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Us Weekly’s Most Stylish New Yorkers Event to Honor Fashion’s Fiercest During New York Fashion Week #NYFW

 

Fashion Week in NYC is a whirlwind of shows, parties, dinner and late night affairs. Attended by fashionistas, celebrities, influencers, models and the media.

Us Weekly held its annual Most Stylish Event for New York Fashion Week at NYC’s brand new Cathedrale at The Moxy East Village. The 15th annual Red Carpet event is a NYFW staple welcoming some of the most fashionable and famous New Yorkers.

This year’s event celebrated 15 icons in the world of Fashion. The list includes Chris Benz, DJ Pamela Tick, Micaela Erlanger, Nam Vo, Violett Beane, Jennifer Fisher, Cara Santana, Cipriana Quann, Sara Haines, La La Anthony, Army Brook Sharp, Lil’ Kim, Deborah Roberts, and Ice-Tea and Coco.

The guests at the soiree enjoyed delicacies created by the Cathedrale kitchen with specialty cocktails and interactive activations by sponsors Biore, Smirnoff and Chapstick.

Celebrities spotted on the red carpet included 13 reasons why actress Amy Hargreaves, Marc John Jeffries of Power, Michelle Collins, Rachel Lindsey of the Bachelorette, Model Ralph Souffrant, Laura Pieri, Eva Gutowski, Designer Jennifer Fisher, Stylist Micaela Erlanger, RHONJ Melissa & Joe Gorda, Margaret Josephs, Jackie Goldschneider, Danielle Staub & Haley Hasselhoff, Antoine Bethea of The New York Giants, Greg Bello, Amy Herman of Million Dollar Listing, Luann De Lesseps, Designer Ramy Brook Sharp, Model Yasmine Petty, Actress Genevieve Angelson, RHOD Cary Deuber, Kary Brittingham, D’Andra Simmons & Cameron Wescott, Mariah Lynn of Love & Hip Hop New York, Actor Andy Carl with wife Orfeh Carl, Nick Young and more…………..

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Restaurant Roundup: August Favorites from Across The Boroughs

Amylos Taverna is not your typical greek restaurant in a neighborhood known for greek eateries. The creative menu aims to elevate the dining experience and the decor is more Flatiron or Chelsea than Astoria, not that there is anything wrong with Astoria. The fresh fish display is artfully done and the bar is modern and chic. The service was very friendly and attentive. We loved the watermelon salad, which is perfect for summer. The whole fish, deboned, and the King Prawns were as fresh as can be. The typical greek spreads and the greek salad were delicious. The specialty cocktails were light and flavorful as were the desserts.

Located at 33-19 Broadway Astoria, NY amylos.com (718) 215-0228

Senso Unico in Sunnyside Queens is a quick 15 minute ride from midtown Manhattan. Chef Vincenzo and wife Laura opened this charming Italian trattoria about a year and a half ago. The neighborhood is growing quickly and the foodie scene is making a mark in the area. We loved the flatbread menu, the rib-eye carpaccio, the cuoppo, and the traditional calamaratta al frutti di mare.

Located 43-04 47th avenue Sunnyside, Queens 11104 (347) 662-6101 sensounicorestaurant.com

Roasted Masala is less than a year old and is already gaining steam for offering high end Indian Cuisine on the Upper West Side. Offering sit down service as well as takeout, the prices are affordable and the portions are large and can be shared. The location is perfect for Columbia University students, staff, and visiting family. Our favorites were the lasooni gobi (crispy cauliflower), the butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, and the saffron shrimp. The staff was extremely attentive and accommodating.

Located at 914 Columbus ave. between 104th and 105th street. New York, NY (917) 388-3586

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Citrico Brooklyn in Brooklyn Heights offers truly authentic Mexican fare from the Central and Southern States of Mexico, not the typical Northern Tex-Mex New Yorkers are used to. Yes, even grasshoppers, appear on the menu! The dishes are infused with citrus, as the name suggests. The citrus and passionfruit margaritas are delicious. The ceviche with added citrus is very different and tasty as is the guacamole topped with fresh pomegranate. The “Elote” Mexican corn is served fresh with cotija cheese, chipotle mayo and chili powder. The Pollo en Mole must be tried, served in their homemade sauce with rice & beans.

