Pink Luminous Breast: The At-Home monitoring assistant that lets us see what’s going on inside. #pinkluminousbreast

 

About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. Over 40,000 will die from it this year alone. With these kind of statistics plaguing women, we look for any kind of assistance in diagnosing and treating the disease early. Everyone knows that early detection is the key to survival.

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A new device just hit the market called the “Pink Luminous Breast” and it bills itself as a breast health familiarity tool. An LED device that uses transillumination, a light powerful enough to penetrate the skin and tissue of the breast. Any kind of cyst or solid mass will appear darker than the rest when the light is pressed on the skin.

Company founder Marylin Dans, who had a non-cancerous breast lump at age 17 is extremely passionate about educating women of all ages, backgrounds, and financial scenarios about the importance of breast health. She emphasizes that this tool is no way a replacement for a mammogram. It is to be used in conjunction with regular doctor visits and mammograms. The goal is to make women more aware and comfortable with their own breasts.

The Pink Luminous is approved by the FDA as a class I device, meaning it is safe and doesn’t need further regulation or restrictions. It is safe to use for women with breast implants and has no side effects.

Once again this device is a practical at-home device priced at $159, comparable price to a hair removal device, that SilkPro the parent company also sells. It is meant to encourage young women, starting at age 25 to actively invest in their breast health. When it is used in conjunction with regular screenings and check ups it can be helpful to seek out medical help if something seems off.

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Rodan + Fields Go Naked Campaign in Honor of National Selfie Day June 21st #RFGoNaked

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National Selfie Day is June 21 so that means makeup free selfies to help support The Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Foundation. The 2018 goal is 1 million selfies ( 1 million dollars) with $1 dollar donated for each by Rodan + Fields tagged #RFGoNaked. The foundation serves youth with life changing empowerment programs in their communities. The goal is to boost confidence, especially in young adults and promote feeling comfortable in one’s own skin.

To prep our skin and get it ready to go make free we tested out the Rodan + Fields REDEFINE AMP MD System. The AMP- MD Derma Roller offers the highest technology to micro- exfoliate the skin. When used with the intensive renewing serum containing powerful peptides with exclusive R+F retinol MD technology, skin is plumper and firmer looking and the appearance of wrinkles and lines is greatly reduced. Use in the evening least three times week on face and neck for optimal results.#AD

The Sofitel Tony Awards Suite and VIP experience: Bucket list worthy for a true Tony’s fan.

 

 

The Sofitel in NYC is located in the heart of midtown only steps away from where the Tony awards are presented every June. Known as the official hotel of the Tony’s, the week leading up to the awards show, there is a whirlwind of events the hotel hosts from nominee lunches to evening cocktail parties.

For a true VIP experience the hotel offers the $100k Tony Awards package where you will feel like a celebrity in your own right. This package includes 7 nights in a gorgeously appointed suite with of course official Tony’s memorabilia, two VIP tickets to the Tony Awards at Radio City Hall, Styling by Christian Siriano, Hair & Makeup by Nomi Beauty, After Party tickets, and two tickets to any three of the nominated plays. Sofitel also donates $50,000 to the Broadway League and The American Theatre wing when this package is purchased. 

The suite is tastefully decorated with loads of curated Tony’s memorabilia with most glorious being the 600 square foot terrace with a view of the Chrysler Building. The terrace is big enough to host your own Tony’s soiree. The suite is available year round for about 2K a night.

Every Tony’s aficionado must eat, so a meal or two in Sofitel’s french brasserie Gaby is a must. The french staff is very outgoing and knowledgable about the dishes served. Our favorites during the Sunday brunch were the homemade croissants and pastries, the authentic french onion soup and the classic eggs benedict. The Steak & Eggs looked delicious, a few neighboring guests were enjoying them. A full cocktail and wine list is available. 

For more info on Sofitel New York (45 west 44th street New York, NY 10036) visit sofitel-new-york.com

Morimoto Sushi and Sake Sunset Sail on The America 2.0 Schooner @ClassicHarbor #ClassicHarbor

 

Classic Harbor Line , based out of Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, offers a multitude of cruises along New York City’s waterways on five distinctively different classic sailing yachts. There are cruises to the Statue of Liberty, sunset sails, brunch cruises as well as specialty themed cruises.

A couple of weeks ago we had the privilege of sailing on the inaugural 2018 Morimoto Sushi & Sake Sunset Sail on the America 2.0 sail boat, the top schooner in the fleet. 

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 Iron Chef Morimoto, one of the most revered sushi chefs in the country offers guests a light dinner of 2 platings of the freshest sushi paired with 4 expertly paired sake flights. The sushi is prepared just minutes before boarding to ensure maximum freshness. We had nine pieces of sushi and a roll, all choices created by the chef himself and meant to complement the sakes offered. There is also an open bar with a choice of wines, beers, and sodas onboard.

