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August 15, 2012

While Life is more than just food, food is also Life! Let’s eat!

Colorful Seasonal Gazpacho Ingredients

It was mid-July and it was 96 degrees in southern New Hampshire where we’re setting up our US home base. To keep cool, I’m making a refreshing, hydrating, cold summer soup, Watermelon Gazpacho, inspired by two things – heat (jalapeno) and cold (watermelon). Gazpacho was made frequently in the summer time at Life Café. I made this special soup with assistance from my sister Jeanne. I love cooking the most when I do it with friends and family!

There are numerous varieties of gazpacho. It’s the sangria of soup and there are infinite possibilities. So don’t be afraid to adjust the ingredients to your liking. And it’s vegan. If you happen to have green or orange bell peppers on hand, you can use them. Just make sure your watermelon is ripe and sweet for more flavor. You might also like to try substituting half the orange juice with pineapple juice. Some recipes call for tomatoes. And you might prefer fresh mint leaves to the parsley. Go with the flow, let the seasonal produce you have on hand be your inspiration.



Serves 6

Dice into ¼ inch pieces:

2 cups sweet, ripe watermelon

1 seedless cucumber

1 small yellow bell pepper

1 small red onion or sweet Vidalia onion


2 medium cloves garlic

1 small fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)


Fresh parsley and/or cilantro to make 2 tablespoons

 In a blender or food processor, process until pureed ½ cup of the watermelon, along with:

2 cups orange juice

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, cold pressed

 Transfer to a medium bowl, along with the remaining ingredients. Add:

 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Putting Watermelon Gazpacho Together

This is the perfect dish when it’s hot and you don’t feel like eating. But when you eat it you’ll want more (try it with corn chips) and you can have as much as you want without guilt. You’ll astonish your meal guests with this soup; who’s ever heard of mixing watermelon with garlic and jalapeno! But you’ll get rave reviews all around. The marriage of these ingredients is an unexpected and exotic blend of flavors. Use it as a first course or a surprising and colorful contribution to a summer potluck – just be sure to serve it in a clear glass bowl to show off the colorful ingredients.

This soup can be made several hours before serving. Some say it’s better served the same day it is made and others insist that refrigerating it overnight enhances the flavors. In this case, you might want to use half the jalapeno as the heat increases over time.

The Palate of Your Seasonal Ingredients Give this Soup Its Color

Enjoy Life and its food.

Kathy Life

Nederlander Organization Donated RENT Panel to Life Cafe


Hello All.

This is a follow up of the last blog post about the J. Larson Bench moving to Adelphi University . And it’s a story about how small a world it is….

My friend Ann Sachs provided me with the real information about the Nederlander Theatre, and also informed me that it was the Nederlander Organization that donated the RENT stage panel to Life Café. The Nederlander Organization is the client of her company, Sachs Morgan Studio Inc,  who provides comprehensive theatre design and planning services to the performing arts community nationwide. It’s a small world — Ann was the facilitator of my professional women’s group, The Woman Presidents’ Organization and she was fantastic!

The panel from the stage set of RENT at the Nederlander Theatre, donated to Life Cafe by the Nederlander Organization. Here it’s installed in the “Secret Garden” in the back of Life Cafe.

The view of the audience from the stage of RENT at Nederlander Theatre just before demolition, September, 2008

The following is a blurb about the history of the theatre, and here are photos for the theatre. Photo credit: copyright Samuel Morgan Photography.

[Interesting note about a very small world indeed: Sam told me that the Nederlander was a fantastic and fascinating project to work on. He also told me that as a Bushwick Brooklyn resident starting in 2004, he was a frequent patron of Life Café 983 in Bushwick, Brooklyn on Flushing Avenue and loved that it was an option long before there were other places like it in the neighborhood. Neither of us recalls that we ever met.  Amazing connection!]


The David T. Nederlander Theatre (1,232-seats) is one of The Nederlander Organization’s nine Broadway theatres. The legacy of the theatre began with David Tobias Nederlander, for whom the theatre is named.  It has had a long and distinguished history.

Built by Walter C. Jordan in 1921, the theatre was originally named the National Theatre; it was renamed the Billy Rose in 1959, when the famed producer/songwriter bought it; christened the Trafalgar in 1979 when it was bought by James and Joseph Nederlander and the British firm of Cooney-Marsh; and renamed The David T. Nederlander in 1980 in honor of the man whose sons now operate the Nederlander Organization.

Stage of RENT from seats just before demolition after closing September 2008


The musical RENT to the theatre in 1996. Set in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan’s East Village, the RENT production occasioned the remodeling of the façade and interior of the theatre to resemble a downtown nightclub. Following the closing of RENT in 2008, after a 12-year run of 5,124 performances, the theatre received a comprehensive renovation.

The Nederlander now houses the new Broadway hit NEWSIES.

Props being taken down from the stage of RENT at Nederlander Theatre after RENT closed September 2008










A stage hand loads props taken from the stage set of RENT at the Nederlander Theatre after RENT closed September 2008

The Nederlander Theatre after restoration after RENT closed. This photo was taken January 29, 2010.