Located at 681 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 (347) 955-4519 citricobrooklyn.com

Ayada Thai- Chelsea Market is the newest outpost of the Elmhurst, Queens based restaurant opened over 11 years ago. The new location is inside the very robust and popular Chelsea Market in the meatpacking district. The menu ranges from chive dumplings, noodles of every kind, spicy tom yum soup to fried Whole Red Snapper. The fried chicken wings in a sweet chili sauce were fantastic.

Located at 75 Ninth Avenue, Inside Chelsea Market New York, NY ayadathai.com

Coarse NYC is a very different and interesting dining experience. Chef Vincent Chirico does all the thinking for the guests with a spontaneous 7 course menu, paired with wines chosen by him and his staff for $99. Heavily seafood based but can be adjusted for dietary restrictions or preferences. We really enjoyed the hamachi and avocado, the seared sea scallops and the burrata ravioli.

Located at 306 west 13th street New York, NY (646) 896-1404

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Hamptons Roundup 7/20/19 Hamptons Happening @WaxmanCancer and South Fork Natural History Museum 30th Anniversary Gala @SOFO

Last weekend a couple of our favorite events of the summer happened in the Hamptons. The 15th Annual” Hamptons Happening” honored luminaries in cuisine and raised over $440,000 to benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Foundation.

This year’s theme was “Tour de Cuisine”, guests enjoyed tastings from over 25 food, wine, and spirit purveyors representing some of the favorite culinary destinations around the world. There were delicacies from Columbia, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, and the United States.

The band, titled Pat Farrell and The Cold Spring Harbor Band did a Billy Joel Tribute Show that rocked and had guests dancing in the big tent.

The South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) 30th Anniversary Gala Celebrated the Wonder of The Wild, Marking 30 Years of Nature, Education & Exploration Empowering Families to become responsible Stewards of our Planet.

The evening began with a VIP cocktail party on the lawn featuring acclaimed chefs from The Bell & Anchor, Bostwicks Clambakes & Catering, Calissa Hamptons, Canal Cafe, Centro, East Hampton Grill, Grace & Grit, Montauk Shellfish Company, Page at 63 Main, Saaz Restaurant and the Southampton Social Club.

A buffet dinner catered by Elegant Affairs followed under the tent with an honoree presentation and a live auction featuring once in a lifetime trips to Belize and Madagascar, private dinners donated by Elegant Affairs, a yacht outing provided by Charles Charters and a stay at Villa Bella Vita in Turks & Caicos, and a shark tagging expedition in Nantucket with the at-sea lab MV OCEARCH.

Rolls Royce offered test drives to all the guests of their newest and most luxurious vehicles.

King and Prince Resort, The Ultimate Getaway on St. Simons Island

The King and Prince Resort is a true gem of a vacation getaway. Located on St. Simon’s Island, a charming southern barrier island off the coast of Georgia, known for it’s beaches, rich history and numerous PGA golf courses. 

A member of The Historic Hotels of America, the hotel has a storied past with many prominent guests who have called the resort home while on St. Simon’s Island. The resort has been thoughtfully updated with modern amenities while retaining it’s authentic southern charm with mediterranean architecture and southern decor throughout.

The accommodations range from resort view rooms to luxury villas suitable for large families and the most discerning travelers. The resort is also pet friendly with rooms specially allocated for our fur babies.

Amenities include multiple outdoor pools, 2 tennis courts, massage therapy, outdoor yoga and of course golf. The hotel’s restaurant ECHO offers oceanfront dining and cocktails and is the only official oceanfront dining venue on the island.

The fare at ECHO is American with a focus on seafood and the use of local ingredients. We enjoyed several meals at ECHO with breakfast being a favorite of ours. Lots of options from traditional to healthy with yummy smoothies to start off the day on the right foot.

At some point guests have to leave the resort to explore the island. Below is a list of our recommendations for where to eat, what to see and where to explore. This is only a small portion of what St. Simon’s has to offer and we look forward to returning to explore more!

