Issue 14 February 2015 OUR NEW LOOK! For a lifestyle in the know. Get organized in 2015! Tips from professionals to get you started How to treat common winter illnesses Parenting 101 5 ways to tackle laundry stains FYI Reviews: Restaurant of the Month FYI Magazine | 1
Issue 14 February 2015  OUR NEW LOOK  For a lifestyle in the know.  Get organized in 2015  Tips from professionals to get ...
In This Issue 4 Editor’s Note Fall in Love with Life 6 Yitty Denciger Art & Marketing Tzivia Cohen Sandbox Marketing Proofreader FYI Magazine is looking to hire a motivated salesperson. Great opportunity with room for growth. Apply Now! Email your resume to ads@fyimagazineny.com 2 | FYI Magazine Got the Flu? 10 A Chiropractor’s Point of View Common Winter Illnesses 15 5 Minutes to Fitness 6 you gotta know! 17 Magic Helpers 20 Your 2015 Calendar of Savings Editor 23 Coffee Makers David Zilberberg 25 Restaurant of the Month 28 Useless information Rifka Waxman We’re Hiring 9 12 Publisher Worlds Best Diet Food Editor Chanie Apfelbaum Get a handle on things Advertising 31 Maximizing Space In Your Bedroom Sari Reiss 32 Planning Your Closet Makeover 36 Tackle Persistent Laundry Stains 38 Bite-sized Eats 43 Parenting 101 46 Financial Organization 48 A Little Bit of Fashion 50 Is your computer secure? Phone: 52 A High Price 516.331.1885 55 Inspiration for your Tu B'shvat Contributing Writers Dini Harris Nissi Unger Malka Winner 17 32 58 23. 23 E-mail: ads@fyimagazineny.com AD DEADLINES Purim Issue: Feb 19 Pesach Issue: March 19 Sharpen your appetite 58 Blackened Fish Tacos 60 Paleo Chocolate Muffins 62 43 Clip these Recipes! FYI Magazine | 3
In This Issue 4   Editor   s Note  Fall in Love with Life 6  Yitty Denciger Art   Marketing  Tzivia Cohen Sandbox Marketin...
In This Issue 4 Editor’s Note Fall in Love with Life 6 Yitty Denciger Art & Marketing Tzivia Cohen Sandbox Marketing Proofreader FYI Magazine is looking to hire a motivated salesperson. Great opportunity with room for growth. Apply Now! Email your resume to ads@fyimagazineny.com 2 | FYI Magazine Got the Flu? 10 A Chiropractor’s Point of View Common Winter Illnesses 15 5 Minutes to Fitness 6 you gotta know! 17 Magic Helpers 20 Your 2015 Calendar of Savings Editor 23 Coffee Makers David Zilberberg 25 Restaurant of the Month 28 Useless information Rifka Waxman We’re Hiring 9 12 Publisher Worlds Best Diet Food Editor Chanie Apfelbaum Get a handle on things Advertising 31 Maximizing Space In Your Bedroom Sari Reiss 32 Planning Your Closet Makeover 36 Tackle Persistent Laundry Stains 38 Bite-sized Eats 43 Parenting 101 46 Financial Organization 48 A Little Bit of Fashion 50 Is your computer secure? Phone: 52 A High Price 516.331.1885 55 Inspiration for your Tu B'shvat Contributing Writers Dini Harris Nissi Unger Malka Winner 17 32 58 23. 23 E-mail: ads@fyimagazineny.com AD DEADLINES Purim Issue: Feb 19 Pesach Issue: March 19 Sharpen your appetite 58 Blackened Fish Tacos 60 Paleo Chocolate Muffins 62 43 Clip these Recipes! FYI Magazine | 3
In This Issue 4   Editor   s Note  Fall in Love with Life 6  Yitty Denciger Art   Marketing  Tzivia Cohen Sandbox Marketin...
Let us Editor’s Note I was recently attempting to declutter and went through a big box from my childhood. Nostalgia washed over me as I came across my junior high school yearbook. In a humorous column titled “Future Professions,” my class professed (no pun intended) to what they imagined each girl would be when she grew up. Some examples included flight attendant, hairdresser, etcetera. I skimmed over the list to find my name. There it was. Yitty-Writer. I find it amazing that my personality was already so established back then to make me what I am today. But it’s not just character that makes someone successful. I’ve learned that even if I come up with something that I think is a great idea, it may not actually work. Many a time, the only way to know is to try. And try I did. The way I learn and make decisions is based on my readers’ feedback. As a resident of the Five Towns, I’ve always searched for a magazine to help with the important (and sometimes difficult) tasks of homemaking. There is an abundance of information out there that we can gain from, and so much we can share with each other. For these reasons, I decided to change the vision of this publication and to create FYI Magazine. I’ve had a great experience with Five Towns Link, and I’m looking forward to continuing its success here. Additionally, from this issue on, we will be expanding our distribution. Our new magazine will be found in stores and stands all over the Five Towns and Queens. You will also find the latest issue of FYI at your local store. We want to help make 2015 your best year yet! Organization is one of my favorite topics. I could probably live in The Container Store. Professional Organizer Rivka Davidowitz shares her tips on how to organize your kitchen. My mother was always more into holistic medicine. Me? Not so much. It was very interesting to interview both Dr. Simai and Ellen Blonder on the same subjects and get in on such varied approaches. A while back, I came across Busy in Brooklyn (Chanie Apfelbaum) on Instagram and was hooked by the heavenly recipes she posts. Chanie is über talented; I had to have her as part of our team. Now you, too, can enjoy her delicious recipes - from easy meals to health - and top it off with desserts. Let me know what you think of our new look by sharing with your friends and sending me feedback! To new beginnings! Yitty Denciger Follow me on Instagram and Facebook! @FYIMAGAZINE HELP YOUR BUSINESS GROW receive a COMPLIMENTARY 90 MINUTE BUSINESS & MARKETING CONSULTATION with YOUR BOARD™ when you open a CREDIT CARD PROCESSING ACCOUNT with Banquest Payment Systems MEET YOUR BOARD™ K. FRISCH MarketingWACHTFOGEL RIVKY & Design Group MAURICE STEIN BANQUEST RB CREATIVE MARKETING ASK MAURICE.COM MAKE THE MOVE TODAY. LET’S RAISE YOUR BOTTOM LINE. 855.323.8300 ext. 101 | www.banquest.com bottomline@banquest.com | K. Frisch, CEO 4 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 5
Let us Editor   s Note  I  was recently attempting to declutter and went through a big box from my childhood. Nostalgia wa...
Let us Editor’s Note I was recently attempting to declutter and went through a big box from my childhood. Nostalgia washed over me as I came across my junior high school yearbook. In a humorous column titled “Future Professions,” my class professed (no pun intended) to what they imagined each girl would be when she grew up. Some examples included flight attendant, hairdresser, etcetera. I skimmed over the list to find my name. There it was. Yitty-Writer. I find it amazing that my personality was already so established back then to make me what I am today. But it’s not just character that makes someone successful. I’ve learned that even if I come up with something that I think is a great idea, it may not actually work. Many a time, the only way to know is to try. And try I did. The way I learn and make decisions is based on my readers’ feedback. As a resident of the Five Towns, I’ve always searched for a magazine to help with the important (and sometimes difficult) tasks of homemaking. There is an abundance of information out there that we can gain from, and so much we can share with each other. For these reasons, I decided to change the vision of this publication and to create FYI Magazine. I’ve had a great experience with Five Towns Link, and I’m looking forward to continuing its success here. Additionally, from this issue on, we will be expanding our distribution. Our new magazine will be found in stores and stands all over the Five Towns and Queens. You will also find the latest issue of FYI at your local store. We want to help make 2015 your best year yet! Organization is one of my favorite topics. I could probably live in The Container Store. Professional Organizer Rivka Davidowitz shares her tips on how to organize your kitchen. My mother was always more into holistic medicine. Me? Not so much. It was very interesting to interview both Dr. Simai and Ellen Blonder on the same subjects and get in on such varied approaches. A while back, I came across Busy in Brooklyn (Chanie Apfelbaum) on Instagram and was hooked by the heavenly recipes she posts. Chanie is über talented; I had to have her as part of our team. Now you, too, can enjoy her delicious recipes - from easy meals to health - and top it off with desserts. Let me know what you think of our new look by sharing with your friends and sending me feedback! To new beginnings! Yitty Denciger Follow me on Instagram and Facebook! @FYIMAGAZINE HELP YOUR BUSINESS GROW receive a COMPLIMENTARY 90 MINUTE BUSINESS & MARKETING CONSULTATION with YOUR BOARD™ when you open a CREDIT CARD PROCESSING ACCOUNT with Banquest Payment Systems MEET YOUR BOARD™ K. FRISCH MarketingWACHTFOGEL RIVKY & Design Group MAURICE STEIN BANQUEST RB CREATIVE MARKETING ASK MAURICE.COM MAKE THE MOVE TODAY. LET’S RAISE YOUR BOTTOM LINE. 855.323.8300 ext. 101 | www.banquest.com bottomline@banquest.com | K. Frisch, CEO 4 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 5
Let us Editor   s Note  I  was recently attempting to declutter and went through a big box from my childhood. Nostalgia wa...
{ Fal l i n Love w i th L i fe } What is the Worlds Best Diet? By: Leah Berg, MS RD CDN The DASH diet was formulated by the US National Institute of Health to lower high blood pressure/ hypertension without medication. However, the DASH eating plan is also a plan that ALL adults can benefit from. Moreover, the DASH eating pattern may be beneficial in reducing the risk of many cancers, stroke, heart disease, heart failure, kidney stones and diabetes. It has also been proven to be an effective way to lose weight. The DASH diet is based on research that shows that lowering high blood pressure is best achieved by eating a low-sodium, low-fat diet rich in whole grains, low-fat or non-fat dairy, fruits, and vegetables. This theory follows that nutrients such as potassium, calcium, protein, and fiber are all crucial for fending off high blood pressure. When following the DASH diet, though, you do not have to track your intake of each of these nutrients. Rather, you should simply emphasize the intake of foods that contain these nutrients and stay away from calorie- and fat-laden foods such as sweets and red meat. Top it off by cutting back on your salt intake, and you’re set. This past week, U.S. News and World released their annual “World’s Best Diets” rankings. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) took the top spot in this year’s list. In fact, the DASH diet has won the top honors every year since 2011. What exactly are the guidelines for the DASH eating plan? In short, the DASH diet emphasizes vegetables, fruit and low-fat or non-fat dairy, and includes moderate amounts of whole grains, fish, poultry and nuts. The standard DASH diet allows you to consume up to 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day; however, those who are advised to further cut down on their sodium levels are allotted up to 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day (this includes people who are 51 and older, African Americans, and people who have hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease). In a 2,000-calorie-per-day DASH diet, it is recommended to have 6-8 servings of grains, 4-5 servings of fruits, 4-5 servings of veggies, 2-3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy, 6 or fewer servings of fish, meat or poultry, 4-5 servings of nuts, seeds or legumes, and 2-3 servings of fats and oils. Sweets should be limited to 5 or less per week. And it’s recommended to limit alcohol consumption to 2 or fewer drinks per day for men and 1 or less for women. (DASH) is a flexible and balanced eating plan that has been shown to lower high blood pressure. The DASH eating plan: • Is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and total fat • Focuses on fruits, vegetables, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products • Is rich in whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, and nuts • Contains fewer sweets, When consuming grains, you’re advised to focus on whole grains, which are full of fiber. The fruits and veggies will also provide fiber in your diet, as well as potassium, magnesium and a variety of other vitamins and minerals. Dairy products will supply you with calcium, vitamin D and protein. However, low-fat or fat-free dairy is crucial in order to limit your saturated fat intake. The fish, meat or poultry will offer you protein, plus B vitamins, iron and zinc. Nuts, seeds, and legumes contribute protein, magnesium, potassium, fiber and phytochemicals (plant compounds that may protect against some cancers and cardiovascular disease). A small amount of fat is recommended to help your body absorb essential vitamins and to help your immune system. As established above, the DASH diet surpasses a variety of better-known diets in the race to the top because of its healthy approach to eating. added sugars and sugary beverages, and red meats than the typical American diet Leah Berg is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in nutrition. She provides nutritional counseling in the Five Towns area for children and adults, addressing weight loss and various diseases/illnesses. To make an appointment, call Leah at 646-530-1453 or email Leahbrg@gmail.com 6 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 7
  Fal l i n Love w i th L i fe    What is the  Worlds Best Diet  By  Leah Berg, MS RD CDN  The DASH diet was formulated by...
{ Fal l i n Love w i th L i fe } What is the Worlds Best Diet? By: Leah Berg, MS RD CDN The DASH diet was formulated by the US National Institute of Health to lower high blood pressure/ hypertension without medication. However, the DASH eating plan is also a plan that ALL adults can benefit from. Moreover, the DASH eating pattern may be beneficial in reducing the risk of many cancers, stroke, heart disease, heart failure, kidney stones and diabetes. It has also been proven to be an effective way to lose weight. The DASH diet is based on research that shows that lowering high blood pressure is best achieved by eating a low-sodium, low-fat diet rich in whole grains, low-fat or non-fat dairy, fruits, and vegetables. This theory follows that nutrients such as potassium, calcium, protein, and fiber are all crucial for fending off high blood pressure. When following the DASH diet, though, you do not have to track your intake of each of these nutrients. Rather, you should simply emphasize the intake of foods that contain these nutrients and stay away from calorie- and fat-laden foods such as sweets and red meat. Top it off by cutting back on your salt intake, and you’re set. This past week, U.S. News and World released their annual “World’s Best Diets” rankings. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) took the top spot in this year’s list. In fact, the DASH diet has won the top honors every year since 2011. What exactly are the guidelines for the DASH eating plan? In short, the DASH diet emphasizes vegetables, fruit and low-fat or non-fat dairy, and includes moderate amounts of whole grains, fish, poultry and nuts. The standard DASH diet allows you to consume up to 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day; however, those who are advised to further cut down on their sodium levels are allotted up to 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day (this includes people who are 51 and older, African Americans, and people who have hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease). In a 2,000-calorie-per-day DASH diet, it is recommended to have 6-8 servings of grains, 4-5 servings of fruits, 4-5 servings of veggies, 2-3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy, 6 or fewer servings of fish, meat or poultry, 4-5 servings of nuts, seeds or legumes, and 2-3 servings of fats and oils. Sweets should be limited to 5 or less per week. And it’s recommended to limit alcohol consumption to 2 or fewer drinks per day for men and 1 or less for women. (DASH) is a flexible and balanced eating plan that has been shown to lower high blood pressure. The DASH eating plan: • Is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and total fat • Focuses on fruits, vegetables, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products • Is rich in whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, and nuts • Contains fewer sweets, When consuming grains, you’re advised to focus on whole grains, which are full of fiber. The fruits and veggies will also provide fiber in your diet, as well as potassium, magnesium and a variety of other vitamins and minerals. Dairy products will supply you with calcium, vitamin D and protein. However, low-fat or fat-free dairy is crucial in order to limit your saturated fat intake. The fish, meat or poultry will offer you protein, plus B vitamins, iron and zinc. Nuts, seeds, and legumes contribute protein, magnesium, potassium, fiber and phytochemicals (plant compounds that may protect against some cancers and cardiovascular disease). A small amount of fat is recommended to help your body absorb essential vitamins and to help your immune system. As established above, the DASH diet surpasses a variety of better-known diets in the race to the top because of its healthy approach to eating. added sugars and sugary beverages, and red meats than the typical American diet Leah Berg is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in nutrition. She provides nutritional counseling in the Five Towns area for children and adults, addressing weight loss and various diseases/illnesses. To make an appointment, call Leah at 646-530-1453 or email Leahbrg@gmail.com 6 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 7
  Fal l i n Love w i th L i fe    What is the  Worlds Best Diet  By  Leah Berg, MS RD CDN  The DASH diet was formulated by...
