Monthly Archives: September 2015

A Day Out in NYC

One day in NYC isn’t nearly enough. The Big Apple has so much to do and see, honestly, you could be touring for a full week and not see it all. But if you seriously only have a day to venture out in NYC there are some definite things you have to do!

It is essential that you see Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (who goes to NYC and doesn’t see these places?). Furthermore, you definitely need to take a bike ride through central park; there are so many places to rent bicycles and this way you can see the park in a time efficient manner (one day isn’t a lot of time).

For lunch you need to do something that you normally wouldn’t do at home. If you want to do something different and unique you should go toMargon. Margon is an incredible hole in the wall restaurant that serves drool worthy Cuban- Dominican cuisine. However, if you’re not feeling like trying something new you can pick up a sandwich to go from The Picnic Basket. The Picnic Basket is known for its gourmet sandwiches and espresso. Either way, you are guaranteed some mouthwatering goodness in New York Cityfashion.

If you’re wanting to do some shopping NYC style you must go to Bergdorf’s. Bergdorf’s is the last New York–centric luxury department store, and even if you can only shop with your eyes, it is a wonderful place to go and dream of couture designers. If you are able to do some shopping (with more than just your eyes), to fit into your tight schedule you can have a personal shopper to help you out and you can have the real NYC experience.

For a little bit of live culture visit The West Village. This area features the zigzag streets that have inspired numerous beat poets, folk musicians, and activists.It is full of eclectic boutiques, delightful townhouses, and legendary bars, cafes, and shops. It is a great place to go if you just want to people watch.

For a special seafood dinner visit Marea. Food by award-winning chef Michael White, a chic ambience, and located on Central Park South means you will enjoy many aspects of this fine dining experience. However, if Italian-style seafood is not your thing try Annisa for inventive contemporary American cuisine inspired by global food traditions.

Finish your night off Sex in the City style for some cocktails at Apotheke in Chinatown, Dutch Kills in Long Island City, or Pegu Club.

If you manage to get this all done in one day, you get the best of both worlds (the tourist and the New Yorker). If not, then it’s obvious that you just need to plan another visit to the Big Apple.

7 things to do in Middletown, New Jersey

Middletown is a township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, with a population of approximately 66,522and is one of the oldest sites of European settlement in New Jersey. Middletown was originally founded on October 31, 1693 (that’s right, Halloween). It is now known as being one of the best places to live in the United States due to its low crime rate,prosperity, access to cultural activities, public school system, and excellent commuting location.

Not only is Middletown a wonderful place to live but it is a beautiful place to visit. There is so much to do and see. So if you are new to Middletown or you are just visiting here are some things that you absolutely must do in Middletown NJ.

  1. Deep Cut Gardens – Tucked away,the Deep Cut Gardens are a place that you must visit. Filled with history, gardens are beautiful in every season. If you want to visit a place where you can take beautiful photos, this is it!Also, make sure that you check out the greenhouses! You can see the beautiful orchids, ferns, and beautiful mature bonsai.
  2. Sandy Hook Lighthouse – If you find history amazing you’ll want to visit the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in the United States. The Sandy Hook Lighthouse was built on June 11, 1764 by Isaac Conro. This historic landmark was originally built to aid mariners entering the southern boundary of the New York Harbor. It was occupied by British soldiers during the Revolutionary War, and following which was transferred to federal authority. While you are visiting the lighthouse you should visit…
  3. Fort Hancock- a former United States Army fort located at Sandy Hook. In 1893, Fort Hancock installed the nation’s first disappearing gun battery in the 1950s anti-aircraft missiles from Project Nike were based at FortHancock. It is now a memorial park.
  4. Huber Woods Park – If you’re visiting Middletown and you want to go for a nice stroll, Huber Woods Park is a great flat walk in nature. You get to witness the beautiful wild all around you. Just be cautious that you don’t get lost, and enjoy.
  5. Ideal Beach- If you want a quiet waterfront place to have a picnic, this is the place for you. While there are no shops right by it, it is the perfect quiet place for an intimate date.
  6. The Gravity Vault- this huge rock climbing gym is a fun way to get your exercise and a little adrenaline going at the same time.
  7. Moses D. Heath Farm Exhibit – This is fun for people of all ages, offering a variety of exhibits includinga blacksmith shop,an educational garden, a sugar cane mill, and exhibits of antique farming tools and more. This museum discovers the influence of farming on the region, as well as traces the history of the Heath family.

