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Puppyhood through Old Age – Biscuits & Bath is the place to care for your dogs. When Biscuits & Bath opened on the Upper East Side, I had an older dog. I brought her to B&B for daycare and as she got older, and was no longer able, or interested, in playing, I used their dog walking services. As she became too old to enjoy long walks, the dog walkers would come to walk her, and if she did not want to go out, they would stay in my apartment and cuddle with her. All of the B&B people were very kind and respectful to her. A great comfort, since I could not be at home with her. Some months after she passed at 16 years old, I adopted a rescue puppy. Before she was able to go out, someone from B&B would come over every day to play with her and clean up after her. As soon as she had all her shots and could socialize, she started going to B&B daycare, and I had her trained there as well. Made it very easy for me to enjoy having a puppy as anyone who has had a puppy knows, they have boundless energy and training can be very exhausting and time consuming. My girl would come home played out and well behaved. About two years later, I adopted a rescue from B&B, and went though the same scenario with her. Really made it easy and fun to have puppies, as B&B took care of the first few months at home, the training and exercising, and daycare/overnights thereafter. The convenience of vet and grooming services on site, as well as overnight care, rounds out the perfect "one stop shopping" for all of my girls needs. I really appreciate the holistic approach they have to dog care, and they pick up and deliver, so I never have to worry about taking time off from work to get them to and from appointments. I travel quite a bit and work long hours, and have always had great comfort knowing that my dogs, at every stage of their lives, and whatever their needs might be, have been able to get great care in an environment where they are happy and safe and that is familiar to them 24 hours a day. Everyone that I have come in contact with who has worked at B&B over the many years I have been a customer really seems to love dogs and they always know my dogs by name when I see them out in the street. This place is truly my dogs home away from home.
My wife and I are fan of Talia’s and we love Talia’s very diversified menu. There is something for everyone on their menus. It's definitely more of American and Middle Eastern cuisines; but they also have terrific salads. My wife loves The Thai beef salad and I love thee Moroccan salmon. If you crave fish, this is the place. You can get a hearty, firm-flesh fish, grilled, sautéed or broiled salmon with two sides and… appetizer for $28. Good prices, portions and wonderful food. I will definitely visit Talia’s more than twice next week to enjoy the nine days menu which contains more than five types of fish. Talia’s 9 days menu last year was one of best nine days menu in kosher restaurant in Manhattan. The service is professional but sometimes you have to wait about half an hour for your main dish and therefore my wife and I start with an appetizer of Middle Eastern platter combo platter - regular hot dog, 1 spicy hot dog, 2 chicken fingers, Moroccan cigar and kibbeh with tahini sauce. The ambiance is very romantic, warm and cozy outdoor and indoor dining areas. Highly recommended!
Feast and Fetes has catered our daughter’s wedding and made it an unforgettable event. They were perfect in every aspect of their performance. Always answered questions on time, helped with menu suggestions and delivered a perfect wedding reception for 200 guest. The passed hors d'oeuvre were so beautiful and delicious that our guests were talking about it days after the wedding. Main course of beef tenderloin or roasted sea bass were presented to perfection. Two deserts alternating – fresh raspberry tartelette with crème fraiche parfait and warm guanaja chocolate coulant were a dream. The wine and three open bars had great selections of alcohol for everybody's taste. Waiters were highly professional and their service was on time. The event took place at the Foundry in Long Island City, Feast and Fetes were responsible for all the furniture delivery, equipment and transportation for chefs and food. All this was done on time without one single glitch. If you are looking for a great caterer Feast and Fetes is the one to go with.
Thanks so much for the great party you made for us all! Everyone is still talking about how great Essence was, how original your sound is, how much fun we all had and what a great repertoire of music the Essence Band can play. We couldn't believe you guys. One minute a 40's ballad and the next minute the entire room is singing Journey along with Eddie. One minute a quite jazzy swing set and then the next a hard rock Janis Joplin tune. What a great dance party you gave us and the soft moments were perfect too. Iris - Thanks for listening so well to all our ideas and to following our requests to the "t". We really appreciate it and we know we made you jump through hoops, always worried that you couldn't pull it off. But, at the end of the day, we couldn't be more happy than we are. Thanks to Iris and Essence for making our party really memorable.