www.sandbox-marketing.com Because the music makes the event... Got the Flu? ORCHESTRA & PRODUCTIONS All of our customers receive our undivided attention & unparalleled professionalism, benefiting from our creativity & years of experience. Contact us to help you plan an affair you will never forget. You’re not alone. Approximately 47 million Americans get the flu each year. While some people head straight to the doctors office, others schedule and appointment with their chiropractor for an adjustment. We reached out to both sides of the spectrum to give you some insight. Flu & cold statistics: • More than 200,000 people are hospitalized on average for flu-related complications each year. • U.S. population that gets the flu, on average, each year: between 5% and 20%. • More than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year for respiratory and heart conditions, illnesses associated with seasonal influenza virus infections. Source: CDC 718.256.7200 • www.aaronteitelbaumproductions.com • aarontproductions@gmail.com t tweet us @aaronteitelbaum ` 8 | FYI Magazine facebook.com/aarontproductions ™Follow us on instagram @aaronteitelbaum FYI Magazine | 9
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www.sandbox-marketing.com Because the music makes the event... Got the Flu? ORCHESTRA & PRODUCTIONS All of our customers receive our undivided attention & unparalleled professionalism, benefiting from our creativity & years of experience. Contact us to help you plan an affair you will never forget. You’re not alone. Approximately 47 million Americans get the flu each year. While some people head straight to the doctors office, others schedule and appointment with their chiropractor for an adjustment. We reached out to both sides of the spectrum to give you some insight. Flu & cold statistics: • More than 200,000 people are hospitalized on average for flu-related complications each year. • U.S. population that gets the flu, on average, each year: between 5% and 20%. • More than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year for respiratory and heart conditions, illnesses associated with seasonal influenza virus infections. Source: CDC 718.256.7200 • www.aaronteitelbaumproductions.com • aarontproductions@gmail.com t tweet us @aaronteitelbaum ` 8 | FYI Magazine facebook.com/aarontproductions ™Follow us on instagram @aaronteitelbaum FYI Magazine | 9
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{ Fal l i n Love w i th L i fe } { Fa l l in Love with L ife } A lot of children are getting sick with the flu now. What would you do for the flu? Is there something you could do? Thanks for allowing us to interview you. Can you summarize what chiropractic work is? Hashem created our body with the innate ability to heal itself. A chiropractor can help facilitate this by adjusting the spine into alignment gently, with her hands. Interesting. What kinds of patients/ailments do you normally see? Ellen Blonder: A Chiropractor’s Point of View by: Rachel Sanders There are more than 60,000 doctors of chiropractic practicing in the United States. According to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), about 8 percent of adults (more than 18 million) and nearly 3 percent of children (more than 2 million) receive chiropractic manipulation yearly. 10 | FYI Magazine I see patients who are having issues with migraines, stress, bed-wetting, stomach issues, common illnesses and pregnancy. What I do here is a little different than everywhere else, because I treat religious women just like me. I can really relate to them, too. What I generally see in the Five Towns are stressed, overworked moms who are juggling jobs and kids. The number one problem I see is neck pulls and sprained sacroiliacs- the lowest point of the spine on the right and the left. Right before Pesach is when I have the most patients because stress and hard work are not a great combination; something is going to pop. Mental and physical work can cause stress and strain to the body. How does a sprained sacroiliac occur? What causes something like that? Regular adjustments can definitely keep the flu away. If a patient has fever, a chiropractic adjustment can break the fever and make the patient feel better a day later. Sometimes, children get these fevers and they just don’t break, but if you put everything into the right place (with chiropractic adjustments) then of course it’s going to heal. Right. What’s your take on medicating for the flu or a cough? How do you feel about the medical and chiropractic worlds? Do they oppose each other? Penicillin is very important. I wouldn’t tell someone not to take medication. I’m into medication. If you have strep, take your antibiotics. But I’m more into preventing people from getting sick in the first place. Prevention is key. Doctors are starting to realize that antibiotics are causing severe stomach problems. Chiropractic is great to enhance the medical world. I think it’s always great to go to your doctor first to make a diagnosis; I’m the second step. I do believe chiropractic is amazing. It’s also important to note that chiropractic has the lowest malpractice rate. The medical world is starting to recognize us. There are a lot more referrals from doctors then there were years ago, and even doctors are seeing chiropractors now! Ellen Blonder is a chiropractor in the Five Towns, and has had her own practice for over 22 years. At the age of 12, Ellen did her first adjustment with the help of her father, Dr. Morton Nussbaum a’h, who was also a chiropractor. She has been doing chiropractic work ever since. Ellen loved the feeling of helping people feel great, so she decided to follow in her father’s footsteps. Ellen lives in Woodmere with her husband and five children. We now also buy your Airline Travel Certificates & Gift Cards! It happens mostly from carrying huge bags, groceries and children. The challenge is to make the time to go in for a chiropractic adjustment before everything blows. So when, essentially, should people be seen for a chiropractic adjustment? Once a month. Children and adults who are regularly adjusted get sick less. And when they do get sick they recover quickly. If you are beyond stressed and have a lot going on in your life, then you should be seen twice a month. There are many aspects of chiropractic work. Other modalities that I use include the activator and the ultrasound machine, which is used for muscle strain and takes down inflammation. I also do cranialsacryl, which is a whole other thing. It’s very relaxing and I use it for stress and migraines. 1.877.5.SELL.MILES W W W.CASHYOURMILES.COM FYI Magazine | 11
  Fal l i n Love w i th L i fe      Fa l l in Love with L ife    A lot of children are getting sick with the flu now. What...
{ Fal l i n Love w i th L i fe } { Fa l l in Love with L ife } A lot of children are getting sick with the flu now. What would you do for the flu? Is there something you could do? Thanks for allowing us to interview you. Can you summarize what chiropractic work is? Hashem created our body with the innate ability to heal itself. A chiropractor can help facilitate this by adjusting the spine into alignment gently, with her hands. Interesting. What kinds of patients/ailments do you normally see? Ellen Blonder: A Chiropractor’s Point of View by: Rachel Sanders There are more than 60,000 doctors of chiropractic practicing in the United States. According to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), about 8 percent of adults (more than 18 million) and nearly 3 percent of children (more than 2 million) receive chiropractic manipulation yearly. 10 | FYI Magazine I see patients who are having issues with migraines, stress, bed-wetting, stomach issues, common illnesses and pregnancy. What I do here is a little different than everywhere else, because I treat religious women just like me. I can really relate to them, too. What I generally see in the Five Towns are stressed, overworked moms who are juggling jobs and kids. The number one problem I see is neck pulls and sprained sacroiliacs- the lowest point of the spine on the right and the left. Right before Pesach is when I have the most patients because stress and hard work are not a great combination; something is going to pop. Mental and physical work can cause stress and strain to the body. How does a sprained sacroiliac occur? What causes something like that? Regular adjustments can definitely keep the flu away. If a patient has fever, a chiropractic adjustment can break the fever and make the patient feel better a day later. Sometimes, children get these fevers and they just don’t break, but if you put everything into the right place (with chiropractic adjustments) then of course it’s going to heal. Right. What’s your take on medicating for the flu or a cough? How do you feel about the medical and chiropractic worlds? Do they oppose each other? Penicillin is very important. I wouldn’t tell someone not to take medication. I’m into medication. If you have strep, take your antibiotics. But I’m more into preventing people from getting sick in the first place. Prevention is key. Doctors are starting to realize that antibiotics are causing severe stomach problems. Chiropractic is great to enhance the medical world. I think it’s always great to go to your doctor first to make a diagnosis; I’m the second step. I do believe chiropractic is amazing. It’s also important to note that chiropractic has the lowest malpractice rate. The medical world is starting to recognize us. There are a lot more referrals from doctors then there were years ago, and even doctors are seeing chiropractors now! Ellen Blonder is a chiropractor in the Five Towns, and has had her own practice for over 22 years. At the age of 12, Ellen did her first adjustment with the help of her father, Dr. Morton Nussbaum a’h, who was also a chiropractor. She has been doing chiropractic work ever since. Ellen loved the feeling of helping people feel great, so she decided to follow in her father’s footsteps. Ellen lives in Woodmere with her husband and five children. We now also buy your Airline Travel Certificates & Gift Cards! It happens mostly from carrying huge bags, groceries and children. The challenge is to make the time to go in for a chiropractic adjustment before everything blows. So when, essentially, should people be seen for a chiropractic adjustment? Once a month. Children and adults who are regularly adjusted get sick less. And when they do get sick they recover quickly. If you are beyond stressed and have a lot going on in your life, then you should be seen twice a month. There are many aspects of chiropractic work. Other modalities that I use include the activator and the ultrasound machine, which is used for muscle strain and takes down inflammation. I also do cranialsacryl, which is a whole other thing. It’s very relaxing and I use it for stress and migraines. 1.877.5.SELL.MILES W W W.CASHYOURMILES.COM FYI Magazine | 11
  Fal l i n Love w i th L i fe      Fa l l in Love with L ife    A lot of children are getting sick with the flu now. What...
{ Fal l i n Love w i th L i fe } Q & A with Dr. Simai Common Winter Illnesses { Fa l l in Love with L ife } Many people are getting the flu now, as it has been going around lately. Should children get vaccinated for the flu? Children also commonly get coughs in the winter. What are your thoughts on Robitussin (cough medicine)? In general, absolutely yes. This year the vaccine is not as effective as in other years, because of the new strain if the flu. The CDC is still recommending that patients be immunized. I do not recommend cough suppressants as it has more side effects than benefit. Parents should really stay from away from it. This is especially true if a child has any history of asthma, wheezing or pneumonia. Personally, I tried it years ago for my son who is a wheezer, and one dose of the medicine got him into such respiratory distress that it traumatized me. So I really discourage all my patients from taking cough suppressants. If they want to take a homeopathic or honey based cough medicine without any suppressants, then that’s okay. And, if a child does get the flu, do you recommend Tamiflu (medicine)? It really depends on the situation . If you have a mother who can stay home with her child for 4-5 days and the child doesn’t have any history of immune deficiency, asthma, pneumonia or heart disease you can have the option of not treating it. If the child is at high risk, or if you would really like your child to be back in school asap, the only option is to give medicine. Tamiflu is known for having bad side effects and therefore people are not as quick to medicate their children. Most of my patients who took the medicine told me that their children responded very well to the medicine. Some patients do have mild symptoms such as nausea. As a general rule, less than 10% of our patients have complained of side effects. I’m very flexible. If a mother really wants to go “natural” with a healthy child, I definitely wouldn’t discourage her. What do you recommend for congestion? For children younger than a year: 1. Saline spray or breast milk inside the nostril. You can do five drops in the nostril every few hours. Don’t use a suction because it can cause bleeding. 2. Leave the window an inch open at night, so that the air is not too warm and dry. 3. Steam showers for ten minutes. For children above a year: You can give them chamomile tea with honey or plain honey. A few teaspoons of honey have been proven to treat congestion and cough better than Robitussin. You didn’t mention anything about humidifiers. Why is that? We stopped recommending humidifiers because Primary Health in Israel has found that some kids in Israel who had humidifiers in their rooms died of upper respiratory infections. This is linked specifically to a bacteria that grows in wet or moldy surfaces and was found in the humidifier. All this information and more helpful tips can be found on my website: www.doctorsimai.com Dr. David Simai is a Board Certified Pediatrician from the Five Towns. He is a full time attending in his own private practice since 2007 in Cedarhurst, New York. In addition, he is an Attending Do you believe in chiropractic healing for the flu? No. I haven’t seen any studies that show that chiropractic intervention heals the flu faster than just giving Tylenol. If you do find something, I’d be happy to take a look at it. Honestly, if a patient wants to do it, I wouldn’t discourage him. It’s not harmful. But would I send a patient to a chiropractor to begin with? Probably not. For most patients proper hydration and pain medicine is a more cost effective way to treat the flu. 12 | FYI Magazine Physician at LIJ-Cohen Children’s Hospital, North-Shore Manhasset can be contacted for consultation at 516-374-2228 or via email University Hospital and South Nassau Community Hospital. He Drsimaipediatrics@gmail.com Note: This article is not intended to help diagnose or treat any specific disease. Always consult your personal physician before diagnosing or treating yourself or your child for any of the above mentioned illnesses. FYI Magazine | 13
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{ Fal l i n Love w i th L i fe } Q & A with Dr. Simai Common Winter Illnesses { Fa l l in Love with L ife } Many people are getting the flu now, as it has been going around lately. Should children get vaccinated for the flu? Children also commonly get coughs in the winter. What are your thoughts on Robitussin (cough medicine)? In general, absolutely yes. This year the vaccine is not as effective as in other years, because of the new strain if the flu. The CDC is still recommending that patients be immunized. I do not recommend cough suppressants as it has more side effects than benefit. Parents should really stay from away from it. This is especially true if a child has any history of asthma, wheezing or pneumonia. Personally, I tried it years ago for my son who is a wheezer, and one dose of the medicine got him into such respiratory distress that it traumatized me. So I really discourage all my patients from taking cough suppressants. If they want to take a homeopathic or honey based cough medicine without any suppressants, then that’s okay. And, if a child does get the flu, do you recommend Tamiflu (medicine)? It really depends on the situation . If you have a mother who can stay home with her child for 4-5 days and the child doesn’t have any history of immune deficiency, asthma, pneumonia or heart disease you can have the option of not treating it. If the child is at high risk, or if you would really like your child to be back in school asap, the only option is to give medicine. Tamiflu is known for having bad side effects and therefore people are not as quick to medicate their children. Most of my patients who took the medicine told me that their children responded very well to the medicine. Some patients do have mild symptoms such as nausea. As a general rule, less than 10% of our patients have complained of side effects. I’m very flexible. If a mother really wants to go “natural” with a healthy child, I definitely wouldn’t discourage her. What do you recommend for congestion? For children younger than a year: 1. Saline spray or breast milk inside the nostril. You can do five drops in the nostril every few hours. Don’t use a suction because it can cause bleeding. 2. Leave the window an inch open at night, so that the air is not too warm and dry. 3. Steam showers for ten minutes. For children above a year: You can give them chamomile tea with honey or plain honey. A few teaspoons of honey have been proven to treat congestion and cough better than Robitussin. You didn’t mention anything about humidifiers. Why is that? We stopped recommending humidifiers because Primary Health in Israel has found that some kids in Israel who had humidifiers in their rooms died of upper respiratory infections. This is linked specifically to a bacteria that grows in wet or moldy surfaces and was found in the humidifier. All this information and more helpful tips can be found on my website: www.doctorsimai.com Dr. David Simai is a Board Certified Pediatrician from the Five Towns. He is a full time attending in his own private practice since 2007 in Cedarhurst, New York. In addition, he is an Attending Do you believe in chiropractic healing for the flu? No. I haven’t seen any studies that show that chiropractic intervention heals the flu faster than just giving Tylenol. If you do find something, I’d be happy to take a look at it. Honestly, if a patient wants to do it, I wouldn’t discourage him. It’s not harmful. But would I send a patient to a chiropractor to begin with? Probably not. For most patients proper hydration and pain medicine is a more cost effective way to treat the flu. 12 | FYI Magazine Physician at LIJ-Cohen Children’s Hospital, North-Shore Manhasset can be contacted for consultation at 516-374-2228 or via email University Hospital and South Nassau Community Hospital. He Drsimaipediatrics@gmail.com Note: This article is not intended to help diagnose or treat any specific disease. Always consult your personal physician before diagnosing or treating yourself or your child for any of the above mentioned illnesses. FYI Magazine | 13
