Chef Catherine Schimenti Opening Baked By The Ocean

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Upscale pastry chef Catherine Schimenti left home on Long Island at 17, only to return 20 years later to open her new bakery, Baked by the Ocean, in Long Beach.Admitting that “cooking has always been in my blood,” the down-to earth Schimenti, with her signature red-frame glasses and long braids, says she was encouraged by her parents as well as a teacher at Lynbrook High School to make her living in the kitchen.“I always helped my mom do the baking, cooking at home,” she recalls. “It’s always been natural for me to make food for people.”Schimenti, now 38, got an early start in the restaurant business working in a local pizzeria before scoring her first cooking gig as a teen at the now-defunct Porthole restaurant in East Rockaway. She did her culinary training at Johnson & Wales University in Providence before switching in her final year to focus on pastry arts exclusively.“As opposed to traditional cooking, which is more like just turning a raw product into something,” says Schimenti, “there’s a real science to pastry, the blending of ingredients.”Schimenti’s career took her to some of the finest restaurants, from Balthazar and Gramercy Tavern to Per Se in New York City, before being tapped to oversee pastry at Craft Steak in the Meatpacking District. Her pastry menu was so well received that Schimenti was summoned to Los Angeles to assist with Craft Steak’s LA debut.“Moving to California was a big deal for me,” recalls Schimenti, who prides herself on being an LI girl.Following Craft, she moved to San Francisco and joined the fourstar Michael Mina Restaurant as executive pastry chef and later helped to launch Mina’s Bourbon Steak. After arriving back in NY in 2016, Schimenti pursued her long-standing goal of opening her own bakery. She snagged an apartment in trendy SOHO and was “fully committed to looking for bakery space in NYC.”While looking for real estate in the city, Schimenti consulted for Gelso & Grand in Little Italy, where she worked for a year, helping to revamp the restaurant’s pastry menu. She oversaw the creation of a nearly foot-long cannoli, which gave the venue some buzz.“I continued to scout potential bakery spots on the Lower East Side, Tribeca, and even NOLITA,” she recalls, but prices were steep, often upwards of $20,000 rent per month. “I couldn’t find anything and that’s when I started coming out to LI every weekend, tovisit friends and family in Lynbrook and Long Beach.”Schimenti eventually found her bakery location with a little help from her friend.“I went to dinner and a friend ended up parking in front of a bakery with a for-lease sign,” she recalls. “That didn’t work out, but it led me to my current spot.”Now that she’s set, Schimenti says her philosophy on pastry is simple.“I’m going to focus on accessible desserts such as fruit tarts, salted peanut butter tarts, lemon and lime meringue tarts, specialty cakes and even some soft-serve ice cream, sure to be a summer favorite,” she says. “Traditional things with a twist.”Also, she’ll serve up favorites like black and white and rainbow cookies, macaroons, homemade chocolate boxes, freshly baked cinnamon rolls, and donuts. But the cozy space with seating for 12 won’t be all desserts.“Savory foods will also be served, such as salads of the day, toasts of the day, Quinoa bowls with veggies and brunch items on weekends,” she says.And while many chefs are drawn to the glamour of TV, Schimenti eschews show biz.“I was approached by producers who wanted me for a few cooking shows due to my ‘polished yet approachable,’ attitude, but my focus is on the bakery, not TV,” she adds. “I want my food to speak for itself.”Baked by the Ocean, scheduled to open in late May, is located at 919 West Beech St. in Long Beach. They can be reached at 516-889-BAKEor bakedbytheocean.com.last_img read more

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Is the selfie going to change credit union card security?

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Selfie lovers rejoice! It’s the dawn of a new day, at least technologically speaking. Today MasterCard announced it is set to begin testing a verification method that would allow card holders to verify online purchases with a selfie.The app will require card holders to take a picture of themselves each time they make a purchase. Additionally, MasterCard is also testing fingerprint and voice recognition methods for verification. This new method of payment follows what MasterCard has developed for card holders in the past. Just last year MasterCard rolled out contactless technology, which we are all very familiar with, enabling card holders to activate cards through their smartphones and make purchases using contactless (NFC) point-of-sale terminals.This is another sign that the card brand is trying to get ahead of Apple, who added hardened security to their offerings by adding a fingerprint scanner to passbook back in 2013. MasterCard employees will roll out the technology for testing through October of this year and it is compatible with every major smartphone brand. MasterCard’s thinking? Taking a selfie is easier than remembering a password… continue reading »last_img read more

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What happens when IT waits in your teller line?

