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Fun With Animoto- All The Cool Kids Are Doing It

What’s New In Tech Today- Animoto 

I love to learn about new technology. Although I’m over 50 years old (yes, I just said that), I know a lot more about technology than most people half my age.

No offense to any of you pishers out there, who think that because you can instagram, snapchat, or send a few tweets, you should have all of the groovy social media jobs.

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Very. Social. Media. Person.

Yes, those are wrinkles on my face, but I am a bigger über geek than most of you, and I want a cool gig too!

I attend conferences, moderate panels, and study social media constantly. I make vines, I use IFTTT, and I’m testing out new CRM software and project management tools daily.

As an early adopter, I love to try out new things. I spend a good amount of time, researching and learning the newest tools of the trade, that seem to pop up daily.  My latest fun app to use, is Animoto.

Because I’m such a fantastic, and modest photographer, I was happy to learn about Animoto, a fun platform for creating quickie videos from photos.

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Animoto is super easy and fun to use. It is  SIMPLE to embed an Animoto into a WordPress blog, andto push out via Social Media. The free version, unfortunately comes with watermarks, but kudos to Brad Jefferson and team for forcing me to buy the Premium version.

The Animoto above was my first attempt (it’s fairly lame), but I was a virgin, so please forgive me. Stay tuned for the next one….

NewCo New York will be showcasing nearly 100 innovative and creative companies this fall.  

If you are  in NY October 1-2, 2014, be sure to register for NewCo NY and sign up for the session at the Animoto office, where you can hear Jefferson talk about how he thinks about, and measures start up culture.

I’m VERY curious to see how he feels about hiring people , who aren’t in their 20’s.

Again, no offense to the cool kids out there who are as smart as me (both of you), but we alta cockers need work too. And many of us, are pretty awesome.

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10 Reasons to Take More Selfies – I luv selfy

I’m a Camera Whore!

It is common knowledge, that I am a camera whore. I love to have my picture taken, and I love to see myself on film.

Perhaps, I’m a bit vain, or maybe, it is just because I am so adorable that I think the whole world should know? A little of both, perhaps.

“Dan, take my picture.”

“Look how cute I am, take my picture.” Aren’t I adorable? Look at my new dress! Take my picture.! Me. Me. Me. Look at me.”

Although I can’t get enough of seeing myself, my husband is a little bit  tired of that same old song.

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When I discovered I LUV Technologies- SELFY, the COOLEST new gizmo for taking selfies, at CES NY,  my wish had been fulfilled. I could take pics of myself all the time.

Here are 10 Reasons to Take More Selfies with I luv selfy

  1. Selfy lives inside an iPhone case – the remote control easily slides out of the  case, so you don’t have to worry about losing it.
  2. The case comes in hot pink and black, so you’ll look cool carrying it around. I like the hot pink as it is always easy to spot.
  3. It connects by Bluetooth, but only when you turn it on, so it doesn’t waste power.
  4. You can set up the selfy, then take off your glasses, and look even better in the photo.
  5. No need to try to fumble for the button on the phone, or get your fingers in front of the shot. I hate it when that happens.
  6. Give the SELFY to the person with the longest arm, then get a great group shot.
  7. Take multiple pics in a row. Just click multiple times.
  8. Make great videos with the SELFY. It works as a still camera or video.
  9. The case is super study. I’ve dropped it quite a few times already.
  10. I luv makes several other attachments to enhance the experience, including a handlebar mount, car mount and mini-tripod.

ai5self_img_3Everyone I show it to, loves it and wants to be in a Selfy with me.

Here is a quick montage of me, and some of my other Camera Whore friends, all taken with the i luv selfy….my new best friend.

The selfy itself sells for $39.00 and the accessories are additional.

I’m going to get the handlebar mount next. Who doesn’t want to see more selfies of me, riding around on my bike?

Let me think about that for a second.

But then again. I’m in love with myself and my selfy.

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Quadruple Amputee Karen Crespo Rocks The Runway At Carrie Hammer Fashion Show

New York Fashion Week 2014- Role Models NOT Runway Models

I know that I am in the minority, when I say that I don’t give a flying F**K about Kim Kardashian, her sisters, or what they might be wearing, during New York Fashion Week 2014.

What I do care about, are strong independent women, who work hard at owning their S**T, and make a difference in this world, by doing things, about which they are passionate.

