Martin Schoeller, Portraits at Halsted Kraeutler

Russell Brand
Russell Brand (All Gallery Photos By Gail)

Hasted Kraeutler is currently hosting a major retrospective of Martin Schoeller’s unique portrait photography, which has been organized to coincide with the release of his Portraits Coffee Table Book, spanning 15 years of the photographer’s illustrious career.

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga

Schoeller’s work has a playfulness that reminds me a little it of Annie Leibovitz from back when she was all the rage. These portraits are very challenging to shoot because you can’t get a direct shot without getting yourself in the glare of the frame’s glass, so apologies for so many side angle shots, but it could not be helped. Here are a few of our favorites from the show!

Jeff Koons

I believe this shot of artist Jeff Koons was taken for his New York Magazine exposé in 2013. Gazing Ball had just opened at David Zwirner gallery. Good times.

Cate Blanchett

Here is actress Cate Blanchett. She is so beautiful, and also an excellent actress!

Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis: I saw his standup comedy routine once and it was hilarious.

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman, also a very funny lady

Christian Bale

Everybody knows this photo of Christian Bale, which references his character in American Psycho. The movie was not very good, but I just could not bring myself to read the book.

Ozzy Osbourne

I love this photo of Ozzy Osbourne.

Michael Douglas

Here is actor Michael Douglas. Did you see him in the Liberace movie? He was amazing.

You should go see this exhibit.

Martin Schoeller’s Portraits will be on Exhibit Through January 3rd, 2015 at Halsted Kraeutler, Located at 537 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Martin Schoeller Signage

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Must See Art: Frank Stella Sculpture at the Marianne Boesky Gallery

Puffed Star II, 2014
Puffed Star II, 2014, Polished Aluminum (All Photo By Gail)

Can you believe that Frank Stella is 78 years old and he is still making amazing sculptures like Puffed Star II? I can’t even believe it — and yet, it is true. Right now, Marianne Boesky Gallery presents Frank Stella Sculpture, the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery since joining in the spring of 2014, and you really have to check it out. Because, Look at this:

K.150, 2014
K.150, 2014

Just Look at it!

K.150, 2014

K.150, 2014

If this were the only piece in the show, it would still be worth going to. K.150, as it is called, was rendered using rapid prototyping or 3D printing. So remarkable.

K.150, 2014

K.150, 2014

If I owned this sculpture, I would never, ever stop looking at it. But wait, there’s more!

Sanibel to Sobolnoye, 2014
Sanibel to Sobolnoye, 2014

This one is pretty cool as well.

Sanibel to Sobolnoye, 2014

Fishkill, 1995
Fishkill, 1995

This one, Fishkill, is from Stella’s Hudson River School series.

Frank Stella Sculpture Sturdy

I think this one is a study for larger work, as you can see a tiny model of the Puffed Star inside of it. Go see this exhibit while you can.

Frank Stella Sculpture will be on Exhibit Through December 20th, 2014 at Marianne Boesky Gallery, Located at 509 West 24th Street, New York, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Frank Stella Sculpture Signage

K8 Hardy, Credit Default Swap

Credit Default Swap
Credit Default Swap (2012), Duratrans Film on Lightbox, Edition of 2 (Photo By Gail)

K8 Hardy’s work typically subverts common conceptions of fashion and consumerism, combining product close-ups, meticulous styling and staging. Her photographs and sculptures employee layering to confuse and undermine assumptions about class, economics, race and gender. She “teases out” the emotional meanings in everything – from clothes to figures in a landscape. “This blanket expression that you shouldn’t judge a person by their clothes is ridiculous to me,” she said. “Every article of clothing is so loaded with signifiers, I don’t know how you can help but make up stories about people and their desires based on what they wear.”

Review: Gourmet Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour!

Dim Sum Go Go
All Photos By Gail Except Where Noted

Whether you have lived in NYC all your life, are visiting for the first time, or are a local looking for a fun and unique activity to entertain out of town guests, I can’t think of more worthwhile daytime activity than going on a Foods of New York Tours’ Gourmet Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour — which I took a couple weekends ago and had the best time ever!

The Gourmet Chinatown Food and Culture Tour is NYC’s only walking tour that includes multiple sit-down food tastings as well as an unequaled opportunity to learn so many fascinating things about the Chinese people and the amazing heritage they bring to New York City (which is home to the largest Chinatown in the US)! During this tour, you get to taste a diverse selection of dishes from three acclaimed Chinatown restaurants and one of Chinatown’s favorite bakeries, so you will enjoy several varieties of Chinese cuisines. You also get to celebrate the tradition and etiquette of this rich culture by searching out historical and cultural landmarks of the area on your way from tasting to tasting. Let me share a little bit about my experience of the tour.

