“Sip for the Sea” Benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium

Thursday, September 12, 2013, Central Park Zoo, New York City

All proceeds go to support the aquarium as it recovers from Hurricane Sandy

 The eco-friendly event will feature wines from lead sponsor The Hess Collection and sustainable food selections from New York City’s top restaurants

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New York, N.Y. – August 15, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society will host the first-ever Sip for the Sea, a benefit for WCS’s New York Aquarium, at WCS’s Central Park Zoo on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. All proceeds go to support the aquarium as it recovers from Hurricane Sandy.

The event will feature pairings of sustainable wines from The Hess Collection, a Napa Valley wine producer, with sustainable seafood and other special offerings. Twenty of NYC’s top restaurants will participate, including Oceana, Blue Ribbon Sushi, and BLT Fish.

Sip for the Sea will be a win for conservation, too. With many fish species facing serious threats such as over-fishing, sustainable seafood options help ensure the longevity of diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems around the world.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about marine conservation in the waters around New York and see some of the Central Park Zoo’s amazing animals, including California sea lions.
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Astella Development Corporation and Alliance for Coney Island present the 23rd Annual Sand Sculpting Competition & Unity Day Celebration, sponsored in part by National Grid in collaboration with New York Aquarium and Luna Park. Sixty mounds of sand on the Coney Island beach, prepared by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, will be transformed into artistic creations by professional and amateur sculptors during the annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day Celebration. The family friendly event is free to attend, and features a complete event program with live entertainment, a DJ, plus contests and giveaways.

Learn More and Register:
Visit the Coney Island Fun Guide to learn more. Sign up FREE for the event here. 
This event is hosted by Astella Development Corp. and the Alliance for Coney Island

“We look forward with excitement to collaborate with Alliance for Coney Island for this year’s Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day Celebration,” said Judi Orlando, Astella Development Corporation, Executive Director. “For over two decades, we’ve been amazed by the impressive sculptures and love to see families and friends joining together for this constructive and fun event.”

Registration to compete in the event for cash prizes is free of charge. The amateur sculptors, coming from Coney Island and beyond, will compete in five categories:
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99 Restaurant – and 99 Problems?

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This chain restaurant may have 99 things on it’s menus, but nothing we ate was worth eating. The food was dry, bland, and unappetizing.  The portions were small for the money, with prices that were comparable to other chain restaurants of it’s nature.  As my husband put it, “Meat like this makes me think I should go vegetarian.”   He wasn’t wrong.  While it might be tempting to stop in because of convince, based on the fact that all three of our meals were so poor in quality, I can tell you we won’t be going back.
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Wordless Wednesday With Link Up


So, when you are having lunch at a castle in Europe, can you think of a better place for your napkin to go?
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Jonathan’s in Ogunquit, Maine

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Jonathan’s in Ogunquit, Maine is a fantastic family friendly restaurant.  There is a 600 gallon fish tank in the middle of the main dining area to keep the kids amused while you enjoy a delicious meal. They also have beautiful gardens outside and concerts going on indoors on multiple days of the week to keep the entire family entertained.  The food is fresh, and choices range from seafood dishes to steak or pasta.  Jonathan’s caters to a variety of dietary restrictions too, so anyone can come in and enjoy a wonderful meal.  They have an entire gluten free menu, which is very hard to find. Many of the dishes can be made into gluten free versions- all you need to do is let your waiter or waitress know what you’d like.Maine

You can start out your meal with a silky delicious lobster bisque, oysters, boursin stuffed mushrooms, or a classic salad.  Maybe they will have the pan seared scallops special, which is fresh tender diver scallops, served with mustard green fritters for some crutch and carrot ginger sauce.  For an entree you will have to decide between items on the regular or specials menu, both will have you drooling by the time you choose.  They have a juicy chicken piccata or prosciutto stuffed chicken if you are in the mood for poultry, tender grilled ribeye and sirloin steaks if you would prefer beef.  They even offer a vegetarian option with fried eggplant, spinach, and goat cheese with potato gnocchi. Of course, there is a children’s menu with choices that all kids enjoy, and they even have crayons to color the menu with.
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Becky’s Real BBQ


Becky’s Real BBQ in Middletown, RI, is some of the best BBQ I have ever had (and this girl has had some).


When we showed up for dinner, they were (very sadly) nearly out of their entire menu- I’m guessing it was a good day, business wise.  However, what we had would keep us coming back again and again- it was pure BBQ perfection. Foodies and Fans of the pit and smoker rejoice, and flock to this friendly joint.  The prices were more then reasonable, as well.  Just call ahead to make sure they have food left before you get in the car.
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Wordless Wednesday – Summer Fun

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Tammy Trent’s New CD ‘Sunny Days’

  Disclosure: The Tammy Trent CD, ‘Sunny Days’ was provided to me to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.

Tammy Trent

 I am a huge fan of music, especially Christian music. I was so happy to see that Tammy Trent had a new cd, and I was even more excited to be able to try it out ahead of it’s release day on August 6th.

About Tammy Trent:

Tammy has been a familiar voice on Christian radio stations since 1995. Some of her hits include “My Irreplaceable” and “Welcome Home”. She stepped out of the spotlight in 2001 after the tragic death of her husband in a diving accident. She then returned as a featured speaker and performer at Women of Faith conferences in 2003. Tammy spent 4 years with Women of Faith, and was also a featured speaker and performer on their Revolve Tour for teen girls, for 2 years.

She is the author of Learning to Breath Again: Choosing Life and Finding Hope After A Shattering Loss, Beyond the Sorrow: There’s Hope in the Promises of God, and she also co-wrote the very funny Children’s Potty Training Book, The Log Family: See You at the Beach with her late husband Trent Lenderink, who sadly never got to see this project completed.
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