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A Bronx Tale

October 27th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Show Review: A Bronx Tale”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos from “A Bronx Tale” and films.)

Chazz Palminteri’s childhood was brought to life on the stage

with his original play “A Bronx Tale”.

As the story unfolded,


the audience watched

Chazz’s amazing

performance.

Chazz took the

parts of

18 characters

and as himself,

a nine year old boy

living

in a mobster

neighborhood

in the 1960’s.

Such quick changes into each character’s personalities and

mannerisms, Chazz actually seemed to become each person.

You can tell the colorful characters- Rudy Ice, Frankie Coffee

Cakes, Eddie Mush, Jo Jo the Whale, jimmy the clock.

I felt as though he had opened the door and I was on the corner

watching the story unfold, Chazz’s vivid recreation were

absorbing as the boy was caught in the web of crime.

The audience wonders “What will happen next?”

This is more than just another story of mob violence and crime,

but the awakening of young Cologero (Chazz’s real first name),

just called “C”, as he grew up among the mob.

Seeing the world

through the eyes

of a nine year old

was very real,

Chazz performed

with the awe of

the boy

experiencing life in

the wrong side of town.

The set only had one scene, 187 and Belmont, the street corner

where “C” lived, but that was sufficient because Chazz does it all!

He holds the audience spellbound with vivid characterizations

and emotional dialogue.

Although “C” was influenced by mobsters, he learned how to

trust his heart, the importance of respect, and to try to reach his

full potential.


It is a twist on gangster stories, the kid managed to be a

part of the community but was not involved in crime.

Taking subject matter about mobsters and mixing it with

laughter showed Chazz’s extraordinary talents.

 

  


This is the Life-England’s North Country

October 25th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“This is the Life!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

 

The last word in

elegance and

luxury in a

classical

setting,

the

DeVere

Slaley Hall

Hotel stands proudly as a monument to the past.

It began as a stately mansion built by

Charles

Samuel

Hunting,

in

1912,

for

his

family

home.

They

employed a housekeeper, five maids,

butler, footman, cook, two kitchen staff,

seven gardeners, three chauffeurs, game

keeper, forester and family of six who ran the home farm.

In 1984, Slaley was sold and transformed into a 139 bedroom

luxury hotel and golf complex.  Unchanged throughout the years,

the building’s embattled wall and architecture resembles a castle.

 

Everything is orchestrated for the guest’s enjoyment and

comfort.

Iain Jurgensen, Food and Beverage Director, explains,

“We are totally committed to source the best produce and

livestock from small, local Northumberland farms which do not

use pesticides;

some are organic and have the highest standards

in quality.

We visit the farm to see how the animals are reared

and treated.

The flavor of the pork is so good it comes through.

Everything is fresh from a 30 mile radius.

Slaley Hall’s philosophy, ‘This is the life,’ is what we want guests

to feel when they are here.

This is what they are worth.

Guests should have all of the opportunities to sample the famous

malt, the most opulent of chairs, and to have the best meals.

 

Duke’s Grill, in a classic Edwardian drawing room, uses a special

Josper charcoal grill with a very intense heat to seal in the flavor.

Steaks quickly retain all of their moisture and tenderness.”

I especially enjoyed their Sunday roast with a fantastically

melt-in-your-mouth tender, aged roast sirloin of beef.

The waiter wheeled the antique silver trolley to our table and

carved the roast.

In contrast, the Claret Jug Restaurant is rustic with serving

chopping boards, platters, share plates and cast iron dishes.

They offer different flavors and tastes that you do not usually

find.

 

With 1,000 acres of forest and moorland, Slaley offers many

settings for weddings, parties and business conferences.

Lucia Fappiano, the Hospitality Manager, is creative,

“We can arrange a Casino Night, Viking Night, Bedouin Tents,

Medieval theme and just about everything!

The bride can arrive by helicopter or she and the groom can be

whisked away by helicopter after the wedding.

We can do just about anything you want to make your night

special.”

The grounds sparkle with lights at night and the

Northumberland pipes are played during the event.

When she knows guests are celebrating their anniversary or

special occasion, she prepares a candlelight dinner outside at the

Japanese Gardens as a surprise.

The invitation is presented to them in their room.

The lawn becomes a stage for summer outdoor performances of

the “Merchant of Venice,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Peter Pan” and other

shows.

 

Guests are away from the cities, in the Northumberland

countryside, yet they have everything here:

Driving range, two championship golf courses, 4X4 adventures,

indoor pool, archery, clay pigeon shooting, paint balls, mountain

biking, and hot air ballooning.

Take a self-guided tour map suggesting easy walks.

