Have a Spicy Good Time at Haru Sushi



Gave a Spicy Good Time at Haru Sushi





From its smart menu, stylish design, and attentive service, Haru Sushi is a success.  The fusion cuisine at Haru is a contemporary sister of Benihana, with menu items including lobster tacos, filet mignon yakitori (skewered), sushi, and seasonal dishes.  Haru also offers brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, desert, and catering.  Start with a drink in the bar area and then make your way to one of the elegant tables.

There are numerous dining options in New York City.  Each of the boroughs, from Manhattan to Brooklyn, Queens to The Bronx, and Staten Island has a multitude of restaurants for good eats.   Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Dine at Haru and have a spicy good time. 

“Haru is a Japanese restaurant group with striking designs, inventive menus, bars, lounges, sushi bars and outdoor cafes at its 8 high profile locations.  HARU is a modern Japanese restaurant featuring specialty dishes, sushi, sake, and specialty cocktails.  Haru also offers corporate and social catering packages, delivery and takeout services.  What began as a neighborhood sushi establishment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side has grown into an eight restaurant group in New York and Boston.  Varying Haru locations feature vibrant bars and lounges, outdoor dining spaces and private event rooms.”  





My Recommendations

1.  The restaurant is located at 859 Ninth Avenue New York, New York 10019 at the corner of West 56th Street.  There are other locations throughout the city as well.  Haru Sushi is a walkable distance from Columbus Circle, stores, parks, and more.  The restaurant is also accessible by taxi, car service, and subway.

2.  The main dining room provides a view of the avenue and bar.  Peak times occur on weekends and special events.  Make reservations to ensure a table.

3.  Consider the following menu items.

TUNA POKE:  Diced tuna, scallion, avocado, ra-yu sesame (spicy sesame oil)

MISO SOUP:  Tofu, seaweed, scallion


SPICY TITANIC:  Salmon, avocado and caviar, wrapped around crunchy spicy tuna

KISS OF FIRE:  Salmon, albacore tuna, jalapeño and wasabi tobiko (flying fish roe), wrapped around crunchy spicy tuna and jalapeño

ULTIMAT SAKETINI:  Ultimat Vodka, junmai sake, plum wine, fresh cucumber





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For the Brunch Bunch: Vynl Restaurant



For the Brunch Bunch:  Vynl Restaurant





From its multifarious menu, music theme, and friendly service, Vynl is an icon in New York.  Vynl is a distinctive venue in the city that offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks for the locals and visitors.  Much of the cuisine is American, in addition to a healthy offering of Asian dishes.

New York has five boroughs, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.  There is multitude of restaurants, shops, sites, and activities within each neighborhood.  Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Let an enjoyable experience at Vynl become one of your new favorites.  

“Like the old LP's that inspire its name...VYNL keeps on spinning!  

An iconic fixture…VYNL serves up an eclectic and unique menu that appeals to multiple palates and personalities with funtastic musician-themed cocktails.  VYNL is very proud of its loyal fan base comprised of neighborhood regulars, theatre professionals and both national and international tourists alike!  

Our streaming music videos and concerts, vintage album cover menus, psychedelic mosaic tabletops and hundreds of colorful 45's creates a veritable pop-rock music shrine and festive atmosphere!

And our food is right on key.  From American Classics (fried chicken and waffles, turkey meatloaf or truffle mac n cheese) to Asian Comforts (pad Thai, sesame chicken or spicy tuna sliders) to our All Day Breakfast (breakfast burrito, scrambled egg sandwich or house made granola)...VYNL has something for everyone in your party.”




My Recommendations

1.  The restaurant is located at 754 9th Avenue New York, New York 10019.  Vynl is a walkable distance from Columbus Circle, stores, parks, and more.  The restaurant is also accessible by taxi, car service, and subway.

2.  The dining space cozy.  Peak times occur on weekends and mornings.  Plan accordingly.  

3.  Consider the following menu item.






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Joanne Trattoria: Monstrously Good Sauce



Joanne Trattoria:  Monstrously Good Sauce





Friends and I are always on the look for good food from family-owned and independent restaurants.  On a recent trip to New York, New York we took the opportunity to dine at Joanne Trattoria.  The restaurant is located on the Upper West Side, steps away from Central Park, shopping, churches, museums, and more.  Perfect for brunch, lunch, and dinner.  The snug restaurant features a front bar, bakeshop, outdoor patio, and an attentive staff.  A terrific setting for lunch with friends or a dinner date.

Germanotta Family Home Made Italian Meals:  The menu is consistent with the owner’s point-of-view of Italian cuisine inspired by family recipes.  For example, homemade focaccia, Joanne's meatballs, and Papa G's bone-in chicken, with sweet or hot sausage and peperoncini.  Many sharable items on the menu.  Sharing an appetizer and pizza with friends is ideal here.

“Family, food, and love are the foundation upon which Joe and Cynthia Germanotta raised their daughters.  Built on those same principles, the Germanottas family-run restaurant is world-renowned for its vibrant hospitality, delicious Southern Italian fare, and warm familial atmosphere.  In his debut cookbook, Joe shares a mix of time-tested family recipes and house favorites…with never-before released family photos, heartwarming testimonials and entertaining anecdotes from the extended Joanne family, as well as a moving foreword by the Germanottas’ older daughter, Golden Globe®- and six-time Grammy®-winning, Academy Award-nominated global icon Lady Gaga”.




My Recommendations

1.  The restaurant is located at 70 West 68th Street New York, New York, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.  The location is walking distance from local stores, movie theaters, businesses, Lincoln Center, Strawberry Fields, and Columbus Circle.  Street parking is available.  The restaurant is also accessible by taxi, car service, and subway.