The 2 hour sunset sail offers specatular views of the downtown Manhattan skyline and The Statue of Liberty while enjoying delicious fare on an elegant sailboat. This cruise is highly recommended for visitors and locals alike. The cruise sails every monday evening at 7 during summer months.

For more info and to book your cruise please visit: Sail-NYC.com

 

Cruising The BVI’s on the S/V Mandalay with Sail Windjammer @SailWindjammer1

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The S/V Mandalay was built in 1923 for E.F. Hutton as a gift for his wife. She sailed many oceans doing work as a research vessel, patrolling waters for the coast guard before being meticulously refurbished and regaining the waters as a cruising yacht. The S/V Mandalay can accommodate 58 passengers comfortably and a crew of 24.

Based in Grenada The S/V Mandalay sails the Caribbean on 6 night or 13 night cruises year round. Captain Sly commands a crew whose main responsibility is to welcome guests into a new found family and treat them to a cruising experience unlike any other.

The Sails are raised by hand each time she sails with the sound of Amazing Grace. There are traditional sailing traditions like afternoon rum swizzles, crab races, late night deck parties under the stars. Captain Sly, a decorated Captain overseas every aspect of the cruise from safety and island talks to being the entertainment at the Passenger and Crew costume party.

Our cruising adventure began in Tortola. We flew from JFK to San Juan and on to St.Thomas on JetBlue and then took a high speed ferry to Tortola. JetBlue is our favorite airline to the Caribbean with a positive and cheerful crew as well as comfortable aircraft with direct tv, free wifi, and complimentary snacks. Once in Tortola we were greeted at the dock and transported to the sailing ship by boat. Greeted by the staff with rum swizzles it was time to get kick back and relax and enjoy a week of sailing the blue waters of the British Virgin Islands.

The BVI’s were hit hard last year by hurricane Irma and are still in the midst of recovery. The locals are proud of their homes and are working hard to restore them back to their former glory and improve on them as well.

Our ports of call included Virgin Gorda, Cooper Island, Norman Island, Yost Van Dyke, Anguilla, and St. Maarten. Captain Sly likes to keep the daily itinerary a surprise until Captain Story time, and will sometimes go where the wind conditions are favorable.

Each port is a beautiful beach or cove with beach bars, restaurants, shops and activities like snorkeling, kayaking, scuba, and a tour to the Baths in Virgin Gorda. Every morning a tender brings guests to shore for beach time with tender service available throughout the day to and from the ship.

The ship itself is elegant with rich teak wood throughout and cabins outfitted with comfortable amenities. Cabin categories range from standard below deck to a suite complete with a King Sized bed. We stayed in a Admiral Suite on the main deck outfitted with a full-size bed, an upper pullman, ample storage, and central AC.

Each day the chef prepares three meals and a variety of snacks. The variety is limited, but the food quality is top notch, and he does take in allergy and vegetarian requests. There is also a daily afternoon snack hour, paired with rum swizzles of course!!!

We had a fantastic time exploring the islands with Sail Windjammer and look forward to trying out the Grenadine itinerary in the near future. For more info and to book your cruise visit: sailwindjammer.com

Families are welcome on the Mandalay with specialty cruises available during the summer months. We do recommend this cruise for older kids as there are no nannies or kids club aboard.

Getting There:

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JetBlue serves many of the Caribbean islands with nonstop service from the New York Area, with convenient connections from the rest of the US and beyond. The clear leader in modern amenities with free Wifi, Direct TV, Complimentary movies when Direct TV is not available, and a good selection of healthy snacks, meals for purchase, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. To book your next flight visit: JetBlue.com

Mother’s Day Brunch at Trattoria Italienne @italiennenyc

 

Mother’s Day was a family affair at the richly decorated and cozy Flatiron eatery Trattoria Italienne.  Opened in 2016 by Chef Jared Sippel and General Manager James King, the cuisine is a mix of Northern Italian and Southern French and changes seasonally. 

Mother’s Day brunch offered a menu of house favorites with an option to add optional traditional bar snacks and beverages to the meal.

We started our meal with Bloody Mary’s accompanied with an IPA beer chaser. It is a holiday after all. Mom received a complimentary glass of Rose to toast the day.

We were brought a selection of fresh breads, scones and pastries for the table with Jam to share, followed by a selection of bar snacks. The Potato Croquettes were favorites, made with yukon potato, arugula and black truffle vinaigrette. The thinly sliced prosciutto was fresh accompanied with cheeses and breadsticks.