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{ Fa l l in Love with L ife } 5 Minutes to Fitness Got 5 minutes? Get Fit! Have you ever questioned why losing body fat is possible, but losing it in specific target areas cannot be accomplished? We are all gifted with different shapes and sizes, but fat loss is a total and whole body mission. Fortunately, through many physical exercises, we can learn to build, train, strengthen and tone specific muscle groups in areas of concern. Focus of t he week: PUSH-UP ROW The push-up is one of the, if not A combined exercise that will targ et the upper body, specifi cally the lattissimus d orsi (our “lats”) and o ur core. “the”, best upper body exercises to build core strength. This compound exercise introduces and engages your lattissimus dorsi muscles (back muscles). START: In push-up position - legs together would be most challenging, and legs spread wide apart would provide assistance through weight disbursement. Beginners can take position on their knees. Hold medium-weight dumbbells to begin with (5-12lbs.). Complete a 1 full push-up. Once you return back to that push-up/plank position, pull your right elbow back, squeezing your right shoulder blade. While the right arm/side is raised, your left arm is stabilizing your body. Once you release your arm, return to starting position. Repeat the push-up, and row now on the left side. Continue this series until you accomplish 3 sets 2 of 10-14 repetitions. Rebecca Blue is a fitness enthusiast for over 27 years. Rebecca received her personal training/ fitness Instructor license from ECITS, AFAA, ISCA. She is constantly learning and studying to make sure she is always at the height of the newest trends, thoughts and theories of exercise. Her training techniques incorporate every aspect of the fitness industry including kettle bells, TRX, kickboxing, strength trainings, plyometrics and more. Rebecca is available to train clients at several of the five town fitness centers, or at the privacy of their homes. rblue1994@yahoo.com | 516-426-9911 14 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 15
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{ Fa l l in Love with L ife } 5 Minutes to Fitness Got 5 minutes? Get Fit! Have you ever questioned why losing body fat is possible, but losing it in specific target areas cannot be accomplished? We are all gifted with different shapes and sizes, but fat loss is a total and whole body mission. Fortunately, through many physical exercises, we can learn to build, train, strengthen and tone specific muscle groups in areas of concern. Focus of t he week: PUSH-UP ROW The push-up is one of the, if not A combined exercise that will targ et the upper body, specifi cally the lattissimus d orsi (our “lats”) and o ur core. “the”, best upper body exercises to build core strength. This compound exercise introduces and engages your lattissimus dorsi muscles (back muscles). START: In push-up position - legs together would be most challenging, and legs spread wide apart would provide assistance through weight disbursement. Beginners can take position on their knees. Hold medium-weight dumbbells to begin with (5-12lbs.). Complete a 1 full push-up. Once you return back to that push-up/plank position, pull your right elbow back, squeezing your right shoulder blade. While the right arm/side is raised, your left arm is stabilizing your body. Once you release your arm, return to starting position. Repeat the push-up, and row now on the left side. Continue this series until you accomplish 3 sets 2 of 10-14 repetitions. Rebecca Blue is a fitness enthusiast for over 27 years. Rebecca received her personal training/ fitness Instructor license from ECITS, AFAA, ISCA. She is constantly learning and studying to make sure she is always at the height of the newest trends, thoughts and theories of exercise. Her training techniques incorporate every aspect of the fitness industry including kettle bells, TRX, kickboxing, strength trainings, plyometrics and more. Rebecca is available to train clients at several of the five town fitness centers, or at the privacy of their homes. rblue1994@yahoo.com | 516-426-9911 14 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 15
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{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } www.sandbox-marketing.com now open! CLIQUE FITNESS Four-in-One Avocado Tool Pluck Egg Separator Instead of juggling and dirtying a knife, spoon and fork when preparing an avocado, use this nifty allin-one tool for ease, convenience and cleanliness. With a simple squeeze and release you can suction the yolk up, then squeeze again to empty it out where you want it. Pluck solves the messy problem of separating the yolk from the egg white and eliminates eggshell fragments in food, which can occur when using the “shell to shell” method. About $15, williams-sonoma.com. About $3, Quirky.com. A BrAnd nEW COnCEPT in KoSher wellneSS separate classes for men and women personal training • top tier instructors onsite massage therapy • free valet parking grand ope nin special: g 2 full week S $10 pe of oN ly r cla expir SS eS fe Space b 8 th is limit ed: Sig to rese rve you n up today r spot! clique fitness was founded on the belief that everyone can enjoy their time at the gym, regardless of your goals or preferences. Clique’s co-founders, Dov and Ava Segal, started their journey with Fitness1on1 personal training studios and have now expanded into group classes. The goal at Clique goes way beyond your fitness achievements; it’s about enjoying the journey. Trudeau Flex Pot Clip Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer This is such a simple item, yet so handy. This clip affixes to the side of any pot. Instead of using a spoon rest, the spoon or cooking utensil slips into the slot to hang over the pot. No more drips and no more confusion over which utensil goes with which pot. Reinvent your favorite pasta dishes with this ingenious tool. Just place desired vegetable into the Vegetti, turn, and voila! You also have the option to make thin or thick “spaghetti”. About $10, amazon.com. About $12, amazon.com. SepAr Ate ClASS eS fo r TeenS (boyS ! & Girl S) Sign up today! Visit cliquefitnesscenter.com/signup CLIQUE FITN maSSage therapy grand opening Special: 20% oFF All mASSAgeS bookeD in The FirST week Specializing in: Back & Neck Pain Relief Stress Reduction • Relaxation clIQUe FITNESS Follow uS! @CliqueFiTneSSCenTer 18 | FYI Magazine 80-21 164th Street, QueenS • 516.792.6858 • info@cliQuefitneSScenter.com • www.cliQuefitneSScenter.com19 FYI Magazine |
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{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } Your 2015 Calendar of Savings With emails, tweets and circulars announcing great deals all the time, it may look like every day is sale day. Not quite. Product research experts found that the best deals for certain things still go by the calendar. Use the information below to see when you can usually find deep discounts on a wide range of products. January February Furniture, Linens, Toys, Carpeting, Suits Indoor Furniture, Gym Equipment, Cell Phones April Laptop Computers, Lawn Mowers, Cruises, Sneakers, Summer Airfare July May Camping and Outdoor Gear, Mattresses, Refrigerators, Office Furniture, Gym Membership August Furniture, Home Decor, Video Games, Jewelry Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, Outdoor Furniture, Snow Blowers, Office Supplies October November Winter Coats, Bicycles, Patio Furniture, Appliances Baby Products, GPS Navigators, Toys, Gas Grills, Bicycles 20 | FYI Magazine March Digital Cameras, Small Consumer Electronics, Winter Sports Gear, Luggage June Camcorders, Pots, Pans and Dishware, Summer Sports Gear, Swimwear, Tools September Digital Cameras, Snow Blowers, Appliances, Cars, Wine, Bicycles December Home Appliances, Toys, Small Consumer Electronics, Gas Grills, Pools FYI Magazine | 21
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{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } Your 2015 Calendar of Savings With emails, tweets and circulars announcing great deals all the time, it may look like every day is sale day. Not quite. Product research experts found that the best deals for certain things still go by the calendar. Use the information below to see when you can usually find deep discounts on a wide range of products. January February Furniture, Linens, Toys, Carpeting, Suits Indoor Furniture, Gym Equipment, Cell Phones April Laptop Computers, Lawn Mowers, Cruises, Sneakers, Summer Airfare July May Camping and Outdoor Gear, Mattresses, Refrigerators, Office Furniture, Gym Membership August Furniture, Home Decor, Video Games, Jewelry Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, Outdoor Furniture, Snow Blowers, Office Supplies October November Winter Coats, Bicycles, Patio Furniture, Appliances Baby Products, GPS Navigators, Toys, Gas Grills, Bicycles 20 | FYI Magazine March Digital Cameras, Small Consumer Electronics, Winter Sports Gear, Luggage June Camcorders, Pots, Pans and Dishware, Summer Sports Gear, Swimwear, Tools September Digital Cameras, Snow Blowers, Appliances, Cars, Wine, Bicycles December Home Appliances, Toys, Small Consumer Electronics, Gas Grills, Pools FYI Magazine | 21
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{ You G ot ta Kn ow! } Top-Rated Product Reviews Coffee Makers DeLonghi Esclusivo DC514T ($80) This 14-cup capacity DeLonghi Esclusivo DC514T ($80) is sleek, stylish and easy to use. While the machine may be a tad pricey, the coffee it brews is smooth and well balanced. Other great features that add value include a fine mesh gold filter (never buy another paper filter again!) and a programmable timer capable of making you a cup of coffee at the time of your choice every morning. Note that the Esclusivo is also known for producing a lot of steam. This causes a slight drip at the back of the machine, which leaves a small water puddle on your counter. If you have a household of coffee drinkers, this machine is for you! Starbucks Barista Aroma Solo Monique Coffee Maker BAIS ($69) The Starbucks Barista Aroma Solo Monique Coffee Maker BAIS ($69) makes the best single-cup coffee serving. The secret may be the HOT temperature of the water (hotter than most single brew units). It’s also fast, making this machine perfect if you’re on the go. You can only use the included mug, and it is fairly hard to buy the mug separately. It is impossible to clean the inside of the machine, but it does come with a removable basket. It is unique in that it uses regular ground coffee (not pods or capsules like most in this category). Make your morning coffee and rush out the door with your freshly brewed grande (16 oz.) in hand. JOIN OUR MANY SATISFIED FIVE TOWNS CUSTOMERS! ICON ICONDECORATIVE HARDWARE AND PLUMBING SUPPLY Zojirushi Fresh Brew Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker ($98) With a glossy black body and stainless steel carafe, the Zojirushi Fresh Brew Stainless Steel Carafe Coffee Maker ($98) will brew a delicious cup of coffee in just 9 minutes. Additionally, the thermal stainless steel carafe will keep your coffee warm for hours. It is taller than most coffee makers and it likely won’t fit under low-slung, above-counter cabinets. It is recommended that you measure your vertical counter space before purchasing this brewer. The Zojirushi is also known for brewing loudly. The 8-cup capacity coffee maker features a detachable filter for an easy, breezy, thorough cleanup. DECORATIVE HARDWARE AND PLUMBINGAVENUE | LAKEWOOD, NJ | SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM 732.367.7515 | 205 CEDAR BRIDGE SUPPLY 732.367.7515Magazine 22 | FYI | 205 CEDAR BRIDGE AVENUE | LAKEWOOD, NJ | SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM FYI Magazine | 23
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{ You G ot ta Kn ow! } Top-Rated Product Reviews Coffee Makers DeLonghi Esclusivo DC514T ($80) This 14-cup capacity DeLonghi Esclusivo DC514T ($80) is sleek, stylish and easy to use. While the machine may be a tad pricey, the coffee it brews is smooth and well balanced. Other great features that add value include a fine mesh gold filter (never buy another paper filter again!) and a programmable timer capable of making you a cup of coffee at the time of your choice every morning. Note that the Esclusivo is also known for producing a lot of steam. This causes a slight drip at the back of the machine, which leaves a small water puddle on your counter. If you have a household of coffee drinkers, this machine is for you! Starbucks Barista Aroma Solo Monique Coffee Maker BAIS ($69) The Starbucks Barista Aroma Solo Monique Coffee Maker BAIS ($69) makes the best single-cup coffee serving. The secret may be the HOT temperature of the water (hotter than most single brew units). It’s also fast, making this machine perfect if you’re on the go. You can only use the included mug, and it is fairly hard to buy the mug separately. It is impossible to clean the inside of the machine, but it does come with a removable basket. It is unique in that it uses regular ground coffee (not pods or capsules like most in this category). Make your morning coffee and rush out the door with your freshly brewed grande (16 oz.) in hand. JOIN OUR MANY SATISFIED FIVE TOWNS CUSTOMERS! ICON ICONDECORATIVE HARDWARE AND PLUMBING SUPPLY Zojirushi Fresh Brew Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker ($98) With a glossy black body and stainless steel carafe, the Zojirushi Fresh Brew Stainless Steel Carafe Coffee Maker ($98) will brew a delicious cup of coffee in just 9 minutes. Additionally, the thermal stainless steel carafe will keep your coffee warm for hours. It is taller than most coffee makers and it likely won’t fit under low-slung, above-counter cabinets. It is recommended that you measure your vertical counter space before purchasing this brewer. The Zojirushi is also known for brewing loudly. The 8-cup capacity coffee maker features a detachable filter for an easy, breezy, thorough cleanup. DECORATIVE HARDWARE AND PLUMBINGAVENUE | LAKEWOOD, NJ | SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM 732.367.7515 | 205 CEDAR BRIDGE SUPPLY 732.367.7515Magazine 22 | FYI | 205 CEDAR BRIDGE AVENUE | LAKEWOOD, NJ | SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM FYI Magazine | 23
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{ You G ot ta Kn ow! } Restaurant of the Month: FY Resta I uran t of th e Mont h W H ERE WE DINE Brasserie Halevi By: Sarah Lezell When I heard that a new, high-end meat restaurant was opening in town, I was intrigued. We don’t have many of those in the Five Towns. Brothers Dave and Eric Levine opened this beautiful restaurant a little over half a year ago. A s soon as I sat down, I was served warm bread Another delectable appetizer on the menu that caught with olive oil and pesto sauce. With so many my eye was the tuna tartare ($16), which featured savory options on the menu, it was hard for fresh tuna on a beautifully plated dish topped with me to decide what to get, but Jen, my waitress, was fried wontons. Other Brasserie Halevi starters include very helpful. First, I ordered the poached pear salad sweet bread ragu, duck ravioli, wild mushroom risot- ($14). It contained romaine lettuce, walnuts, squash to, and lamb lollipop meatballs. and sweet pears for a perfectly balanced flavor. The salad was lightly dressed in a vinaigrette. 24 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 25
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{ You G ot ta Kn ow! } Restaurant of the Month: FY Resta I uran t of th e Mont h W H ERE WE DINE Brasserie Halevi By: Sarah Lezell When I heard that a new, high-end meat restaurant was opening in town, I was intrigued. We don’t have many of those in the Five Towns. Brothers Dave and Eric Levine opened this beautiful restaurant a little over half a year ago. A s soon as I sat down, I was served warm bread Another delectable appetizer on the menu that caught with olive oil and pesto sauce. With so many my eye was the tuna tartare ($16), which featured savory options on the menu, it was hard for fresh tuna on a beautifully plated dish topped with me to decide what to get, but Jen, my waitress, was fried wontons. Other Brasserie Halevi starters include very helpful. First, I ordered the poached pear salad sweet bread ragu, duck ravioli, wild mushroom risot- ($14). It contained romaine lettuce, walnuts, squash to, and lamb lollipop meatballs. and sweet pears for a perfectly balanced flavor. The salad was lightly dressed in a vinaigrette. 24 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 25
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{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } BATH BATH BATH KITCHEN KITCHEN KITCHEN I also sampled the queen cut ribeye - a succulent dish The soft garlic rosemary lamb went beyond my wildest expectations. ($38). It was a perfectly cooked, medium-rare, beautifully marbled piece of 12 oz. meat. On the side were the same steamed spinach and mashed potatoes that were served with the lamb. Unlike many sparse restaurant menus, there were over fifteen entrees to choose from. Tempted by the mouthwatering meat options, we eventually settled on the braised lamb ($38). The soft garlic rosemary lamb went beyond my wildest expectations. It was topped with mushrooms and served with steamed spinach Stay for dessert. Amongst a menu of fresh fruit and chocolate mousse, I chose my all-time favorite, chocolate molten cake. It was perfectly baked, with hot runny chocolate on the inside and a scoop of ice cream on TILE TILE TILE the side. I would go just for the dessert any day. and herb-roasted potatoes. The herb-roasted potatoes I have to give props to Chef George Futsler for an ended up being mashed potatoes that tasted neither amazingly fresh and equally delicious dinner. like herbs nor roasted. Still, herb-roasted potatoes or not, one can order this entree and be quite satisfied. ««««« 600 Central Ave, Cedarhurst, NY 11516 Were your home comes together. Were your home comes together.Were your home comes together. 516-218-2190 | brasseriehalevi.com Service: Excellent, friendly, eager. Hashgacha: Vaad of E I Five E R I O I N - H O U S the N T Towns IN-HOUSE INTERIOR DESIGNER BY APPOINTMENT R D E S I G N E R B Y A P P O I N T N -EH O U N - H IO U S E I IO R E REI S I R N E R I B Y E R P O I N T M O NN T M E N T I M NTI SE NTER NT D O G DES GN AP BY APP E I T N E W U T R E C H T AV E N U E 7 1 8 . 8 5 3 . 3 2 0 0 4 6 2 5 E U T R AV E N E W U T R E C H T A V E N U E 7 1 8 . 8 5 3 . 3 2 0 0 N6 2 5 U T RTILE.H T E C H N U E E N U .E 5 3 .8 . 2 0 0 . 4 6 2 5 4 6 2 5 KITCHEN. BATH. BATH. 4 E W N E W C KITCHEN. T A V 7 1 8 8 7 1 3 8 5 3 3 2 0 0 TILE. KITCHEN. BATH. BATH. TILE. KITCHEN. TILE. 26 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 27