 

Duke’s Grill- Sunday:  3 courses, £24.95;  prepared tableside,

 £15.95-52;

Cooked on the Josper Grill, £14.95-36;

Entrees, £12.50-19.95;

 

Claret Jug-

Noon to 6 pm, £5.50-12.50;

6 to 9 pm, £9-18.50;

 

The Restaurant- £9-24; 3 courses, £27.95;

 

You may not have heard of the DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel and

Northumberland but if you visit, you will never forget them!!!

DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel, Slaley, Hexam, Northumberland,

England.   www.devereonline.co.uk

slaley.hall@devere-hotels.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England’s North Country

 

There are so many surprises when you explore

Northumberland’s 4,000 year history.

The unspoiled feeling of the country is mixed with the thrills of

visiting castles and other ancient sites.

Many people have heard of Alnwick Castle of Harry Potter film

fame.

Northumberland is described as “England as it used to be,”

England’s North Country is home to some very diverse areas.

www.visitenc.com www.enjoyenglandsnorthcountry.com

In 1984, Slaley was sold and transformed into a 139

bedroom luxury hotel and golf complex.

Unchanged throughout the years,

the building’s embattled wall and architecture

resembles a castle.

 

Everything is orchestrated for the guest’s enjoyment

and comfort.

Iain Jurgensen, Food and Beverage Director,

explains,

“We are totally committed to source the best

produce and

livestock from small, local Northumberland farms

which do not use pesticides;

some are organic and have the highest standards

in quality.

We visit the farm to see how the animals are reared

and treated.

The flavor of the pork is so good it comes through.

Everything is fresh from a 30 mile radius.

Slaley Hall’s philosophy, “This is the life,” is what

we want guests to feel when they are here.

This is what they are worth.

Guests should have all of the opportunities to sample

the famous malt, the most opulent of chairs, and to

have the best meals.

 

Duke’s Grill, in a classic Edwardian drawing room,

uses a special

Josper charcoal grill with a very intense heat to seal

in the flavor.

Steaks quickly retain all of their moisture and

tenderness.”

I especially enjoyed their Sunday roast with a

fantastically

melt-in-your-mouth tender, aged roast sirloin of beef.

The waiter wheeled the antique silver trolley to our

table and carved the roast.

In contrast, the Claret Jug Restaurant is rustic with

serving chopping boards, platters, share plates and

cast iron dishes.

They offer different flavors and tastes that you do

not usually find.

 

With 1,000 acres of forest and moorland, Slaley

offers many settings for weddings, parties and

business conferences.

Lucia Fappiano, the Hospitality Manager, is

creative,

“We can arrange a Casino Night, Viking Night,

Bedouin Tents,

Medieval theme and just about everything!

The bride can arrive by helicopter or she and the groom can be

whisked away by helicopter after the wedding.

We can do just about anything you want to make

your night special.”

The grounds sparkle with lights at night and the

Northumberland pipes are played during the event.

When she knows guests are celebrating their

anniversary or special occasion, she prepares a

candlelight dinner outside at the

Japanese Gardens as a surprise.

The invitation is presented to them in their room.

The lawn becomes a stage for summer outdoor

performances of the “Merchant of Venice,” “Wizard

of Oz,” “Peter Pan” and other shows.

 

Guests are away from the cities, in the

Northumberland

countryside, yet they have everything here:

Driving range, two championship golf courses,

4X4 adventures,

indoor pool, archery, clay pigeon shooting, paint

balls, mountain biking, and hot air ballooning.

Take a self-guided tour map suggesting easy walks.

 

Duke’s Grill- Sunday:  3 courses, $24.95;  prepared

tableside, $15.95-52;

Cooked on the Josper Grill, $14.95-36;

Entrees, $12.50-19.95;

 

Claret Jug-

Noon to 6 pm, $5.50-12.50;

6 to 9 pm, $9-18.50;

 

The Restaurant- $9-24; 3 courses, $27.95;

 

You may not have heard of the DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel and

Northumberland but if you visit, you will never forget

them!!!

DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel, Slaley, Hexam,

Northumberland, England.   www.devereonline.co.uk

slaley.hall@devere-hotels.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England‘s North Country

 

There are so many surprises when you explore

Northumberland’s 4,000 year history.

The unspoiled feeling of the country is mixed with

the thrills of visiting castles and other ancient sites.

Many people have heard of Alnwick Castle of Harry

Potter film fame.

Northumberland is described as “England as it used to be,”

England;s North Country is home to some very diverse areas.

www.visitenc.com www.enjoyenglandsnorthcountry.com

 

 


East Coast Pizza

October 25th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

By Sandy Zimmerman

I did not realize there was so much to know about making a pizza!

Joey Buceta, the owner of Upper

Crust Pizza, discussed his

secrets,

“I ship our dough

from Boston because

the most

important

part of the

dough is the

water.

Back in Boston,

the water from the Quabbin Reservoir

makes incredibly tasty dough.

It gives you the texture

and crispiness that you do not get in Las

Vegas because of the quality of the water and the elevation.