Dim Sum GoGo Interior
Dim Sum GoGo Interior

You’ll start your tour by meeting up with your group and guide at Dim Sum GoGo (located at 5 East Broadway near Chatham Square), and this where you’ll have your first tasting. Our host and tour guide was a super friendly and knowledgeable guy named Raheem, and he was just fantastic.  Dim Sum GoGo served us a selection of five different Hong Kong style dumplings over the course of about 45 minutes, during which time Raheem told us all about the history of Dim Sum, which was fascinating.

Three Dumplings

Unlike the Ballroom Dum Sum places, where servers wheeling carts of readymade dumplings and other dishes will circulate around the dining room, all dishes at Dim Sum GoGo are made fresh to order. Raheem described the ingredients of each dumpling as we ate it. I appreciated the food vibe, which made each bite taste special!

Pork Dumpling
Fried Pork Dumpling

Steamed Pork Bun
Steamed Pork Bun

Dining Room

It was nice that everybody in the group had a chance to chat and get to know each other as we ate.

Lin Zexu

Soon it was time to bundle up and head out to our next food tasting destination. On the way, we made a stop in Chatham Square, where Raheem told us a little bit about the history of the area, including the background of this statue of Lin Zexu, a Chinese Scholar who lived from 1785 to 1850 and was considered to be a pioneer in the Wars On Drugs. Raheem called him the Nancy Reagan of his time!

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

We also passed by Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers Street, which opened in 1920 and is the oldest Dum Sum establishment in Chinatown.

Doyers Street Banners

Many movies and TV shows film on Doyers Street to capture its authentic look and cool shops!

Aji Ichiban Sweet Shop

We had fun stopping in for a few minutes at Aji Ichiban Sweet Shop, located at 37 Mott Street.

Aji Ichiban Sweet Shop

Aji Ichiban sells packaged Asian sweets and also hundreds of different kinds of preserved fruits and spiced delicacies, including preserved, candied Rose Petal, which is delicious. Each bin has a small bowl on top for sampling.

Peking Duck House Signage

Everyone was excited to arrive at the Peking Duck House, where we were served whole, authentic Peking Duck with all the fixings. Raheem emphasized that not all places that claim to serve Peking Duck are truly authentic and he related the fascinating history of how the duck is prepared, including why only white ducks (with all white feathers) are used in preparation, and so much more.

Peking Duck Prep
Peking Duck Preparation and Service (This Photo Only By Anne Raso)

The Peking Duck is sliced and served table-side, wrapped inside Chinese crepes with fresh cucumber and traditional Hoisin sauce (see photo below). From the tender and flavorful meat to the crispy skin that melted in your mouth, this was the best duck I ever ate.

Peking Duck In Pancake

I think I will have to make a return trip to the Peking Duck House on another occasion — and bring some friends!

Columbus Park Musicians

En route to our next tasting we passed through Columbus Park (67 Mulberry Street), where you can find people performing traditional Chinese music, playing chess, and just enjoying the day, even when it is very cold outside!

Fried Dumpling

We made an unofficial stop at Fried Dumpling, located at 106 Mosco Street, because Raheem said this is his favorite place to get Dumplings in the entire city. Fried Dumpling sells six dumplings for just $1. Although this was not included on the tour, Raheem encouraged anyone interested to buy some of these dumplings and taste for themselves how awesome they were. And at just $1, how could you go wrong? (Note: there were excellent). They also sell bags of frozen dumplings to go! Fried Dumpling!

Joss Paper House

This elaborate model house and sports car (below) are examples of Joss Paper offerings, which are  burned in various Asian funerals, to ensure that the Spirit of the deceased has lots of good things in the Afterlife!

Joss Paper Car

West New Malaysian Restaurant

Having burned a few of the day’s calories with our brisk walk, we arrived at West New Malaysian Restaurant (46-48 Bowery, tucked inside the Chinatown Arcade at #28), for a taste of Malaysian Roti Canai.

Roti Canai

If you’ve had Roti before at an Indian restaurant, you know that this an exceptionally flaky, pleasantly chewy flat bread. Raheem gave us the lowdown on how they get it so flaky. The Roti is served with a cup of mild curry that has pieces of potato and chicken in it. You dip the Roti in the curry and it is just heaven. This was my favorite thing we ate all day.

