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Esposito’s Offers Candlelight Dining on Valentine’s Day

Esposito’s Offers Candlelight Dining on Valentine’s Day

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this Sunday, Esposito’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in White Plains will serve a four-course, prix-fixe holiday meal from 12 to 10 p.m. for $30.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. An identically priced offer also applies at its older sister restaurant of the same name in Valhalla. “In addition to being fed, […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Super Bowl 50 Culinary Matchups of the Rival Teams

We’re in the middle of that period of football wasteland. No home team to root for in the postseason and no built-in reason to quaff our favorite wine or beer as we veg out in our favorite reclining chair. Super Bowl 50 is as anticipated for its off-the-field festivities as it is for its on-field […]

Home Guru: The Allure of Red However or Wherever Used

Home Guru: The Allure of Red However or Wherever Used

By Bill Primavera – It never occurred to me as a 16-year-old that I was making a strong statement. Given the first opportunity to decorate my own room, I chose a really bright red for the walls. My mother waited until I was in my thirties to finally tell me that she always knew I was […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: A Bottle of Wine is Filled with Longstanding Traditions

Wine is rich in tradition. It is rich in the ethereal tradition that embodies the efforts of millennia of winemakers who have produced wine following the time-honored precepts of their forbearers. It is rich in the dynamic tradition of millions who have enjoyed it as a symbol of celebration. Raising a glass with others in […]

Home Guru: Watch Out for Gaps in Your Insurance Coverage

Home Guru: Watch Out for Gaps in Your Insurance Coverage

By Bill Primavera Now that we’re mostly dug out of the recent snowstorm, I find myself remembering a friend whose home was damaged due to freezing conditions. That difficult event was made worse for her because her agent had neglected to give her proper coverage, selling her a condominium policy when she actually lived in […]

Nick Antonaccio

Conflicting Health Grapevie:Guidelines Over Red Wine Emphasize Need for Moderation

I drink wine for its ethereal qualities. I appreciate the intrinsic pleasure it brings to my palate and my intellect. The touted health aspects of a glass of wine are a valuable side benefit. Over the last 20 years, numerous studies have been published espousing the health benefits of red wine. Volumes have been written […]

Home Guru: The Home Guru’s 2016 Real Estate Forecast

Home Guru: The Home Guru’s 2016 Real Estate Forecast

By Bill Primavera – As we settle into 2016, it’s time for The Home Guru to report on the closing of the fourth quarter of the housing market in 2015 and take a look into his crystal ball and see how experts say it might behave in the months ahead. Just in are the results of […]

Nick Antonaccio

Satisfying Your Investment Appetite With a Wine-related Opportunity

The recent downturn of global stock markets, as worrisome as it is, remains a cyclical event. Granted, each downturn, uptick or stable period is explained as a temporary aberration, typically garnering the same rationale for each daily movement of the financial markets, whether they move up, down or sideways. It is becoming increasingly clear that […]

Home Guru: A Clutter of Information about Clutter

Home Guru: A Clutter of Information about Clutter

By Bill Primavera – It makes sense that we would be reminded at the beginning of the year, when we’re all fortified with New Year’s resolutions, to resolve to get around to decluttering. It seems that everywhere I look I’m finding helpful hints of how to do that. I have only occasionally dipped into the world of […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Your Wine Preferences: Do You Know What You Know?