For the next course we chose to share the Polpettini, pork meatballs with soft polenta and the tortilla carbonara. My son said the meatballs were the best he ever had!

We followed up with soft shell crab and the ocean trout since I am a seafood lover. The crab was crispy and a good portion, and the trout was flaky and cooked just right. 

For a special meal or a few cocktails stop by Trattoria Italienne. Open daily from 5:30pm to 11pm ( tuesday -thursday) and till midnight on friday & saturdays. Closes 9pm on sundays.  Brunch is served 11:30 am to 2:30pm on saturdays and sundays.

Located at 19 west 24th street New York, NY. Call (212) 600-5139 for more info and reservations. https://www.italiennenyc.com

 

Delmonico’s 150th Anniversary Ladies Luncheon @DelmonicosNYC

20180427_135940-1.jpgOn Friday April 20th Delmonico’s Restaurant in downtown Manhattan celebrated 150 years of hosting a ladies only luncheon, comprised of 150 female leaders in business, media, food, and the arts. Delmonico’s was the first restaurant in the United States to serve women independently of men.

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton of PRUNE , a three time James Beard award winner headlined the luncheon exactly 150 years to the date in 1868, that celebrated this victory.

 

The original menu has similarities to the current one offered last week at the luncheon and can be seen here: original luncheon menu.  Our luncheon menu which is still available for lunch & dinner until the 28th started with Trout Roe and Shaved Radish, followed by Malakoff. Entree choices were Colorado Lamb Loin Chop or Cold Poached Mackerel. Dessert was a creamy bruleed rice pudding with strawberry merengue. 

Delmonico’s is an iconic New York institution that helped pave the way and remains diligent in maintaining this tradition. A must visit for a special dining experience.

Amparo, The Story of Havana Club Rum @RealHavanaClub #TheAmparoExperience #forevercuban

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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 03: The guava daqueri on display at an immersive theatrical experience “Amparo” presented by HAVANA CLUB Rum on April 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Havana Club)

A decades long battle over ownership rights to rum brand Havana Club has been recreated in Theatrical form and titled “Amparo”. A combination of storytelling, song, dance and live music. Bacardi goes the distance to explain why they are the true owners of the brand.

An immersive and interactive experience at Bill’s Townhouse in New York City, created by liquor giant Bacardi, takes the crowd through 1950’s pre-revolutionary Cuba, telling the story of the Arechabala’s family to the United States after the communist Cuban government took control of their company.

Roberto Ramirez, marketing director at Bacardi, believes the best way to convince consumers that they are in fact the authentic Havana Club, is through characters who showcase the journey.

Bacardi purchased the original recipe for the rum from the Arechabala family in 1994, However, Pernod Ricard too sells Havana Club and claims they are in fact the authentic version as it is distilled in Cuba and owns the company’s trademark. This marketing campaign by Bacardi began in Miami, came to New York, and will continue to other cities nationwide later this year.

The evening began with a cocktail reception featuring cocktails made with dark and light rums.

We were all given different color keys and divided into groups. These keys led us to veiled spirits meant to be unveiled with shots of Havana Club rum. Every group explored a different facet of the Arechabala family’s journey and struggle in communist cuba and their eventual exile to the United States. 

  • Havana Club Anejo Blanco is distilled and aged for 1 year in oak barrels in Puerto Rico, blended then aged for a few more months. It is a medium bodied rum perfect for cocktail making.
  • Havana Club Anejo Clásico is distilled and aged for 1 to 3 years then blended and aged some more. Can be mixed in cocktails yet smooth enough to drink neat or on the rocks.

    therealhavanaclub.com

Come Celebrate a Night of Great Food and Drink to Benefit No Kid Hungry: Taste of The Nation Wednesday April 18th @NoKidHungryNY @NoKidHungry #NoKidHungry

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On Wednesday April 18th New York City’s Culinary Community will once again come together for a great cause: Taste of the Nation, for The No Kid Hungry Campaign from Share Our Strength.

More than 30 top chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists will descend upon the Brooklyn Expo Center( 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY) for a night of great food and drink.

Taste of The Nation, now in it’s 29th year is focused on ensuring that all children in America have access to healthy food every day of the year. 100 percent of all proceeds raised from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.

General Admission Tickets are $250, guests can enter at 7pm, $400 VIP tickets allow early access at 6pm. Cabanas are available for purchase and can seat 10, for $10,000. Visit: www.nokidhungry.org/newyork to purchase tickets now.

Participating Restaurants include: American Cut, Baar Baar, Bessou, BKLN Larder, Blue Smoke, Claro, Colonie, CUT, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Kung Fu Tea, Dough Nation, Pizza Loves Emily, Fausto, Ferris, High Street on Hudson, La Newyorkina, Little Tong Noodle Shop, Mokbar, Restaurant Marc Forgione, Restaurant Norman, Samesa, Shuka, Sunday in Brooklyn, Talde Temple Court, The Doughnut Project, Underwest Donuts, Vic’s and Walter’s Hot Dogs.