  • Lighthouse Trolley Tours run by Cap Fendig, a seventh generation resident of the island and a true expert on all things St. Simons. They offer trolley tours of the island, ghost tours, dolphin cruises and can be booked for private charters and special occasions.
  • St. Simon’s Lighthouse Museum is a must visit to learn about the history of the lighthouse and it’s importance to St. Simon’s, then climb the stairs for amazing views of the ocean and surrounding islands.
  • Gnat’s Landing offers American fare and drinks in a casual setting and is kid friendly. Try the Gnat’s famous slaw bowls! Come football season Gnat’s is the place to be.
  • Georgia Sea Grill offers the freshest seafood on the island in an elegant and sophisticated setting. Perfect for a romantic dinner or a special occasion.
  • Southern Soul BBQ is the most famous BBQ restaurant on the island having won several awards for its delicious slow- cooked meats and true southern style.

Sushi Sushi, West Villages freshest Sushi @sushisushnyc #sushisushinyc

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Sushi Sushi is located in the heart of the village near Washington Square Park and NYU. A casual eatery with a focus on delivering the freshest seafood, hand selecting premium cuts of Salmon, Tuna, Yellowtail, Eel, Unagi, Striped Bass and much more.

The menu focuses heavily on its sushi roll choices. There are the traditional salmon avocados and spicy tuna rolls, but the signature rolls is what it is all about. 

A couple of our favorites and highly recommended are the aptly named Sushi Sushi Roll, spicy crab, avocado topped with salmon, fluke/striped bass, with mango miso sauce and The Spicy Delight Roll, spicy tuna, avocado topped with spicy salmon and tobiko, served with spicy sushi sushi sauce

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Dessert sushi is normally not a thing but Sushi Sushi has created some of the most unique and delicious sushi desserts possible. The PB& J roll, peanut butter and jelly on white bread, crust cut off rolled up into a roll. The Banana Nutella with strawberries is also a must try.

Sushi Sushi: 126 Macdougal Street New York, NY 10012 (212) 477-4000

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Elysian Fields Cafe, New Mediterranean Eatery in the heart of Columbia University

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Elysian Fields Cafe is perfectly situated in the heart of Columbia University at 1207 Amsterdam Avenue, between 119th and 120th street. The decor is reminiscent of a comfy country home that will certainly be a warm welcome for students, university staff, visiting parents and locals alike.

 

 

Owned by Georgia Dumas and Stavros Aktipis, who have a rich history of owning and running restaurants both in Greece and in the try-state area, they are bringing high quality fresh greek cuisine to the upper west side.

The menu focuses strongly on mezedes, sharing plates. This is a perfect way try several options both hot and cold with your dining partners. 

We went for the traditional Tzatziki with pita, followed by the classic greek salad, large portion and can easily be shared with a few. The Salmon Tartare was very fresh and the grilled gulf shrimp “Garides Psites” were buttery and perfect.

For the main course we chose the Faroe Island Salmon served with lemon potatoes, my favorite greek side dish. My dining partner chose the chicken souvlaki platter served with veggies, pita bread and tzatziki.

We paired our meal with greek beers and wines, large choice of alcoholic beverages available as well as a lovely tea selection.

Elysian Fields Cafe 1207 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY

 www.elysianfieldscafe.com

Tuscany Steakhouse: Midtown’s Newest Steakhouse delivers Prime Aged Steaks & Italian Cuisine @TuscanySteakhouse #TuscanySteakhouse

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Opened just over a year ago, Tuscany Steakhouse, formerly known as Nino’s Tuscany Steakhouse, has redecorated and rebranded itself. Arched brick walls, elegant tables and a cozy bar provide a premium dining experience. 

 

The seafood possibilities are endless at Tuscany with the freshest seafood served. We opted for the lobster cocktail, jumbo shrimp cocktail, crab meat cocktail and baked clams oreganata.

 

Steaks at Tuscany are aged in-house to deliver maximum flavor. We chose to try the Sirloin and the Rib-eye, both simply seasoned and perfectly prepared. A favorite amongst diners is the Porterhouse, which is prepared for 2 people. There are also quite a few Italian specialties including chicken and veal parmesan. The lamb chops, as witnessed by our dining neighbors were a good portion size and juicy. We chose the creamy mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach as our side dishes.

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Linguini Seafood

Another guest favorite and ours is the linguine seafood. Filled with shrimp, lobster, clams and calamari served on a bed of linguini in a spicy marinara sauce.

 

Dessert was a light creamy tiramisu with homemade whip cream and a very indulgent hot fudge sundae. The meal was paired with a lovely and varied wine menu and friendly warm service.