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{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } BATH BATH BATH KITCHEN KITCHEN KITCHEN I also sampled the queen cut ribeye - a succulent dish The soft garlic rosemary lamb went beyond my wildest expectations. ($38). It was a perfectly cooked, medium-rare, beautifully marbled piece of 12 oz. meat. On the side were the same steamed spinach and mashed potatoes that were served with the lamb. Unlike many sparse restaurant menus, there were over fifteen entrees to choose from. Tempted by the mouthwatering meat options, we eventually settled on the braised lamb ($38). The soft garlic rosemary lamb went beyond my wildest expectations. It was topped with mushrooms and served with steamed spinach Stay for dessert. Amongst a menu of fresh fruit and chocolate mousse, I chose my all-time favorite, chocolate molten cake. It was perfectly baked, with hot runny chocolate on the inside and a scoop of ice cream on TILE TILE TILE the side. I would go just for the dessert any day. and herb-roasted potatoes. The herb-roasted potatoes I have to give props to Chef George Futsler for an ended up being mashed potatoes that tasted neither amazingly fresh and equally delicious dinner. like herbs nor roasted. Still, herb-roasted potatoes or not, one can order this entree and be quite satisfied. ««««« 600 Central Ave, Cedarhurst, NY 11516 Were your home comes together. Were your home comes together.Were your home comes together. 516-218-2190 | brasseriehalevi.com Service: Excellent, friendly, eager. Hashgacha: Vaad of E I Five E R I O I N - H O U S the N T Towns IN-HOUSE INTERIOR DESIGNER BY APPOINTMENT R D E S I G N E R B Y A P P O I N T N -EH O U N - H IO U S E I IO R E REI S I R N E R I B Y E R P O I N T M O NN T M E N T I M NTI SE NTER NT D O G DES GN AP BY APP E I T N E W U T R E C H T AV E N U E 7 1 8 . 8 5 3 . 3 2 0 0 4 6 2 5 E U T R AV E N E W U T R E C H T A V E N U E 7 1 8 . 8 5 3 . 3 2 0 0 N6 2 5 U T RTILE.H T E C H N U E E N U .E 5 3 .8 . 2 0 0 . 4 6 2 5 4 6 2 5 KITCHEN. BATH. BATH. 4 E W N E W C KITCHEN. T A V 7 1 8 8 7 1 3 8 5 3 3 2 0 0 TILE. KITCHEN. BATH. BATH. TILE. KITCHEN. TILE. 26 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 27
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{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } { You G ot ta Kn ow! } Useless Information That You Just Gotta Know! Tidbits of information that’s good to know when in a conversation with your friends, kids, or even with yourself! 57 That’s the number on the Heinz ketchup bottle. Many people believe 65 it is there because the company sells 57 product varieties. Not exactly. Here’s how it happened: In 1896, Henry Heinz noticed an adver- Elmer’s Glue may be hitting tisement with the number 21 on it. retirement age soon, but it is It was advertising 21 styles of shoes. nowhere near slowing down. He liked it a lot and at that point was Elmer’s Glue and a whole line already selling more than 60 products, of other products are going including plum pudding, peanut butter strong. It all began in 1947 as and celery soup. He thought 57 was the Borden Company, which a lucky number and began using the brought the first line of white slogan “57 Varieties” in his ads, even glue to consumers. It went by though he kept on adding products to the name Cascorez Glue and his line. Today, the company sells more was packaged in impractical than 5,700 products all over the world glass bottles with wooden but they see no reason to get rid of sticks attached to it by the original 57. In fact, the number 57 rubber band. Soon, the glue was incorporated in Heinz Corporate was renamed Elmer’s Glue- Culture. Their mailing address: P.O. All after Elmer, the spouse of Box 57. Their phone number: 273-5757. Borden’s corporate symbol, Finally, up until the 1950’s, anyone who Elsie the cow. took time to let Heinz know about their 57th birthday and wrote to them about it got a free case of Heinz products. 28 | FYI Magazine 53 By: Rivkah Hart 4.5 We are talking ounces. 4.5 ounces. That’s the size of a stick of butter—and a newborn giant panda. Newborn giant pandas weigh about 90-130 grams (3-4.5 ounces) and are 1/900th the size of their mothers. They depend on their mothers for about eight or nine months, after which they are fully weaned. Most of them are gone; they leave their mothers by about eighteen months. The pandas’ average life span is 14-20 years in the wild. In captivity, their life span is greatly improved and they have lived up to thirty years. Most boys and girls own some of these. LEGO bricks are available in 53 different colors. LEGO machines produce 19 billion LEGO elements every single year. These machines are so efficient they can mold 2.16 million LEGO elements every hour, or 36,000 per minute. Each piece is also inspected for defects, and only when it is deemed perfect by the machines is it on its way to your home. Since the company’s beginning in 1949, more than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced. -40 Brrr... It’s getting cold out there. -40 has significance aside from it being dangerously freezing weather. You can just say forty below without need for any further explanation, because -40 degrees is the only time that Fahrenheit and Celsius are the same. Dave Thurlow from the Mount Washington Observatory explains that -40 is close to the freezing point for mercury. It is the most commonly used fluid used in thermometers and just dandy for temperatures above -40. In colder places other fluids are used, most commonly alcohol. Mercury is the preferred fluid because it is more accurate, but alcohol does not freeze until -200 F. For those of you who are mathematically inclined and are shaking your heads in disbelief, here’s the formula: F = 9/5*C + 32. So you can prove it’s true. FYI Magazine | 29
  Yo u G ot ta Know        You G ot ta Kn ow     Useless Information That You Just Gotta Know  Tidbits of information that...
{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } { You G ot ta Kn ow! } Useless Information That You Just Gotta Know! Tidbits of information that’s good to know when in a conversation with your friends, kids, or even with yourself! 57 That’s the number on the Heinz ketchup bottle. Many people believe 65 it is there because the company sells 57 product varieties. Not exactly. Here’s how it happened: In 1896, Henry Heinz noticed an adver- Elmer’s Glue may be hitting tisement with the number 21 on it. retirement age soon, but it is It was advertising 21 styles of shoes. nowhere near slowing down. He liked it a lot and at that point was Elmer’s Glue and a whole line already selling more than 60 products, of other products are going including plum pudding, peanut butter strong. It all began in 1947 as and celery soup. He thought 57 was the Borden Company, which a lucky number and began using the brought the first line of white slogan “57 Varieties” in his ads, even glue to consumers. It went by though he kept on adding products to the name Cascorez Glue and his line. Today, the company sells more was packaged in impractical than 5,700 products all over the world glass bottles with wooden but they see no reason to get rid of sticks attached to it by the original 57. In fact, the number 57 rubber band. Soon, the glue was incorporated in Heinz Corporate was renamed Elmer’s Glue- Culture. Their mailing address: P.O. All after Elmer, the spouse of Box 57. Their phone number: 273-5757. Borden’s corporate symbol, Finally, up until the 1950’s, anyone who Elsie the cow. took time to let Heinz know about their 57th birthday and wrote to them about it got a free case of Heinz products. 28 | FYI Magazine 53 By: Rivkah Hart 4.5 We are talking ounces. 4.5 ounces. That’s the size of a stick of butter—and a newborn giant panda. Newborn giant pandas weigh about 90-130 grams (3-4.5 ounces) and are 1/900th the size of their mothers. They depend on their mothers for about eight or nine months, after which they are fully weaned. Most of them are gone; they leave their mothers by about eighteen months. The pandas’ average life span is 14-20 years in the wild. In captivity, their life span is greatly improved and they have lived up to thirty years. Most boys and girls own some of these. LEGO bricks are available in 53 different colors. LEGO machines produce 19 billion LEGO elements every single year. These machines are so efficient they can mold 2.16 million LEGO elements every hour, or 36,000 per minute. Each piece is also inspected for defects, and only when it is deemed perfect by the machines is it on its way to your home. Since the company’s beginning in 1949, more than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced. -40 Brrr... It’s getting cold out there. -40 has significance aside from it being dangerously freezing weather. You can just say forty below without need for any further explanation, because -40 degrees is the only time that Fahrenheit and Celsius are the same. Dave Thurlow from the Mount Washington Observatory explains that -40 is close to the freezing point for mercury. It is the most commonly used fluid used in thermometers and just dandy for temperatures above -40. In colder places other fluids are used, most commonly alcohol. Mercury is the preferred fluid because it is more accurate, but alcohol does not freeze until -200 F. For those of you who are mathematically inclined and are shaking your heads in disbelief, here’s the formula: F = 9/5*C + 32. So you can prove it’s true. FYI Magazine | 29
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{ G et a Han dl e on Thin g s } MAXIMIZING SPACE IN YOUR BEDROOM 1 30 YEARS OF TRUST A LIFETIME OF QUALITY 1 Whitmor Bed Risers This ingenious product creates instant underthe-bed-storage. Place one riser under each foot of the bed and voila! You have just created five more inches of space! 2 2 Iris Drawer Bin How to make use of this new found space, you ask? This Iris bin is the perfect under-the-bed storage solution. It is clear, so you can view the contents easily. In addition, the sliding drawer makes accessing the contents easy as it slides out. The perfect answer to where to put your outof-season clothing, extra blankets/linens, photos and more. 3 InterDesign Vanity Organizer This handy makeup organizer has multiple storage compartments and includes two drawers, which makes it super easy to organize all your cosmetics. Keep your brushes, lipsticks, powders, eyeliners and mascara handy and neat with this all-in-one makeup organizer! 4 5 4 Whitmor Shoe Rack Are your shoes randomly cluttering your closets or floors and wasting lots of space? This Whitmor shoe rack holds up to nine pairs of shoes, and allows easy access to your footwear. It fits inside most standard closets easily. 3 5 Front Door Shoe Bins These shoe bins are the perfect storage solution for shoes you don’t use often. Their innovative front doors ensure easy access to shoes or other items without having to unstack the boxes. One bin can easily fit under a bed. They are also perfect for that hard-to-reach shelf in your closet. Are you a container buff, or just someone who wishes she was more organized? Organicer is a small and quaint shop in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn. Organicer has plenty of solutions for every room in your home, including the kitchen, bedroom, playroom, bathroom, office and travel. 4717 New Utrecht Ave Brooklyn, NY (718) 676-4717 30 | FYI Magazine 3720 14th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218 · 718.436.6598 FYI Magazine | 31
  G et a Han dl e on Thin g s    MAXIMIZING SPACE IN YOUR BEDROOM 1  30 YEARS OF TRUST A LIFETIME OF QUALITY  1 Whitmor Be...
{ G et a Han dl e on Thin g s } MAXIMIZING SPACE IN YOUR BEDROOM 1 30 YEARS OF TRUST A LIFETIME OF QUALITY 1 Whitmor Bed Risers This ingenious product creates instant underthe-bed-storage. Place one riser under each foot of the bed and voila! You have just created five more inches of space! 2 2 Iris Drawer Bin How to make use of this new found space, you ask? This Iris bin is the perfect under-the-bed storage solution. It is clear, so you can view the contents easily. In addition, the sliding drawer makes accessing the contents easy as it slides out. The perfect answer to where to put your outof-season clothing, extra blankets/linens, photos and more. 3 InterDesign Vanity Organizer This handy makeup organizer has multiple storage compartments and includes two drawers, which makes it super easy to organize all your cosmetics. Keep your brushes, lipsticks, powders, eyeliners and mascara handy and neat with this all-in-one makeup organizer! 4 5 4 Whitmor Shoe Rack Are your shoes randomly cluttering your closets or floors and wasting lots of space? This Whitmor shoe rack holds up to nine pairs of shoes, and allows easy access to your footwear. It fits inside most standard closets easily. 3 5 Front Door Shoe Bins These shoe bins are the perfect storage solution for shoes you don’t use often. Their innovative front doors ensure easy access to shoes or other items without having to unstack the boxes. One bin can easily fit under a bed. They are also perfect for that hard-to-reach shelf in your closet. Are you a container buff, or just someone who wishes she was more organized? Organicer is a small and quaint shop in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn. Organicer has plenty of solutions for every room in your home, including the kitchen, bedroom, playroom, bathroom, office and travel. 4717 New Utrecht Ave Brooklyn, NY (718) 676-4717 30 | FYI Magazine 3720 14th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218 · 718.436.6598 FYI Magazine | 31
  G et a Han dl e on Thin g s    MAXIMIZING SPACE IN YOUR BEDROOM 1  30 YEARS OF TRUST A LIFETIME OF QUALITY  1 Whitmor Be...
{ Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s } At The Container Store, we’ve been helping our customers get organized for over 36 years. What we’ve witnessed is that, to most everyone, the closet is the biggest home organizational challenge. The Container Store’s Tips on Planning Your Closet Makeover A quick survey of your closet’s contents can reveal thousands of dollars worth of clothing, shoes and accessories. Given the time and money spent accumulating a personal wardrobe, we believe that taking time to store clothing properly, both to protect and prolong the life of your clothing, is a wise investment. Fortunately, redesigning closets to increase much-needed storage space can be a very simple process. By using a custom-designed storage and organization system like elfa®, closets can be transformed into multi-purpose areas, yielding up to 50 percent more usable space for a fraction of the cost of custom built-ins. Take Inventory Begin by noting everything you would like to store in a particular closet. This includes hanging and folded clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, and miscellaneous items such as sporting equipment, luggage, gift wrap, etc. Clean House Donate or hold a garage sale for anything you don’t or can’t wear or use anymore. Use the two-year rule - if you haven’t worn it in two years, it’s time to say goodbye to it. These items take up valuable space and probably won’t be missed. Remove Barriers If you have one lone closet rod at the top of your closet to hang your clothes on - remove it. One rod severely limits your ability to visualize available space and does not allow you to double-hang clothing. Measure your entire closet space from front to back, side to side and floor to ceiling. Note the height and width of doors and door frames, as well as the location of built-in shelves, fuse boxes, cables, ducts and other obstructions. Use All of the Available Space Be sure to select a closet system and completion products that maximize all of the available space, including vertical space from floor to ceiling and the often-wasted space behind the door. The Container Store opened it’s first small retail shop in 1978. With a 20% yearly growth average, they now have over 70 locations nationwide and have 6,000 employees. 32 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 33
  Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s    At The Container Store, we   ve been helping our customers get organized for over 36 ye...
{ Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s } At The Container Store, we’ve been helping our customers get organized for over 36 years. What we’ve witnessed is that, to most everyone, the closet is the biggest home organizational challenge. The Container Store’s Tips on Planning Your Closet Makeover A quick survey of your closet’s contents can reveal thousands of dollars worth of clothing, shoes and accessories. Given the time and money spent accumulating a personal wardrobe, we believe that taking time to store clothing properly, both to protect and prolong the life of your clothing, is a wise investment. Fortunately, redesigning closets to increase much-needed storage space can be a very simple process. By using a custom-designed storage and organization system like elfa®, closets can be transformed into multi-purpose areas, yielding up to 50 percent more usable space for a fraction of the cost of custom built-ins. Take Inventory Begin by noting everything you would like to store in a particular closet. This includes hanging and folded clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, and miscellaneous items such as sporting equipment, luggage, gift wrap, etc. Clean House Donate or hold a garage sale for anything you don’t or can’t wear or use anymore. Use the two-year rule - if you haven’t worn it in two years, it’s time to say goodbye to it. These items take up valuable space and probably won’t be missed. Remove Barriers If you have one lone closet rod at the top of your closet to hang your clothes on - remove it. One rod severely limits your ability to visualize available space and does not allow you to double-hang clothing. Measure your entire closet space from front to back, side to side and floor to ceiling. Note the height and width of doors and door frames, as well as the location of built-in shelves, fuse boxes, cables, ducts and other obstructions. Use All of the Available Space Be sure to select a closet system and completion products that maximize all of the available space, including vertical space from floor to ceiling and the often-wasted space behind the door. The Container Store opened it’s first small retail shop in 1978. With a 20% yearly growth average, they now have over 70 locations nationwide and have 6,000 employees. 32 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 33
  Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s    At The Container Store, we   ve been helping our customers get organized for over 36 ye...