What are you drinking these days? I’ve written about numerous wines, from innumerable regions, crafted from multitudinous grape varieties. I’ve focused on tried-and-true wines, and fringe wines hoping to attain a mainstream recognition. My mantra has always been to experiment. A regular practice of sampling new wines will invariably lead to consumers finding their “new […]

Home Guru: The Top 10 List of New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Home Guru: The Top 10 List of New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

By Bill Primavera  The National Association of Realtors has an advisory service called House Logic which dispenses all kinds of useful information. Very cleverly, it kicked off 2016 by issuing the top New Year’s resolutions for the home that normally would be associated with personal resolve.  Paraphrased, I share them here. Lose weight (cut energy […]

Home Guru: More Living with Less Space, Possible with Convertible Furniture

Home Guru: More Living with Less Space, Possible with Convertible Furniture

By Bill Primavera  In the early days of our marriage, my wife and I lived in a small New York City studio apartment, and we had to make the most of what space we had. Some of our neighbors opened up floor space by sleeping on Murphy beds that folded up vertically into the wall. […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: The Rising Influence of the Millennial Generation

Much has been written about the Millennial Generation (born between 1982 and 2000), their unique buying patterns, social values and affinity for all things digital. These attributes have influenced entire segments of the economy, social patterns and political ideologies. This uniqueness extends to preferences for wine (for those of legal drinking age). As their numbers […]

New Year’s Eve Dining and Entertainment Guide, Part III

New Year’s Eve Dining and Entertainment Guide, Part III

Here is a continuation of The Examiner’s coverage of venues for area New Year’s Eve events. Prices shown are per person and do not include tax and gratuity unless otherwise stated. Hastings-on-Hudson: Purpl. Passed hors d’oeuvres. The Cookery food station, ice cream sandwiches from Pennylick Ice Cream and desserts by As You Wish Catering and […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Wine Appreciation Goes Beyond Our Sensory Perceptions

Our perception, and the reality, of wine are influenced by many factors. Wine is not a monolithic sensory adventure. Each sip creates results in a confluence of taste and smell on our tongues, in our mouth and in our nose. This experience may differ with each sip of a glass of wine, and each bottle […]

Home Guru: Be Careful, the Holidays are When Accidents Happen Most

Home Guru: Be Careful, the Holidays are When Accidents Happen Most

By Bill Primavera During the holiday season when there is more festive activity around the house, there is also more risk of accidents that can cause harm to ourselves and damage our homes than at any other time of year. I was reminded of this just the other evening when my wife Margaret and I […]

The Restaurant Examiner: Your New Year’s Eve Dining and Entertainment Guide

The Restaurant Examiner: Your New Year’s Eve Dining and Entertainment Guide

This week, we list restaurants in the region that will be open past midnight on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the arrival of 2016. If a band or DJ is mentioned, dancing is usually offered. Prices shown do not include tax or gratuity unless otherwise indicated. Armonk: Moderne Barn. Dinner choices include filet mignon, grilled […]

Home Guru: The Front Door Front and Center

Home Guru: The Front Door Front and Center

By Bill Primavera As I observe holiday wreaths dotting the front doors of homes, I am reminded that I’ve written about how important the condition of the front door is when it comes to the sale of a home. I thought about that recently when I opened a couple of doors for showings where the […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Science Studies the Influence of Our Senses of Taste and Smell

In recent columns, I’ve focused on the marvels of the human senses and their influence on our perception of wine. It seems science has undertaken numerous studies to codify and standardize how we interface with wine. Of our five senses, recent scientific efforts have been focusing primarily on our sense of taste and smell. These […]

Direct Rays: Sarsen, Swertfager Recommence Winning, Stockpile Plaques Section 1 Owes Mahopac an Apology

Direct Rays: Sarsen, Swertfager Recommence Winning, Stockpile Plaques Section 1 Owes Mahopac an Apology

There are only so many Halls of Fame in this world, and while they keep popping up at street-smart schools across the country they’re still pretty dang tough to gain admittance to; unless of course you’re a coach of the ilk of Hendrick Hudson’s Diane Swertfager, who stamped her recent induction into the Westchester County […]

WBT to Host Eight-Hour New Year’s Eve Party

WBT to Host Eight-Hour New Year’s Eve Party

Eight hours of celebration are planned for New Year’s Eve at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, and with 500 seats available, that should keep Executive Chef Alexandra Sampaio plenty busy. A performance of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s classic musical “Show Boat” is part of the evening’s entertainment. The cost is $370 per […]

