An independent assessment has confirmed the seven-suite Otahuna Lodge on New Zealand’s South Island as one of a very select band of properties to bear the Qualmark ‘Exclusive’ stamp.


Qualmark is New Zealand’s official mark of quality in tourism, awarded to deserving tourism businesses across the country. The Qualmark quality assurance scheme has a star grading system for accommodation and Qualmark ‘Exclusive’ is its premier accommodation category. Otahuna Lodge is the most recent entrant in the elite group, taking the number of members to eight such establishments.

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Strip House Offers Organic Filet On Valentine’s Day

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Strip House announces that it will offer its first organic cut of steak this Valentine’s Day with a 10 oz. filet available on February 14. Available in all Strip House locations for the holiday, the grass-fed filet is raised in New Zealand, from the farms of the renowned Noel Turner. Additionally, the restaurant will send its guests home with complimentary miniature boxed chocolate cakes on Valentine’s Day.

These organic filets will be prepared in signature Strip House style, charred to juicy perfection. Other special dishes prepared for the holiday will include Maine Lobster Salad and Burnt Orange Chocolate Crepes with Bruléed Oranges, Toasted Almonds and Cointreau Caramel. All the classic Strip House dishes will also be available.

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Huntington, NY – The most romantic setting for an unforgettable Valentines Day dinner is at OHEKA Castle Hotel & Estate in Huntington, New York, just 45 minutes outside Manhattan.


OHEKA Castle will hold its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance on Thursday, February 14, 2008 from 7:00 –11:00 pm.


The exclusive event includes a cocktail hour with complimentary champagne cocktails from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, a five course dinner, and music and dancing from 8:00 pm through 11:00 pm for $200 per person plus tax and gratuity.*


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The Washington Square Hotel

The Washington Square Hotel — http://
www.washingtonsquarehotel.com/ –is pleased to announce that, in an
effort to promote a healthier environment for its guests and
employees, it became 100% smoke-free on January 1, 2008,. “The
majority of our guests prefer non-smoking rooms,” states Judy Paul,
co-owner and CEO. “In fact, we discovered that only 8% request a
smoking room. As we near completion of our guest room re-design, it
made sense to us to institute this new policy.” This policy is in
sync with New York’s commitment to a smoke-free environment in public
indoor spaces.

One of the last remaining family-run hotels in the city, the
Washington Square Hotel radiates warmth combined with modern
amenities. Proprietors Dan and Rita Paul, their daughter Judy, and
her husband Marc Garrett are here to welcome visitors from all over
the world. World-travelers themselves, they made sure the hotel was
outfitted with everything a business or leisure travelers would need
on their visit to New York City.

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Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse – Midtown

Eureka . . . A Great New York Steak House


Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse – Midtown
44 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 245-1550
Cross Street: Between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue Hours: Mon-Wed 11:30am-11:00pm , Thu-Sat 11:30am- 12am , Sun 3pm-11pm
The place to meet, eat and enjoy the finer things in life. Specializing in 21-28 day dry aged USDA Prime meats, Kobe beef, Australian lobster tails and offering a wide array of seafood and wines. Old world charm and impeccable service.



Uncle Jack’s has become a legend, known for unsurpassed consistency and quality. Featuring the finest USDA prime 21-28 day Dry Aged Beef, Kobe Steaks, Fresh Seafood, and a full menu of the highest quality foods and wines available.

Steaks, seafood and real Kobe beef the atmosphere is elegant, including private rooms. The Turn of The Century Hollywood set will blow you away and is the perfect New York Steak House fantasy atmosphere in which to enjoy remarkable beef at prices which to some may seem equally remarkable. But, as the saying goes, if you have to question the price, you can’t afford it. And there is no finer quality in New York.

Tuxedoed captains recite the entrees slowly with love, in this elegant balconied restaurant with heavy drapes, a colossal crystal chandelier, plush velour chairs and fringed lamps. The walls are hung with framed portraits of the likes of the Rockefellers and Carnegies. Service is so seamless and perfect you’ll want to linger for hours. And you know someone cares when the bread assortment arrives. Not standard Steak House schlock, but lovely Irish Soda Bread, Flat bread, a variety of fresh and delicious rolls and creamy, unsalted butted.

Don’t over do it. Portions are huge and you’ll want to sample the wonders of the kitchen. First-rate starters include sparkling lump crabmeat and featherweight crab cakes, lightly breaded in Panko (Japanese Bread crumbs) in a puddle of French inspired Lobster sauce. The tomatoes and fresh mozzarella are exquisite.

Kobe beef and Akaushi are grown in Texas from Japanese stock. They are marvelous steaks: intense, memorable and buttery. But the authentic Japanese version is worth $250 and indecently delicious. But don’t miss the Prime Rib Chop (aka the fred flintstone) – 30 ounce USDA prime rib, prepared and served in its own juices.

All sides are recommended. Especially nutmeg-flecked creamed spinach and the smooth, garlic-mashed-potatoes. On the award-winning wine list, you’ll find the elite “Screaming Eagle” 2003 cabernet sauvignon, at $1,500. It is a glory. And what other wine list in New York offers both “vertical and horizontal” pages of gems to savor.


