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STRANGER THAN FICTION
Messages From Beyond

The world is divided into skeptics and believers. I have always been a skeptic, yet intrigued by these things that most cannot understand. Thomas John has made a true believer out of me. Medium and psychic, Thomas has been blessed with a gift that he's utilized since the age of four. He currently has a full-time private practice in which he helps others connect with loved ones and gives psychic advice. Not only is he a published author and life coach, but he is also known for providing his services to high-profile celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Courtney Cox, and Sean Young. But even that won't convince many of true psychic existence. I went to Thomas's office to conduct an interview, but I left with a lot more than just that. Thomas John began by giving me a full reading, in which he said some truly unbelievable things. He relayed messages to me from my grandmother (who recently passed) knowing details about her life, some of which even I didn't know about until I told my mother what had happened afterwards. It was utterly astonishing to hear what he had to say and I will always remember that experience. But wouldn't you like to know a little bit more about the man behind the medium? Read the interview below!

HALLOWEEN GUIDE
Childs Play

Halloween is a child's dream holiday - playing dress-up, eating candy, and telling ghost stories - it can't get better than that. But adults want in on the fun, too! Now is your chance to relive Halloween as you never have before, adult style. We've got some fun tricks and treats up our sleeves. Check them out!

Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House: This controversial haunted house is a must-see this Halloween. Steering away from traditional haunted houses, this one plays homage to both real and fictional serial killers. You won't get scary monsters popping out at you at every turn, but you'll get something much more frightening -- a look into the world of real-life killers. Patrons weave their way through trials, executions, feasts, and bloody hallways, interacting with the actors the whole way through. Brave souls can have a bloody X painted on their forehead to indicate they want to be touched by the actors. We recommend doing so to take advantage of the whole experience. The sets and special effects are remarkable, completely immersing you into the lives of Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper, and even Dexter. As you wait to enter, check out the exhibit of paraphernalia from noted serial killers, including yearbook photos, drawings, and execution letters. This is one haunted house that will leave you shaking in your boots.

DAILY BITES
BevBucks Offers Special Deals on Narragansett Lager

BevBucks.com, a website that is the Groupon equivalent to boozy deals, has recently partnered with Narragansett Lager. In honor of the promotion, BevBucks is offering special deals that can be redeemed at participating bars in NYC and CT until October 10th. Some of the deals being offered include 50% off a pitcher of beer, plus two burgers at Allie Way, 50% off a pitcher and appetizer platter at Recovery Room, 50% off a growler at Top Hops, and more!

This new way to try new brands is a great way to sample new products without high costs. Narragansett is a New England classic that will now be available for New Yorkers to try, probably for the first time. Take advantage of the great deals offered on BevBucks to try new bars and new brews now!

DAILY BITES
Sweet Deals in the City

SoHo's Italian alcove Principessa is now offering Happy Hour specials every Tuesday through Friday from 5-7 pm. The happy hour will feature half-price specialty cocktails and select wines and all drinks will be served along with complimentary goat cheese fritters. Yum!

Principessa is located at
199 Prince St (between MacDougal and Sullivan)

Starting today, October 8th, newly opened Tre Stelle will be serving up a seven-course meal paired with Italian wines every Monday evening at 8:30pm. Each course will be a surprise to the diner, so no need to stress about what to pick from the menu. Buon appetito!

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Junoon Kills It with New Brunch Menu

Junoon, the highly regarded Indian restaurant in Chelsea, recently expanded their menu to include brunch. Indian food is known for its bold and spicy flavors, so apart from a Bloody Mary, you might be wondering how they manage to pull off a brunch as good as their lunch and dinner. Executive Chef Vikas Khanna wows all with his modern take on traditional Indian dishes and incorporating Indian versions of American classics.

Feel free to take your pick of dishes from Junoon's many choices of brunch fare, or smartly opt for the prix fixe, which includes an appetizer and main dish, along with unlimited Mimosas, Bloody Marys or Bellinis for just $35. Trust us, you'll leave the restaurant both full and with plenty of leftovers for later. To start, try their innovative Naan French Toast, served with house spice-infused maple syrup or the Indian-Style Masala Omelet, made with onions, garlic, chilies, and cilantro.

ENTREPRENEUR$H!T
Empire in the Making

Meet Nicole Ponseca, Superstar Entrepreneur, Owner and General Manager of whirlwind restaurant success Maharlika Filipino Moderno. Ponseca did not begin her journey in the restaurant biz -- rather working as an ad executive at Saatch & Saatchi when she realized New York lacked even mediocre Filipino cuisine.

Thus began her upward climb to acheive a new goal. She began taking on multiple jobs in bars and restaurants to learn about the industry and started researching Filipino food. Eventually, Nicole opened up Maharlika as a pop-up serving only brunch, allowing her to experiment with the menu and work on establishing her brand. Next came pop-up dinner and finally, a full fledged restaurant establishment!

CULINARY OCCASIONS
The Fork and The Cork Festival Hits Mount Airy Casino

This past weekend, Fork and The Cork hosted its sixth annual event, displaying Northeastern Pennsylvania's premier wine and food at Mount Airy Casino Resort. The event, which is sponsored by igourmet.com and Entercom Communications, brought together the ultimate foodies and wine aficionados from the area, where they sampled gourmet foods, wines, beers, and spirits in the beautiful Fall weather. A whopping 1,100 guests showed up for the scrumptious event.

LIQUID COURAGE
National Vodka Day

Moscow Mule

1.7 oz. of Russian Standard

5 oz. of ginger beer

Serve it in a copper mug and garnish it with a lime wedge. Enjoy!

Electrolyte (served Upstairs at Kimberly Hotel)

4 big chunks fresh watermelon- muddled

½ oz. pineapple juice

juice from half a lemon

1½ oz. vodka (non-flavored)

Serve in a highball glass with ice and a vertical watermelon slice garnish.

Broken Basil

2 oz. Broken Shed Vodka

crushed basil leaves (generous amount)