Stella & her team at Scoozi are the caterers we hire for client promotional parties. They have been working with us for the past 3 years and are simply amazing. I received my sample menu from Scoozi in about a day or two after I initially called. The menu is always exactly what I am looking for or what I am looking to try. The staff is very hands on, answering my questions very promptly. I didn’t have to worry about a thing! One year we had a British themed party and the Scoozi Gastro Pub menu made the event over the top for our guests! Their selection of menus never has us bored and that is why we keep going back for more! (Or it could be the Inside Out Crispy Kreme Donuts!) If you go with Scoozi, try the Smore Pipettes! It is one of their signature items and is delicious!!!!
Celebrated my daughter’s birthday at Talia’s Steakhouse last night. We live in Central Jersey so we don’t travel too often for kosher restaurants in Manhattan. Our expectations were set high for a night in the city. Suffice to say, Talia’s exceeded our expectations. There was live music and we got to sit in their sidewalk café and enjoy the beautiful weather. We all shared the Fry Trio basket to start, which was a great choice. My prime rib was excellent. My wife and daughter loved their Veal Scaloppini. Our 6 year old couldn’t get enough of his chicken fingers. For dessert, the wait staff brought out warm chocolate soufflé with a birthday candle and sang Happy Birthday with help from the live musician. It was a perfect way to end the night. Would definitely be back again.
If you're in the mood for something sweet and tangy (and fried), BarKogi's Korean fried chicken wings won't disappoint. Not your traditional chicken wing; it's crispy shell is not like any other fried chicken batter. Soy garlic or spicy soy garlic (quite spicy) are both excellent options and great as an appetizer for the whole table or can serve as the main course. Although famous for their wings, they also offer the usual of Korean fair -- korean bbq, bibimbop, korean taco, and other usual Korean dishes but the wings are their specialty. Service is curt and efficient. So if you're looking for the red carpet treatment or a chatty waiter who'll give you their recommendations, you may have to look elsewhere. Or, just have faith go with your gut, pun intended.
We went to Babylon last night the waitresses are not welcoming and make you feel very uncomfortable! But it gets better we order appetizer, drinks and food with absolutely no recommendations or help from the waitress. She only gave us attitue like we were annoying here for asking recommend or suggestions. Afterwards my friend ask for water and the waitress tells him with attitude that they don't give water after 10 pm????? You have to buy bottle of water!!! We dont mind paying good enough money the food and hookah was great however will never return because the service is horrible. Don't recommend Babylon for anyone since they are much better restaurants with great great food, hookah and most important customer service.
The other day the weather was finally beautiful, and my friend and I were walking past Talia’s outdoor café, so we decided to have an early dinner. We had an extremely pleasant experience. It was not too crowded yet, but there was a mixed young crowd, couples and some business men, and everybody seemed to be having a good time. The service was extremely good, and our waitress took our order the minute we finished looking over our menus and brought our drinks right away. The food was served nice and hot, and we were so full after we finished that we almost didn’t have room for desert, but we couldn’t refuse a chocolate soufflé! I felt very satisfied with my experience at Talia’s and will definitely be back many more times!
I want to thank you Feast and Fetes for overseeing what was the most extraordinary dinner party I have ever been to - the fact that it was in my home makes it even more special. Everything about the event was perfect. The staff was beyond excellent, the food presentation like a work of art while the food was truly beyond belief. All of us have eaten numerous times at DANIEL and enjoyed these dishes at the restaurant, but they were better at my home. This is not just my view but also the unanimous vote of all twelve who attended. Mr. Lepicart and Daniel should be very proud of their ability to produce such a very high-quality outside of a restaurant where all is in your control. Bravo !
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.