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Dreams and Aspirations

Originally Posted: April 18, 2007

Kristin Parker

David Alan Grier with Kristin Parker at Caroline's.

Caroline's on Broadway is located in the heart of New York City's Times Square. It is one of the most famous comedy clubs in the country attracting thousands of tourists and native New Yorkers a year. Some of the most famous comedians have performed on Caroline's stage such as Jay Leno, Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. David Alan Grier is no stranger to Caroline's and has performed at the venue several times while visiting New York from Los Angeles. Many fans remember David Alan Grier from Fox's Emmy Award winning series, In Living Color produced by Keenan Ivory Wayans from 1990-1994.

Currently, David Alan Grier stars as the host of NBC's new improv comedy series "Thank God You're Here." David's comedy is filled with tons of life advice. He puns on his own experiences and makes it easy for any audience member to relate to his stories. After his performance, I waited patiently to talk with David as fans surrounded him asking for autographs and pictures. When I finally got my chance to speak with him, he simply stated, "I remember you, you want to solve world hunger!" I was so flattered that David remembered me from a conversation we had a year ago! David and I hung out for over an hour after the show with friends catching up and discussing current events. See you in LA David!

Lu Berry models one of her swimsuits.

Friday, I went by Westhampton Beach High School for the very first Hampton Idol competition. Fox's American Idol attracts millions of viewers every week. This Idol craze has finally entered the Hamptons as twenty middle and high school students competed for the Hampton Idol title. Family members, fellow students and attendees packed the auditorium while the students prepared backstage. I went backstage to interview some of the students and learned of all the hard work and effort the students had put into preparation for the big day. They all appeared confident that their performance was solid. Some artists of choice included Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys and Celine Dion. A few students even decided to perform hits from Broadway plays such as Wicked and Les Miserables. I'm sure the judges had a hard to time choosing the winner. The Hamptons definitely has talented, hard working youth. Watch out American Idol!

It is almost summer time and that means swimsuit season! If you want to show up to the beach this summer looking as hot as you would at Pink Elephant, then you must try one of Lu Berry's funky, fashionable swimwear. Lu Berry moved to the United States from Bogota, Colombia 15 years ago in hopes of attending school and pursuing her career. Although Lu never attended fashion school, she became interested in fashion while working for Burberry.

Orlando and Darlene at Orlando's Cafe.

After gaining experience in the retail industry, Lu decided to try her hand at design and chose swimwear for the fashion conscience people of the Hamptons. Many of her designs are inspired by the fabrics and colors of Colombia. All of her clothing is manufactured in Colombia and some are even hand made. Her bikinis are full of vibrant colors, floral prints and Retro 60s designs. Many have embellishments such as buckles and belts that set her swimwear apart from traditional styles. Lu has had several fashion shows throughout the Hamptons at venues such as Resort and Star Room. Currently her products are sold at Blue + Cream in East Hampton. Lu hopes to open a store in the Hamptons just in time for summer. Get ready for a fashion show on the beach!

Sunday, I went by Orlando's Café in Hampton Bays for traditional Costa Rican food. Only open for a year, Orlando's Café has managed to become a symbol of the Hampton Bays community by attracting local people to the restaurant everyday. The food is delicious. I tried the Gallo Pinto with fried eggs and plantains. Tempting deserts and the smell of freshly cooked food fill the restaurant. Pictures of Costa Rica hang from the wall constantly reminding customers that they are in for an appetizing experience. Orlando Garbanzo moved to the United States 11 years ago from Costa Rica. He worked in the restaurant business for several years acquiring knowledge and amazing skills in the kitchen. Orlando wanted to open a place where workers could have great food on their lunch break, offering an alternative to the usual lunch food most Americans are accustomed to. The café is even equipped with wireless Internet allowing customers to work while having a great meal.

What a week! I had a chance to meet and talk with talented people with drive and dedication for their craft. Tune in next week for more Life @ Nite!

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