I also care that Karen Crespo, a quadruple amputee, had the chutzpah and tenacity to ask Carrie Hammer, if she could walk the runway in her show, during NY Fashion Week 2014. And Ms. Hammer, of course, said yes!

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Karen Crespo, quadruple amputee rocked the runway NYFW

Carrie Hammer and Fashion Law Bootcamp- “Role  Models  Not Runway Models”

When I was invited to Carrie Hammer’s fashion show, I jumped at the chance. Not, because I thought I could catch a glimpse of some celebrities, or there might be a nice swag bag, but because of the “Role Models NOT Runway Models,” who would be there.

Carrie Hammer’s gorgeous bespoke clothing line, was worn and presented with gusto.

With their requisite hands on hips, these wonderful women were an eclectic and exceptional group, of amazing women, who are accomplishing incredible things every single day.

I was honored, to meet many of  these diva-licious women, who strutted their stylish selves, on Hammer’s runway.

Geena Rocero, Model and Founder, Gender Proud. Carrie Hammer Fashion showThe beautiful and fabulous Geena Rocero, Founder, Gender Proud, shared her company’s mission with me.

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Quadruple Amputee Karen Crespo Rocks the Runway At Carrie Hammer Fashion Show!

The real star of today’s fashion show, was the magnificent Karen Crespo, a quad amputee. Crespo, a former Nurse Practitioner, contracted bacterial meningitis 2 years ago, and had to choose between living, or having all four of her limbs amputated.

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What Is A Super Role Model?

Lucky for all of us, Ms. Crespo bravely chose the latter, and is working hard every day, to live and enjoy her life. She is proving to the world, every single day, what a REAL SUPER ROLE MODEL is!

With the help of her adoring mother, Crespo gets around, using four prosthetic limbs, which is no easy feat (and that is NOT a pun).

Today, on the runway, she inspired the entire crowd to cheer out loud, as she walked the runway like a super role model!

Former Fashionista Alert!

I loved working in the fashion industry back in the day.

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I no longer wear stilettos, I think that gladiator sandals are hideous, and those boots with the toes cut out, are both stupid and impractical.

I do appreciate a beautiful fashion collection, though.

And Hammer’s real women collection certainly impressed me.

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Lindsay Taylor Wood, Founder and CEO, LTW Communications



Cronuts and Fashion Week

Cronuts!

Time To Eat Cronuts

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that after the show, everyone was treated to a breakfast of champions. Carrie’s team fed us pastries, from my favorite pastry chef, Dominique Ansel. 

There were Cronuts, DKA’s and Canellé de Bordeaux for all.

Thanks to Carrie Hammer and Fashion Law Institute for this inspiring show!

For more about all the role models in Carrie Hammer’s show, go to www.carriehammer.com

Chef/Restaurateur, Jimmy Carbone, NYC

Where Is Pig Island 2014?

Last year’s trip to Pig Island was a blast. Although it really isn’t an island of pigs, it is actually one of the best foodie events in NY.

I just want to encourage everyone to come out and support the event, so here is the press release. You can tell I didn’t write it, because there are no jokes or puns. I’ll be at Pig Island 2014 with my feed bag on. Come Pig Out with me!

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Pig Island Declared “Taste of NY” Event, Plus New Dishes,Beers and Ciders Announced The fifth annual Pig Island, taking place in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on Saturday, September 6th from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. has been declared a “Taste of NY” event by the state. With a focus on showcasing the best of NY State local farmers, chefs, brewers, cider makers, and vintners, Pig Island is being recognized as a premiere event for all of NY!

And this year we’re going to a new level as chefs are bringing additional and more elaborate dishes for the all-inclusive pork fest. Tavern on the Green is but the latest entry whose chefs are cooking up multiple dishes, and they will be bringing four new recipes to the RedHook waterfront.

The latest dishes and chefs include:

· Tavern on the Green Chef Katy Sparks and Adam Shepherd will serve Glazed Pork Belly on Chilled Ramen Noodles, Braised Pork Shoulder Reuben-style Rillettes, Smoked Ham over Green Mango Sticky Rice, and Shaved Roasted Pork Loin

· Thomas Perone (Pig Guy NYC) has two dishes: Italian Spring Rolls with Roast Pork and Roast Pork Sliders with Lime Chimmichurri

· Michael Jenkins (Butter) will serve up a Chorizo taco with watermelon and Serrano chile sauce

