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Chef’s Table: The Bristal at Holtsville’s Josef Mujanovic Shares His Recipe for Cheese Tortellini Francese

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Sometimes, a love of cooking is in our blood. And for Josef Mujanovic, that’s exactly what got him into the kitchen at a young age.

“Growing up, I remember sitting on bags of flour watching my dad cook,” said Mujanovic, food service director at The Bristal at Holtsville. “A lot of my passion for cooking comes from my mom and dad, and their culinary backgrounds have played a significant impact on my success and growth as a chef.”

Mujanovic’s parents owned several restaurants while he was growing up, which spurred him to make his own career move into cooking. He attended … read more

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5 Fun Day Trip Destinations: Nassau County

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Long Island is a place of intriguing opposites — rolling green hills and white sand beaches; colonial charm and modern sensibilities; a world away from it all that’s less than two hours from the biggest city in the U.S.

Long Island isn’t just a retreat for the rich and famous (although it is home to the mansions that collectively inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”), but it has become a destination for those seeking an elegant seaside getaway, cultural events, historic places, and so much more.

If you’re planning an excursion to Nassau County on Long Island, … read more

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Chef’s Table: The Bristal at Lake Grove’s Mark Hain Shares His Recipe For Lobster Risotto

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From working at a country club as a teen, then training under renowned chef Ming Tsai, to his current job at The Bristal at Lake Grove, Mark Hain’s cooking career is as varied as it is impressive.

“My father always said if you want money, you have to go out and make it,” Hain, a Rockville Centre native, said. “I started out in the country club washing dishes. One day the chef called (for help)…I just jumped onto the line and went from there.”

But even before that first job, Hain’s father instilled a love of cooking that went … read more

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Alzheimer’s and Mealtime: Tips for Success

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Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can present many challenges for a family caregiver. Making mealtime go smoothly might be one of them. It’s important to identify what your family member’s struggles are and develop strategies to work around them.

Why Do Loved Ones With Dementia Sometimes Refuse to Eat?

A few mealtime challenges that are common for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia include:

Diminished appetite

Your loved one may no longer recognize their body’s hunger triggers, or they may be taking a medication that decreases their appetite. A loss of smell or taste … read more

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Westchester County Business Journal: Marking Veterans Day in Armonk

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This Veterans Day in Armonk, we were proud to honor 14 residents of The Bristal for their military service. Among those who came out to show their support were North Castle Supervisor Michael Schiliro, North Castle Council members Barbara DiGiacino, Steve D’Angelo and Jose Berra, Assemblyman David Buchwald, and Westchester County Legislator Margaret Cunzio. Thank you to everyone who came to the ceremony to help us properly honor our Veterans.

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Memory Loss: What’s Normal; What’s Not?

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With dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other memory-related cognitive disorders so top-of-mind today, it might cause you to pause and wonder:

Is My Age-Related Memory Loss Normal?

According to studies, almost 40 percent of people over the age of 65 experience some form of memory loss. When there is no medical issue behind it, it’s referred to as “age-associated memory impairment,” a normal result of aging.

On the other hand, brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are something quite different.

 Related: Understanding the common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. >>

Age-Related Memory Loss … read more

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Chef’s Table: The Bristal at Garden City’s Mick Gehnrich Shares His Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

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Chefs have many reasons they like to cook: they were inspired by a certain dish, they find it challenging and artistic, they connect cooking with fond memories or people from the past, and so on. All good reasons, but for chef Mick Gehnrich at The Bristal at Garden City, he keeps it simple.

“I love to eat,” he says. “My number one reason why I like to cook is not because I like to cook, but because I like to eat.”

Besides his love of food, his interest in cooking grew from two main childhood memories. One was his … read more

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Discover 5 of Long Island’s Hidden Gems this Fall!

Posted by: The Bristal

Nestled into the rich history of Long Island are many hidden gems full of family, friendship, and longevity. Long Island features beautiful shorelines where many travelers stepped foot into America long ago, bringing with them the hopes, dreams, and aspirations which enriched Long Island’s culture, making it home to some of the most highly sought-after destinations in America.

Take a few minutes and journey with us to discover five of Long Island’s valued hidden gems.

1. Mattebella Vineyards

Established in 1640 and covering 22 acres of sloping land, Mattebella Vineyards is found in one of New York’s … read more

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Better Your Memory with These 6 ‘Brain Foods’

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While there is no magic food to improve your brainpower (yet!), there are a few foods that research has shown may be able to delay dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. While it’s very important to eat a balanced diet (more on that below), it’s always best to check with your primary physician before you make any lifestyle changes.

Which Foods are Good for Memory?

Research has linked these six brain foods to delaying memory loss. Read on to see how you may be able to eat your way to better health.

1. Berries

Berries are rich in flavonoids, which can improve cognitive function, according … read more

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Tips For Preventing, Coping With Sundowning

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Sundown syndrome is a state of confusion affecting people with dementia that occurs in the late afternoon into the night. Sundowning can cause confusion, anxiety, and aggression, as well as wandering, which would naturally worry any caregiver.

Here are some tips for managing sundowning along with factors to look out for that can aggravate sundown syndrome in your loved one.

What Causes Sundowning?

There are many factors that can aggravate sundowning, but The Mayo Clinic notes the most prevalent of causes include:

Increasing shadows
Low lighting
Disruption of a regular daily schedule
Fatigue or illness
Disruption of a person’s body clock
Difficulty separating reality … read more

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