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“Live Like Viv!” Valentine’s Day Chocolate Pudding Episode

Live Like Viv! is a webseries documenting artist Vivian Reiss’ extravagant and beautiful lifestyle. In this episode, Reiss makes a delicious chocolate pudding for Valentines day. Catch all the excitement at www.LiveLikeViv.com

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Vivian Reiss’s bedroom: where she dreams her dreams

Vivian Reiss’s bedroom: where she dreams her dreams Read this article on the Globe and Mail website By DEIRDRE KELLY From Saturday’s Globe and Mail For the last 25 years, painter and art-gallery owner Vivian Reiss has lived in a … Continue reading

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Of Rye and Radishes

Rye in my garden This morning looking out at my garden, I noticed that the rye was ripening in the paisley bed near the elephant. How did that happen? Just yesterday I had pulled out the maple syrup taps from … Continue reading

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Expanding Rooftop Garden

  Even though it is still quite cold, it is time to start the cold weather crops such as lettuce. In a month or so bunches of our beautiful organic lettuce will appear in the lobby of 124 Merton Street … Continue reading

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Phad at Merton

  Phad from Rajastan is now installed on the 5th Floor  The Empress Building at 124 Merton Street is known for its art and artifacts throughout the building. As we were putting up this beautiful painting from Rajasthan one of … Continue reading

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We all do what is takes to find sweetness: Maple; tap into it!

 This year I decided to tap the maple tree in my back yard. Truthfully, I was never too fond of the tree. It blocked out the light from the rest of my backyard and however much I pruned it, it regrew in … Continue reading

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Palm Beach Hedge Fund

    In midieval San Gimignano tall towers were the symbol of wealth and power. Eventually there were 72 such structures rising ever higher in this Tuscan hilltop village. Today few still remain. In Palm Beach, Florida such symbols are thriving and are indeed literally living … Continue reading

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Miro on the beach and plant arrangements

One of the joys of walking on the beach is looking for seashells and other objects the tide has placed there. Training your eye on the ground, you see new forms and shapes both in and out of context. I found … Continue reading

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Vivian Reiss Landscape Design Site is Launched!

 This is my new website, check out all my projects!   http://www.vreissdesign.com/landscapes/`

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Ground Provisions, St. John US VI

Buying groceries at the local supermarket named Starfish, I was also perusing the aisles for local fare. The only thing I came up with were basketful’s of tubers; tania, local sweet potatoes and yams. They were positioned in baskets next to several varieties of  potatoes. … Continue reading

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For those freezing in the north: a virtual dose of vitamin D

Rainbow St. John Balmy tradewinds or Arctic blast? As I am in the the Caribbean, I thought those in the cold would enjoy a virtual dose of vitamin D, a video that Dan Goodbaum took at my rooftop garden tomato tasting in … Continue reading

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In a circular line, it all comes back

   It was announced that for the first time in years the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks were to displayed in the Hudson River. The last time I had seen them over the Hudson, was in the year of my sixth grade graduation. I … Continue reading

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Yellow Tomatoes and Snow

Today, there were snow showers.  The time for picking tomatoes from the vine has passed for this year. I used the yellow tomatoes that have been ripening on the table in my breakfast room for a quick pasta sauce. Plunge the … Continue reading

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Chsardas: Memories of Mrs Terhes

 Csardas  /ˈtʃaːrdaːʃ/: My Grandmother, would sew the costume and my Mother would teach me the dance. Which came first, the inn “Csarda” or the dance “Csardas”? That philosophical question was unimportant to Hungarian expats in New York. What was important, was to find where … Continue reading

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Cotton; in utero

Growing impatient to see the bolls in my garden burst and ripen with cotton , I picked one today and opened it up to reveal it’s inner beauty. Here the developing cotton is placed on a late blooming dahlia. Breath taking!

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The Vari’s Garden Party

The annual Vari’s garden party is always held in late August in honor of George’s birthday. I painted their portrait a few years ago in my studio in Toronto. When I paint a portrait, I usually ask the subject to bring an item … Continue reading

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One Hot Tomato!

This article alludes to our tomatoes at  www.124merton.com Mintz: A funny bone with no meat on it At the Rivoli, for the Sunday night Laugh Sabbath event that was supposed to be hosted by Kathleen Phillips, I found a woman on … Continue reading

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The aftertaste is sweet: What the media are saying about our tasting

http://www.spotlighttoronto.com/site/index.php/event-heirloomtomatotasting.html http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/08/21/20988/

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Tomato tasting: the remains of the day

When the tasting was over we sent some guests home with tomatoes and cut up the rest for salad.The method is quite simple. If you have different kinds of tomatoes the salad will be more colorful but even with just red … Continue reading

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Hot and cold running soup

I love making and eating soup for breakfast. On this hot Summer’s day looking at a pile of ripe tomatoes that I grew, it was obvious what the main ingredient for today’s soup was going to be. I knew that I felt … Continue reading

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Rouge gallery of tomatoes and a couple of jaune ones too!

Today on my office rooftop garden  at  www.124merton.com there were at least 22 varieties of tomatoes ripening.We have a total of 57  different varieties of heritage tomatoes.  Photos from left to right: Hawaiian Pineapple, Crynkovic Yugoslavian, Anna Russian, Abe Lincoln, Stupice, Black Russian, Wapiscon … Continue reading

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In our climate, a 2nd crop of cucumbers?

TodayI planted Japanese cucumbers in peat pots. When the first crop of cucumbers on the 124 Merton rooftop  garden have yellowed vines and are  finished I will transplant these. The packet says 65 days . Will I be able to get a 2nd crop?

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The Tempest at The American Theatre Wing

As a child I studied acting at the American Theatre Wing on the upper west side of Manhattan, an organization best known for creating and awarding “The Tony’s”. At the audition  to get into the school I remember a kind but imposing … Continue reading

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July 1 , Canada Day

When I sent this photo out to friends as a Canada Day greeting, I recieved this inspiring response from writer Helen Lovekin. Thank-you so much, darling Vivenka! Its true: I love Canada.  It allows its citizens to have patriotism without … Continue reading

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