· Chef Julian Alonzo and Paul Neuman (Neuman’s Kitchen) have created the mouth-watering “Three Little Piggies”: Roasted pig, late summer Jersey corn, bacon, crispy pigs’ ears, and clams

· Shanna Pacifico (Pacifico’s Fine Foods) is serving Brazilian style Chicharone de Porco (crispy fried pork bits that are marinated in passion fruit and lime) served on top spicy late-summer slaw, topped with seasoned Farofa (crispy yucca flour)

· Smoked Pig Pizza: Emily in Clinton Hill will be smoking a pig in their pizza oven and serving it on homemade pizza dough

· Flinders Lane will serve Roasted Pork Salad with Rau Ram, shallots, and Hot & Sour Dressing

· Jared Male (Randall’s Barbecue) will serve chopped whole hog sliders topped with Randall’s barbecue sauce and vinegar slaw

· Chef Joe Dobias returns with Garlic Pork Cemita, garnished with green salsa and queso fresco

· Jimmy’s No. 43 will serve Chochinita Pibli with fresh tortillas, pickled onion and roasted habanero sauce

· John Rattliff of Ends Meat is making Pork Nuggets served with kraut and pickled mustard

In addition, Long Island’s Wölffer Estate Vineyards will be bringing ciders and both Singlecut

Beersmiths and Barrier Brewing have signed on to add additional brews.

Pig Island showcases the best of New York State local farmers, chefs, brewers, cider makers, and vintners all dedicated to bringing home the bacon! This year Pig Island is teaming with Flying PigsFarms with cooking demos courtesy of sponsor WÜSTHOF. A portion of proceeds will benefit our community partners, Added Value Farm and PortSide NY.

Tickets and additional information can be found at www.pigisland.com.

Food Karma Projects is a creator and producer of food and media events throughout the New York area. Created by Jimmy Carbone—a NYC-based restaurateur and dedicated social entrepreneur—Food Karma Projects is dedicated to community building by creating unique events that showcase the best local food, chefs, beer and wine, and create a social impact that benefits worthy non-profit groups.

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Pig Island 2014

Press Contact: Jimmy Carbone

212 982 3006 / 917 386 8357

foodkarma@gmail.com

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How To Have Better Time Management At Work

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When you walk into your office’s public bathroom, is there a reason that you choose one stall, over another?

Do you look inside one or more stall, and then make an assessment, as to the cleanliness of a particular toilet? Or do you just  go for it?

Do you check out more than one, just praying the next one will not have a wet seat?

Do you walk to the end of the row, hoping that this stall has had the least use?

How much time do you waste in the bathroom?

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My Toilet Habits

The other day, while I was sitting on the proverbial can (please, no visuals), a light bulb went off in my head.

I figured out how to make more time in my life.

Time For The  Visual

Picture an office bathroom, with 6 stalls on each side of the room.

If you alway choose to use stall number one, you will have better time management and be able to add HOURS to your life.

DO THE MATH

Walking to last stall takes 5-7 seconds longer, than just parking your behind (or squatting, if that’s your thing) in the first stall.

That’s 5 to 7 seconds each way, which is 10-14 seconds total.

I drink a lot of water, so I pee a lot. Let’s just say 6 -8 times a day. I’m not even considering the number twos. Just the ones.

So, let’s just do the math on the low estimate.

10 seconds times 6 sessions in the bathroom, equals 60 seconds .

One minute per day, times 5 days a week.

5 minutes per week.

5 minutes times 52 weeks = 260 minutes.

260 minutes is more than 4 hours.

Now  that you have better time management at work, what will you do with those extra 4 hours?

Wait in line for a cronut?

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I’ll Take Stall #1.

And that, my friends is how to have better time management at work!

Oh, and this is also really important, if you have to pee while you are at the movies.

You’re welcome!

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Dying Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard- Robin Williams’ Suicide

Death Of A Comic  Legend- Robin Williams’ Suicide

Robin Williams and his former nanny cum wife, Marsha Garces, were my customers at Charivari, a clothing store on 57th street, back in the late 80’s.

I’ll never forget helping him choose items, from the Yohji Yamamoto collection he loved so much, or getting down on my knees, to mark his pants for alterations. He was low-key, kind and warm.

It must have been a year later,  when I literally ROLLED into them ,on the corner of 72nd and Columbus, as they were looking into the window at another one of the Charivari stores.

I roller skated right up to them, like they were my best friends in the world.  “Hi, how are you, I exclaimed!”