2.  The main dining room in located in the back of the restaurant and is a cozy area.  Make reservations to ensure a table.

3.  Joanne Trattoria offers brunch, lunch, and dinner.  The following were our favorites. 

Fried calamari and hot peppers:  seasoned fried hot peppers and calamari.  Perfectly light and flavorful served with a tomato dipping sauce.  The sauce is amazing.  Tomato with garlic and olive oil.  Save any left over sauce as a dip for your pizza or other menu items you order.

Build your own pizza:  artichoke, arugula, eggplant, mushroom, peppers, onion, spinach, tomato, cheddar, fontina, gorgonzola, mozzarella, ricotta, bolognese, chopped clam, meatball, pancetta, pepperoni, prosciutto, sausage (sweet | hot).







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Cappuccino--A Must at the Martha Stewart Café New York City by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Cappuccino--A Must at the Martha Stewart Café New York City





Some coffee drinks are better than others.  After you discover the flavors you prefer and which brands are better than others you will want to bypass many coffeehouses and bistros.  Confused?  Not to worry.  Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Let an enjoyable experience at the Martha Stewart Café in New York City be your next go-to coffee shop.

The Martha Stewart Café provides a wonderful assortment of coffee, tea, and baked goods.  Martha’s Blend ground coffee is a medium-roast sourced from beans across the globe, including Kenya, Guatemala, and Indonesia.  The warm, chocolate aroma and flavor of this bold and well composed coffee is an elevated flavor in contrast to many others.  Kobrick Coffee, Jersey City, New Jersey, curate the coffee beans and provide sustainable products.




“Welcome to the Martha Stewart Café, a dream of mine that has finally become a reality!  Inspired by the wonderful coffee shops I’ve visited all around the world, it’s a place where I can share my favorite handcrafted coffees, teas, and bakery treats with customers who will enjoy them as I do.  I hope you’ll make the Martha Stewart Café a part of your daily routine…”.

The café is located in a pint-sized corner of the Starrett-Lehigh building located in the West Chelsea area of New York City.  Other nearby companies include Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, as well as Chelsea Pier and The High Line.  Swing by the Martha Stewart Café, order a cup of coffee, a cappuccino, and a bakery item, then spend some time looking at the architecture of the building, take a stroll in the neighborhood, or walk The High Line—weather permitting.




Pastries and goodies such as croissants, pain au chocolate, granola, candied nuts, muffins, and cookies are also served at the café by Balthazar Bakery, Underwest Donuts, and Bien Cuit.  The barista and cashier were friendly and knowledgable about menu items.  This is not the only location to enjoy these goodies.  The second location is in downtown Sacramento, California.  Dallas, Texas is the location of the third café.




My Recommendations

1.  The café is located at 601 West 26th Street, 1st Floor Lobby, New York, NY 10001 (West 26th Street and 12th Avenue).  Housed within the Starrett-Lehigh building.  The shop is a accessible by car, taxi, car service, and subway.  

2.  A small standing area is available within the café, while the nearby lobby has a few chairs.  Enjoy your coffee, tea, pastry, or other items inside or better yet take them on your way to work, school, or tour of the city.  Check store hours.

3.  The Martha Stewart Café has a respectable number of desirable menu items.  The following are my favorites on the drink menu.


Cappuccino with Almond Milk—a must because of its creamy, smooth, and nutty flavor profile

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Constituting America: We the Future Contest Winner



Constituting America:  We the Future Contest Winner





Constituting America’s mission is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet, and social media to reach, educate and inform America's adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights.  Constituting America is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) organization”

Janine Turner is founder and co-char of Constituting America.  “Janine is best known for her role as Maggie O'Connell' in the Emmy Award-winning CBS series, Northern Exposure, for which she earned three Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy nomination.  Janine is an avid reader and writer, with a passion for history and politics.”  Cathy Gillespie is the other co-chair, she “is active in a number of political and charitable organizations, serving on the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University, and the board of Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services.”







The We the Future Contest by Constituting America was open to students of all ages and teachers.  The contest for teachers was to design a lesson plan to promote learning about the United States Constitution.  The objective of my lesson plan is for students to engage in a study of the Constitution to learn about the nature and structure of the United States.  This lesson provides students an opportunity to explore how the government works and what the Constitution means to them today.  The lesson culminates with students creating a song to demonstrate understanding of the Constitution and nature of the U.S. government.

Teaching is a great calling and there is a bounty of excellent teachers out there.  I am very honored and humbled my lesson plan won.  Also, I am grateful to my family, former teachers, and students that I learn from each day.  Thank you and congratulations to all those wonderful students that won in the other categories.

The students in my own classes are fascinating people and I am confident in their abilities to learn, grow, and make valuable contributions to our society.  That is why I collaborate with other teachers to do cross-curricular activities, share stories about my travels, my entrepreneurship, and take interest in what students have to say about history and its lessons.  

Fundamentally, I promote student ownership for learning.  Treasuring our Constitution, practicing what we preach, and knowing our place in history is our guiding light.  Students in my classes do brilliant things, have excellent curiosities, and learn so much.  We go on fun adventures, perform engaging puppet shows, do hard work, visit museums, and celebrate remarkable accomplishments throughout history at our World’s Faire.  Certainly, my hope is students come away knowing life loves a student. 

Please visit Constituting America to see my lesson plan, the student winners, to discover more about the U.S. history, and to access educational resources.  Or download my lesson plan here.







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