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{ Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s } 5 Ways to Tackle Persistent Laundry Stains By: Nissi Unger Children’s laundry stains can often baffle even the most conscientious mom. Without a doubt, washing laundry right after it gets dirty will minimize the tenacity of any stain. Yet some stains can easily be removed even if the garment was not laundered { G et a Han dl e on Thin g s } Oil Pen It may sound odd, but “fight oil with oil.” The way to remove any oil stain is to apply a bit of Lestoil (a petroleum-based cleaner) on the stain, let sit for five minutes and rub gently with a toothbrush. You can then launder the piece of clothing using regular detergent and wash in the hottest possible water for that kind of fabric. Be careful! Lestoil is made to clean floors and has a strong odor that will stay in your clothing if used abundantly. If the smell really bothers you, put the clothing back in as soon as the cycle ends. If it is something you dry, use Bounce to get rid of the Lestoil smell in a jiffy. A shirt with pen marks on it does not have to be trashed. Rubbing alcohol removes most pen marks (that were not dried yet), plenty of marker stains, and any other colorful stains such as those from colored Italian ices. Apply rubbing alcohol directly on the stain. Let sit for five minutes. Then, rub gently with a toothbrush and launder the article as directed. It will not smell like rubbing alcohol after the wash. right away, if you use the proper agents. Shirt Collars and Cuffs Uniform shirts, Shabbos shirts—I am always asked about removing the gray at the rims of the cuffs and collars. It can be tedious to pretreat and rub them. Instead, get a bag of Shaklee’s Nature Bright. First, wash the load once with Tide with Bleach and 1-2 scoops of Nature Bright. Then, let the machine fill with water and soak the shirts in Tide with Bleach and 2 scoops of Nature Bright for about 6-8 hours. After that, let the washing machine cycle continue so the shirts wash again. Result? Spanking clean shirts. For shirts that are extra dirty, spray with Zout spray or foam before the first wash. No need to rub at all. Silly putty residue Which kid doesn’t put silly putty in his pocket and forgets about it at least once in his childhood? (Never mind under pillows, in carriages and the place I hate most—his hair!) Enter rubbing alcohol. Not only does it remove tough ink stains, it also dissolves silly putty. Recently, I washed a mesh back of a stroller that was full of molten silly putty. I poured rubbing alcohol over it and rubbed with a brush. It took a while, but in the end, all the silly putty was gone! Ketchup, school-lunch residue and other tough stains Zout spray or Zout foam is a winner! Pretreating garments with Zout spray or foam immediately after the child takes off the garment is bound to work. I rarely get a stain Zout won’t remove. It works better than Shout and many other pretreatments I have tried. Pretreat according to Zout instructions and launder as usual. 36 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 37
  Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s    5 Ways to Tackle Persistent Laundry Stains By  Nissi Unger  Children   s laundry stains...
{ Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s } 5 Ways to Tackle Persistent Laundry Stains By: Nissi Unger Children’s laundry stains can often baffle even the most conscientious mom. Without a doubt, washing laundry right after it gets dirty will minimize the tenacity of any stain. Yet some stains can easily be removed even if the garment was not laundered { G et a Han dl e on Thin g s } Oil Pen It may sound odd, but “fight oil with oil.” The way to remove any oil stain is to apply a bit of Lestoil (a petroleum-based cleaner) on the stain, let sit for five minutes and rub gently with a toothbrush. You can then launder the piece of clothing using regular detergent and wash in the hottest possible water for that kind of fabric. Be careful! Lestoil is made to clean floors and has a strong odor that will stay in your clothing if used abundantly. If the smell really bothers you, put the clothing back in as soon as the cycle ends. If it is something you dry, use Bounce to get rid of the Lestoil smell in a jiffy. A shirt with pen marks on it does not have to be trashed. Rubbing alcohol removes most pen marks (that were not dried yet), plenty of marker stains, and any other colorful stains such as those from colored Italian ices. Apply rubbing alcohol directly on the stain. Let sit for five minutes. Then, rub gently with a toothbrush and launder the article as directed. It will not smell like rubbing alcohol after the wash. right away, if you use the proper agents. Shirt Collars and Cuffs Uniform shirts, Shabbos shirts—I am always asked about removing the gray at the rims of the cuffs and collars. It can be tedious to pretreat and rub them. Instead, get a bag of Shaklee’s Nature Bright. First, wash the load once with Tide with Bleach and 1-2 scoops of Nature Bright. Then, let the machine fill with water and soak the shirts in Tide with Bleach and 2 scoops of Nature Bright for about 6-8 hours. After that, let the washing machine cycle continue so the shirts wash again. Result? Spanking clean shirts. For shirts that are extra dirty, spray with Zout spray or foam before the first wash. No need to rub at all. Silly putty residue Which kid doesn’t put silly putty in his pocket and forgets about it at least once in his childhood? (Never mind under pillows, in carriages and the place I hate most—his hair!) Enter rubbing alcohol. Not only does it remove tough ink stains, it also dissolves silly putty. Recently, I washed a mesh back of a stroller that was full of molten silly putty. I poured rubbing alcohol over it and rubbed with a brush. It took a while, but in the end, all the silly putty was gone! Ketchup, school-lunch residue and other tough stains Zout spray or Zout foam is a winner! Pretreating garments with Zout spray or foam immediately after the child takes off the garment is bound to work. I rarely get a stain Zout won’t remove. It works better than Shout and many other pretreatments I have tried. Pretreat according to Zout instructions and launder as usual. 36 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 37
  Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s    5 Ways to Tackle Persistent Laundry Stains By  Nissi Unger  Children   s laundry stains...
{ G et a Ha n d l e on T hin gs } party planning Bite-sized Eats We’ve been obsessed with small bites ever since they exploded onto the catering scene. But are they still in style for 2015? For the time being, they are definitely here to stay! by: Davii Mandel & Chany Kleinberger From hors d’oeuvres to tapas to desserts to full-blown buffets, small-plated food is all the rage. As time goes on, the recipes have become more and more creatively presented and prepared. Chefs keep whipping up new concepts that keep their guests intrigued. Part of the trick to creating a unique looking dish is to think outside the box. Use some everyday or easily accessible vessels to design a show-stopping presentation! 1. 38 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 39
  G et a Ha n d l e on T hin gs    party planning  Bite-sized Eats We   ve been obsessed with small bites ever since they ...
{ G et a Ha n d l e on T hin gs } party planning Bite-sized Eats We’ve been obsessed with small bites ever since they exploded onto the catering scene. But are they still in style for 2015? For the time being, they are definitely here to stay! by: Davii Mandel & Chany Kleinberger From hors d’oeuvres to tapas to desserts to full-blown buffets, small-plated food is all the rage. As time goes on, the recipes have become more and more creatively presented and prepared. Chefs keep whipping up new concepts that keep their guests intrigued. Part of the trick to creating a unique looking dish is to think outside the box. Use some everyday or easily accessible vessels to design a show-stopping presentation! 1. 38 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 39
  G et a Ha n d l e on T hin gs    party planning  Bite-sized Eats We   ve been obsessed with small bites ever since they ...
SUNDAY NIGHT, MARCH 15, 2015 The Colden Auditorium at Queens College 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367 Here are some ideas: 1. (Previous Page) 2-ounce shot cups (glass or plastic) with dip. (Tip: use a squeeze bottle to squirt dip down into bottom without making a mess.) Use fresh and colorful vegetables of different sizes and shapes. 2. 4 2. Tall 2-ounce shot cups (plastic, Amazing Savings) with iced coffee; topped with adorable, theme-colored mini donuts (www.minibitescookies. com) and served with striped straws and name flags (made on computer). 3. 4-ounce cups/ramekins (porcelain, Amazing Savings) with two different soups. Top smaller square ramekins with two slivers of toasted garlic bread. 4. Mini mason jars (Amazing Savings or Amazon.com) with yogurt-granola trifles. Use a squeeze bottle for the yogurt and add layers: vanilla yogurt, granola cereal, drained canned mandarin oranges, yogurt, cereal, mandarin oranges, and top with blueberries. Attach a mini silver-look (plastic) spoon. Doors Open 6:30 PM Event Begins 7:30 PM Promptly 3. 5. Great Music and Entertainment by 5. Battered chicken wings with apricot-Dijon dipping sauce at the bottom. These are 2-ounce martini cups (Ikea). Inspiration by World Renowned Lecturers When you create an entire buffet table of minis, the impression is huge! Avraha� Frie� Charli� Harar� R' Zechari� Wallerstei� R' Paysac� Kroh� To order Tickets 917-617-3636, 718-285-9132 Info@Chazaq.org | www.CHAZAQ.org Specia� Performanc� B� Internationall� Acclaime� Mentalis� Mar� Davii Mandel & Chany Kleinberger have a collective 25 years in the catering business. They bring their knowledge, experience and love of decorating & culinary arts to make sure their clients have the best experience possible! Phone: 845.426.0747 40 | FYI Magazine Sale� Limited corporate sponsorship opportunities and dedications available. Contact us for info Tickets: $18, $26, $36, $60, $75 and VIP Proceeds go towards CHAZAQ's outreach programs.
SUNDAY NIGHT, MARCH 15, 2015 The Colden Auditorium at Queens College 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367  Here are some...
SUNDAY NIGHT, MARCH 15, 2015 The Colden Auditorium at Queens College 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367 Here are some ideas: 1. (Previous Page) 2-ounce shot cups (glass or plastic) with dip. (Tip: use a squeeze bottle to squirt dip down into bottom without making a mess.) Use fresh and colorful vegetables of different sizes and shapes. 2. 4 2. Tall 2-ounce shot cups (plastic, Amazing Savings) with iced coffee; topped with adorable, theme-colored mini donuts (www.minibitescookies. com) and served with striped straws and name flags (made on computer). 3. 4-ounce cups/ramekins (porcelain, Amazing Savings) with two different soups. Top smaller square ramekins with two slivers of toasted garlic bread. 4. Mini mason jars (Amazing Savings or Amazon.com) with yogurt-granola trifles. Use a squeeze bottle for the yogurt and add layers: vanilla yogurt, granola cereal, drained canned mandarin oranges, yogurt, cereal, mandarin oranges, and top with blueberries. Attach a mini silver-look (plastic) spoon. Doors Open 6:30 PM Event Begins 7:30 PM Promptly 3. 5. Great Music and Entertainment by 5. Battered chicken wings with apricot-Dijon dipping sauce at the bottom. These are 2-ounce martini cups (Ikea). Inspiration by World Renowned Lecturers When you create an entire buffet table of minis, the impression is huge! Avraha� Frie� Charli� Harar� R' Zechari� Wallerstei� R' Paysac� Kroh� To order Tickets 917-617-3636, 718-285-9132 Info@Chazaq.org | www.CHAZAQ.org Specia� Performanc� B� Internationall� Acclaime� Mentalis� Mar� Davii Mandel & Chany Kleinberger have a collective 25 years in the catering business. They bring their knowledge, experience and love of decorating & culinary arts to make sure their clients have the best experience possible! Phone: 845.426.0747 40 | FYI Magazine Sale� Limited corporate sponsorship opportunities and dedications available. Contact us for info Tickets: $18, $26, $36, $60, $75 and VIP Proceeds go towards CHAZAQ's outreach programs.
SUNDAY NIGHT, MARCH 15, 2015 The Colden Auditorium at Queens College 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367  Here are some...
{ G et a Han dl e on Thin g s } Join us... for An exciting summer of Activities And fun, where every child gets to shine! Location: Price: Email campfunshine2014@gmail.com or contact Sari Schwartz at 516.655.7855 or Baila Halpern at 516.225.4521 Half summer $550 Full summer $1,100 ages: for more information and an aPPLication: Mon to Thu: 9:15-3:15 | Friday 9:15-12:30 Boys and girls, ages 2, 3, 4 & 5 Going into Playgroup, Nursery, Kindergarten and Pre1–A Parenting 101 by muffins -N-moms We all know that one mom - the “perfect” mother whose children are always welldressed and well-mannered, munching on their healthy snacks and involved in their educational games. The one mother who makes us question ourselves and our mothering abilities and wonder why, as we are just managing to get by, she is leading the neighborhood bake sale! The good news is that being a good mother is really not about perfection. It is about modeling resilience and strength for your children by coping with day-to-day challenges in a healthy manner. North Woodmere Hours: www.sandbox-marketing.com mer! r s eco n d s u m b ac k f o r o u Ask About our speciAl lunch option! noW Hiring staff! Call or email for a staff application To say that parenting is difficult is a gross understatement. With no manual to follow, parents often find themselves questioning their techniques and whether or not they are parenting the “right” way. One thing is for certain: parenting will always be difficult, full of winding roads, rocky terrains and choppy waters. Yet, some tried and true techniques can assist in making the journey a delightful one, instead of a daunting and intimidating ordeal. Simply put, working to create a peaceful and happy home environment can set the stage for a more secure atmosphere in which children can grow to become successful, healthy and wellregulated adults. With conscious effort and consistency on the part of the parent, this will inevitably reap tremendous rewards. Here are some tips to guide you on this journey towards peaceful parenting. We don’t want you biting off too much of the muffin to chew, so we recommend committing to one goal at a time, thereby avoiding inconsistency and a sense of failure. 42 | FYI Magazine • • Never compare yourself to the neighborhood bake sale lady/PTA mom/organic foods purchaser. You are a unique parent, parenting a unique child in your unique home. Utilize your strengths to be the best that you can be. Make sure to take time to fill your daily needs so that you have the resources to meet the needs of your children without negative feelings of resentment and anger. This can be done via time at the gym, salon, chatting with your girlfriends or having your favorite snack (muffin?) • Take time to connect with your spouse. Children can sense conflict and the effects will trickle into your parenting efforts. • Choose your battles and utilize humor whenever possible. Not every parent-to-child moment is a teachable one or a battle to be fought. Learn to let it go, and, if possible, infuse lighthearted communication when applicable. FYI Magazine | 43
  G et a Han dl e on Thin g s    Join us... for An exciting summer of Activities And fun, where every child gets to shine ...
{ G et a Han dl e on Thin g s } Join us... for An exciting summer of Activities And fun, where every child gets to shine! Location: Price: Email campfunshine2014@gmail.com or contact Sari Schwartz at 516.655.7855 or Baila Halpern at 516.225.4521 Half summer $550 Full summer $1,100 ages: for more information and an aPPLication: Mon to Thu: 9:15-3:15 | Friday 9:15-12:30 Boys and girls, ages 2, 3, 4 & 5 Going into Playgroup, Nursery, Kindergarten and Pre1–A Parenting 101 by muffins -N-moms We all know that one mom - the “perfect” mother whose children are always welldressed and well-mannered, munching on their healthy snacks and involved in their educational games. The one mother who makes us question ourselves and our mothering abilities and wonder why, as we are just managing to get by, she is leading the neighborhood bake sale! The good news is that being a good mother is really not about perfection. It is about modeling resilience and strength for your children by coping with day-to-day challenges in a healthy manner. North Woodmere Hours: www.sandbox-marketing.com mer! r s eco n d s u m b ac k f o r o u Ask About our speciAl lunch option! noW Hiring staff! Call or email for a staff application To say that parenting is difficult is a gross understatement. With no manual to follow, parents often find themselves questioning their techniques and whether or not they are parenting the “right” way. One thing is for certain: parenting will always be difficult, full of winding roads, rocky terrains and choppy waters. Yet, some tried and true techniques can assist in making the journey a delightful one, instead of a daunting and intimidating ordeal. Simply put, working to create a peaceful and happy home environment can set the stage for a more secure atmosphere in which children can grow to become successful, healthy and wellregulated adults. With conscious effort and consistency on the part of the parent, this will inevitably reap tremendous rewards. Here are some tips to guide you on this journey towards peaceful parenting. We don’t want you biting off too much of the muffin to chew, so we recommend committing to one goal at a time, thereby avoiding inconsistency and a sense of failure. 42 | FYI Magazine • • Never compare yourself to the neighborhood bake sale lady/PTA mom/organic foods purchaser. You are a unique parent, parenting a unique child in your unique home. Utilize your strengths to be the best that you can be. Make sure to take time to fill your daily needs so that you have the resources to meet the needs of your children without negative feelings of resentment and anger. This can be done via time at the gym, salon, chatting with your girlfriends or having your favorite snack (muffin?) • Take time to connect with your spouse. Children can sense conflict and the effects will trickle into your parenting efforts. • Choose your battles and utilize humor whenever possible. Not every parent-to-child moment is a teachable one or a battle to be fought. Learn to let it go, and, if possible, infuse lighthearted communication when applicable. FYI Magazine | 43
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{ Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s } Humor can be an extremely powerful parenting tool. Many parents assume that the idea of disciplining via humor is contradictory. In fact, trying to discipline when emotions are running high is most often ineffective, and humor can be a wonderful way to diffuse a tense moment. This is accomplished by rerouting the oppositional child with physical, playful and humorous reconnection. Lighthearted communication relieves a parent of stress, is a lot more fun, and allows you to be able to connect with your child rather than alienate him. Most notably, humor and light-hearted banter can run in tandem with limit-setting and rules, minus the friction. For some parents using funny voices or pretending to be someone else while giving the child instructions is helpful. Using childlike humor, roughhousing and games is also helpful. This will enable the child to understand what the parent is requesting of him, while making him chuckle at the same time. A silly poem or song about homework may prove a lot more effective than an argument about how late it is getting. Be creative! Every parent knows what their child will appreciate. What can be more rewarding than seeing your child laugh as he tidies his room? Win-win. If you have a talk with anyone whose children have grown and left the home, they will, hands down, wax nostalgic when remembering the joys of having young children in their care. Surely the challenges involved have been muted with time or forgotten, even those that seemed insurmountable at the time. So we ask of you, as difficult as it may be right now, take the time to savor the everyday moments. As always, remember to keep calm and eat muffins with mom! Warmly, Chaya and Leah muffins-N-moms is an interactive educational parenting workshop facilitated by Chaya Guttman LCSW and Leah Davidowitz LCSW. Chaya and Leah are both clinical social workers in private practice with extensive experience counseling parents and children of all ages. Individual sessions available upon request. For more information email muffinsnmoms@gmail.com or call 516.340.0288. Follow us on Instagram @muffinsnmoms_parenting for your daily dose of parenting tidbits and humor. 44 | FYI Magazine Book your first session today and get FITNESS 1-ON-1: REDEFINING KOSHER FITNESS 20% OFF! WITH MENTION OF THIS AD! EXP 1/31/15 WE ARE A COMPLETELY PRIVATE & KOSHER 1-ON-1 FACILITY, SPECIALIZING IN: Weight Loss - Muscle Strength Toning - Post Rehab Senior Care - Lower Back Pain Heart Conditions - Flexibility Call for a tour of the studio today! 426 DOUGHTY BLVD, INWOOD (516) 792-6858 www.fitness1on1.net • ds@fitness1on1.net FYI Magazine | 45
  Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s    Humor can be an extremely powerful parenting tool. Many parents assume that the idea of...
{ Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s } Humor can be an extremely powerful parenting tool. Many parents assume that the idea of disciplining via humor is contradictory. In fact, trying to discipline when emotions are running high is most often ineffective, and humor can be a wonderful way to diffuse a tense moment. This is accomplished by rerouting the oppositional child with physical, playful and humorous reconnection. Lighthearted communication relieves a parent of stress, is a lot more fun, and allows you to be able to connect with your child rather than alienate him. Most notably, humor and light-hearted banter can run in tandem with limit-setting and rules, minus the friction. For some parents using funny voices or pretending to be someone else while giving the child instructions is helpful. Using childlike humor, roughhousing and games is also helpful. This will enable the child to understand what the parent is requesting of him, while making him chuckle at the same time. A silly poem or song about homework may prove a lot more effective than an argument about how late it is getting. Be creative! Every parent knows what their child will appreciate. What can be more rewarding than seeing your child laugh as he tidies his room? Win-win. If you have a talk with anyone whose children have grown and left the home, they will, hands down, wax nostalgic when remembering the joys of having young children in their care. Surely the challenges involved have been muted with time or forgotten, even those that seemed insurmountable at the time. So we ask of you, as difficult as it may be right now, take the time to savor the everyday moments. As always, remember to keep calm and eat muffins with mom! Warmly, Chaya and Leah muffins-N-moms is an interactive educational parenting workshop facilitated by Chaya Guttman LCSW and Leah Davidowitz LCSW. Chaya and Leah are both clinical social workers in private practice with extensive experience counseling parents and children of all ages. Individual sessions available upon request. For more information email muffinsnmoms@gmail.com or call 516.340.0288. Follow us on Instagram @muffinsnmoms_parenting for your daily dose of parenting tidbits and humor. 44 | FYI Magazine Book your first session today and get FITNESS 1-ON-1: REDEFINING KOSHER FITNESS 20% OFF! WITH MENTION OF THIS AD! EXP 1/31/15 WE ARE A COMPLETELY PRIVATE & KOSHER 1-ON-1 FACILITY, SPECIALIZING IN: Weight Loss - Muscle Strength Toning - Post Rehab Senior Care - Lower Back Pain Heart Conditions - Flexibility Call for a tour of the studio today! 426 DOUGHTY BLVD, INWOOD (516) 792-6858 www.fitness1on1.net • ds@fitness1on1.net FYI Magazine | 45
  Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s    Humor can be an extremely powerful parenting tool. Many parents assume that the idea of...
{ Ge t a Hand l e o n Fa lngn Love w i t h L i fe } { Th i l i s } { G et a Han dl e on Thin g s } 2015: Now’s the Time for Financial Organization by: Dini Harris Financial gurus advise us to budget our income, stick to our budget, save for emergencies, save for retirement and get out of debt! But the first step to financial stability is simply organization. T he average person is flooded with paper and electronic financial documentation: bank statements, investment statements, bills, tax returns and mortgage payments. Setting up a system to organize all of this paperwork will help you clarify your financial position, set monetary goals and pay your bills on time. It’s true that setting up the system demands time and dedication, but once you get used to the routine, you will find that decluttering and organization removes much of the stress associated with personal finances. The first step is to locate all your paperwork. Those unpaid bills hanging on the fridge? Put them on the pile. The same is true of all the documents and receipts stuffed in your “to do” drawer. The stack of unfiled papers on your desk? You want those, too. 46 | FYI Magazine Now look at the heap; take a deep breath, start sorting and make piles. The first pile is for documents relating to your day-to-day financial transactions. This is where you put your bills, receipts, bank statements and pay stubs. File these papers in an expanding file or hanging folder. Put all electric bills in one file, all utility bills in another, the bills for each of your credit cards in another, and so on and so forth. Use these files to store your annual property tax and insurance bills. Then, take all unpaid bills and designate a separate location for them. After you’re financially organized, you’re going to use the information in this folder to create your budget and do all the wonderful things the financial gurus urge you to do. The second pile of documentation relates to your long-term investments and loans. This is where you file your investment, pension and fund statements, etc. You can place them in the back of the same expanding file, but you will want to keep the annual statements for a longer period of time. You want the investment statements as long as you own the investment. The statements will help you figure out tax due when you sell or trade. Tax returns and supporting documents are the third category of documentation. These can be put in long-term storage. Officially, the IRS has a three year window to question submitted tax information, so you want to make sure that you hang on to the paperwork that will validate your deductions. the one with bills and pay stubs? Let’s take a closer look at them. Get to know them. You know what? Make a list of monthly payments so that you get a concrete feel of your monthly bills. First, make a list of set monthly payments, like car loans. Now, take a look at monthly bills that fluctuate. How much do you pay for electricity in an average month? Do you pay the same in April, when the weather is fairly nice, as you do in January when you run the heat extensively? Figure out the average amount you pay for electricity per month and put that average on your list of monthly bill payments. Do the same for other utilities like gas and water. What about your phone bills? Are you paying a set rate, or do they fluctuate? Make sure you add your annual Taking care of bills and financial documentation isn’t fun and exciting. But it has to be done. Another long-term filing category relates to deeds and policy documents. You want the deed to your home and title of your car as long as you own them. Similarly, you want a copy of your homeowner’s and life insurance policies as long as they are in effect. You can include warranties and user manuals in this category. Save warranties as long as they are valid. Throw away user manuals to devices that you’ve since replaced! Once everything is filed, you’re on to your next step of financial organization, and that’s timely bill paying. Remember that first pile, bills to this list. Your property tax bill is in the thousands; divide that amount by the twelve months of the year. When you create your budget, you will put aside this money every month so that you can pay the bill when it is due. Now that you have a basic understanding of how much money you spend on bills per month, you want to create a system that ensures that you pay them all on time. Some companies, especially credit cards, tack on surcharges and raise interest rates for late payments. You don’t want this to happen to you. You have two bill paying options. You might want to set up automatic payments. You’ll then always be paying on time. However, some people prefer paying bills on their own so they can make sure they have enough money in their account before submitting payment. Whichever way you actually pay your bills, you should designate two days a month for looking over timely financial documentation. Pick two days that seem the most convenient: let’s say the 5th and the 20th of the month. On these days, you sit down and look through all the financial bills and paperwork that you’ve received in this period. If you receive some bills electronically, save them to a separate file on your computer as they arrive. When you look through your paperwork, look through this file too. Make sure you have enough time to do a thorough job. Look at your utility bills and their amounts. Look at your bank statements to make sure there are no errors. Look through your credit cards; are the totals correct? Office errors and other mistakes can cost you money. If you have not automated your payments, make sure to pay your bills now. Once the bills are paid, file them away with your new system. Taking care of bills and financial documentation isn’t fun and exciting, but it has to be done. If you don’t take charge of your paperwork, it will start to charge you – in dollars and cents. Paperwork can throttle a person’s peace of mind, so make sure you keep it firmly within your control. And, once you’ve organized your paperwork, you’ve taken the first step on the path towards financial stability. FYI Magazine | 47
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{ Ge t a Hand l e o n Fa lngn Love w i t h L i fe } { Th i l i s } { G et a Han dl e on Thin g s } 2015: Now’s the Time for Financial Organization by: Dini Harris Financial gurus advise us to budget our income, stick to our budget, save for emergencies, save for retirement and get out of debt! But the first step to financial stability is simply organization. T he average person is flooded with paper and electronic financial documentation: bank statements, investment statements, bills, tax returns and mortgage payments. Setting up a system to organize all of this paperwork will help you clarify your financial position, set monetary goals and pay your bills on time. It’s true that setting up the system demands time and dedication, but once you get used to the routine, you will find that decluttering and organization removes much of the stress associated with personal finances. The first step is to locate all your paperwork. Those unpaid bills hanging on the fridge? Put them on the pile. The same is true of all the documents and receipts stuffed in your “to do” drawer. The stack of unfiled papers on your desk? You want those, too. 46 | FYI Magazine Now look at the heap; take a deep breath, start sorting and make piles. The first pile is for documents relating to your day-to-day financial transactions. This is where you put your bills, receipts, bank statements and pay stubs. File these papers in an expanding file or hanging folder. Put all electric bills in one file, all utility bills in another, the bills for each of your credit cards in another, and so on and so forth. Use these files to store your annual property tax and insurance bills. Then, take all unpaid bills and designate a separate location for them. After you’re financially organized, you’re going to use the information in this folder to create your budget and do all the wonderful things the financial gurus urge you to do. The second pile of documentation relates to your long-term investments and loans. This is where you file your investment, pension and fund statements, etc. You can place them in the back of the same expanding file, but you will want to keep the annual statements for a longer period of time. You want the investment statements as long as you own the investment. The statements will help you figure out tax due when you sell or trade. Tax returns and supporting documents are the third category of documentation. These can be put in long-term storage. Officially, the IRS has a three year window to question submitted tax information, so you want to make sure that you hang on to the paperwork that will validate your deductions. the one with bills and pay stubs? Let’s take a closer look at them. Get to know them. You know what? Make a list of monthly payments so that you get a concrete feel of your monthly bills. First, make a list of set monthly payments, like car loans. Now, take a look at monthly bills that fluctuate. How much do you pay for electricity in an average month? Do you pay the same in April, when the weather is fairly nice, as you do in January when you run the heat extensively? Figure out the average amount you pay for electricity per month and put that average on your list of monthly bill payments. Do the same for other utilities like gas and water. What about your phone bills? Are you paying a set rate, or do they fluctuate? Make sure you add your annual Taking care of bills and financial documentation isn’t fun and exciting. But it has to be done. Another long-term filing category relates to deeds and policy documents. You want the deed to your home and title of your car as long as you own them. Similarly, you want a copy of your homeowner’s and life insurance policies as long as they are in effect. You can include warranties and user manuals in this category. Save warranties as long as they are valid. Throw away user manuals to devices that you’ve since replaced! Once everything is filed, you’re on to your next step of financial organization, and that’s timely bill paying. Remember that first pile, bills to this list. Your property tax bill is in the thousands; divide that amount by the twelve months of the year. When you create your budget, you will put aside this money every month so that you can pay the bill when it is due. Now that you have a basic understanding of how much money you spend on bills per month, you want to create a system that ensures that you pay them all on time. Some companies, especially credit cards, tack on surcharges and raise interest rates for late payments. You don’t want this to happen to you. You have two bill paying options. You might want to set up automatic payments. You’ll then always be paying on time. However, some people prefer paying bills on their own so they can make sure they have enough money in their account before submitting payment. Whichever way you actually pay your bills, you should designate two days a month for looking over timely financial documentation. Pick two days that seem the most convenient: let’s say the 5th and the 20th of the month. On these days, you sit down and look through all the financial bills and paperwork that you’ve received in this period. If you receive some bills electronically, save them to a separate file on your computer as they arrive. When you look through your paperwork, look through this file too. Make sure you have enough time to do a thorough job. Look at your utility bills and their amounts. Look at your bank statements to make sure there are no errors. Look through your credit cards; are the totals correct? Office errors and other mistakes can cost you money. If you have not automated your payments, make sure to pay your bills now. Once the bills are paid, file them away with your new system. Taking care of bills and financial documentation isn’t fun and exciting, but it has to be done. If you don’t take charge of your paperwork, it will start to charge you – in dollars and cents. Paperwork can throttle a person’s peace of mind, so make sure you keep it firmly within your control. And, once you’ve organized your paperwork, you’ve taken the first step on the path towards financial stability. FYI Magazine | 47
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{ Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s } Esty Brogna is a fun loving, free spirit and a highly admired fashionista. Check this column for the latest trends, how to dress your best and general fashion advice. Esty can be contacted at estybrognafashion@gmail.com. Drop her a note or leave her any questions you want to see featured here. A Little Bit of Fashion (and a lot-a-bit of how) I n my lifetime, I’ve read countless fashion blogs, seen my share of fashion websites, and followed quite a few fashionistas on social media. I’ve found over the years that, while these media certainly make for good inspiration, looking at other people’s outfits and reading up on current trends never magically enabled me to put together my own original outfits or signature wardrobe. Here’s what I was doing (read: what not to do): I would take note of an outfit or an article of clothing I really liked. I would find it. I would try it on. And then I would be sorely disappointed. Most of the time, I looked like I was playing dress up! I would either be unable to figure out how to wear it, or would just feel that it didn’t look right on me. One day, my sister introduced me to a theory that blew my fashion-centric mind: Each of us is one of four types, and we need to dress in accordance with our type to look our best. Once we master that, there’s no more debating between two belts for hours (I can’t be the only one who does that… can I?) or always resorting to our ‘fashion fairies’ (go-to fashion friends) for advice. The theory never failed me. Now I can take just one look at an outfit or trend and immediately realize how it can be modified for my type. I just look, process, and voila! Believe me when I tell you that, after running my fashion life like this for a while, I learned that I could look bang-on even when dressing down – if it’s right for my type. So you’re thinking, “Okay, but what exactly are the types?” Indulge me a moment, if you will. { G et a Han dl e on Thin g s } Dress to Be in Your Element I mean ‘element’ as in literal chemistry element. I mentioned chemistry and I’ve lost you? I know. Just read on and you’ll understand. According to kaballah, there are four basic elements of which the world was created: air, water, fire and earth. You and I are also composed of all four elements together, yet every one of us has one dominant element. This applies to all aspects of your personality and makeup, by the way. But let’s keep our focus on the relation to fashion. 1. Type one, air, is the brightest and most animated of all types. Just like air, type one personalities tend to be bouncy (strongly energetic) and random. They like anything fun and spontaneous. They look great in anything funky, colorful and what people would describe as ’cute’. 2. Type two, water, is the softest and most feminine of the four types. Such personalities have an extremely soft, subtle and ‘flowy’ energy. They look good in pretty much anything delicate, flowing and comfortable – encompassing materials, patterns and colors. 3. Type three, fire, is the richest and most dynamic of the types. Like fire, type three personalities are edgy and come on strong. Their style tends to include sharp angles, rich colors and lots of asymmetry. 4. Type four is the boldest and most striking of all types. True to their element, earth, type four personalities are stable and consistent, and their style usually expresses it with a lot of symmetry. Their clothing makes a bold impression and often incorporates sharp lines, bold patterns and striking colors. By establishing your element, or ‘type’, as I like to call it, you will soon be able to choose things that flatter your dominant element. With less effort and more insight, you’ll always look your best! I’ll be exploring the four types in more depth, as well as how to determine which type you are, in the coming issues. Until then, stay beautiful! Esty Brogna Which type are you? 1 48 | FYI Magazine 2 3 4 FYI Magazine | 49
  Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s    Esty Brogna is a fun loving, free spirit and a highly admired fashionista. Check this c...
{ Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s } Esty Brogna is a fun loving, free spirit and a highly admired fashionista. Check this column for the latest trends, how to dress your best and general fashion advice. Esty can be contacted at estybrognafashion@gmail.com. Drop her a note or leave her any questions you want to see featured here. A Little Bit of Fashion (and a lot-a-bit of how) I n my lifetime, I’ve read countless fashion blogs, seen my share of fashion websites, and followed quite a few fashionistas on social media. I’ve found over the years that, while these media certainly make for good inspiration, looking at other people’s outfits and reading up on current trends never magically enabled me to put together my own original outfits or signature wardrobe. Here’s what I was doing (read: what not to do): I would take note of an outfit or an article of clothing I really liked. I would find it. I would try it on. And then I would be sorely disappointed. Most of the time, I looked like I was playing dress up! I would either be unable to figure out how to wear it, or would just feel that it didn’t look right on me. One day, my sister introduced me to a theory that blew my fashion-centric mind: Each of us is one of four types, and we need to dress in accordance with our type to look our best. Once we master that, there’s no more debating between two belts for hours (I can’t be the only one who does that… can I?) or always resorting to our ‘fashion fairies’ (go-to fashion friends) for advice. The theory never failed me. Now I can take just one look at an outfit or trend and immediately realize how it can be modified for my type. I just look, process, and voila! Believe me when I tell you that, after running my fashion life like this for a while, I learned that I could look bang-on even when dressing down – if it’s right for my type. So you’re thinking, “Okay, but what exactly are the types?” Indulge me a moment, if you will. { G et a Han dl e on Thin g s } Dress to Be in Your Element I mean ‘element’ as in literal chemistry element. I mentioned chemistry and I’ve lost you? I know. Just read on and you’ll understand. According to kaballah, there are four basic elements of which the world was created: air, water, fire and earth. You and I are also composed of all four elements together, yet every one of us has one dominant element. This applies to all aspects of your personality and makeup, by the way. But let’s keep our focus on the relation to fashion. 1. Type one, air, is the brightest and most animated of all types. Just like air, type one personalities tend to be bouncy (strongly energetic) and random. They like anything fun and spontaneous. They look great in anything funky, colorful and what people would describe as ’cute’. 2. Type two, water, is the softest and most feminine of the four types. Such personalities have an extremely soft, subtle and ‘flowy’ energy. They look good in pretty much anything delicate, flowing and comfortable – encompassing materials, patterns and colors. 3. Type three, fire, is the richest and most dynamic of the types. Like fire, type three personalities are edgy and come on strong. Their style tends to include sharp angles, rich colors and lots of asymmetry. 4. Type four is the boldest and most striking of all types. True to their element, earth, type four personalities are stable and consistent, and their style usually expresses it with a lot of symmetry. Their clothing makes a bold impression and often incorporates sharp lines, bold patterns and striking colors. By establishing your element, or ‘type’, as I like to call it, you will soon be able to choose things that flatter your dominant element. With less effort and more insight, you’ll always look your best! I’ll be exploring the four types in more depth, as well as how to determine which type you are, in the coming issues. Until then, stay beautiful! Esty Brogna Which type are you? 1 48 | FYI Magazine 2 3 4 FYI Magazine | 49
  Ge t a Hand l e o n Th i ng s    Esty Brogna is a fun loving, free spirit and a highly admired fashionista. Check this c...
How do hackers get in and steal information? Hackers try to get into your router. They make thousands of attempts, sometimes hundreds per minute. They have automated systems, and sometimes even a network of systems running from multiple locations. They scan you like a roller coaster. They are very advanced. If they’re hammering the router with hacking attempts, is the speed of Internet impacted? Yes. Oftentimes when people experience Internet speed problems, the cause is hyper-activity. They’re slowing down the router because it’s jamming you up. Is your computer secure? Interview with Yitzchok Klein, CEO of Cyber Security Firm Vocatech by Yitty Denciger W e live in an interconnected world today. We are all glued to our computers and smartphones. While we benefit greatly from them, the arrangement is fraught with the inherent risks of exposure and vulnerability to all sorts of shady hackers, whose only goal is to break into our systems and steal any data they can lay their hands on. MCAFEE estimates that global cyber crime costs consumers $445 billion (yes, with a B) every year, and that, as a computer user, you have a 44% chance of being hacked. I’d done some research on the topic, but wanted to learn more, so I reached out to Yitzchok Klein, the founder of Vocatech, a provider of voice and filtering solutions to numerous local companies. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Many companies have been hacked over the past few months. Not even giants like Sony and Target were spared, and most people don’t understand much about it. Can you give us an overview of what it all means? Sure. There is a whole community of hackers trying to hack any computer connected to the Internet. Whether it’s stealing your phone system, credit card information or other sensitive data, they want to have access to your computer because your data is worth a lot of money. The hackers scan you in a split second and can see if you are vulnerable or protected. They 50 | FYI Magazine know that you didn’t do anything to protect yourself. To them, everyone is a target because they can make money from everybody. There are hackers who are vicious and violent and want to commit physical crime to harm people. Just like criminals break into homes to steal jewelry, there are others who break into homes to physically harm people. It’s no different in this crazy cyber world. People want to attack you because they want to make money, people attack you because they want to cause you harm, people are there to steal. It’s a big world. And just like we have police to protect our communities from crime as we know it, the same goes for the online world. How does this affect us? Why would a business owner care? You are a target. You are vulnerable. There’s a lot to gain by targeting you, one way or the other. They know everything about you. When they come to target you, they arrive with logic. They already have access to your bank account, where you spend your money, which sites you visit, etc. They will then use that information and send emails in your name, make small charges on your credit card to vendors that you normally shop from, or even sell your credit card! They’re becoming very smart. They have a free ride because people are still in denial and don’t want to take action to protect themselves. We now understand that we have to do something to protect ourselves. But according to market research one can never be 100% protected! Imagine if you leave for the summer and put a sign on your house “No video cameras, No locks on doors.” You will, no doubt, come home to an empty house. Same goes for Internet security. You’re telling the hackers: Come in! They even have the advantage of coming in anonymously. You don’t even know they’re there; you might find out months later that they’ve been living with you. Home security is a very good example. When you put up a lock on your door, you are eliminating your exposure by 50%-60%. When you install an alarm system, you further eliminate it by another 30%. When you install additional locks and put up more gates you are 98% secure. Nothing is 100%. If you have nothing, you will most certainly be targeted, but if you take action the burglars will look elsewhere. When hackers attempt to break into one of our clients’ systems, they will see right away that the router is well protected... How should a business protect itself? There are a lot of different approaches, depending on your setup and the data you are working with. We always start by supplying our clients with a protected router that is configured with the latest software to keep hackers out. Our technicians constantly monitor the routers to make sure they are protected. When hackers attempt to break into one of our clients’ systems, they will see right away that the router is well protected and they will move on to other, less-protected routers that make for easier targets. The hackers clearly have many geniuses working with them, as they got into really high-profile companies that surely had security. How can I be sure that any security system will be sufficient? If the hackers specifically want to target someone/something, they will do anything they can to break in. You are NOT their target. Once they see that you’re not vulnerable they’ll move on to a bigger target. I use my computer at home for personal use, not business. Do I still need protection? Yes. Because you are shopping on the computer and are logging in to different sites using your personal info, once a hacker breaks in he will install malware on your hard drive that will capture your personal info and send it to him. Your firm is mainly known as a phone company. How did you get into the web security field? Great question. I started out as a phone company, providing high quality Internet phone systems. I learned that we, the phone business market, are a big hacking target due to international calling fraud. I researched it and learned that hackers are breaking into phone systems and installing software that allows them to make calls using your routers. By nature, I like to research things, so I devoted the next two years to finding the best solutions to keep the hackers out. That’s how this part of our business came to be. For more information about Vocatech, contact them at 718-395-1550 or info@vocatech.com FYI Magazine | 51
How do hackers get in and steal information  Hackers try to get into your router. They make thousands of attempts, sometim...
How do hackers get in and steal information? Hackers try to get into your router. They make thousands of attempts, sometimes hundreds per minute. They have automated systems, and sometimes even a network of systems running from multiple locations. They scan you like a roller coaster. They are very advanced. If they’re hammering the router with hacking attempts, is the speed of Internet impacted? Yes. Oftentimes when people experience Internet speed problems, the cause is hyper-activity. They’re slowing down the router because it’s jamming you up. Is your computer secure? Interview with Yitzchok Klein, CEO of Cyber Security Firm Vocatech by Yitty Denciger W e live in an interconnected world today. We are all glued to our computers and smartphones. While we benefit greatly from them, the arrangement is fraught with the inherent risks of exposure and vulnerability to all sorts of shady hackers, whose only goal is to break into our systems and steal any data they can lay their hands on. MCAFEE estimates that global cyber crime costs consumers $445 billion (yes, with a B) every year, and that, as a computer user, you have a 44% chance of being hacked. I’d done some research on the topic, but wanted to learn more, so I reached out to Yitzchok Klein, the founder of Vocatech, a provider of voice and filtering solutions to numerous local companies. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Many companies have been hacked over the past few months. Not even giants like Sony and Target were spared, and most people don’t understand much about it. Can you give us an overview of what it all means? Sure. There is a whole community of hackers trying to hack any computer connected to the Internet. Whether it’s stealing your phone system, credit card information or other sensitive data, they want to have access to your computer because your data is worth a lot of money. The hackers scan you in a split second and can see if you are vulnerable or protected. They 50 | FYI Magazine know that you didn’t do anything to protect yourself. To them, everyone is a target because they can make money from everybody. There are hackers who are vicious and violent and want to commit physical crime to harm people. Just like criminals break into homes to steal jewelry, there are others who break into homes to physically harm people. It’s no different in this crazy cyber world. People want to attack you because they want to make money, people attack you because they want to cause you harm, people are there to steal. It’s a big world. And just like we have police to protect our communities from crime as we know it, the same goes for the online world. How does this affect us? Why would a business owner care? You are a target. You are vulnerable. There’s a lot to gain by targeting you, one way or the other. They know everything about you. When they come to target you, they arrive with logic. They already have access to your bank account, where you spend your money, which sites you visit, etc. They will then use that information and send emails in your name, make small charges on your credit card to vendors that you normally shop from, or even sell your credit card! They’re becoming very smart. They have a free ride because people are still in denial and don’t want to take action to protect themselves. We now understand that we have to do something to protect ourselves. But according to market research one can never be 100% protected! Imagine if you leave for the summer and put a sign on your house “No video cameras, No locks on doors.” You will, no doubt, come home to an empty house. Same goes for Internet security. You’re telling the hackers: Come in! They even have the advantage of coming in anonymously. You don’t even know they’re there; you might find out months later that they’ve been living with you. Home security is a very good example. When you put up a lock on your door, you are eliminating your exposure by 50%-60%. When you install an alarm system, you further eliminate it by another 30%. When you install additional locks and put up more gates you are 98% secure. Nothing is 100%. If you have nothing, you will most certainly be targeted, but if you take action the burglars will look elsewhere. When hackers attempt to break into one of our clients’ systems, they will see right away that the router is well protected... How should a business protect itself? There are a lot of different approaches, depending on your setup and the data you are working with. We always start by supplying our clients with a protected router that is configured with the latest software to keep hackers out. Our technicians constantly monitor the routers to make sure they are protected. When hackers attempt to break into one of our clients’ systems, they will see right away that the router is well protected and they will move on to other, less-protected routers that make for easier targets. The hackers clearly have many geniuses working with them, as they got into really high-profile companies that surely had security. How can I be sure that any security system will be sufficient? If the hackers specifically want to target someone/something, they will do anything they can to break in. You are NOT their target. Once they see that you’re not vulnerable they’ll move on to a bigger target. I use my computer at home for personal use, not business. Do I still need protection? Yes. Because you are shopping on the computer and are logging in to different sites using your personal info, once a hacker breaks in he will install malware on your hard drive that will capture your personal info and send it to him. Your firm is mainly known as a phone company. How did you get into the web security field? Great question. I started out as a phone company, providing high quality Internet phone systems. I learned that we, the phone business market, are a big hacking target due to international calling fraud. I researched it and learned that hackers are breaking into phone systems and installing software that allows them to make calls using your routers. By nature, I like to research things, so I devoted the next two years to finding the best solutions to keep the hackers out. That’s how this part of our business came to be. For more information about Vocatech, contact them at 718-395-1550 or info@vocatech.com FYI Magazine | 51
How do hackers get in and steal information  Hackers try to get into your router. They make thousands of attempts, sometim...
A High Price You never know how your words can affect another person. by Malka Winner I nside my neighborhood grocery store, with milk and bread in hand, I found myself at the end of a long, slow-moving line. As the line inched forward, the man two people ahead of me finally put his items on the conveyor belt. The end was near! I zoned out briefly, but the man’s angry voice interrupted my reverie. “Hey! Those noodles are supposed to be on sale! You overcharged me!” The cashier looked at the register. “They rang up at regular price, sir. They’re not on sale.” “That’s why I’m telling you to fix it, because they’re on sale!” he said, his voice rising. “Well, if they were on sale,” she explained, “it would have been in the computer. Perhaps a different brand is on sale?” “NO!” he shouted. “I know. There was a sign. You need to fix it! You’re deceiving customers!” manager’s arm and tugged him toward the cashier, pointing a reproachful finger at her. “I can’t believe the service I get here. First, your store deceives customers about the prices and next your stubborn cashiers won’t even listen or help. This is ridiculous!” It was the store’s new manager – I go there enough to know who's who. Maybe he felt that he needed to prove himself, maybe he was having a bad day or had some negative history with this cashier, but what followed absolutely shocked me. “How could you?!” the manager shouted at her. “You have an obligation to serve the customers! If you couldn’t authorize a price change you should have come to me! And now you’ve gone and humiliated this man?” Did the customer get what he wanted? Was someone’s job worth the 50 cents he saved on every bag of noodles? By now he had the attention of everyone in the vicinity. The line, growing longer by the minute, was twisting snakelike through the front of the store. Some shoppers sighed, shifting from foot to foot and checking their watches. I understood the man’s desire to get a fair price, but to berate the cashier like this? To hold up the whole line? I wondered how much the savings was, anyway. “I’m not authorized to change prices,” the cashier explained, pushing a stray hair away from her face. “I am only allowed to sell things at the prices listed in the system. If you’d like me to take the items off your bill, I can do so. Or, if you’d like to speak to the manager about the 50-cent price difference, perhaps he can resolve the issue.” “The manager?!” he shouted, his face reddening. “Why, that’s a great idea. I think I’ll do that!” In a huff, he stalked off to find the manager, leaving the cashier stranded mid-sale and the rest of us watching, waiting and praying for this whole thing to be over quickly so we could just move on with our lives. Her face paling with sheer embarrassment, she began to answer back. Her words were heated. Their exchange became a shouting match. “Well that does it,” the manager said finally, one hand on his hip and the other pointing at her. “You’re fired! Get out of my store!” I gasped. Fired?! For this? I couldn’t believe it. Several people started toward the manager, but he waved them away and headed back to his office. The now jobless cashier, an older woman, reached under the counter, grabbed her pocketbook and ran out of the store in tears. Did the customer get what he wanted? Was someone’s job worth the 50 cents he saved on every bag of noodles? Another cashier came to take her place and somehow I made it through the line and back out into the brilliant afternoon sun. As I replayed the incident in my mind, I kept thinking about the angry customer who started it all. Did he get what he wanted? Was he still there when she was fired or had he already marched out of the store? Was someone’s job worth the 50 cents he saved on every bag of noodles? He returned with the manager several minutes later, gesticulating and loudly telling the story. “And I told her it was on sale and she didn’t believe me. She wouldn’t help me. She refused to do a thing!” A few of us wanted to defend her, but he grabbed the 52 | FYI Magazine The receipt I had never put away was getting sweaty in my palm. I looked at it. Milk and bread. And a startling reminder to think before you speak. Because those words just might cost a lot more than you ever could have imagined. Reprinted with permission from Aish.com FYI Magazine | 53
A High Price You never know how your words can affect another person. by Malka Winner  I  nside my neighborhood grocery st...