Robin Williams and Marcia GarciaRobin replied to me, “Great, I’m in town doing Waiting for Godot, with Mike Nichols.”

Of course, I knew that. What self-respecting unemployed actor wouldn’t?

“I’d give anything to see that show” I blurted.

To which he replied, “It’s all sold out”…something I had also known.

His wife Marsha Garces, reached into her waist pack, and held up a coveted ticket. “I have one for tonight,” she exclaimed.

“How much do you want for it,” I asked.

“How much have you got,” she prodded.

“Nothing, really. I’m broke. I’m a struggling actor at this time. I’m not working at Charivari any more.”

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Robin and Marsha looked at each other. Marsha said, “Oh, here. Take it. Enjoy the show! Oh, and… you’ll be sitting next to one of Americas most foremost Producer- Directors, Stanley Kramer. Please don’t scare him.”

I took the priceless pass to a magical night at the theatre, and smiled ear to ear. We all hugged. “Thank you, I  yelled, Break A Leg!”

Stuffing the paper into my waistpack, I skated off, back to my 26th studio apartment. I was screaming to myself that I couldn’t believe what was happening and this actor, was going to prepare.

Rolling into Shakespeare Books on Broadway, I proceeded to do my research.  I wasn’t going for the wi-fi, or to look up IMDB on a computer in the cafe. There was no such thing. I had to look up who this Stanley Kramer was, in a book!

I memorized a long list of his movies, so I could rattle them off to him, and he would think me smart:-)

Perhaps he would even cast me in something!

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Judgement at Nurenberg, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner and a gazillion other amazing filmsNot too shabby.

Lincoln Center’s “Waiting For Godot” will remain one of my favorite plays of all time.  I am so lucky, to have shared this experience with Stanley Kramer, my new bestie.

Kramer and I had some cranberry juices together, during intermission, and after the show, he took me backstage to meet Robin’s co-stars, Steve Martin, F. Murray Abraham, and Bill Erwin.

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Robin Willams’ recent suicide has shaken me to my core, on so many levels.

The tragic circumstances of Robin Williams’ depression, and subsequent suicide, has churned up my own feelings, of our family’s loss, and the devastation that mental illness brings.

I’ll never forget that night, so many years ago. Sleeping soundly, next to my husband at the time, the loud and startling, ringing of the phone, woke me out of a deep sleep. I reached for it.

“Hello?”

“Hi, Vicki. Put Steve on the phone,” said my father in law.

I woke up my husband, and handed it over the handset. “It’s your father.”

“Uh huh. Ok. We’ll be right there,” Steve said.

Where the hell were we going? What was happening?

Steve broke the news to me. My younger brother, Stewie, had killed himself. With a gun. He was only 18 years old.

Something else that I will  NEVER forget, is  being in my parent’s living room, during  the wee hours of the morning, watching my sweet father, rock back and forth in his chair.

I’d never seen my dad cry before. How hard and long he cried.

Needless to say, this tragic event still haunts me to this day, so many decades later.

The death my  suicide of the world’s beloved Robin Williams, has awoken my thoughts about the tragedies and sadness involved with mental illness.

Williams’ death has rocked me to my core, and forced me to take a good look, very deep inside myself.

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The Chicken Or The Egg?

I’m making this long story very short, but only 4 months before Stewzer’s death, I almost died on the operating table,  after giving birth by emergency C-section to a baby boy who only lived for 2 hours.

The months leading up to this, were horrific for my family. I had discovered in my 7th month of pregnancy, that the child I was carrying, had very little brain tissue ,and would probably not survive too long after being delivered.

1982 was not a happy time for the Weinerman family, and the suicide of my little brother in February 1982, was the icing on a big, and disgusting tasting cake.

My wonderful and adorable mother did her best, to turn this into a teachable moment. She became a volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and tried to live with the pain of losing her child.

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The Egg Or The Chicken?

But, back to me.

An obese teenager, weighing in at close to 190 pounds, I would come home from  high school every day, and cried in bed.

Is that when my own depression started? Did it start when Stewzer left us? Or when I lost my baby?

I don’t know.

But, thanks to Dr. Phil, therapy,  medications, and talking to other people, I at least, understand the depression…somewhat.

If you ask me, almost everyone I talk to, has some symptoms of mental illness . So many people self medicate with booze, pills, pot and sex and they don’t even recognize what they are going through.

Depression isn’t fun. Sometime it just appears, and often it can be situational.  I just do the best that I can every day.