Full Coverage of the event will follow! Looking forward to seeing everyone in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

 

Fragrance Foundation Finalists Luncheon #TFFAwards

 

The Fragrance Foundation held it’s annual finalists luncheon in NYC. Finalists were announced in several “best in fragrance” categories with winners announced on June 12th at the Fragrance Foundation awards June 12th hosted by Jane Krakowski at Lincoln Center, Tully Hall.

 

The Fragrance Foundation Announces:

  • Ann Gottlieb, Hall of Fame Honoree
  • Oliver Cresp, Lifetime Achievement Perfumer
  • Romee Strijd, Face of the Year
  • Winners for Editorial Excellence in Fragrance Coverage, Social Media Campaign, 360 Degree Marketing.
  • Top Five Fragrance Foundation Awards Finalists.

The top five finalists for The Fragrance Foundation Awards and winners in Editorial Excellence, Social Media  Campaign, and 360 Degree Media campaign were unveiled.

Ann Gottlieb, celebrated perfume strategist and founder of Ann Gottlieb Associates, was announced as the 2018 Hall of Fame Honoree. Ms. Gottlieb is widely recognized in the fragrance industry for her masterful ability to translate brands and personalities into fragrances that are both captivating and enduring. Ms. Gottlieb, whose work spans across every fragrance and market category, helped create iconic fragrances such as Daisy Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior J’Adore, Calving Klein Eternity and countless others.

“I adore fragrance,” said Ms. Gottlieb. “I love this industry and the people in it. So I am thrilled to be honored by my peers for my life’s work, which has brought me so much joy and fulfillment.”

Olivier Cresp, Master Perfumer at Firmenich, was announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Perfumer Achievement Perfumer award. Both Ms. Gottlieb and Mr. Cresp will be honored by the fragrance industry at The Fragrance Foundation Awards.

“The Foundation’s mission is to inspire the world to discover the artistry and passion of fragrance,” said The Fragrance Foundation president Linda G. Levy. “Every single winner, finalist and honoree announced today has played a central role in helping to achieve this mission, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize their contributions.

” Victoria’s Secret Angel and IMG model, Romee Strijd was awarded The Fragrance Foundation’s Face of the Year, presented byGreg Unis, CEO of Victoria’s Secret Beauty.

Editorial Excellence in Fragrance Coverage awards were presented for three categories including Article, Online, and Feature. ELLE Magazine won both the Article and Feature categories with “Dream Catchers” and “This Is Your Brain on Vetiver,” respectively, both written by April Long. The Cut won the Online category for “It Took 150 Tries for Dior to Make Their Next Hit Perfume for Millennials” written by Kathleen Hou.

Parfums Christian Dior’s campaign for Miss Dior Eau De Parfum won the award for the best Social Media Campaign, while Gucci Bloom by Coty was voted as best 360- Degree Marketing Campaign.

 The Fragrance Foundation Awards 2018 Winners:

FACE OF THE YEAR: Romee Strijd

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR: Winner: Miss Dior Eau de Parfum- Parfums Christian Dior

360-Degree Marketing Campaign of the Year: Gucci Bloom-Coty, Inc.

Editorial Excellence in Fragrance Coverage: 

Feature: Winner: Elle Magazine- This is Your Brain on Vetiver

Article: Winner: Elle Magazine-Dream Catchers

Online: Winner: THECUT.COM It took 150 tries for Dior to Make Their Next Hit for Millennials.

The Fragrance Foundation Awards Finalists were announced in the following categories: Fragrance of the Year ( women’s & men’s) in women’s luxury, men’s luxury, women’s prestige, men’s prestige, popular, perfume extraordinaire of the year, breakout star, indie fragrance of the year, packaging of the year ( women’s & men’s), home collection of the year, bath & body line of the year, home holiday/seasonal scent of the year, fragrance blog of the year, and fragrance hall of fame.

Look for Full Coverage as winners are announced on June 12th. Stay Tuned!

 

 

 

P J Bernstein Serving Up Classic Jewish Delicacies with a Modern Twist @pjbernsteindeli

 

With 53 years in the business and counting, P J Bernstein has been serving up Jewish deli and diner classics to loyal customers on the Upper East Side. The food is homemade and the quality of ingredient freshness and expert preparation is of utmost importance.

Founded in 1965 by P J Bernstein, who wanted to offer up meals that were truly homemade to his guests. In 1986 one of his most loyal customers Alex Slobodski bought the restaurant and it has remained a family affair over over 30 years now. 

