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Keeping up with the Kardashians returns for its fourth season with a special season premiere, Sunday, Dec. 13 at 10/9c, on E!
 
Watch as a tempest of siblings; business and fame engulf Olympic decathlete, Bruce Jenner; and paparazzi fave, Kim Kardashian; as their huge Hollywood families collide!

Check out the latest book from author Wendy Walker, available Sept. 1.

mate poachingPsychology studies have shown that some women may try to lure a man away from his current partner, a phenomenon known as “mate poaching.”  But a new study shows that most single women actually prefer men who are already in a committed relationship.

About The Study:  Men and women were asked to describe their ideal romantic partner and were told they would be computer-matched with a like-minded student.  Researchers told half of the participants that the person with whom they were matched was single. They told the other participants that their “match” was currently in a romantic relationship.  Participants then answered a series of questions on how interested they would be in pursuing a relationship with their match.

Surprisingly, single women were much more interested in pursuing a relationship with a committed man than with a single man.

Specifically, when researchers described the man as single, 59 percent of single women were interested in pursuing him.  However, when they described the exact same man as being in a committed relationship, 90 percent of the women were interested.

Men did not show this preference, and neither did women who were already in a relationship.

“This finding indicates that single women are considerably more interested in pursuing a man who is less available to them,” said Dr. Burkley. “This may be because a man who is attached has already shown his ability to commit and, in a sense, has been pre-screened by another woman.”

Although the practice of mate poaching is commonly depicted in movies, television shows and tabloids, this study provides the first empirical confirmation that most single women actually do engage in mate poaching.

The mate poaching study conducted by social psychologists Melissa Burkley, Ph.D., and Jessica Parker, M.A., both from Oklahoma State University, is published in the current issue of Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Are Jon and Kate announcing their divorce on the upcoming one-hour episode of Jon and Kate Plust Eight?  Or are they just teasing us?  Maybe the announcement isn’t a divorce…maybe Kate’s pregnant again!  To find out, tune-in to TLC on Monday, June 22 at 9 p.m. eastern.

Photo by ckforjc

Photo by ckforjc

Dad is a pretty special guy, and I don’t know about you, but I always struggle finding a great gift.  After some research, I finally found the perfect Father’s Day gifts under $50:

For Fitness Dads:  If your dad is into exercising, he’ll run circles for Advanced Sweatproof Athletic Shirts ($25) from Kleinert’s.  This shirt improves circulation and hydration to keep him dry during his workouts. 

For Dads-On-The-Go:  If your dad travels a lot he’ll be thrilled to receive a Murad Man Carry-On shave kit ($35).  This gift is TSA approved, so he won’t have to fuss with airline regulations and can still have a clean shave while he’s away from home. 

For the Outdoors Dads:  If your dad is good with his hands, he’ll love a Swiss Army Climber pocket knife ($35) – I mean what man doesn’t like a knife, right?

For Grill-Master-Dads:  If your dad is proud of his grilling skills, he’ll savor a Monogram Steak Branding Iron ($40).  Now every guest at his BBQ will know just who grilled their steak to perfection!

For Tech-Savvy-Dads:  These guys are usually hard to shop for because they already have every new gadget under the sun.   If your dad loves technology he’ll blow a gasket for a Laptop Essentials Kit ($50) from BrookStone.  I’ve never heard a man not like this gift because it has six tools that make out-of-office laptop use so convenient. 

Happy Father’s Day!

Danal Restaurant - 59 5th Avenue
Danal Restaurant – 59 5th Avenue

If you’re searching for a fabulous New York City lunch spot, look no further than Danal.  Maybe it’s the resident cat, Bagels, greeting you at the door or the French-inspired, rustic decor…from the moment you step into this cozy little eatery, you feel like you’re in Europe.  

 

I had a business lunch at Danal a couple weeks ago and fell in love with it!  Not only was it great for a casual lunch meeting, but the warm atmosphere makes it a marvelous place for a romantic rendezvous as well. 

 

Ambiance aside, the food is delicious, beautifully presented…and so reasonably priced!  Here are the dishes I recommend:

 

– Shrimp Salad – w/ Boston lettuce, orange, avocado, cherry tomatoes, mango, pistachios and a lime mint vinaigrette – $13

 

– Spicy Tuna – w/black bean salsa, onion, jalapeno, tomato, corn & cilantro vinaigrette – $14

 

The restaurant is located near Union Square on 5th Avenue between 12th and 13th Street.  Reservations are suggested for dinner and required for afternoon tea,  phone: 212-982-6930.  

yatai1In Los Angeles the words “gourmet” and “low-cost” seem like oxymorons.  Well that’s no longer the case when it comes to Asian-tapas bar, Yatai.  This West Hollywood eatery has excellent food, fantastic service and a fabulous atmosphere…all at a reasonable price!

Last night my boyfriend and I visited the restaurant for the second time and were once again thoroughly impressed with our dining experience.  After a few rounds of drinks and several dishes, the bill was only $80.  Why go to Koi, which is overpriced and has mediocre service, when you can eat just as well and spend half as much at Yatai?  

Here’s a few dish suggestions:

  • Tempura pumpkin w/curry salt – $5
  • Spicy tuna over crispy rice – $6
  • Bite-sized rib-eye steak w/caramelized onions – $16

When the weather is nice, Yatai also has outdoor seating.  The restaurant is located at 8535 W. Sunset Blvd.  Parking can be a problem, but it’s so marvelous it’s worth it.


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