In short, I just want people to realize, that the cheerful outgoing person you see on stage, or at a party, just might be crying tears of a clown, when he or she, is home alone.

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Thanks for reading my story. I hope this story sheds some light for someone else, or at least brings a tear to your eye. Please keep the conversation going about #depression, #mental illness, and #suicide.

Robin and Stewie. I miss you both very much. I am sorry you had to endure so much mental anguish, and sorry you have to leave this world so soon.

Cronut Flavor of the Month July

Cronut Flavor Of The Month July 2014

What Is The Cronut Flavor Of The Month?

Everyone who knows me, is  quite aware that my husband and I will not let a month go by, without checking out Dominique Ansel Bakery’s Cronut Flavor of the Month.

Cronut Flavor of the Month JulyDie hard cronut fans know that Chef Dominique only bakes one flavor cronut each month, and the Cronut flavor of the Month, July 2014, was Morello Cherry with Toasted Almond Cream. MMMMMMMMMMMMM!

Cronut Flavor OF The Month JulyBecause Dominique Ansel Bakery ONLY bakes 200-300 cronuts per day, it is IMPERATIVE that you get to the line early enough to score one of the precious pastries. Some people get there by 6:00AM, but I’ve been teetering on the edge, on my last few attempts.

You DO NOT want to be behind the person who gets the DREADED French Flag, because anyone behind the flag is NOT going to get a cronut.

Let me tell you, I’ve been shut out on THREE separate occasions, and it is not fun.

True, there are some amazing other desserts to try at this SOHO bakery, but a CRONUT IS A CRONUT, and as far as I am concerned….it’s the best pastry ever invented.

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July’s Cronut Flavor Of The Month  might just might be my favorite  cronut flavor of the month so far…..running a close tie with February’s Raspberry Lychee.

I’ll be getting in line early one morning soon, to sample the August Cronut Flavor of the Month which is Peach Black Tea.

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Wearable Tech World NYC 2014- Video Interview with Pebble Watch Product Evangelist Myriam Joire

Wearable Tech World NYC 2014

Tom Hatton and I spent some time interviewing some VERY interesting people, about the latest and greatest  WEARABLE tech products at Wearable Tech World NYC, 2014.

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Myriam Joire, Product Evangelist, Pebble Watch and I shared some fun time chatting about important things like Burning Man, and podcasting.  Follow Myriam on Twitter @TNKGRL.

As you know, I’ve mentioned that Pebble Watch is on my list  of top 3 MOST WANTED TECH PRODUCTS.  

Pebble Watch, Myram Joire, Nick Warnock, WellographDuring Myriam’s  informative keynote, I learned about the challenges of creating a watch that doesn’t require daily charging.

Wearable Tech World NYC 2014, Nick Warnock, Wellograph, Sylvia Heisel, Misfit Shine, Comhear In addition to learning more about the new wearable tech gadgets, I also had the privilege of moderating two informative, and interesting panels, during Wearable Tech World NYC 2014.

Clearly, I needed an apple box behind the podium, and YES, that’s my tiny head peering out.

As the moderator of a n interesting panel called “Looks Are Everything”, I made the decision, to open with a hard hitting question:

“If looks are everything, does size matter?”

Indeed, I uncovered that  size  DOES matter, when it comes to wearables.  “In order to keep wearables light and small, sometimes a company will have to forego some functionality,” according to panelist Randy Granovetter, CEO, Comhear.

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Nick Warnock, Wellograph Watch, Wearable TechNick Warnock, Wellograph, showed off his sexy wearables. Both his suit and his watch:-)
Tom Hatton & Hillary Topper, Wearable Tech World NY 2014Hilary Topper, HJMT Public Relations ,shows us her Google Glass, which she uses hers to video record her show Wearable On Air.

Stay tuned for more from Wearable Tech Expo NYC 2014, including  a video interview with Chris Cox, of Pivothead.

Tom Hatton, Actor, Athlete, Spokesperson

Tom Hatton- Actor, Model, Podcaster, Spokesperson

Who Is Tom Hatton?

“Welcome To The Vicki Winters Show, Tom Hatton. So great to have you as co-host on the show. You’re funny and handsome…and you paid me to say that…”

I’m happy to have Tom Hatton- Actor, Model, Podcaster, Spokesperson  join me on “The Vicki Winters Show”.