The loyal clientele has included a variety of celebs who made the trip to the 71st and 3rd ave location for a meal. Celebrities such as Liza Minelli, Simon Cowell, and even Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz have visited the eatery. 

During our dinner we experienced some favorites including our favorite, the Triple Delight Soup. It’s a takeoff of on a traditional matzoh ball soup, but with homemade kreplach, choice of chicken or pastrami, a Bernstein original, with noodles and of course matzoh balls with just the right texture.

The smoked nova scotia salmon was beyond fresh, it was served thinly sliced with with a NY Bagel and garnish.

For meat lovers the home- cooked pastrami sandwiches on rye bread are favorites. Huge portions served with coleslaw and pickles these sandwiches can be shared. Corned Beef and Brisket options are also available and my dining companion gave them a rave review. 

For dessert the fresh apple strudel is a house favorite, but me being a chocolate lover, I went with the 7 layer chocolate cake and I’m glad I did, even though I had to take half of it to go! 

P J Bernstein is located at 1215 3rd ave. New York, NY 10021 (212) 879- 0914  pjbernsteindeli.com

 

Elio Filippino Winery celebrates their 50th anniversary at San Carlo Osteria Piemonte @SanCarloNYC #ElioFilippino

Piedmont, A region of Italy that borders France and Switzerland, sits at the foot of the Alps. Turin, the capital is known for sophisticated architecture, cuisine and wine, particularly Barolo and Barbaresco. The Piemonte wine region produces arguably the best wines in all of Italy.

A few nights ago a group of wine and food writers were invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Elio Filippino winery with a paired dinner at San Carlo Osterio Piemonte, one of the few NYC eateries specializing in Piemonte cuisine.

The chef creates dishes that symbolize the area. Piemonte cuisine is quiet different than other Italian fare. A very strong focus on antipasto, with tarte vegetables and rolled meats served with fresh tuna mayonnaise. The second coarse was the buckwheat gnocchi served in a light cheese sauce with locally sourced herbs and the ravioli, filled with beef, pork, and veal. The main course choices were the Arctic char, light, flaky, and very healthy and for meat eaters The beef cheeks with chickpeas.

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The wine flowed throughout the evening. Some of the wines we tasted included the 2012 Barolo, the 2012 Barbaresco, The 2014 Langhe Nebbiolo and the 2016 Dolcetto.

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Our favorite pairing came at the end of the evening with The pairing of The Moscato d’ Asti 2015. The dessert wine is sweet enough, but not too sweet and was paired with the traditional Piedmontese flan. Chocolate flavor, caramel, and cookie crumbs create the perfect texture and taste. A light and creamy Tiramisu was also a big hit with the guests.

For more info on the Elio Filippino winery visit ElioFilippino.com and to make a reservation at San Carlo Osterio Piemonte (90 Thompson Street) visit SanCarloNYC.com

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 18 #NYFW18 #NewYorkFashionWeek

 

 

Every season in the last few years everyone in the industry speculates what the upcoming Fashion Week will be like. Will more designers drop out or relocate their shows elsewhere? Will new designers take their place? Will it be shortened or lengthened ? Will the dates and seasons be changed? Where will it be held? What does Fashion Week even mean to the industry anymore?

All those are relevant questions to an every changing global industry and with social media making a tremendous impact with the way editors and consumers are viewing fashion without the months buyers and editors previously had to view and contemplate the collections. 

That being said, Fashion Week will find a way to adjust. It does bring in close to $900 million dollars annually to the New York City economy and while different each season there are loads of shows, presentations, parties, beauty launches, gifting suites, and recharge lounges to get fashionistas, editors, influencers, and celebrities excited about the bi- annual event.

With so many shows running around can get exhausting. On February 12th and 13th Illumination PR held their annual NYFW FW 18 Celebrity Gifting Lounge. Guests sipped on champagne and received back massages courtesy of The Skin Spa. Some of the brands gifting influencers and celebrities included George The Jeweler, Palace Resorts, Jersey Shore Cosmetics, Its a 10, Pretty Little Thing, BooHoo Man, Marin Bee, Erno Laszlo, and many more.

On the last day of Fashion Week Cygalle Dias of The Cygalle Dias Healing Spa held her editor sanctuary at Casita in the west village. A true believer in holistic healing guests received vegan manicures, massages, reiki healing treatments, spiritual readings, and hair extensions. 

One of our favorite events during Fashion Week was the WWD Style Dimension party at the Samsung 837 store. Michael Todd Beauty showcased his latest skincare devices, Mamonde and Amore Pacific showed off the latest and greatest Korean skincare for 2018, and OGX Hair did touchups for guests.

