This 10-Second Quiz Could Change Your Life

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{Giveaway} A Celebrity Cruise On Land

Celebrity Cruises® & FabOverFifty are joining forces to bring you a fabulous giveaway—a cruise experience on land! One lucky winner will receive the full luxury experience of a Celebrity cruise—a first-class evening with some special treats! Your cruise on land will feature:

  • 2 tickets to this year’s James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne® event honoring Food Network Star, Bobby Flay. The evening will include flowing Taittinger Champagne and all sorts of drinks, and culinary offerings from over 30 celebrated chefs. The event will be held at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on Saturday, July 26.

  • 1 Riedel wine tasting set (Value: $100)

  • 1 Bulgari bath product set (Value: $50)

  • 1 Celebrity Cruises® Martini shaker

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10 Beautiful Things To See As You Approach 60

1. Your day-old grandchild

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Maybe There’s Gold In This Here Jam

Let’s say you love apricot jam more than any other flavored jam in the world. Let’s also say you could buy a limited-edition jar of apricot jam, handmade by a guy named Eli Zabar, in his very own kitchen in Provence, France (he whipped up 150 jars, kind of like a limited-edition Picasso lithograph.)

What would you pay for this extra special apricot jam? After all, this isn’t just a common jar of Smucker’s jam you can buy in the supermarket. Eli Zabar caressed those apricots with his bare hands, and in France, no less. (In case you’ve never heard of Eli Zabar, he’s owns a bread business and a few gourmet groceries, take-out shops and restaurants in Manhattan.)

Would you pay $15? $20? $22.50? $31? $35? $41?

How about $45?

Ridiculous, you say? Insanely ridiculous, I say.

Just for fun, I decided to look up a recipe for homemade apricot jam to see how complicated it is. I’ve never made jam in my life but I thought I might try a recipe on David Lebovitz’s website, especially because he lives in France. Look right below to see how simple it is.

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10 Things We’ve Had Enough Of

10. The Gluten Conversation

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10 Heavenly Hot Chocolates

We loved when mom mixed Swiss Miss with water, but we’ve grown up—and so have our tastebuds. Once you’ve sipped honest-to-goodness hot chocolate, you’ll never look back again. If you can’t travel to Paris or New York, make it yourself.

1. Chocolate l’Africain
from Angelina Tearoom

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13 Sweet Treats We Miss

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Meet FOF restaurateur Sonia Zaldivar

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FOF Sonia Zaldivar grew up in the restaurant business. Victor’s Cafe, opened by Sonia’s parents, is celebrating its 50th year serving fabulous Cuban cuisine to New Yorkers, celebrities, and tourists from around the globe. After raising three children and managing Victor’s, Sonia now lives in Miami, but still travels back to New York to keep an eye on things.

How old are you?
I’m 62.

Where were you born?

Havana, Cuba.

Where is your restaurant?
It’s on 52nd Street in the heart of Manhattan.

What is it like being part of a family business?
I grew up as if the restaurant were my living room and my three children felt the same way.

What positions have you had at Victor’s?
I started working part-time in 1972 in the restaurant’s office, because I was raising my first child. Slowly and surely, I took on more responsibilities. I’m still the owner, but my wonderful daughter, Monica, handles the day-to-day operations. I fly back and forth monthly.

Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 1.04.51 PMWhere does the inspiration for the dishes come from?
They’re all dishes that you’d find in any Cuban home. However, we have two versions of our menu– one features ‘healthy’ variations of classical dishes. Cuban food really hasn’t evolved as much as other cuisines during the last 50 years. The second version offers our own inventions and interpretations of Cuban food, had it evolved like other cuisines. Ropa Vieja (shredded skirt steak), Lechon Asado (roast suckling pig), and Camarones Enchiladas (shrimp in spicy Creole sauce) have been staples on the menu for many years. Dishes range from $19 to $42.

Who has been at the restaurant recently?
Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Kate Upton and Cameron Diaz. Pitbull comes in frequently and Jennifer Lopez gets take out!

With so many restaurants in New York City, how has Victor’s achieved 50 years of success?
Every seven years, we redecorate the whole restaurant so that it’s fresh, it’s clean, and there’s always something new to try. We’re always revamping the menu. When you walk into our restaurant, you can feel the gratitude that you chose us over other restaurants in New York. You feel the love, the enthusiasm and the Latin hospitality.

What’s the most challenging thing about owning a restaurant?
Keeping relevant with the times while maintaining the authenticity of a restaurant that’s been in operation for half a century.