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Born in the UK, Tom Hatton, is a very funny, handsome and talented Actor, Athlete, Model, Spokesperson. He is also a Soccer Coach, who is making a big splash on both sides of the pond. Tom Hatton, Model Budweiser FIFA WORLD CUP 2014He Shoots, He Scores! Two British newspapers have picked up on Tom’s recent successful ad campaigns.

It seems that Tom Hatton has scored his own “Hat Trick.” In English (the Queen’s version), this”Hat Trick” refers to the fact that he has 3 adverts running simultaneously, that all revolve around the World Cup Soccer games.

And for those of us who have no clue:  hat-trick or hat trick in sports is the achievement of a positive feat three times or more during a game, or other achievements based on threes.

He’s HUGE!

Budweiser’s Global ad campaign,”Rise As One” has gigantic banners of Tom’s screaming face,  flying high. This one was spotted at the Manchester, England station by one of Tom’s friends, and another friend spotted the same ad in Tokyo! The British press has caught on to Tom’s recent acting and modeling gigs. Two outlets have written stories about his work.

The first article “Actor scores hat trick in World Cup stardom”, appeared in the Mid- Sussex Times last week,  and another story, written by Julie Lawrence, claims, Wokingham actor enjoys longer run at World Cup 2014 than England team.” Tom Hatton Taiko It’s Big And It Doesn’t Disappoint

Tom Hatton is not, just another pretty face. He competes in Japanese Taiko drumming contests, and in his spare time, Tom coaches soccer to 3-5 year olds all around NYC with Little Kickers. Little Kickers Chelsea WatersideHis soccer kids love him!  Tom Hatto Lifestyle 2 The Ladies Love Him Too! Microsoft Press Announcement Listen Carefully!

Tom Hatton’s charming British accent, can be heard in this Just For Men Hair Color commercial. Tom and I are teaming up on a bi-weekly podcast, where we will discuss the “Do’s and Dont’s” of making it as an Actor in NYC.

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LIKE him on his Facebook page too! Dentyne TaxiIs This Really Acting? Tough to say. Tom Hatton, Actor, Athlete, Spokesperson Brooklyn Based Actor Tom Hatton Featured In 2014 FIFA World Cup™ New York City, NY, June 12, 2014 

Actor Tom Hatton is becoming a well known name in New York. He will be featured in major international brand advertisements during the 2014 FIFA World Cup for Budweiser, Head and Shoulders, as well as Febreze. Hatton, who also played for England in the New York version of the World Cup, is being featured, in three different commercials!

Hatton will be the face of Budweiser, the voice of Head and Shoulders (featuring Lionel Messi) and appear in a funny, slightly revealing, undercover locker room reality ad for Febreze. “Every four years, the World Cup is the best thing in life – this time its even more special!” says Hatton.

About Tom Hatton: Tom Hatton, from Greenpoint, Brooklyn is an actor and TV personality who first gained global recognition hosting In The Qube for Sony, airing in 60 countries and viewed by 60 million people globally. He is known throughout the US for numerous commercials including Microsoft, Budweiser, Dentyne, Barclays and IBM. Hatton has worked internationally as a producer and host for Sky TV and also hosted the Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter YouTube channel. He also recently appeared in the award winning film ‘Red Tulips’.

GET IN TOUCH Please let me know if you are interested in booking Tom for work. I’ll pass it on to the proper agents. He has a few!

me@vickiwinters.com

Cronut Flavor Of The Month- June 2014 New York Ranger Edition

Cronut Flavor Of The Month-

One day every month, I wake up early to ride my bike uptown to Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho, for my monthly cronut fix.

Never Missed A Flavor YET!

Each month, when the new cronut flavor of the month is announced, the plotting begins.

Which days will be the least crowded? Should I go on a rainy day? Weekends? If it’s snowing, is there a better chance?

My husband and I, have all but mastered the line, at Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho, so we don’t have to wake up at 5:00 AM to snag one of the coveted 200 cronuts baked daily. If you want to know our secrets, just ask.

The Cronut Craze!

Because of our strategy and stamina, we have not missed out on sampling any cronut flavors, of any month, since Chef Dominique Ansel created the cronut craze, over one year ago.

Die Hard Fans Need It Bad!

Rain, Train, freezing temps, snow, travel to Austin. If it means I’ll get my fix, I’ll do it. Chef, You’ve created an addict.