 

To kick off Fashion Week in a big way Ferragamo Fragrances held a swanky soiree at the west 56th street Townhouse once occupied by Elizabeth Taylor to launch their newest scent Amo Ferragamo

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See you in September!!!!

GBK Grammy’s Celebrity Gifting Suite takes over Philippe in New York City @GBK_Productions #Grammys @PhilippeChow

The Grammy’s excitement begins long before the awards are handed out on Sunday night. With the Grammy awards back in New York City for the first time in 15 years the 60th annual Grammy Awards were a whirlwind stream of pre-parties, dinners, concerts and of course Celebrity Gifting Suites.

One of our favorites is the GBK Celebrity Gifting lounge which took over the highly sought after Philippe restaurant on the Upper East Side. Chef Philippe Chow whipped up some of his most famous dishes to nominees, presenters, talent and media. His “Satays” are on many menus throughout the year on New York City’s social circuit set of events.

Upon arrival guests were treated to sparkling wine from Blue Nun 24K Edition. Talent was gifted a variety of the latest and most sought after products including Vinci Headphones, Jazz Series Cherrywood Executive Series Headphones designed and created by Jazz musician JC Stylles,  Fortune Lockets by Fortune & Frame, Skincare by CO2 Lift by Lumisque Skincare, a 3 night luxury all- inclusive resort stay at The Grand at Moon Palace courtesy of Palace Resorts and much much more.

Guests who joined the all day affair included Bobby Valentino. Adventure Club, Nya Lee, Empire’s Bre-Z, Chris Blue, Demetria McKinney, Denise Rich, DJ Fluker, Ella Mai, Emma Myles, Goldlink, Grammy artist India Arie, JJ Hairston, Just Chase, Justina Valentine, Killer Mike, Marc John Jeffries, Michaela Vybohova, Pat Houston, Rachel Bay Jones, Safaree, Selenis Leyva, Skeery Jones, Blindspot’s Sullivan Stapleton, Tatiana Elizabeth, Ty Hunter, Lil Key as well as influencers and media types.

 

Cafe Bilboquet: Authentic  Casual French Fare on the Upper East Side #cafebilboquet

Le Bilboquet, one of the most coveted and fanciest eateries in New York City, make that anywhere, just opened a casual french eatery next door. Cafe Bilboquet opened last August with plenty of much deserved hype. The cafe serves breakfast and lunch as well as snacks and desserts and a newly opened nightly wine bar. 

On the menu is Lobster Bisque, Creamy and flavorful and seemed like a favorite as almost every guest was enjoying a bowl. The salads are farm to table with generous portions with a reasonable price range of $9 to $14 dollars. We tasted the Nicoise salad, the Chicken cobb, and the Spinach salad and were impressed with the ingredients and the homemade dressings. 

There is a wide selection of sandwiches and mini brioches. The Smoked Salmon and The Caprese were favorites along with the house favorite Croque Monsieur. Thick white bread, fresh ham and gruyere pressed to order, also available on a croissant.

Saving room for dessert is a must with so many authentic french desserts including the very french “Paris Brest. Choices include opera cake, chocolate eclairs, apple tart tartin, various flavors of macarons, and much much more.

Beverages choices range from American and European teas, coffees, unique soft drinks, Beloit lemonade and Alain Milliat juices. 

Cafe Bilboquet is located at 26 east 60th street New York, NY 10022   Phone: (646) 869-8660

Travel: Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

 Pueblo Bonito has eight all- inclusive properties throughout Mexico with five in the Cabo San Lucas area. Divided into family friendly properties and those reserved for for adults only offering relaxation, pampering, and romance. 

The Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resort located 3 miles southwest of downtown Cabo San Lucas is a luxury all- inclusive designed for the ultimate in Romance & Relaxation especially with the debut of  The Towers at Pacifica. The two new towers with 47 rooms and suites, all with private terraces affording sweeping oceanview views, 6 with private plunge pools and a massive 3200 square foot Presidential Suite. Sleek decor, high- end amenities and the 24/7 service of a butler certified by The British Butler Institute, make for an unforgettable vacation or honeymoon. A VIP lounge in a third tower, accessible only to Towers guests offers breakfast, daily VIP tastings at sunset, the sushi and sashimi tasting rivaled top restaurants in NYC. Premium liquor and Champagne options, premium teas an coffees and an oceanfront balcony complete with binoculars, it is whale watching season after all!

 

Daytime activities focus on the two gorgeous oceanfront heated pools and hot tub with bar service. Lunch is offered poolside with fresh seafood, ceviche, and healthy organic Mexican specialties. Ocean swimming due to dangerous currents is not permitted, but private cabanas, complimentary for Towers guests, allow guests to admire the view and relax with sipping a cocktail or two. Fire pits are lit at sunset nightly.