Tuscany Steakhouse 117 west 58th street New York, NY (212) 757-8630 tuscanysteakhouse.com

Russian Samovar: Authentic Russian Cuisine in the heart of The Theatre District #RussianSamovar @RussianSamovar

 

For over 30 years Russian Samovar has been a celebrity hangout for drinks, authentic russian food, and music in the theatre district. Founded in 1986 by Roman Kaplan and later joined by ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and nobel award winning poet Joseph Brodsky.

The decor has remained the same as when it was Jilly’s Canteen, owned by a pal of Frank Sinatra Jilly Rizzo. The red banquettes remain as well as the bar and Baryshnikov’s own baby grand piano which is used daily by performers and guests.

 

 

The cuisine is authentic Russian with lots of caviar options. We started with the fish platter served with blini or potatoes, followed by Siberian Pelmeni (Dumplings) served with sour cream on the side. 

 

 

For the main course I chose the favorite dish of the house, Chicken Kiev. The chicken was tender and buttery served with creamy mashed potatoes. My guest chose the most classic dish of all Beef Stroganoff, lean tenderloin, sautéed mushrooms in a mushroom cream sauce, served with egg noodles.

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Napolean

One of my favorite Russian desserts, me being of Russian decent is the Napolean.  A light and flaky pastry cake with bavarian vanilla cream filling. We recommend this dessert to top of the meal!

There is a wide selection of specialty cocktails, lots of them are vodka based, as expected as well as a large selection of infused vodkas to sample.

Every monday evening there is a live show, performances vary, ours was in Russian so check ahead of time to choose a performance you prefer. There is a three course pre-fix menu ($45), tax and tip not included as well as an a la carte menu.

Russian Samovar is located at 256 west 52nd street New York, NY 10019 (212) 757- 0168 russiansamovar.com

Forlinis in Little Italy is a Historic Italian Eatery with rich history and authentic cuisine

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Little Italy used to be one of our favorite parts of NYC to find classic Italian food ranging from casual to fancy. These days Chinatown has slowly taken over the neighborhood with only a sliver of eateries left. Thankfully, Forlini’s on Baxter street remains as a holdout with old school decor, vibe, and authenticity. Run by the Forlini family for over 75 years Forlini’s got a jolt in popularity thanks to a NY times article and a pre-met Gala soiree attended by A-list guests with fashionistas, models and influencer types.

These days the crowd is a mixed one with loyal customers who have been coming since the beginning, with their kids and grand kids in tow. During the day the proximity to the courthouse brings in judges, lawyers and other legal types. A demand for private parties means a young trendy crowd looking forward to seeing and documenting a piece of old New York that is fleeting.

The food is fresh and largely homemade. The pastas are made in-house as is the ricotta cheescake. We had the Forlini’s salad, which is large enough for a few people followed by a pasta combo of Gnocchi al Pesto and Panserolli Piacentina. The main course was the Stuffed Filet of Sole filled with shrimp and crab. The dessert was a creamy homemade ricotta cheesecake.

Forlini’s 93 Baxter Street New York, NY 10013 (212) 349-6779 forlinisnyc.com

Linet K. Celebrity Colorist & stylist takes NYC by storm @Balayagebylinet #balayagebylinet

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Beverly Hills based celebrity hairstylist and colorist Linet K. is best known for her highly customized hair color and balayage along with cuts, extensions and styling skills. A few weeks ago she came to New York for a few days so I jumped at the opportunity to visit Linet and try her skills for myself. She updated my winter hair with lighter tones and added some natural sun kissed highlights and balayage to get my hair spring ready. Now if only the weather would cooperate!

Linet has become a favorite amongst the country’s top modeling agencies, television and film celebrities. She is versatile, talented, and also very sweet! From the very first visit clients feel comfortable and at home and know that their hair is in good hands. Her work takes her from Beverly Hills to New York, Miami, and San Francisco.

To follow Linet and see her upcoming schedule and projects visit hairbylinet.com and follow her on instagram @balayagebylinet

Tbar Steak & Lounge on the Upper East Side is a neighborhood classic

 

 

Restaurants in NYC come and go, especially in the last few years on the Upper East Side. TBar Steak & Lounge has been around for over a decade and on a frigid monday night in January the crowd was there, a well dressed refined crowd dining on a well curated menu composed of fresh seafood and meat dishes.