New Favorite Flavor

June 2014, Chef Dominique introduced the world’s taste buds, to the Strawberry Mascarpone Cronut, which is now my top favorite flavor, surpassing  February’s Raspberry Lychee, by just a hair.

NY Ranger Cronut Flavor Of the Month JuneJune 7, 2014 -RANGER CRONUT DAY!

This particular morning, Chef Dominique was paying homage, or should I say homàge, to his new found home team hockey team.

Stanley Cup Playoff Team, The New York Rangers, got their own “CRONUT For A Day”.

special version of The cronut, the trademarked and quintessential pastry of New York City. cross between a croissant and a donut,  of the June cronut flavor of the month.

I decided to be both a hybrid Ranger and Cronut fan, on this day.

Dressed up in my REDS WHITES AND BLUES, I pedaled  as fast as my short little legs would allow. I was a hybrid myself. Half Cronut Fan, Half Ranger Fan.  It was raining hard and I just wanted to get there early enough to snag my fix for June.

The broken teeth. The fighting. Not. My. Thing.

Hockey was never my favorite sport to watch, so why on earth, would I brave a deluge of rain from 7:00AM until 9:00….to have a special RANGER cronut?

I’m not exactly sure.

Cronut picm.jpgSome times it’s about the journey…..

Line waiting has its benefits, this time no different. Me and my two newest besties, Nicole and Kaily,  chatted the hours aways. It poured. We got to know each other. The weather turned monsoonal. No joke.

The time flew by.

Bad News On The Cronut Line

At precisely 8:36, the gal who hands out the baguette (more about that later) said to the people standing in front of me, “There probably will not be any more cronuts left , by the time you get in there.” WHAT?!

There weren’t even 80 people here. Only one group of 30, had even entered the store. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?

Wait, What?  Are you freaking kidding me? No CRONUTS LEFT ALREADY?

The rain kept coming.  I went inside to assess the action. 

Ron Duguay, Glenn Anderson, and Adam Graves, former Ranger players, were signing autographs, and eating cronuts.

I sat down to say hello. Raincoat, bike helmet and all.

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We laughed and chatted a bit. I couldn’t help but notice that Ron’s cronut, had barely been touched. It only had 2 little bites, eaten out of it.

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I discovered that Ron Duguay, is not a die hard sugar fan, but he is sweet, like sugar, and sexy too. It’s no wonder that he dated Cher, and is married to super model Kim Alexis. Uh huh.

Autographed By Former #Winning NY Rangers Ron Duguuay, Adam Graves, Glenn Anderson

Keep The Dream Alive

I went outside into the monsoon, back to my place in line with Nicole and Kaily, while we patiently kept hope alive, on the cronut line.

30 minutes later, the baguette gal returned, with some REALLY BAD NEWS.

“There are only 3 cronuts left”,  she said to the 2 people in front of us.

I quickly did the math. If each of them buys one,  I still wouldn’t get to buy a cronut today, but Kaily and Nicole would.

Having been shut out of cronuts, on at least 3 attempts, I was getting a little bummed. My new friends and I did some negotiating. We decided we would share a cronut and some other items, and make the best of it. It pays to be nice. But, that’s not news, people!

For some reason, by the time we got to the front of the line, there MAGICALLY were 2 cronuts left, so the three of us, joined forces to enjoy them together.

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We also shared a Magic Soufflé and a Blackberry something or other, but the CRONUT was the best….as usual.

June Cronut Pic Monkey Food Case

 EAT ME, Vicki

Somehow, in the melee,  my coffee went missing, so and I went back where the Rangers were sitting to look for it.

Ron’s beautiful Ranger cronut, which he clearly was not going to finish, was staring me straight in the eye…”EAT ME, Vicki!” I could hear the screams from this cronut, whose fate might just be the trash can, and I couldn’t bear the thought of this happening.

Never the shy one,  I asked, Ron about his cronut. “Are you going to just leave it  there? Can I have it?”, I asked nicely.

Ron replied, “Take it, it’s yours.”

She asks, SHE SCORES!!

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Thank you Ron Duguay, for being a guest on “The Vicki Winters Show” and sharing your cronut with me!

IMG_4417Thank you Dominique Ansel, for always being gracious, and of course, for creating the CRONUT!!!nicole picmSome things are just worth the wait.

Not even 2 inches of rain could spoil this beautiful day for me, and my new friends. I even got to take 3/4 of the third cronut home for Dan.

Life is sweet.