If you have room for dessert, check out the assortment, which includes excellent Tiramisu, Ice Cream, Pecan Pie and Fresh Berries in Cream.
Uncle Jack’s (44 W 56th St) is the best thing to happen to Midtown in many a moon and is already a roaring success. Don’t miss it! That’s A Major on the Walman Report.

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Foppiano Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Russian River Valley

Established in1896, and more than 100 years after its founding, Foppiano Vineyards continues to do what it did at its outset; create outstanding red wines with genuine varietal character, on its 200-acre Russian River Valley estate. This tradition is the foundation and the future for the Foppiano family’s commitment to their second century of excellence.

Foppiano Vineyards, leader in Petite Sirah education offers red wine as their primary focus:

v Petite Sirah
v Zinfandel
v Cabernet Sauvignon
v Merlot
v Pinot Noir
v Sangiovese

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Campbell Apartment



The Campbell Apartment- Cocktails From Another Era

A truly classic, sophisticated cocktail lounge with a unique and compelling location, heritage, interior and ambiance, The Campbell Apartment has proven to be the “crown jewel” of Grand Central Terminal.

The Campbell Apartment at Grand Central Terminal is owned and operated by Mark C. Grossich, the hospitality and marketing trailblazer who introduced the most successful chain of upscale cocktail lounges in New York City, Bar and Books, and opened the very first dedicated cigar smoker’s lounge in the country, The Cigar Bar.

Its storied history as one of the most unique private office spaces ever built caused The Campbell Apartment to be the most sought after space in the Terminal as a major retail center in the heart of Manhattan.

The Campbell Apartment is noted for serving – from the 1920’s through the 1940’s – as the private office / salon of John W. Campbell, a well-known tycoon of the era. At the time, it was considered one of the most remarkable offices New York had ever seen and remains one of the city’s most grand and unique spaces.

“The Campbell Apartment may be the most interesting locale for a cocktail lounge the city has ever seen and I believe we have returned it to its circa-1920’s grandeur as the ‘crown jewel’ of the terminal,” remarked Mr. Grossich. “We provide a sophisticated nightlife experience that includes first-rate service and an exciting, contemporary ambience but, also one that has the flair of New York City at the turn of the century.”

The breathtaking interior of The Campbell Apartment has been very well preserved and features intricate architectural details and craftsmanship including extensive woodwork, a balcony, a decorative beamed ceiling, an immense leaded glass exterior window, and a massive stone fireplace. Combining its spacious ground floor and second level balcony, The Campbell Apartment totals 3,500 square feet and can accommodate up to 150 patrons.

The Campbell Apartment at Grand Central Terminal with a Florentine backdrop and Moroccan-inspired interior, is extremely refined, yet incredibly comfortable: soft, relaxing club chairs and couches, dark wooden coffee tables, decorative lighting and plush bar stools provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Add to that the beautifully restored, original stone fireplace with a large black safe once belonging to Mr. Campbell stationed directly in front of it and, of course, the bar, located underneath the large leaded glass window.

Offering an innovative beverage menu featuring cocktails that are currently popular as well as “traditional” favorites from yesteryear, The Campbell Apartment also offers vintage wines, champagnes and liquors.

Ideal for weddings, bachelor parties, bridal showers, engagement parties or holiday office parties, The Campbell Apartment offers a one-in-a-million, classic New York City location, private catered affairs of almost any kind. It’s also the perfect backdrop for
fashion shoots and film and television projects as it’s setting would be almost impossible to duplicate in a photo studio or sound stage environment.

The Campbell Apartment has consistently been ranked among the “Best of…” in New York City by a variety of surveys in both the media and by the hospitality industry. The New York Post cited The Campbell Apartment as having “The Town’s Best Martinis.” In addition, Gotham Magazine selected it as “The Best Bar in Grand Central Terminal, Time Out New York ranked it as “One of the 100 Best Bars in New York City” and Citysearch.com named The Campbell Apartment as “One of the Most Popular After-Work Bars in New York City.” In addition, the bar has been recognized by Playboy as “One of the 20 Best Bars in America.”

In 2007 The Campbell Apartment received a refresh from world renowned interior designer Nina Campbell. Located inside Grand Central Terminal at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue, The Campbell Apartment is open from 3 P.M. to 1 A.M. Monday to Saturday, and 3 P.M. to 11 P.M. on Sunday. For further information or reservations call (212) 953-0409.

“Yuck of the Week.” Note: A Strict Dress Code is enforced, but appears to apply only to those wearing anything resembling sneakers, even if the person is wearing a $25,000 mink coat and black orthopedic shoes. Otherwise, anything apparently goes, from the look of the crowd upstairs.

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Fiamma Offers New Cooking Classes

New Cooking Classes:
Lessons in Italian, alla Fiamma
Chef Fabio Trabocchi Introduces a Cooking Class Series

On the heels of receiving a three-star review from The New York Times, Chef Fabio Trabocchi announces a series of cooking classes in which he’ll teach the dishes that have earned him such acclaim.

Beginning in March, Trabocchi will offer a monthly Saturday cooking class based around his menu at Fiamma. Each two-hour class will be followed by a meal to share the seasonal delicacies prepared in that day’s demonstration. Fiamma’s first cooking class series will consist of:

Le Paste e Il Risotto – March 29
Discover Le Marche traditions in dishes such as
I Vincisgrassi and Il Risotto

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