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I heard big thinker Dev Patnik, author of Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy, speak at a board meeting several years ago. Working with Delta Air Lines, Patnik discovered Delta executives felt they delivered an excellent travel experience to their customers. It’s no wonder. When the execs traveled, they went from plush offices to waiting town cars, directly onto the tarmac and into their first class seats. They never “enjoyed” a true airport experience: navigating TSA, overpriced food, countless delays, etc.Unfortunately, too often I see the same type of disconnect between IT professionals and their credit unions. When is the last time you went through a drive-through? Waited in the teller line? Phoned into your call center? Or, better yet, strapped on a headset and answered calls? Here’s a news flash: Members don’t often call to tell you how wonderful you are. They call because they have a problem or need to get something done. It’s vital for IT to know the business as well as everyone else in the credit union, especially what it is like to be a member across all channels.This “outside-in” model of IT leadership helps us discover where we are making it hard for members to do business with us (improvement opportunities) and where we delight them (strengths to build on). continue reading »last_img read more

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Office 365 users under attack

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Cybercriminal are targeting account login credentials of Microsoft Office 365, with its more than 100 million monthly active subscribers, to ultimately launch attacks from within organization, including financial institutions.Cybercriminals have a long history of designing attacks to reach the largest number of eyeballs possible, according to research from Campbell, Calif.-based real-time spear phishing and cyberfraud defense firm Barracuda Sentinel. “From the early days of traditional spam, to search or trending topics on social platforms, criminals follow the users, and Office 365 has become a breeding ground for highly personalized, compelling attacks,” Asaf Cidon, spear phishing behavior expert and vice president, content security services at Barracuda, said.Attackers prey on the inherent trust of email received from coworkers. Most individuals are almost positive it is legitimate, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case.Barracuda Sentinel examined increasingly popular threat, Office 65 Account Compromise, within its large customer based on Office 365. They found Office 365 account compromise attackers attempt to steal user credentials to launch attacks from an internal account. continue reading »last_img read more

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Floral Park Woman Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 57-year-old Floral Park woman was killed when an SUV hit the motorcycle on which she was a passenger in Northport on Sunday evening.Suffolk County police said Martha Garcia was riding on the back of a Harley Davidson that her boyfriend was driving westbound on Fort Salonga Road when the motorcycle collided with an eastbound Toyota RAV4 that was making a left turn into her driveway near the corner of Sandy Hollow Road at 5:35 p.m.Garcia, who was ejected from the motorcycle, was taken to Huntington Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.Her boyfriend and the other driver were treated for non-life threatening injuries at the same hospital.Second Squad detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8252.last_img read more

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PREMIUMCommuter line aims to reduce delays in train schedules amid floods of complaints

first_imgTopics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here commuter-line commuter commuters commuter-trains KAI KCI railway INKA Train train-sets Sandra Sibarani, a 26-year-old employee of a private company, recalled a time in February when she arrived at Gondangdia Station in Central Jakarta at around 5 p.m. to catch a commuter train in order to go home to Tanjung Barat, South Jakarta.On regular days, she said, the train always arrived 10 minutes after her arrival at the station. On that particular day, however, she had to wait a lot longer as the train arrived around 40 minutes late.“I was very tired from working and wanted to get home immediately, but the commuter train service was not being amenable that day,” Sandra told The Jakarta Post at Gondangdia Station on Thursday.She said that a train had been derailed at Jayakarta Station, six stops before Gondangdia, causing disruption for all trains bound for Jakarta Kota station and vice versa.“The situation was absolutely upsetting, but well, you… Linkedin Google Facebook Forgot Password ? Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

