Monthly Archives: September 2009

Donate Life America

There are so many charities and causes out there these days – it can seem impossible to choose something and even more impossible to be helpful in making a change. Don’t spread yourself too thin by trying to save the world in every possible way – none of us have that kind of time and energy – BUT, it is possible and easy to help make a change in the small ways for something that matters to you.


For me, organ donations matter. My father has had two kidney transplants, and without those kidney donations, he wouldn’t be alive today. Thankfully, we kept the donations in the family to lower risk factors and allow my dad to not have to wait on “the list.” But, others aren’t so lucky to have a match.

One way I am putting my fingerprint on my passion for organ donations is by choosing Donate Life as my charity of choice on my blog. Every click from a visitor to my blog helps further their outreach. So, please, click on the link to the right to help Donate Life! ♥

Organ Donation Statistics

United States

  • More than 100,000 people need life-saving organ transplants in the United States.
  • Despite the critical need for organ donors, there were just 7,983 deceased organ donors in the United States in 2008.
  • Each day, an average of 18 people die because of the shortage of organ donors.
  • Every 11 minutes, a new name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
  • Each year, more than one million people need life-saving and life-improving tissues, whole eyes and corneas.

New York

  • In New York State, more than 9,300 people need life-saving organ transplants, of which approximately 7,500 people are listed in the greater New York metropolitan area, the region served by the New York Organ Donor Network.
  • Yet in 2008, there were just 373 deceased organ donors in New York State, 251 of them in the greater New York metropolitan area.


  1. Enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry at
  2. Inform your family that you have given your legally binding consent to be a donor.

“Organ and tissue transplants offer patients a new chance at healthy, productive, normal lives and return them to their families, friends and communities. You have the power to change someone’s world by being a donor. It’s about living. It’s about Life.”

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Barbuto – no bene


On Sunday afternoon – after watching a portion of a very depressing Steelers’ game at a far too crowded Daddy O’s – my husband, my brother, and I went to Barbuto to grab a late lunch. It was closer to 5pm, so we just wanted some small bites to tie us over till dinner. We looked at the menu, and it was not the same menu we remembered the last time we ate there. It was much more limited, so we figured we could ask if they had what we wanted.

I asked if they had a normal salad – maybe some fennel, tomatoes, veggies, etc – and the waiter said that they did, so I ordered that. M wanted a normal margherita pizza, but they only had a much more intense pizza with eggs and more on it, so M asked if they could make a margherita, and the waiter said no. He then, reluctantly, ordered a salad with chicken and farro to keep it lighter. My brother ordered carbonara pasta – he’s 6’8″ and 23 years old, so he has a need for something heavy about every hour on the hour.

 barbuto collage

When my salad came, it was a pile of arugula on a plate – no dressing, no veggies, not even tomatoes. First of all, I do not like Arugula – I hate it actually. I can only stand it if it is completely disguised by other flavors. Secondly, how in the world did the waiter deduct that I would be ok with arugula on a plate after what I specified?!?

M liked his salad, but was very disappointed with the limited menu and the resistance of the waiter to meet our desires. All he wanted was a pizza with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. If an Italian restaurant doesn’t have those items in their kitchen, shame on them. Same goes with my salad – I know they had other lettuce because it came out on M’s salad! I also know they had cherry tomatoes, onions, etc.

It was a very disappointing visit to Barbuto – the service was awful, the menu limited,  and the result = not going back unless I hear it has changed dramatically.

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On Friday, M and I met our friends, R&A, at Chow Bar for our Friday night happy hour date. This is something we do every week – same place, same people, same drinks & apps. 


Chow Bar is going through some changes currently – our old manager friend is no longer there, they’re redeveloping the menu, and they’re renovating to give the place a facelift. Though some of these changes are messing with our desire for familiarity on our Fridays after work, we’re willing to stick it out through the changes to see how it comes out on the other side. 

 One perk to being regulars is that the management is working hard to keep us coming back each week, and they’re asking us for input on their menu developments. Last night, they asked us to try a new cheese fondue. Odd to serve cheese fondue at an Asian fusion restaurant, but it is true that one of their most popular desserts is their chocolate fondue (which somehow seems more Asian, and I don’t know why). Of course we obliged…but we all wish we hadn’t afterwards…


The cheese was not mixed well enough, so there was an uneven taste on the dipped items. It also seemed as though the mix of cheese & alcohol was off and the presentation needed to be more fine-tuned. 

We didn’t share all of our opinions with them, but we did tell them that it needed some work to be worth adding to the menu. 

If you do want to have some fantastic fondue in NYC, however, try these places:



The Bourgeois Pig

La Cave des Fondue


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Jack @ J.Crew

I was stuck in a taxi today in the UN traffic, and I accidentally forgot to press mute on the tv monitor. Low and behold…I began to watch the ads without even noticing. I saw something very interesting…Jack @ J.Crew


Apparently, J.Crew is answering the calls of all of the unsure men out there who have no clue when it comes to fashion choices. You know…those American men who scoff at fashion and anything even remotely close to a jean that actually fits their body shape…the same ones who insecurely claim that any man who dresses well is either gay or European. Since my husband is Italian, it is obvious I strongly disagree with this stereotype.


“Jack knows best” is a great tool on the J.Crew website, and he even has an email address! He’s like a personal stylist – without the cost. (I’m pretty sure there is not an actual man named Jack handling all of these questions as opposed to a room full of recent college grads or fashion school interns at computers) But, whoever it is – HE tells men how to wear plaid shirts appropriately, why tie bars are a good thing, which jacket works for all seasons, etc. One MUST realize, however, that Jack’s email address is @jcrew, which means it is his JOB to guide customers to buy all J.Crew to achieve the recommended look…


I won’t complain, though, if I start to notice American men taking Jack’s advice – even if it does mean they all look like a tear sheet from the J.Crew catalogue. I would appreciate it actually – so, here’s to Jack! bravo!

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a magician in a restaurant?


Last night I met up with my best friend to catch up over drinks and apps at Japonais. I have posted about Japonais before because it is our place of choice for a nice saketini – close to home, nice management, good drinks, good sushi, good music.

However, the management has recently changed, and their getting into gimmicks…last night’s entertainment was a 22 year old magician who looked like he was 12. We were enjoying our catch-up conversation and edamame when we were interrupted to watch him flash some cards around in front of our faces and throw some coins in and out of his  too-small fingers…here it is…and VOILA…there it is in the other hand!

ridiculous and annoying…not magic.


I hope that Japonais can get a grasp on their identity and realize that their usuals (me and my friends) don’t want to be entertained (or bothered) with these desperate attempts. If it continues, we will be forced to find another spot away from home…which is never as easy as “voila!” in NYC.


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new skin


nyc sunflower has a new image!

It’s that time of year again when everything gets crazy – places to be, people to see! It’s also the best time to share all of my stories with all of you!

Only, this time, I am putting my personal fingerprint on nyc sunflower! I want all of you to know who I am – it doesn’t make sense to not share who I am when I am hoping that all of you will care about what I have to say.

I am sure that this year is going to bring many new and exciting experiences…now that I am a married woman and have a whole new perspective on what it means to be a young, professional, married woman in NYC!

stay tuned!

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