Boys Hoops Notebook: Put Valley Guts out Lakeland Tourney Title over Carmel Ossining’s Griffin Bursts onto Scene, Snags Sleepy MVP Nod

Boys Hoops Notebook: Put Valley Guts out Lakeland Tourney Title over Carmel Ossining’s Griffin Bursts onto Scene, Snags Sleepy MVP Nod

Class B Putnam Valley (2-0), by far the smallest school in the Carolyn Conroy Memorial Tournament at Lakeland High last weekend, conquered a pair of Class AA schools – Horace Greeley and runner-up Carmel — to waltz off with the tournament title behind an MVP performance from senior G Anders Spittal, an All-Tournament nod from […]

Home Guru: Buying Holiday Gifts for the Smart Home

Home Guru: Buying Holiday Gifts for the Smart Home

By Bill Primavera – Come holiday time, my wife Margaret and I have always engaged in a practice I suspect many homeowners share: in addition to buying gifts for each other, we also buy gifts “for the home.” Over the years these have ranged from practical choices, such as new appliances, to objets d’art found during […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Enjoying a Holiday Celebration in the City With Cocktails

We’re officially in the holiday season. With Thanksgiving under our belt (hopefully with no additional notches), the Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s celebratory gatherings are in full swing. Holiday festivities are typically focused on traditional gatherings in the homes of family and friends, sharing the religious spirit of our individual faiths. Many of us also […]

Home Guru: Preparing for Winter, Whether Staying at Home or Going Away

Home Guru: Preparing for Winter, Whether Staying at Home or Going Away

By Bill Primavera – Every year, just as wintry weather arrives, I receive a call or email from the first supplier I ever used when moving to Westchester, Dave Goldberg of Dave Goldberg Plumbing and Heating, making sure that I remind readers to prepare for the frigid months ahead. This year, he expanded his email with […]

The Accidental Writer: Advice from the Miami Book Fair

The Accidental Writer: Advice from the Miami Book Fair

I traveled to Miami last weekend with Erynn my daughter and the coauthor of the Chosen series. Wind Catcher won the Gold Medal in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards for YA – Coming of Age and the ceremony was in Miami. While in the sunshine state, we spent a few days at the Miami […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Celebrating the Upcoming Holidays at My Favorite Wine Bars

Celebrating the Upcoming Holidays at My Favorite Wine Bars The holiday season is upon us. Celebrations with family, friends and business associates are beginning to ramp up. What better way to relax with friends or family than at the modern-day American version of the English pub, the wine bar. In northern Westchester, we have two […]

Westchester Knicks 4-0-But Summers Injured

Westchester Knicks 4-0-But Summers Injured

The Westchester Knicks are 4-0 and their completely revamped roster and new coaching staff has rejuvenated fans at the Westchester County Center. The local Knicks, the NBA Developmental League affiliate of the New York Knicks, outscored the Sioux Falls Skyforce, 34-21, in the fourth quarter to beat the Miami Heat D-League affiliate, 107-94, on Friday […]

Stepinac Beats Hayes, 20-12, to Capture CHSFL AAA Championship

Stepinac Beats Hayes, 20-12, to Capture CHSFL AAA Championship

The Stepinac High School Varsity Football Crusaders won their second consecutive Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) AAA Championship by beating Cardinal Hayes High School, 20-12, in a thriller at Fordham University, on Saturday, Nov. 21. “Unbelievable that a school like Stepinac could be the back-to-back Catholic High School Football League AAA Champions,” exclaimed Head […]

Home Guru: A Master Cabinet Maker Helps Define a Room

Home Guru: A Master Cabinet Maker Helps Define a Room

By Bill Primavera – Normally built-ins are utilized to transform dead zones into functional space, such as under stairs or windows, or between fireplaces and corners, but with our most recent project, there were a couple of other objectives to achieve besides organization, storage and display. Because my wife and I would be moving from a […]