A High Price You never know how your words can affect another person. by Malka Winner I nside my neighborhood grocery store, with milk and bread in hand, I found myself at the end of a long, slow-moving line. As the line inched forward, the man two people ahead of me finally put his items on the conveyor belt. The end was near! I zoned out briefly, but the man’s angry voice interrupted my reverie. “Hey! Those noodles are supposed to be on sale! You overcharged me!” The cashier looked at the register. “They rang up at regular price, sir. They’re not on sale.” “That’s why I’m telling you to fix it, because they’re on sale!” he said, his voice rising. “Well, if they were on sale,” she explained, “it would have been in the computer. Perhaps a different brand is on sale?” “NO!” he shouted. “I know. There was a sign. You need to fix it! You’re deceiving customers!” manager’s arm and tugged him toward the cashier, pointing a reproachful finger at her. “I can’t believe the service I get here. First, your store deceives customers about the prices and next your stubborn cashiers won’t even listen or help. This is ridiculous!” It was the store’s new manager – I go there enough to know who's who. Maybe he felt that he needed to prove himself, maybe he was having a bad day or had some negative history with this cashier, but what followed absolutely shocked me. “How could you?!” the manager shouted at her. “You have an obligation to serve the customers! If you couldn’t authorize a price change you should have come to me! And now you’ve gone and humiliated this man?” Did the customer get what he wanted? Was someone’s job worth the 50 cents he saved on every bag of noodles? By now he had the attention of everyone in the vicinity. The line, growing longer by the minute, was twisting snakelike through the front of the store. Some shoppers sighed, shifting from foot to foot and checking their watches. I understood the man’s desire to get a fair price, but to berate the cashier like this? To hold up the whole line? I wondered how much the savings was, anyway. “I’m not authorized to change prices,” the cashier explained, pushing a stray hair away from her face. “I am only allowed to sell things at the prices listed in the system. If you’d like me to take the items off your bill, I can do so. Or, if you’d like to speak to the manager about the 50-cent price difference, perhaps he can resolve the issue.” “The manager?!” he shouted, his face reddening. “Why, that’s a great idea. I think I’ll do that!” In a huff, he stalked off to find the manager, leaving the cashier stranded mid-sale and the rest of us watching, waiting and praying for this whole thing to be over quickly so we could just move on with our lives. Her face paling with sheer embarrassment, she began to answer back. Her words were heated. Their exchange became a shouting match. “Well that does it,” the manager said finally, one hand on his hip and the other pointing at her. “You’re fired! Get out of my store!” I gasped. Fired?! For this? I couldn’t believe it. Several people started toward the manager, but he waved them away and headed back to his office. The now jobless cashier, an older woman, reached under the counter, grabbed her pocketbook and ran out of the store in tears. Did the customer get what he wanted? Was someone’s job worth the 50 cents he saved on every bag of noodles? Another cashier came to take her place and somehow I made it through the line and back out into the brilliant afternoon sun. As I replayed the incident in my mind, I kept thinking about the angry customer who started it all. Did he get what he wanted? Was he still there when she was fired or had he already marched out of the store? Was someone’s job worth the 50 cents he saved on every bag of noodles? He returned with the manager several minutes later, gesticulating and loudly telling the story. “And I told her it was on sale and she didn’t believe me. She wouldn’t help me. She refused to do a thing!” A few of us wanted to defend her, but he grabbed the 52 | FYI Magazine The receipt I had never put away was getting sweaty in my palm. I looked at it. Milk and bread. And a startling reminder to think before you speak. Because those words just might cost a lot more than you ever could have imagined. Reprinted with permission from Aish.com FYI Magazine | 53
A High Price You never know how your words can affect another person. by Malka Winner  I  nside my neighborhood grocery st...
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Sharpen Your Appetite! with Chanie Apfelbaum Well, hello there, fellow foodies! COME IN FOR ALL YOUR FINE SPIRITS AND WINES The only Shomer Shabbos All Kosher Liquor Store on Long Island I am so excited to be a part of the all new FYI Magazine team! If you don’t know me already, my name is Chanie Apfelbaum and I blog about my kosher foodie adventures at www.BusyInBrooklyn.com (BIB for short!). I’m a food writer, recipe developer and food photographer living in Brooklyn with my four beautiful kids and hardworking husband. Each issue, I’ll be bringing some of my favorite recipes your way in two different columns. In the Fast & Fresh column, you’ll find quick dishes that are easy to prepare for a weeknight dinner or Shabbat meal. In the Nutritious & Delicious column, you’ll find healthy recipes that are low in sugar, carbs and additives, but high in flavor. I am so looking forward to sharing cooking tips, tricks and all sorts of fun food ideas with you. If you have any cooking questions, comments, suggestions or requests, email me at chanie@fyimagazineny.com. I would love to hear from you! Free Local Delivery Open Sundays - 12 Noon - 5 PM Wine Tasting - Thursday Evening, 7 - 9 PM 544 Central Avenue, Cedarhurst NY 11516 PHONE: 516.374.WINE (9463) FAX: 5163-.569.8788 SALES@CHATEAUDEVIN.COM | WWW.ONLYKOSHERWINE.COM All prices do not include tax. Sale prices cannot be combined with other discounts. All sales are subject to availability. Not responsible for typgraphical errors. 56 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 57
Sharpen Your Appetite  with Chanie Apfelbaum Well, hello there, fellow foodies   COME IN FOR ALL YOUR FINE SPIRITS AND WIN...
{Sha r pen You r A ppetite! } Fast & Fresh Blackened Fish Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema Blackened Fish Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema Making use of store-bought spice blends can really help cut down on cooking prep. In this recipe, blackened seasoning is used for a spicy Cajun twist. 1 lb. tilapia fillets 2 tbsp. blackened seasoning, such as Old Bay 2 tbsp. olive oil Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 small red cabbage, thinly sliced 1 avocado, sliced Soft corn tortillas Jalapeno lime crema (recipe follows) Fresh cilantro, for garnish Lime wedges, for serving Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse the tilapia and pat dry. Rub the blackened seasoning over the tilapia until well coated and place in a greased baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice and bake for approximately 15 minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork. KITCHEN TIP : To get the m ost juice out of your citrus halve s, squeeze bet ween a set of kitchen to ngs. For the slaw, serve the cabbage raw or season lightly with oil, a bit of lemon juice and kosher salt. Warm the tortillas by heating them in a dry skillet over medium heat. Warm one tortilla at a time, flipping to soften both sides. To serve, break the tilapia apart with a fork and place chunks in a soft corn tortilla. Top with cabbage, avocado, crema and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges. Jalapeno Lime Crema 8 oz. sour cream 1 jalapeno, veins and seeds removed 1 clove garlic Juice of 1/2 lime Kosher salt, to taste Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Yield: 8-10 tacos 58 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 59
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{Sha r pen You r A ppetite! } Fast & Fresh Blackened Fish Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema Blackened Fish Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema Making use of store-bought spice blends can really help cut down on cooking prep. In this recipe, blackened seasoning is used for a spicy Cajun twist. 1 lb. tilapia fillets 2 tbsp. blackened seasoning, such as Old Bay 2 tbsp. olive oil Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 small red cabbage, thinly sliced 1 avocado, sliced Soft corn tortillas Jalapeno lime crema (recipe follows) Fresh cilantro, for garnish Lime wedges, for serving Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse the tilapia and pat dry. Rub the blackened seasoning over the tilapia until well coated and place in a greased baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice and bake for approximately 15 minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork. KITCHEN TIP : To get the m ost juice out of your citrus halve s, squeeze bet ween a set of kitchen to ngs. For the slaw, serve the cabbage raw or season lightly with oil, a bit of lemon juice and kosher salt. Warm the tortillas by heating them in a dry skillet over medium heat. Warm one tortilla at a time, flipping to soften both sides. To serve, break the tilapia apart with a fork and place chunks in a soft corn tortilla. Top with cabbage, avocado, crema and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges. Jalapeno Lime Crema 8 oz. sour cream 1 jalapeno, veins and seeds removed 1 clove garlic Juice of 1/2 lime Kosher salt, to taste Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Yield: 8-10 tacos 58 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 59
 Sha r pen You r A ppetite     Fast   Fresh  Blackened Fish Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema  Blackened Fish Tacos with Jala...
{Sh ar p e n Yo u r A ppe ti t e ! } Nutritious & Delicious Paleo Chocolate Muffins Paleo Chocolate Muffins To make these decadent Paleo treats, I adapted the popular Chocolate Love Muffins from my friend Whitney of the Jewhungry blog. They’re so incredibly rich and satisfying, you’ll never believe they’re grain free! 1 medium ripe banana, peeled 1 large egg Heaping 1/2 cup creamy almond butter 3 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons cocoa powder Pinch of salt, optional (use if your almond butter is unsalted) 1/3 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips 1/4 cup chopped pecans Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray and set aside. Add all the ingredients besides for the chocolate chips and pecans to a blender and process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir in the chocolate chips. Fill the muffin tins 3/4 full with batter and top with pecans. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before serving. Yield: 6-8 muffins. (I always double the recipe!) 60 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 61
 Sh ar p e n Yo u r A ppe ti t e      Nutritious   Delicious  Paleo Chocolate Muffins  Paleo Chocolate Muffins To make the...
{Sh ar p e n Yo u r A ppe ti t e ! } Nutritious & Delicious Paleo Chocolate Muffins Paleo Chocolate Muffins To make these decadent Paleo treats, I adapted the popular Chocolate Love Muffins from my friend Whitney of the Jewhungry blog. They’re so incredibly rich and satisfying, you’ll never believe they’re grain free! 1 medium ripe banana, peeled 1 large egg Heaping 1/2 cup creamy almond butter 3 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons cocoa powder Pinch of salt, optional (use if your almond butter is unsalted) 1/3 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips 1/4 cup chopped pecans Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray and set aside. Add all the ingredients besides for the chocolate chips and pecans to a blender and process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir in the chocolate chips. Fill the muffin tins 3/4 full with batter and top with pecans. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before serving. Yield: 6-8 muffins. (I always double the recipe!) 60 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 61
 Sh ar p e n Yo u r A ppe ti t e      Nutritious   Delicious  Paleo Chocolate Muffins  Paleo Chocolate Muffins To make the...
{Sh ar p e n Yo u r A ppe ti t e ! } Clip & Save These Recipes! Blackened Fish Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema Making use of storebought spice blends can really help cut down on cooking prep. In this recipe, blackened seasoning is used for a spicy Cajun twist. 1 lb. tilapia fillets 2 tbsp. blackened seasoning, such as Old Bay 2 tbsp. olive oil Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 small red cabbage, thinly sliced 1 avocado, sliced Soft corn tortillas Jalapeno lime crema (recipe follows) Fresh cilantro, for garnish Lime wedges, for serving Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse the tilapia and pat dry. Rub the blackened seasoning over the tilapia until well coated and place in a greased baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice and bake for approximately 15 minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork. For the slaw, serve the cabbage raw or season lightly with oil, a bit of lemon juice and kosher salt. Warm the tortillas by heating them in a dry skillet over medium heat. Warm one tortilla at a time, flipping to soften both sides. To serve, break the tilapia apart with a fork and place chunks in a soft corn tortilla. Top with cabbage, avocado, crema and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges. Lenny Koegel 516-594-6010 www.distinctivewindowfashions.com Jalapeno Lime Crema 8 oz. sour cream 1 jalapeno, veins and seeds removed 1 clove garlic Juice of 1/2 lime Kosher salt, to taste Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Yield: 8-10 tacos Transform Yourself Paleo Chocolate Muffins To make these decadent Paleo treats, I adapted the popular Chocolate Love Muffins from my friend Whitney of the Jewhungry blog. They’re so incredibly rich and satisfying, you’ll never believe they’re grain free! 1 medium ripe banana, peeled 1 large egg Heaping 1/2 cup creamy almond butter 3 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons cocoa powder Pinch of salt, optional (use if your almond butter is unsalted) 1/3 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips 1/4 cup chopped pecans Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray and set aside. Add all the ingredients besides for the chocolate chips and pecans to a blender and process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir in the chocolate chips. Fill the muffin tins 3/4 full with batter and top with pecans. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before serving. Yield: 6-8 muffins. (I always double the recipe!) Transform yourself by stepping up to Take Shape For Life. You’ll be fueled by clinically proven Medifast Meals, encouraged by your free Personal Health Coach*, and inspired by the Habits of Health. Results will vary. Typical weight loss is 2-5 pounds per week for the first two weeks and then 1-2 lbs per week thereafter. Strictly Kosher Plans Available. Miriam Kahn, RN, BSN Certified Health Coach 516-353-7337 MKahnRN@gmail.com www.MiriamKahnRN.TSFL.com 62 | FYI Magazine FUELED BY *A Health Coach is not a substitute for a physician or qualified medical practitioner for monitoring those using Medifast Meals. FYI Magazine | 63
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{Sh ar p e n Yo u r A ppe ti t e ! } Clip & Save These Recipes! Blackened Fish Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema Making use of storebought spice blends can really help cut down on cooking prep. In this recipe, blackened seasoning is used for a spicy Cajun twist. 1 lb. tilapia fillets 2 tbsp. blackened seasoning, such as Old Bay 2 tbsp. olive oil Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 small red cabbage, thinly sliced 1 avocado, sliced Soft corn tortillas Jalapeno lime crema (recipe follows) Fresh cilantro, for garnish Lime wedges, for serving Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse the tilapia and pat dry. Rub the blackened seasoning over the tilapia until well coated and place in a greased baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice and bake for approximately 15 minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork. For the slaw, serve the cabbage raw or season lightly with oil, a bit of lemon juice and kosher salt. Warm the tortillas by heating them in a dry skillet over medium heat. Warm one tortilla at a time, flipping to soften both sides. To serve, break the tilapia apart with a fork and place chunks in a soft corn tortilla. Top with cabbage, avocado, crema and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges. Lenny Koegel 516-594-6010 www.distinctivewindowfashions.com Jalapeno Lime Crema 8 oz. sour cream 1 jalapeno, veins and seeds removed 1 clove garlic Juice of 1/2 lime Kosher salt, to taste Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Yield: 8-10 tacos Transform Yourself Paleo Chocolate Muffins To make these decadent Paleo treats, I adapted the popular Chocolate Love Muffins from my friend Whitney of the Jewhungry blog. They’re so incredibly rich and satisfying, you’ll never believe they’re grain free! 1 medium ripe banana, peeled 1 large egg Heaping 1/2 cup creamy almond butter 3 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons cocoa powder Pinch of salt, optional (use if your almond butter is unsalted) 1/3 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips 1/4 cup chopped pecans Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray and set aside. Add all the ingredients besides for the chocolate chips and pecans to a blender and process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir in the chocolate chips. Fill the muffin tins 3/4 full with batter and top with pecans. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before serving. Yield: 6-8 muffins. (I always double the recipe!) Transform yourself by stepping up to Take Shape For Life. You’ll be fueled by clinically proven Medifast Meals, encouraged by your free Personal Health Coach*, and inspired by the Habits of Health. Results will vary. Typical weight loss is 2-5 pounds per week for the first two weeks and then 1-2 lbs per week thereafter. Strictly Kosher Plans Available. Miriam Kahn, RN, BSN Certified Health Coach 516-353-7337 MKahnRN@gmail.com www.MiriamKahnRN.TSFL.com 62 | FYI Magazine FUELED BY *A Health Coach is not a substitute for a physician or qualified medical practitioner for monitoring those using Medifast Meals. FYI Magazine | 63
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Serving the 5 Towns for all your auto leasing needs.  South Shore Leasing Debrah Oppenheim  516-668-1687 debrahoppenheim g...