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Where To Stay In Portland, Oregon? Westin Portland

Where To Stay In Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is a great tourist town, with so many hotel options. I think we all know what a big  Starwood Hotel fan I am, so I  was keen to check out their offerings, before I made any decisions about where to stay in Portland, Oregon.

We were going to visit Portland for a long weekend end of eating, and to take part in Summer Parkways, the bike riding extravaganza of the summer.

IMG_3639I began my hotel hunt, by checking out starwood.com. The Westin Portland, looked pretty from the photos, and it was only a three-minute walk from Pioneer Square, a hub of Portland activity.

The Westin was also close to Pedal Bike Tours, the best place to rent a bike in Portland. Read about it here.

After many, many, many days spent researching all sorts of other options on the internet, weighing the pro and cons, I decided on the magnificently decorated Westin Portland,  and was fortunate to book a “Pay Your Age” rate.

PAY YOUR AGE RATE? WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?

If you’ve never heard of this (and many of you have not),  the first night is billed at the full rack rate, and the next two nights, are billed for the amount of the number in the year, in which you were born.

To explain: If you were born in 1965, you will pay $65 dollars per night. If you’re older than that is gets even cheaper. Born in 1957? $57 dollars for the room.

Do the math and see how it works for you! Let’s just say, this is one time I am proud to show off my wrinkly face on my driver’s license.

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Westin Portland, Room With A Gorgeous View

The hotel was really exquisite, and the view from our lovely room on the 18th floor, was outstanding. Loud SHOUT OUTS to the staff, who provided super friendly, Oregon style hospitality. For reference sake, Oregonians are flat out nice people.

Westin Portland

But I digress….In addition to all the free bottled water we could drink, as Silver Member of Starwood’s Preferred Guest loyalty program, we were entitled to a bonus treat of either:

  • Free wi-fi in hotel room
  • 250 bonus SPG Points
  • Drinks for 2, in Lobby Bar/Restaurant, The Daily Grill

Such A DEAL!

On so many levels, this place rocked….and we even collected some Starwood SPG points.

Do yourself a favor and check out the Starwood American Express program….free miles that add up to something special. If you want to know more, please send me your email address and I will send you a link to a referral program, so I can get some extra miles!!

And don’t forget to tell all of your ALTA COCKER friends about “Pay Your Age”.

Thanks For Reading And Happy Traveling!

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Best Place To Rent A Bike In Portland, Oregon

To Bike Or Not To Bike-There Really Is No Question

Portland, Oregon is a gorgeous city, filled with sights to see, bridges to cross, and of course restaurants, in which to eat. In order to see as much as possible, renting a bike in Portland is a MUST, for so many reasons.

Where NOT To Rent A Bike In Portland, Oregon?

At Cycle Portland Tours Bike Store, they will charge you $30 dollars for a day’s rental, whether you pick it up at 9AM or 3PM.  It is still the same price, and it needs to be returned by 6PM.  Since it didnt seem fair to charge the same for 3.5 hours or 10 hours, I asked the guy to cut us a deal and for my money, $30 dollars is a LOT of money for such a short time.  He flat out said no way, no how. The mean man wouldn’t budge. He didn’t know who he was talking to.

I told him where he could put his bike saddle, and we walked a few short blocks to Pedal Bike Tours, where they are so much nicer.

SO MUCH NICER.

They were happy to cut us a break, and now I am more than happy to show them massive amounts of love on my blog, Tripadvisor, Twitter, Facebook and more. See how that works?

BEST Place To Rent A Bike In Portland, Oregon!

At Pedal Bike Tours we paid $40 dollars each, to use the bikes from 2:30PM Saturday, until 9:30AM on Monday. The MEAN man, at THAT OTHER PLACE wanted 40 dollars for 24 hours…which is why I’m showing my bike rental LOVE to Pedal Bike Tours. You should too.

IMG_3639Pedal is located, super conveniently I might add, at 133 SW 2nd Avenue in Downtown Portland.

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As a matter of fact, we rode our bikes from the hotel with our luggage strapped to the racks, dropped off the bikes, and walked 3 blocks to the Tri Met to catch the train to the airport….

Voodoo DoughnutAdditional bonus points for being located, only 2 blocks from Voodoo Doughnuts, where Dan was able to pick up his breakfast for the plane ride home.

Did I mention that Pedal Bike Tours, has an amazing assortment of bike clothing, and all sorts of cool high-tech bike gear? There, I’ve just said it.

Thanks For Being My Guest

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