Water means everything because the dough is a mixture of flour,

yeast and water.

The water provides

the taste.”

In order to have a

true East coast pizza,

you must have the

dough.

You can bring the

water from the East

coast, but there are a lot of

other factors like the elevation and dryness.

You will not get the same result, it will

be a sticky pizza which is hard to rise.

Our East coast pizza is not like any other pizza in Las Vegas!

Anyone who knows East coast pizza will appreciate ours because

it is the flavor and look of the special crust.

Water is that

important!

Joey was originally

from Boston, “I grew

up in Boston’s Little

Italy, then I lived in

Manhattan’s Little

Italy.

I have been around restaurants for 30

years when I was 11 years old standing on a

milk crate in order to reach the counter.”

Las Vegans love pizza and will want

to try theirs.

The fact that the pizza dough comes from

Boston is

special.

You get that quality of dough that is very

crispy and crunchy.


The Defenders Packs a Wallop!

October 14th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

The attorneys and the stars (Left to Right: Marc Seggese-attorney, Jim Belushi, Michael Cristalli-attorney, and Jerry O’Connell) (PHOTO: CBS)

“The Defenders Packs a Wallop”

by Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated.)

PROGRAM REVIEW

Attorneys Michael Cristalli and Marc Saggese (PHOTO: CBS)

I am a fan of “Law and Order” as well as many of the

other courtroom dramas, and

“The Defenders”

TOPS THEM ALL!!!

Yes, courtroom dramas can be hard hitting but “The Defenders” is

balanced with “a touch of feeling”.

Adding humor to the plot brings a very refreshing contrast to the

other court room dramas.

With most of the subject matter concentrating around the seamy

side of life, this is exactly what the story needs.

Another interesting “difference” is the two attorneys contrasting

personalities.

Jim Belushi was believable as a “regular guy” drawn to victims

because he cares.

A more flamboyant character, Jerry O’Connell portrays a tough

defense attorney by day with romantic flings at night.

“The Defenders” take us on a roller coaster ride through the

courts to find justice in our flawed system.

Based on actual cases of Las Vegas attorneys Michael Cristalli and

Marc Saggese, “The Defenders” is already becoming a MUST SEE

television program.

PREMIERE PARTY

Freddy Glusman, retired owner of Piero’s Italian Restaurant

I was invited to a

party for the

premiere

of CBS’s new prime

time

television program

“The Defenders”,

starring Jim Belushi

and

Jerry O’Connell,

at

Piero’s Italian

Restaurant.

There is always a sense of excitement on the opening night of a

new television program.   After all of the rewriting, research and

filming, finally the time has come to see if the public likes their

work.

Piero’s Monkey Bar was filled with hundreds of people waiting to

congratulate criminal

defense attorneys

Michael Cristalli and

Marc Saggese, the

attorneys whose

cases are portrayed on

“The

Defenders” television

program.

Throughout the years,

Michael and Marc have

gained a

reputation for their

skills

in handling some of the toughest cases

in Las Vegas.

This was a special night for both of them.

Marc Saggese was beaming when we met.

He said, “I am really excited.


Shea’s is Like Cheers

October 10th, 2010 • by admin

Shea's Bar & Grill-Larry Shea-

“Shea’s is Like Cheers”

By Sandy Zimmerman

People come to Shea’s Bar and Grill for many reasons.

I know one reason is the Shea family, day or night one of them

will be there to great you.

Cathy Shea

Larry, the owner,

feels,

“Our competitive

advantage is that

we

are a

mom and pop bar,

people can always

find my wife Cathy,

son Brian and his wife Jamie here.

People like to know one of us is here.

WEEKLY EVENTS


TWO FOR TUESDAY, from

 

6 pm-

midnight,

offers

half-off

all 8

ounce

burgers

including

any

Build-

your-own-

Burgers.

Join KARAOKE every Wednesday, from 8 pm-midnight, with

Terry-Oke, not your typical DJ.

His antics are

always very

entertaining

and he does a great

job encouraging

everyone to

participate.

Terry wears

costumes, uses props, and musical instruments to

make the evening fun.

Jamie Shea

The first 10

people

who turn in song

requests get a free

drink.

Guests do not

have

to sing, it is a

great show just to

watch.

No one knows

what to expect

because it is always different each

time.

Singers with a good voice can be just as entertaining as those who

cannot carry a tune.

Shea’s is the place to unwind after work.

 

 

 



The James Bond Wine Table

May 15th, 2010 • by admin
When you visit Del Friscos, do not miss seeing the most amazing $1.2 million dollar James Bond table. Looking like a normal table at first, Jacque touched her remote control pad and the table suddenly opened to present the James Bond OO7 Films Wine Collection. Eighteen magnums of Cabernet wine from Napa Valley wineries each represent different Bond films. These one- of-a kind bottles are each laser-edged.

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