Category Archives: Life & Living with Joanna Gagis

Alyssa Alia

Alyssa Alia, Author of “If The Table Could Talk”

#HipNJ considers Alyssa Alia, author of the cookbook “If the Table Could Talk,” a culinary life saver! Alia writes recipes that are easy for any busy #JerseyGirl to whip up without feeling wiped out. 

Alia explains to Joanna Gagis in “A Life and Living Moment” how she put her culinary genius to practical use.  She says, “The recipes are very very simple, I simplified them, and even how I wrote the recipes [was to ensure simplicity].” 

Alia goes on to discuss how the entire cookbook is styled so that it is headache proof for even the most inexperienced chef! So, grab your aprons and pick up a copy of “If the Table Could Talk”, because Alyssa Alia has made cooking simple!

For more on Alyssa Alia and her cookbook, you can visit her website.

Tyler Wisler on Interior Design

Tyler Wisler, New Jersey interior designer, sat with Joanna Gagis on “A Life & Living Moment” to discuss making a space “speak” to his clients.

Wisler’s first job was at a small boutique design firm in New York City. There, he learned that so much of design is how you work with people. “We’re like a therapist trying to figure out how to navigate a space and make it a signature of that person,” he says.

He states that some clients know exactly what they want, but others love bringing on someone with a visionary mind. “We love those clients,” Wisler says. He always tries to incorporate a person’s personality into their space.

To learn more about Tyler Wisler, click here.

Christine Goodman on the Importance of Community and Art

Christine Goodman, executive director of Art House Productions, sat with Joanna Gagis on “A Life & Living Moment” to discuss how her organization has infused art into the Jersey City community.

Art House Productions is a nonprofit performing and visual arts organization. This organization is complete with original plays, art exhibits, and arts education programs for kids and adults.

Through open mic events, Goodman saw the talent in the community. “There is so much talent and so many creative people, but no outlets for that,” she says. “There was a real need for a place for people to meet and develop new work in a supportive environment.”

“The people who live in Jersey City want to be proud of the city they live in,” Goodman concludes. “Arts and culture are an integral part of that.”

To learn more about Art House Productions, click here.