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GAL APPROVED ΓÇô MEMORIAL DAY EDITION!
Rhode Island Getaways, Indian Dining Spots and Press Ons 2011!

By   |   May 26, 2011   |   Entertainment

This Memorial Day weekend, you’ve got four days of fun and sun, so here’s some things you should do with it!

VISIT. It’s Memorial Day Weekend, which means it’s time to get away! For those living on the east coast, a viable and close option is Newport, R.I., which is just 170 miles from New York City. Things to do in Newport? You can take a tour on a Schooner sailing vessel, visit the one and only International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, tour one of the several historic mansions in the area, walk, shop and eat! Our Luxe Gal pick for the perfect place to lay our pretty head? Historic The Chanler at Cliff Walk boasts the best ocean views in the city. This oceanfront New England luxury hotel is only steps from Easton’s Beach and a mile from downtown Newport. Offering discerning travelers a glimpse of Newport’s Golden Age, it is the first historic mansion and only hotel located on the famous Cliff Walk of Newport. Each of the twenty exquisitely appointed guest rooms has custom designed around a particular historical period or theme like “English Tudor,” “Renaissance” and the Medieval inspirations of “Gothic,” so you can feel like you took a European vacation for your holiday without pulling out your passport. Right now, you can book Cliff Walk End to End, a romantic two-night getaway that gives you room choice, full breakfast, one night’s dinner at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant the Spiced Pear and a guided tour of an estate for $450 per night through June 30. How to get there? Amtrak offers rides to Kingston R.I., where you can hop van service to Newport, and there is direct bus service to and from NYC at Gateway Visitor’s Center.

TASTE. We love ethnic food, and on the top of our list are Indian dishes. A few weeks ago Indian food lovers and Bollywood’s Who’s Who packed the Metropolitan pavilion in New York City to revel in the tastes and wonders of Indian cuisine. The event was sponsored by Varli, a magazine and website focused on Indian cuisine and restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada and the city of Philadelphia. The magazine made its debut in New York City at the first annual Varli Food Festival, a culinary explosion of the best chefs of India and a chance to meet, greet and get cooking tips, lucky us! We got to spend a few minutes chatting with chef Sanjeev Kapoor, a household name in India as the host of the longest running television show in history, Kahana Kazana. His cooking advice to us was to start with something simple and to be fearless in the kitchen. The DivaGals grazed through the night, nibbling on samosas and spicy shrimp, guzzled mango lassi and sipped wines of India. If you ever wondered if New Yorker’s love Indian food then wonder no more. The Varli Food Festival sold out in hours, so we are sure they will be back next year. If you’re staying in NYC this weekend, check out our top three Indian restaurants in the city: on the high-end is Bombay Talkie in Chelsea; mid-range is the Bacluchi’s chain with locations throughout New York City and for a fun and cheap date, try Bhojan Restaurant, which serves tasty vegetarian dishes on Lexington.

SEE. The Hangover Part II. You would think that these boys have learned their lesson the first time (but seriously, do any of us learn our lesson the first time?). Now Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper wake up in Bangkok. Of course, Ed is a mess and Bradley still looks like stud, even with the crazy night they’ve had. We’d like to know his hangover cure! The Hangover Part II is currently playing in theaters nationwide.

TRY. As you get ready for Memorial Day weekend, you just might want to shake up your look. How about revisiting revisit KISS makeup, which was all the rave back in the ’90s for a young girl in junior high because it was affordable. Remember press on nails, the ones with the nail-shaped brown paper that had contact glue on it, and then you’d press on the fake nail over it? I’d go out with my nails thinking I was the belle of the ball. In reality, they probably made me look more like the hussy of the Hamptons or the draggiest of drag queens. Thank goodness the millennium came and with it new ideas, revisions and inventions. KISS USA, when it comes to nails, has totally stepped up its game! The quality is likened to getting tips done at the salon, but sans acrylic. That’s great because I absolutely can’t stand that smell. The application is simple, though my only gripe is the removal. Now that is 100 percent like removing fake nails, soak and all. As for the false lashes, they are easier than ever to apply with two red strings attached to the sides you can hold onto while applying the lashes. After coating the edges the odor and latex-free glue with a wand, I was so happy with my new peepers. I know they’ll make me a hit while I’m sipping cool cocktails on the veranda of all the mansions I’ll visit this summer.

photo credit: Chanler Hotel, Bhojan Restaurant, Warner Bros, sugaRushtv

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