Dining is a special occasion at Pueblo with a variety of casual and more elegant options available. Fresh sushi and sashimi at Pescados, regional Baha specialties at Peninsula, Mediterranean fare with a Mexican flare at Siempre and poolside dining and drinking at Aire Restaurant & Aqua Bar. Chefs use only the highest quality ingredients, many sourced locally with a focus on fresh seafood from the region.

 

 Armonia is a full service spa offering wellness massages, body treatments, a wet area, a hair salon, couples treatments as well as outdoor beachside treatment options. A fitness center with the newest equipment is available for all guests to enjoy.

 

Weddings are big business at Pueblo Pacifica and rightfully so. With a gorgeous landscape and personalized attention to detail destination Weddings are customized to satisfy every whim. The Sunset Beach ,a sister family resort next door allows for an inclusive family experience while the bride & groom enjoys their privacy next door. 

The Quivira Golf Club, a Jack Nichlaus Signature design course, with panoramic views of the Pacific is exclusive to Pueblo Bonito Resorts guests and guests of Quivira Los Cabos. The Oasis and The Clubhouse provide guests dining and drink options before and after play.

An onsite concierge organizes excursions to all that Cabo San Lucas has to offer with various daytime and nighttime options. Favorites include excursions to El Arco, Ziplining, Shopping and experiencing Cabo nightlife. Complimentary shuttle service is offered to all guests to Sunset Beach and the two sister properties in Cabo San Lucas.

Tech Review: The ZTE Axon M Dual Screen Foldable Phone @ZTEPress @ATT

 

In the ever changing Smartphone industry companies are looking for the next best feature to outdo the Apple and the Samsung’s of the tech world. Launched late last year The ZTE Axon M is a first of what ZTE promises to be a series of foldable phones to hit the market throughout 2018. The Dual Screen is the feature the phone is banking on.

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The dual screen is the feature that sets this phone apart from the rest. That’s right an identical 5.2 inch 1080p display opens up with three modes available. ZTE offers to take advantage of the second screen. “Dual mode” is the most practical and will probably be the most widely used mode allowing to run apps side by side. Being able to send a text or watch a video while navigating google maps without leaving the screen is a convenient tool. The audio is only heard from the screen that is being actively used at the moment.

“Extended mode” lets you run a single app on both screens extending the phone to a tablet size. This feature makes watching videos and gaming more of a life-size TV like experience. “Mirror mode” mirrors the same content on both screens so when placed in a tent like position 2 people can watch the same thing or play the same game.

The pros of this phone include the dual screens, sturdy design, a very good battery 3.180mAh battery that remained charged all day even with heavy use, a 20 mega pixel camera that produced clear pics and a user friendly onscreen format.

The cons include a thick heavy design, 1 camera compared to multiple cameras in top tier phones, and an older Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB of RAM.

The ZTE is available exclusively in the US for $725 through ATT right now. This is only the beginning for foldable phones from ZTE with future phones planned that are not dual screened but with new and exciting features. We will follow their progress and report on new launches.

Dr.Konstantin Vasyukevich: Advanced Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Upper East Side NYC

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The Upper East Side, particularly Park ave in the 70’s and 80’s is the Rodeo Drive of who’s who in the plastic surgery world. Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich, who looks way too young to have achieved what he has to date is smack in the middle with an art filled office located at 59 east 79th street. He is a double certified plastic surgeon specializing in facial rejuvenation.
As an assistant clinical professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he is at the forefront of the massive changes and technology that has evolved in the world of plastic surgery in the last year or two.
Specializing in face lifts, gone are the days where the stereotype of a face lift involves a pulled up face that has no movement, a long and painful recovery, and an end result where everyone knows you had work done. The new era of facelifts has a much younger clientele coming in for preventive work, facelifts have a greater effect and longer lifespan on a younger client because skin is still rather tight and recovery is faster on a younger healthier patient. Chatting with Dr. Konstantin the funniest story he told was of a patient who after getting a facelift done, was questioned by a TSA worker at the airport while traveling because her new face was 15 years younger looking than her Passport. 
The modern facelift assisted by an endoscope, developed by Dr. Konstantin, allows clearer visualization of the surgical area and it’s furthest points so that it’s minimally invasive. According to Dr. Konstantin, just in this year alone, facelifts are starting to be performed under guided local and twilight anesthesia which eliminates a fear factor in patients and greatly reduces recovery time. Above are before and after pics where the skin is lifted, the neck is tightened, but the faces have a natural aesthetic just with the clock turned back 10 to 15 years.
Dr. Konstantin also performs brow lifts, eyelid surgery, neck lifts, rhinoplasty an non- invasive Botox, Dermal Fillers and Skin Resurfacing.
For more info and to book a consultation: Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich 59 East 79th Street New York, NY 10075. (212) 380- 3634 facialartistrymd.com

Benares: Modern Indian Cuisine In The Heart of Tribeca #BenaresNYC

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Benares is a modern Indian restaurant with banquet seating, dark hardwood floors, and a bar/lounge area. The eatery celebrates the cuisine of Northern India with a western twist. 