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Ighalo: Man United move made my mum cry amid celebrations

first_img Loading… The former Watford striker accepted a pay cut to make the temporary move to Old Trafford, explaining that he could not pass up the opportunity to join the club he supported as a boy.Ighalo will also become the first Nigerian footballer to play for Red Devils, and has spoken of the pride his move has elicited back home. Former Super Eagles forward Odion Ighalo has revealed that his dream switch to Manchester United sparked tears of joy from his mother as well as celebrations in Nigeria.Advertisement The 30-year-old Ighalo completed a surprise loan move from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua on transfer deadline day in January. Speaking about his dramatic deadline day switch, Ighalo told MUTV: “I was excited.“I called my mum and she was happy, crying and all that, this is your dream and all that and I’m happy for you.“It was dramatic, I didn’t sleep through, I was very happy that finally we got the deal done.”center_img Reacting further on being the first Nigerian to play for Man United, Ighalo said: “I’m really proud. I’m happy because people keep sending me messages, I know that this is very big, you’re going to be the first Nigerian to play for United, it’s a good record for you in your career, I know that.“I know that, after you finish football, you are going to know what we are talking about, because I’m just so emotional right now, so I don’t think about those things too much. I just want to get started and get playing and start helping the team to do well.“[The reaction] was crazy because, all over the news for the last few days, is about my deal to Man United.“Even the street I grew up on, they are doing parties, celebrating Ighalo signing for United. Read Also: Odion Ighalo unveiled finally as Manchester United player“They sent me the video, I was just laughing and happy, because many of them are supporting Man United and some of them are supporting some other teams in the Premier League.“But they said, because of me, they are moving to United, because they have a very big fan-base in Nigeria.“So I am happy about all this and they are rooting for United from now on,” Ighalo summed up.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can Resist10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The Worldlast_img read more

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State Aims To Help Students Graduate College On Time

first_imgIndiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers kicked off a statewide “15 to Finish” campaign that aimed at boosting college graduation rates. (Image: Seth Morin/ TheStatehouseFile.com)INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers kicked off a statewide “15 to Finish” campaign that aims to boost college graduation rates by encouraging Hoosier students to take at least 15 credit hours each semester.Data show that students who complete 15 or more credits per semester are more likely to graduate on time, earn better grades and save money on their degrees.“We find that most Indiana college students expect to graduate on time, but only about half are taking enough courses each semester to do so,” said Lubbers. “Hoosiers should know that if on-time graduation is their goal, they should be taking 15 to finish. Taking longer to complete not only means that students pay more for their degrees, it also dramatically decreases their chances of graduating at all.”Based on a successful initiative developed by the University of Hawaii system which saw a 15 percent increase in the number of students taking 15 credits in its first year, Indiana’s “15 to Finish” campaign aims to change the longstanding perception that taking 12 credits per semester is enough to graduate on time through a combination of direct outreach, earned/social media and related resources at15toFinishIndiana.org.In response to legislation backed by the Commission two years ago that streamlined credit requirements at the state’s public colleges, the majority of bachelor’s degree programs are 120 credits and associate degrees are 60 credits at Indiana colleges today. To graduate on time, students need to complete a minimum of 30 credits per year, or 15 per semester. An analysis of course-taking patterns at Indiana colleges indicates that there are significant numbers of full-time students at every campus who fall short of completing 30 credits each year by only a course or two.In partnership with the state’s colleges and universities, Indiana’s “15 to Finish” campaign is employing a three-tiered strategy to reach Hoosier students and families at all levels:1)      Prospective college students: The “15 to Finish” message and resources have been incorporated into the state’s outreach efforts with local high schools and counselors through Learn More Indiana (LearnMoreIndiana.org).2)      Current college students: Indiana’s public colleges—and many private colleges—have incorporated the “15 to Finish” messaging, videos and promotional materials into their student orientation and advising practices. Commission staff also have been meeting with academic and financial aid advisors at each Indiana campus to share course-taking data and engage in a dialogue about the campaign’s message.3)      General public: To better leverage the in-school and on-campus efforts described above, the campaign is supported by public service announcements and digital/social media outreach.last_img read more