Visiting a Friend in San Diego

Recently, I was lucky enough to visit a friend in San Diego. There is simply nothing better than the hospitality of a good friend, it’s safe to say that I had the experience of a life time. Before going to Dan Diego I really didn’t know what to expect, but this city on the Pacific coast of California is known for its beaches, warm climate, and gorgeous parks.

When I arrived he had a friend round from close by, who was also visiting, he was from Encinitas and owns a pest control company there, very interesting man.

One of the best parts about visiting a friend is that they can take you to all the places tourists want to see and all of the places that tourists don’t know about. I felt as though I were part of a club, welcomed into the places that tourists want to know about but are hidden from their eyes and coveted by locals.

I found the San Diego zoo pretty remarkable, even as an adult. You can see the beautiful Panda’s at the zoo which may remind you of Will Farrell’s “Anchorman”, but in all honesty, this is an incredible zoo with breathtaking animals. The Torrey Pines State Reserve is one of the wildest places withinthe Southern California coast featuring the maritime chaparral, and miles of unspoiled beaches- its definitely on the must go list. La Jolla Cove is coveted by snorkelers as the water is calm and the cove is ecologically protected. For scuba lovers there is also a world famous dive site that is located in the La Jolla ecological preserve that you can visit- so if you go make sure you bring a bathing suit and be prepared to be amazed.

Kearny Mesa neighborhood is the heart of the Asian community in San Diego, and is where you go for Asian cuisine. This neighborhood is packed with Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese food restaurants. It is also the place to go if you are looking for a good Asian style food market.

San Diego’s Little Italy is also a must go. It is filled with restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and bars… so maybe skip breakfast before you go because as I found, you’re going to want to try everything.

Furthermore, I discovered that San Diego has a more than vibrant night life. The heart of which is is in Downtown’s animated Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Quarter is literally filled with rooftop bars, nightclubs, jazz clubs and restaurants. A significant amount of the clubs feature live music or stage shows such as flamenco dance and burlesque shows. It’s a pretty amazing place to go, and if you do go to San Diego prepared to come back to the Gaslamp quarter a few times!

I honestly had a blast and can’t wait until the next time I get to visit San Diego (and my friend of course). But if you aren’t as lucky as I am, and you don’t have a friend there to show you around I hope I have given you some hints as to where you need to go and what you need to see.

Safe travels!

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In my opinion, which may be a little biased, being a dentist is the most rewarding jobs of all time (despite many people dreading having to visit the dentist), because we have the necessary tools to help give people a confident smile, a healthier mouth, and help people in other areas of their general health.

Many people don’t realize that oral health (dental health in particular) is very much related to overall health. Have you heard the phrase “healthy teeth, healthy heart”? It’s a rather precise saying. By making sure your mouth is healthy, especially your gums, may mean that you have a lot more than a gorgeous healthy smile… but it can help to keep your heart healthy too. There has long been a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, although researchers haven’t figured out what the exact link is. Some research has pointed to a direct link between clogged arteries in the legs and gum disease, so this is a pretty good argument as to why it is important to take good care of your teeth and gums. There has also been studies that indicate that bacteria from gingivitis could enter the brain through nerve channels or through the bloodstream which could even lead to the later development of Alzheimer’s disease. Gum disease has also been found to cause respiratory infections in the lungs, including pneumonia. Gum disease has also been related to diabetic complications, as Inflammation of the gum tissue and infection can make it harder for your body to control your blood sugar and aggravate diabetes symptoms.

Although we may not be your favorite people to visit, regular dental appointments for cleanings and check-ups are important, our team of dentist and hygienists work together to check for cavities and plaque or tartar on your teeth in addition to your gums. Although you may not notice, we also look at your tongue, throat, face, and neck- we do this to make sure there are no signs of trouble, swelling, or cancer.

We also do a professional cleaning of your teeth, which we know is usually our clients least favorite part, especially when we use our special tools to remove plaque and tarter (this is called scaling). After your teeth are scaled, they are usually polished to remove any surface stains on your teeth.Finally, we do a good floss job to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean.

For those of us in the dental profession, our goal is to make sure you have a healthy teeth and gums. We will also give you pointers on how to keep your teeth healthy and look for areas of improvement.

Even though you may not be happy to come see us, as a dentist, I am happy to know that I can benefit your smile and your overall health. Your smile when we are finished with your appointment is the most rewarding part of my job.