000 which was great also (10 Sheldrake Lane). A very special family purchased the home, and I hope they will love living there. It is a beautiful.

My advice for 2020? Price competitively, list early, make sure you have professional photography, and great marketing! Interest rates are still very low at below 4% so it is a great time to purchase a home but make sure you have your pre approval before you start your home search!!

Sincerely,

Gay Rosen
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
914.907.2645 | 914.834.0270
gay.rosen@juliabfee.com

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2013 New York State Certified Residential Specialist of the Year
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New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Where in the World (Westchester) is Matthew – Blog #4

THE MIRAGE RESTAURANT AND CAFE…A New Rochelle Culinary Hot spot!

Photo courtesy of Chef Alban

It’s Winter in New York…and I’m thrilled and delighted to let my readers know of a blockbuster way to heat up your palate. There are lots of restaurants in Westchester County; but my friends at New Rochelle’s The Mirage Restaurant And Cafe, located  conveniently across the street from outstanding Iona College, feature a food lovers dream come true! You will recall the fabled and very popular Mirage Diner of years gone by in the same location.

At the spectacular Mirage, you and your family will cherish the restaurants’ hands on and conscientious approach to all things culinary.  At The Mirage, owner Ari, General Manager Alban and group manager, Laura, really do take food quite seriously, and it shows. From my favorite tomato bisque to heavenly and succulent dishes such as many of their homemade salads, char grilled burgers, panini melts, chicken parmesan, and pasta dishes including fettuccine alfredo and penne a la vodka. The Mirage Restaurant and cafe also prides itself on serving only wholesome and natural ingredients, and they don’t use any trans fat products. Their menu is also very kids friendly and perfect for families of all ages.
This Winter, the wonderful folks at The Mirage Restaurant and Cafe welcome you to dine like you’ve never dined. A relaxed and modern ambiance awaits your discerning taste buds as you bask in their world class fare. While your at The Mirage, be sure to enjoy and check out their fully stocked market and bakery. The Mirage Restaurant and Cafe serves an opulent and pleasing breakfast, lunch and dinner that you will come back for time and time again. According to General Manager Alban at The Mirage, the restaurant has many loyal supporters and customers who dine there frequently; such as the real estate agent who comes in three times per week and loves the delectable shrimp. And then there is the Iona College student who visits The Mirage four times a week for the ravishing Paninis.
The management invites you to visit their two astonishing Stamford, CT restaurants, The Stillery and The Stamford, for more exquisite food!  The Mirage Restaurant and Cafe…your official Winter haven for fresh and impeccable food by friendly and wonderful people!
Photos Courtesy Of Alban At The Mirage.
LA GRAVINISE JEWELERS…Shining On For Four Generations!
You don’t hear about historic and wonderful stories such as this too often. But, in quaint and charming Pelham, NY, there is a timeless and heralded family-owned business that has been serving Westchester County and beyond for an astonishing 102 years! Back then, the dollar went a whole lot further. Americans were sporting their model T cars as they drove to silent movies. There was no NFL. Woodrow Wilson was president. New inventions like the toaster and zippers came out.
 But some things have remained the same. For four proud generations, the legendary La Gravinese family has been the preeminent source for all your high-end and priceless jewelry needs. The time honored family legacy began in the early 1900’s, when Dominick La Gravinise was born in Italy. As the fabled story goes, he came to America as a child and thus the illustrious family tradition was founded in 1917. The amazing La Gravinese family has been conveniently located at their headquarters in Pelham for fifty-four fruitful and successful years. Bob and his daughter Jeanette, graduate gemologist, and grandchildren Dominique and Maxine are the trusted home for the very finest jewelry.
The La Gravinese family pride themselves on being able to find or create that special piece of unique jewelry for you or your loved one. They are the experts in the field and their picturesque store is a jewelry connoisseurs utopia. La Gravinese Jewelers is the only place to shop for that special occasion; whether it’s a birthday, wedding band, anniversary or just something very special your treasured someone. Come and see for yourself their fine selections of necklaces, watches, diamonds, and much more. The store even features a watch setter and diamond specialist on premise. Now, for over 100 years, LaGravinese has been the jewelry store of choice when it has to be tasteful, elegant and classy. Visit them soon and often in their Pelham headquarters at 99 Fifth Avenue. Or call 914 738 0263. Their great website is www.lagravinisejewelers.com
Generation after generation, The remarkable La Gravinise story goes on! A time honored tradition…