 

 

The grill menu  features a prime age bone in Rib Eye, an Aged Strip Steak and the 40oz Black Angus Porterhouse for 2. The Rib Eye was cooked a perfect medium rare and we paired it with buttery mashed potatoes. The chilean sea bass was light and flaky and is a good choose when looking for a lighter option.

 

 

For lunch or a lighter meal the salads are portioned generously and can be topped off with chicken, shrimp or salmon.

 

 

 

Dessert is very special at Tbar. Served in glass bowls they can be shared with up to four people. The strawberry sundae was our favorite, shortcake, meringue, brandy and cream . It is not too heavy and rich yet is satisfies your sweet tooth. 

TBar Steak & Lounge 1278 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10021 (212) 772-0404 tbarnyc.com

Moon Palace Jamaica: All- Inclusive Luxury in Ocho Rios #MoonPalaceJamaica #ThePalaceLife

Moon Palace Jamaica is a luxury all-inclusive family resort located 90 minutes away from Montego Bay airport. With nonstop and direct flights from many US cities the easy to get to vacation destination makes a visit of any length possible.

Located on a white sandy beach, in the heart of Ocho Rios, the property has over 700 rooms ranging from deluxe resort view rooms to oceanfront palatial Presidential Suites with private pools.

There are 4 pools on the property with covered loungers and cabana beds. One of the pools has a waterslide, basketball nets and is deemed the activities and kids pool. The other pools are quieter with friendly bar service all day long. Our server remembered our favorite cocktails from day 1!

Kayaks, hobie cats, and water bikes are included for fun daytime activities and with a $1500 resort credit per 7 night stay guests can enjoy a sunset cruise, snorkeling excursion, swimming with the dolphins, a spa service, a romantic dinner on the beach, or an excursion to neighboring Dunn’s River Falls.

The dining is varied with so many options available. Momo serves up fresh sushi and traditional hibachi with entertainment during dinner. La Gondola serves contemporary Italian cuisine in a romantic setting. Pier 8 is an oceanfront restaurant serving fresh seafood daily with catch of the day specials. Buccaneers Reef is a casual buffet restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with themed evenings. Our favorite spot for lunch daily was the Jerk Chicken bar. Located poolside and open daily from 1230 to 430, the menu was simple, fresh jerk chicken smothered in a spicy jerk sauce served with corn on the cob. We literally ate there 5 out of the 6 days we were there, highly recommended! There is also The Boulangerie, that is open 24/7 near the lobby serving sandwiches, desserts, coffees and more and of course room service.

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There is nightly entertainment and we were lucky enough to see the Island famous Silverbirds Steel Orchestra, who have been performing at the finest resorts all over Jamaica for years. An hour of energy filled dancing and drum playing to the hottest tunes out now.

No vacation is complete without a visit to the spa, at least in our opinion. The AWE Spa is Jamaica’s largest spa with 23 treatment rooms. The service begins with a water journey that includes hydrotherapy pools, a cold plunge pool, a warm pool with jet massage and a steam room and sauna. Guests are advised to arrive an hour before their scheduled spa treatment to enjoy this complimentary, with a spa service, experience. There are many massage, facials, and body treatments available. We chose a deep tissue massage, as stressed out New Yorkers, this was much needed before our return to the concrete jungle. Our technician had super strong hands and was very experienced. Spa day was very much enjoyed.

To book your stay visit Moon Palace Jamaica or call 1-800- 987- 0984

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Getting to Jamaica has never been easier with our favorite airline. JetBlue has several nonstop flights from the New York area with convenient connections from cities nationwide. Complimentary snacks & beverages including Dunkin Donuts coffee plus complimentary entertainment at every seat with free movies, shows, music and live TV when in coverage zones. WIFI is always free on Jetblue.

Zavo, A Chic Mediterranean Restaurant On The Upper East Side is more than just dinner! #ZavoNYC @ZavoNYC

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There are a million eateries in NYC so when looking for a memorable evening or special occasion we look for something that stands out. Zavo on the upper east side does just that. Offering fine Mediterranean fare and cocktails with warm friendly service, Saturday night showtime with a pre-fixe dinner menu is what makes Zavo a must visit. 

