2014 in review – THANK YOU!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Thank you to all of my readers!

This was a most exciting report to read, (aren’t stats always more fun to read than calculate!? Ha!).

Anyway,  I just want to say THANK YOU.  I appreciate you stopping by this site, whether to read just one post or all of of them…..

The most thrilling statistic in this report, which was so surprising,  (and deeply humbling!)) was the fact that you, (my readers!) hail from 84 different countries and yet, somehow, found and clicked on martinisandbonbons.com to read a post!! WOW!!!  I’ve gone global!!!!  That put the perfect finish to 2014!

From NYC –  I wish you all a HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR wherever you may be!

Yours truly,



Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Dear Diary… How To Journal in 2014


Photo Credit: The Morgan Library & Museum Photograph of Diary of Sophia Peabody Hawthorne

If you are like me, then your typical day-to-day is recorded in your text messages.

You want to remember what you’ve done in your life, but who has time to write in a diary anymore!?  Just as I was about to sit at my laptop and type out all of my texts, I googled how to save text messages (because as far as I know, there just MUST be an App for anything and everything, right?)  and there found iExplorer to save the day.

Easy instructions,  easy download. You can use it in demo mode or buy a license. I purchased a $35 license (which was the cheapest). You can buy it through credit cards, PayPal, or Amazon. I went with Amazon as I had a gift card received at Christmas (thank you my dear sister!)

The download takes mere seconds, and in the blink of an eye, voila! All of my text messages and pictures were downloaded, transferred and saved in PDF format.

Now, I can print out my “diary” and save it for years to come!

Hope you find this helpful !!! Now go make some more memories and don’t be afraid to text away to your heart’s content !! Have a great day everyone !

Movie Review: The Lunchbox



A film for everyone, especially for romantics.
Nothing “bad” is shown in this movie, but people under the age of 18 may not have an appreciation for it – I think it may appeal more to celibate and married, middle-aged/older people.
The Lunchbox is an interesting film about a friendship that develops due to a error in the day-to-day process of having lunch delivered.
I was fascinated to see – and subsequently learn – about dabbawalas, which I didn’t know about. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dabbawalas
During the film I thought, why aren’t there cafeterias? Why aren’t folks bringing their own lunches to work? But then I realized, this system helps increase wealth through the creation of jobs, and this process is part of a culture different than to what I have been exposed to. It really is fascinating, and I am so grateful for having learned something new!

The story and acting are terrific, I highly recommend this movie!


Beauty.. Does Your Face Fit “the Mask”?


Chasing Beauty


Have you seen the documentary, Chasing Beauty“? 

I am completely fascinated by this beauty “mask” they mention in the movie. Apparently,  utilizing The Golden Ratio, a mask has been devised, which, when placed over a person’s picture, shows you how “beautiful” a person is.

See a video demonstration here: http://www.goldennumber.net/beauty/

Try it out for yourselves here:   http://www.beautyanalysis.com/index2_mba.htm

What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree?


Marquardt Beauty Mask


I Saw The CLAW!!!



north riverhttp://www.northriverlobsterco.com/index.php


Whether you are visiting New York City for the very first time or have been a “New Yohkah” for many, many moons – if you have about two hours – go check out the North River Lobster Company this summer.

Located at Pier 81,  West 41st Street (off of 12th Avenue – at the water)

Walk towards the west side of Manhattan.  If your compass or sense of direction is a little off that day, have no fear – New York has many identifiable landmarks to assist you get your bearings.   In this case, should you suddenly find yourself facing 194 colorful flags – TURN AROUND – you went the wrong way and are now at the United Nations General Assembly Building.  So, once turned around and heading west the approximate walking time across Manhattan in either east/west direction is a good 45 minutes.  Once you walk past the majestic Intrepid, take in the sights,  then make your way to the  North River Lobster Company Boat.

The North River Lobster Company is a brand-new floating lobster “shack”  – and, in my opinion, really terrific.  The boat leaves the dock several times a day and makes it’s way slowly up the Hudson River – then comes right back to shore (all in all –  about 40 mins sailing time). I

Free:    It’s free to walk unto the boat – you can stay all day if you like.

The ship is brand new , very clean, nicely decorated – has three levels with a bar each (and clean, sizable bathrooms on the first and second levels).

-First level:  Bar (standing room)

-Second level: Rows of tall wooden communal tables & stools as well as regular tables and chairs/benches. Tasty food and drinks can be ordered from the bar – though here you can also find a beautifully presented raw bar.

-Third level:  Outside deck with tables, benches  – and it’s own bar as well.

The food is delicious and the prices very reasonable.   I  ordered the Lobster Roll (came with a bag of chips and sauerkraut)  and it was excellent.  For drinks – I highly recommend the Nautical Margarita served in a Mason jar souvenir glass! A couple of extra bucks, but makes for a good keepsake.

The staff is super-friendly and helpful, makes for a pleasant visit..  all around it’s a fun time to be had.  The moveable restaurant setting makes for a unique – and jovial – environment.  You are free to roam around the ship, take pictures, eat, meet others, or even sit by yourself if you prefer.  After your excursion is over, you really will feel like you’ve just returned from a mini-vacation! I loved it.

It’s fun, was comfortable and was really – a very pleasant experience. I can’t say enough good things about it – I highly recommend it !   If you go, ENJOY !! (You can even watch the World Cup games on the ship!)