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Slick succession at Old Trafford

first_img And a day after Ferguson’s exit was confirmed, which itself came on the morning following the first rumours of an impending departure, David Moyes was installed as his fellow Scot’s successor. “To go through the succession we have been through represents a big change,” Arnold told Press Association Sport. “The way the transition was achieved characterises how well the club has been run by David and Sir Alex.” Shirt sponsors Aon, experts in risk management, were asked for their input into what, in Ferguson’s case at any rate, was one of the riskiest decisions United have had to make for a quarter of a century. In the end, it was decided to go with the Scot’s own belief Moyes was best suited to the role. “The man widely accredited as having the best judgement in football had a long period of time to think about the inheritance he was passing on,” said Arnold. “He wanted to make sure the squad was in the right shape and the timing was done from a position of strength. That is exactly where the club is. “When you look at the preparation that went into that and the position Sir Alex put himself in to make that transition, as an example of how to prepare, even down to how we managed the communication around it, it was an exemplary job.” If there is an unknown about Moyes in terms of operating at the very highest level, his credentials as a manager are solid. Less certain is how Woodward and Arnold will fare in the often bewildering, shark-infested world that is football recruitment, which seems to have different rules to any other sphere of society. Yet Arnold claims Woodward, whose job it now is to negotiate transfers and new contracts, is not quite the rookie everyone imagines him to be. “David (Gill) had been preparing both myself and Ed in quite some detail about the way it all works,” said Arnold. “Ed has been particularly well briefed about the operations of how we transact with players, both the fantastic ones we already have and if there is an opportunity to buy. As befits a man of his nature, David did a fantastic job in the nurturing he has given us, the preparation and handover. “Laying the flight path to the runway is all about preparation. Everyone is well aware of the change. But from the inside, in the context of having to make the change, it has been fantastically well done.” Not only has Sir Alex Ferguson left his position after 26 years, chief executive David Gill has stood aside as well 11 years after succeeding Peter Kenyon. Yet there was no power vacuum. For Arnold and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward have divided up Gill’s responsibilities between them. Manchester United group managing director Richard Arnold believes the manner of this summer’s handover of power at Old Trafford underlines the Red Devils’ inherent stability. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Koeman hoping for Euro boost

first_img When asked if the lack of expectation allowed his side to play with more freedom, he replied: “You hope so, because they need European football. “We like to have European football, but the chairman doesn’t say to me ‘If we don’t reach European football, you did a bad job.’ No, and in the case of those kinds of teams that’s different. “But they (Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham) are used to playing for and winning titles and to play for European football with their positions in the table and we don’t have that experience. “We would like to have that. It’s a big pressure for us, but maybe in the last few weeks of the season when we are still fighting for a high position in the table then we will get that experience.” And the Dutchman believes more fixtures for the trio could give Saints the edge as they strive for a highest-ever Premier League finish and a place in Europe next year. “I think that’s an advantage for us,” he said when asked if the others would fade when European competitions return. “We don’t play in the cup, we don’t play European football and they have to. That’s difficult because then you will get more injuries, maybe some players are not feeling well, a little bit tired after playing a lot and that can be an advantage for us, to keep strong. “It not only depends on ourselves – the rest of the teams are playing well. I think if we keep spirit, if we keep the belief in how we play and what we are doing…. “In the last one-and-a-half months we didn’t train a lot, because we play a lot of games. Now we are back in normally, weekend, weekend and again we can train to develop ourselves and develop the individual player and to give the players more attention about each position. “If you play more games then sometimes you will get more injuries, and you need more players and it’s difficult. But we know that teams like Tottenham, like Liverpool, it’s normal that they will fight for the places up in the table.” After a summer which saw a lot of key players depart and then-manager Mauricio Pochettino poached by Tottenham many anticipated a difficult first season in England for Koeman. Instead, the Dutchman has delivered and fans on the south coast can start dreaming of European adventures next year – with Koeman believing the hopes of Southampton supporters puts less pressure on his players than the expectation at other, more established clubs. Press Association Ronald Koeman is hoping the rigours of European football and weight of expectation can sideline Southampton’s rivals in the race for Champions League football. Saints currently occupy fourth spot in the Premier League and are just a point behind Manchester United in third, despite slipping to a 1-0 home defeat to Swansea last weekend. Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool – the three teams directly below Southampton in the table – all re-start their respective European campaigns in the coming weeks whilst Koeman’s side are only focused on the league having been knocked out of the two domestic cup competitions. last_img read more

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