The rotating show schedule includes Venetian Mystery Night and 1000 Nights, however the newest show premiering January 17th, is titled “Middle East meets Venice”, a mixture of both shows. Buy tickets here: Showtime 1/17. The evening includes a three course meal see ( menu ) and the show, beverages, tips, and tax not included. The menu includes classic favorites prepared with attention and detail including Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Tuna Tartare, Crispy Calamari, Black Sea Bass Fillet, Filet Mignon and to top off the meal Creme Brûlée and Apple Pistachio.

 

 

The ambience is upscale with well dressed patrons looking to have a good time and celebrate. Zavo is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, or a just fun night with friends. Come checkout out this new show experience on January 17th.

Zavo is located at 1011 third ave between 60th and 61st street. New York, NY (212) 753-5500 www.zavonyc.com

Lucky Cheng’s Ultimate Drag Cabaret @LuckyChengsVIP

 

A night at Lucky Cheng’s Drag Show is not a typical weekend eve in New York City. A favorite amongst bridal, bachelorette, and other special occasions. it is a night of food, drinks, and of course “The Show”!

Hosted by Paulina The Princess of Power, the show features performances by NYC’s Original Drag Queens and special guests from around the country and from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

 

The pre-fixe menu $55, drinks not included is a mix of classic american and mexican fare, created by the new executive chef of Stage 48 and The Cantina Rooftop, but the drinks are the talk of the night with libations titled “Paulina’s Pink Pussy, “Hairy Mary” and “Pattaya’s Poontang”.

For a special night in NYC check out the upcoming show schedule at luckychengs.com 

Lucky Cheng’s 605 west 48th street New York, NY 10036. 

Showtimes are Friday & Saturday Night’s at 7pm

GBK NYC Wine & Food Festival Official Thank You Lounge #gbkproductions #gbknycwff @GBK_Productions

 

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The annual NYC Wine & Food festival is the largest gathering of the nations top chefs, wine & spirits purveyors and personalities in the culinary arts. GBK productions has hosted VIP backstage lounges for major events for years including the Grammy’s, Emmy’s and New York Fashion Week and is the official backstage host here at the two day festival.

A host of brands engage with celebrities, media, and influencers gifting them an array of products ranging from countertop ovens to luxury all inclusive vacations in the caribbean. Offering a relaxing respite from two days of networking the lounge offers snacks and drinks and even a trial run in the Kahuna chair, as seen above with Neil Patrick Harris.

Brand Sponsors included: Brava, Christofle Silver, John Boos & Co, Kahuna Chair, Loacker, Pinnertest, Porto Vino, Spindrfit, Prospek Glasses, The Cup Bearer, Power Air Fryer by Tristar Products, VinGarde Valise, and Warther Cutlery.

Palace Resorts gifted a 4 day 3 night stay at the luxury all inclusive Moon Palace Jamaica in Ocho Rios or the Moon Palace in Cancun.  La Corte Dell’ Astore Resort in the heart of Selva di Fasano, Italy gifted a $4500 3 night stay in a luxury suite, paragliding and sailboat experience. Anticalma in Puglia, Italy also gifted a 3 night stay with dinner,considered  by many to be the finest dining experience in the area.

Palace Resorts Mexico: Cozumel Palace and The Grand at Moon Palace, world apart and beautifully unique @palaceresorts

 

 

Cozumel Palace is a unique resort and is a diver’s dream. A coral reef sits right beyond the property in the warm blue waters where guests can grab complimentary snorkel gear and jump right in. The fish is plentiful and there is a lifeguard that overseas snorkelers. Fun for the entire family and highly recommended. SCUBA diving excursions are available as are night dives.

 

The intimate resort has 169 suites, each with a double whirlpool tub and balcony. Traveling with the family as we were, we stayed in a loft suite which offers two floors with a bedroom with double beds upstairs and a full bath and a king size bed and full bath downstairs. 

 

 

The resort is truly all inclusive with top shelf liquor available throughout the resort including an ensuite bar, in our case 2 bars, one on each floor! The dining options are plentiful and the cuisine is refined, a pleasant surprise as one doesn’t always find that in an all- inclusive. MOMO, the Pan-Asian restaurant was our favorite with teppanyaki cooking and fresh sushi, the kind us New Yorkers are used to and rarely find when traveling in the caribbean. Bugambilia’s serves authentic mexican cuisine in a laid back environment and the staff can make a mean margarita. For casual dining try Turquesa for breakfast and lunch buffets and for a-la carte Italian dining. Room service is available for breakfast in bed or cozy romantic dinner on the balcony.