During our meal the Chef brought out some of the restaurants most popular dishes tweaked with a few requests from us of classic Indian dishes. 

We started out with the Bhel Puri, puffed rice crisps with chopped onions, potatoes, avocado & corn kennels served a trio of chutneys. The chutneys were flavorful yet not overly spicy.

Next came the Chicken Tikka, an indian classic, grilled Tandoori chicken marinated in yogurt & spices. A delicious vegetarian option, the Khasta Gobhi, lightly battered cauliflower cooked with garlic and crushed pepper in a tangy sauce. The final appetizer was the Konkani Shrimp, tossed in a spicy tomato sauce with cumin, cinnamon, and black pepper.

The entree list is extensive with a dedicated Tandoori menu. We highly recommend the Cheem Thenga, jumbo prawns grilled and simmered in coconut curry. The grilled fish marinated in spices, served with lemon sauce was also quite good. We did mention to the chef that we are seafood lovers and don’t eat much red meat so he brought out a seafood/chicken centric menu.

 For meat lovers the “Barrah Masaledar”,lamb chops,  and the “Raan E Akbari”, rack of lamb in a rum flavored sauce, served oven roasted with a vegetable medley have gotten winning reviews.

Indian restaurants have notoriously not been known for their desserts but the Atom Bomb changed our mind. Super moist chocolate lava cake served with rose petal cream is a must try!

There is an ample wine and beer list along with specialty cocktails. There are many classics like the Dark & Stormy and The Moscow Mule along with house specialties like the Benares Martini made with Bulldog Gin, Lillet, Grapefruit and Orange Peels Soaked in Housemade Bitters.

Benares is open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. Take out and delivery options are available as well as a lunch menu.

Benares- Tribeca 45 Murray Street New York, NY 10007 (212) 766-4900 benaresnyc.com

ASPCA Honors Heroes at the 2017 Humane Awards Luncheon @ASPCA 

Founded in 1866, The ASPCA is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the leading voice for animals. 

Last week we were honored to be invited to cover their Annual Humane Awards Luncheon at Cipriani in NYC. As huge animal lovers and advocates this charity is one of our personal favorites. Hosted by Chuck Scarborough, the event honored both human and animal heroes as well as disaster responders who rescued thousands of animals and brought them to safety during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

The honorees included ASPCA Dog of the Year “Rescue”, who provides essential physical and emotional support to Jessica Kensky, who became a double amputee after being injured during the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. 

ASPCA Cat of the Year “Flame”, rescued as a stray kitten in 2015, Flame became the official cat of the firehouse, providing firefighters comfort and companionship during stressful and tragic times.

ASPCA Citizen Hero Award went to Judy Obregon from Fort Worth, Texas. After discovering a dumping ground for injured, deceased, and unwanted animals Judy formed a network of local volunteers to rescue animals, arrange veterinary care, and assist with their adoption. Over 300 animals have been rescued to date.

ASPCA Henry Bergh Award went to Mission K9 Rescue in Houston, TX. This organization assists retired and working military dogs in reuniting with their handlers and adoption after returning home from tours of duty. To date Mission K9 has reunited more than 70 canine teams and has rescued more than 100 dogs in need. 

ASPCA Equine Welfare Award went to Elaine Nash, founder of Fleet of Angels in Evans, CO.  The organization manages large equine crisis and rescues horses in need through a network of thousands of trailer owners and service providers. Most recently Fleet of Angels assisted in rescuing horses displaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan, Kid of the Year award went to Jessica Brocksom of Milford, CT. 11 year old Jessica won the job of 2017 Connecticut Kid Governor on her animal welfare platform. Jessica works actively to help animals and owners in need, including advocating for legislation to allow to have therapy animals with them while testifying in court, and helping increase awareness of leaving animals in cars during hot weather.

Guests and supporters of the ASPCA included Jill Rappaport, Wes Gordon & Paul Arnhold, Ellen Scarborough, Jean Shafiroff, Mark F. Gilberston, Sharon Jacob, Arriana Boardman, Serena Boardman, Bill Bratton, Christopher Spitzmiller, Lisa McCarthy, Barbara Cates, Jeff A. Pfeifle, Madeline Weinrib, ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker and more.

For more info and to donate please visit ASPCA.org

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