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10538 BICYCLES…Are You Ready To Ride?
Ah…the glory days of youth! Frolicking at the beach, your graduation from school…and your first bicycle. Milestones for sure and good memories.  Now there is a bicycle store in Larchmont that caters to riders of all ages and featuring only the most cutting edge and finest bikes. Do you remember the exhilaration of wind blowing in your face and that first feeling of independence and accomplishment from learning how to ride a bicycle? And as an adult, still the same sense of freedom and an enjoyable way to stay fit and healthy!
The only address you’ll need when it comes to great bicycles is 10538. Indeed, at 10538 Bicycles at 146 Larchmont Ave, in the heart of Larchmont NY, is a very special and unique store which caters to riders of literally all ages. Come and see what young and older riders are raving about in this 1200 square foot bicycle paradise.
Owners Joelle Litzky and Andrew Kelly have a combined 55 yrs of bike industry knowledge. They will help you choose the perfect bike and fit for you. From teenager favorites MOUNTAIN and GIANT brands to hybrid and road bikes, it’s all here at 10538 Bicycles.
In this day and age,  most people have a bike but this is the only place to come. Cities are also choosing to have more bike lanes and encourage people to ride bikes to cut down on air pollution. 10538 bicycles also sells accessories to help in the enjoyment and safety of riding a bicycle. As owner Andrew Kelly reminds us, helmets only work when you wear them. At 10538 Bicycles, they have the heart and experience to serve this communities needs. They even offer free tune up repairs for bicycles purchased here for as long as you own them. They also pride themselves on their community oriented spirit, welcoming kids to come after school to spend time and hang out in the bike store. Also offering special training if needed by a  local Westchester native,  Jeff Schaffer (known as “The Chief Pedal Officer” ) who will assist in helping your child to get started on the road to independence! 10538 Bicycles. 914 315 1009. Visit their cool website today at www.10538bicycles.com.
Now get ready to ride!
Photos by Clare Lawrence.
SUR LA TABLE: Our NYC Cooking Class!
I was always fascinated with the precision and art of cooking. I remember being in awe of my deft parents as they prepared a homemade meal in our spacious New Rochelle kitchen.  Recently, a few months ago, my ingenious mother had the clever and fun idea to have us take a state-of-art two hour cooking class at legendary and well known Sur La Table in Manhattan along with approximately fifteen other culinary inclined aficionados.
On our feet most of the time,  we rolled up our sleeves, put our aprons on and began our pizza making journey. The small class enabled us to receive personal attention, yet the independence to maneuver around the Sur La Table Kitchen in groups of four. Mom and I had a delightful time kneading the pizza dough and mixing the savory ingredients to add to our creation. Each team of four made three pizzas each; ours were temptingly delicious potato and cheese pizza, margarita pizza and a sausage pie to salivate the taste buds. After chopping more ingredients in the bowl and blender, we were then ready to make our official pizzas.
Each person in our team of four had a unique responsibility; mine was cooking the sausage in a skillet over an open flame stove. There is something very therapeutic to handling food and cooking indeed. Once we were done with all the preparing, the coveted Sur La Table oven was ours. The three pizzas were now ready to bake and our fine Italian fare would be ready to eat and savor soon.
After roughly fourteen minutes, our creations had come to fruition. To the amazement of our cooking team, our efforts had turned out remarkably and the three pizzas tasted impeccable and mouthwatering! So, our Manhattan cooking experience was a sheer culinary bonanza that I highly recommend.  Sur La Table first began these ingenuous in store hands on cooking programs in the mid 1990s and they are now the United States biggest of their kind. I strongly recommend you and your family put the apron on and attend one near you. For more great information, please go to www.surlatable.com. Now let’s get ready to eat!
Photos by Clare Lawrence
Until next time!
Matthew Thayer O’Shaunnessy
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