West New Malaysia Interior
West New Malaysian Interior

Golden Manna Bakery

After a fun and filling three hours, we came to our final stop at the Golden Manna Bakery (16 Bowery) for a light dessert of the best Egg Custard Tart in Chinatown.

Raheem and Egg Custard Tarts

Above, you can see Raheem holding the tray of these mildly sweet and luscious desserts, still warm from the oven. The custard is just the right texture of creaminess and the pastry was the flakiest pastry you can imagine. So good!

Golden Manna Bakery Case

Golden Manna features so many tempting treats, you might want to pick up some pastries to take home with you!

A Few Things to Know Before You Go:

The ticket price of $65 reflects the Chinatown tour’s unique features: three sit down restaurant tastings, and larger portion sizes than you’ll experience on other walking tours. All tastings (except where noted in this review) are included in your ticket purchase. Be sure to come hungry! Unfortunately, due to the nature of the experience, no food substitutions can be made.

You will be served tea and water at every food stop except the bakery. Alcoholic beverages, such as beer and wine, which were offered at the Peking Duck House, are not included, but run about $6 plus tax and tip, if you’re interested. Tour guide gratuities are also not included in the cost of your ticket, and you absolutely should tip your guide. Raheem was really excellent and added great value to our experience. We tipped him $10 (each), which I would say is a ballpark appropriate amount. And yes, there are multiple clean restroom stops along the way!

Find a Tour and Buy Tickets at This Link! Enjoy!

Food Tours of New York Signage

A$AP (Safety Exit) By Siu Lan Ko

A$AP Sign
A$AP (Safety Exit), 2010; LED Lightbox, Aluminum Frame, Glass Panel, LED Lights, Still Screen
Edition of Eight (Photo By Gail)

Chinese artist Siu Lan Ko makes objects, public works, performances, videos and installations. Words and slogans as readymades are at the center of her art process. Living in both China and Canada, she enjoys wordplay and actions which reflect the misunderstandings and contradictions that result from different coexisting cultures, languages and social systems, stemming from her China East versus China West cultural experiences. Her performances, installations, objects and Public Works utilized the possibilities created by the impossibility of translation, and embrace the poetic limitations of speech.

More Thanksgiving Recipes Featuring Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry!

Sausage Stuffing Pastry
Sausage, Cranberries & Stuffing Pastry, Recipe Below!

A traditional Thanksgiving meal often means a chance to enjoy all of your favorite holiday dishes, but it can also be about changing it up and discovering new and innovative recipes to please yourself and your family! A good place to start for easy and delicious recipes is Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. Check these out!

For Sausage, Cranberries & Stuffing Pastry, Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry is woven around a comforting mixture of Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing, sausage, green onions, mushrooms and dried cranberries, and baked until golden to make a festive and delicious dish. It’s also a great idea for using up any leftovers!


1 tbsp. water
2 eggs
1/2 lb. bulk pork sausage
1 cup Pepperidge Farm® Herb Seasoned Stuffing
4 green onions, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
3 oz. chopped mushrooms (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup sweetened sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 tsp. dried sage leaves, crushed
1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed according to package directions
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s Turkey Gravy, warmed (optional)


Heat the oven to 375°F. Beat the water and 1 egg in a small bowl with a fork or whisk.

Lightly stir the sausage, stuffing, green onions, mushrooms, cranberries, sage and the remaining egg in a medium bowl.

Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. With a short side facing you, cut slits 1-inch apart down both sides of the pastry sheet, from the outer edges to the fold marks. Spoon the sausage mixture down the center of the pastry sheet. Starting at the short side closest to you, fold the pastry strips over the sausage mixture, alternating sides, to cover the sausage mixture.

Place the pastry onto a baking sheet. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Slice the pastry and serve warm with the gravy, if desired.

Find out more about this and other recipes at This Link!

Turkey Pot Pies

Creamy Turkey Pot Pies are a fantastic idea for using leftover Turkey. Convenient products like puff pastry shells, frozen vegetables and cream of mushroom soup allow you to whip-up mouthwatering, individual pot pies in less than an hour. They make a great weeknight dinner.


1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Regular, 98% Fat Free or Healthy Request )
1/2 cup milk
1 pkg. (10 ounces) frozen peas and carrots
2 cups shredded or cubed cooked turkey or chicken
1 pkg. (10 ounces) Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells, prepared according to package directions


Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, stirring occasionally.

Stir the soup, milk and peas and carrots in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the turkey and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling.

Spoon the turkey mixture into the pastry shells. Add the pastry “tops,” if desired.

Get more information about this recipe at This Link!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!