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After dinner there is nightly entertainment for the entire family. From live music, singing and dancing to authentic Mexican shows. The lobby bar is open late for a night cap and was the hot spot for drinking and mingling each evening.

The spa is there to pamper the guests, the knowledgable staff is there to plan your dream destination wedding and/or honeymoon and the concierge is there to plan your offsite excursion. Cozumel Palace is a unique and special resort for the entire family.

Getting there: Guests fly into Cancun International airport and take a 40 minute ferry to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen, resort is a 10 minute walk or a very short taxi ride away. The resort helps arrange transfers for guests.

Moon Palace in Cancun has been a mainstay as one of the grandest all-inclusives in Cancun, however with the most recent opening of the Grand at Moon Palace Cancun All-Inclusive  everything about this Palace Resort is elevated to new levels. 

The accommodations are luxe from grand swimup suites, family suites, garden view suites and the massive Presidential suites.

The dining options are endless with a fine dining middle eastern restaurant Habibi, Cielito Lindo Mexican restaurant, Tavola, an italian trattoria, Jade, a fusion asian restaurant, Le Chateau, an elegant adults only french restaurant, JC Steakhouse, a prime steakhouse requiring reservations and is highly recommended, a Tapas & Vino bar, Boulangerie, a quaint coffee shop, Caribeno, an authentic caribbean eatery, Cusco, a Peruvian restaurant along with food & drink choices at the adults only Unique Day Club, Beach club and much more.

The Grand section alone is a huge property with transport by open air shuttle being the most popular option, especially down to the beach club or if one wishes to venture to another section of moon palace to perhaps experience The Flowrider, a manmade surfing machine.

There is a waterpark at the Grand with thrill rides, a wave pool, a lazy river, tube rides, kids club and of course a bar serving tropical cocktails. Wired a teen club open till midnight with the newest arcade games, video games, and a snack and ice-cream bar. A disco for late night revelers, an adults only pool club with food & bar and DJ pumping music throughout the day as well as a bowling alley. Lounging by a different pool every day was no problem with 9 pools available, many with swim up bars.

 

Nightly shows are Vegas Style, rivaling many you actually see stateside in Vegas. A huge theatre with bar and snacks service offering everything from trapeze acts, contortionists, gymnasts and a Michael Jackson experience show.

The Grand offers a pampering spa, golf, conference rooms, wedding preparations, offsite excursions. Everything is grander at the Grand Moon Palace Cancun.

La Pulperia NYC: Rustic Latin Cuisine on the Upper East Side

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On a balmy september monday evening we ventured into La Pulperia on the upper east side of Manhattan. It was quite lively with a band playing and an energetic crowd gathered around the bar and in the dining area. 

Owned and operated by chef/owner Carlos Barroz and Victor Medina, The eatery serves latin cuisine from a variety of countries with a European flair. The menu is heavily seafood based with a terrific raw bar and a crudo tasting not to be missed.

 

We started with a cocktail recommended by the owner himself. We are rum drinkers so we ordered the Coquito Passion, made with Don Q Silver and Coconut Rum, passion fruit puree, agave nectar and fresh mint. It was very refreshing and not too sweet.

We started our tasting with the salmon brûlée, followed by a crudo tasting, and a portion of tender Alaskan King Crab legs. My meat lover dining companion enjoyed the serving of beef and corn empanadas.

 

For the main course we had to try one of the house specialties, the crab meat black ravioli. The handmade pasta is filled with fresh crab meat accompanied with cherry tomatoes in a saffron clam sauce. We highly recommend this entree! 

The hangar steak is organic from uruguay and is accompanied by five cazuelitas (sides), eggplant chambota, celery root gratin, grilled broccoli rabe, spinach mac & cheese and chimichurri sauce. We had it cooked medium rare and it was very tender and perfectly seasoned.

 

 

The chef brought out two desserts to try. We loved the crepes, filled with chocolate sauce topped with bananas, powdered sugar and served with a side of ice cream. The chocolate mousse was light and not too rich, served with fresh fruit and vanilla ice cream.

La Pulperia is located at 1626 Second Avenue New York, NY 10028. (212) 960- 3176 pulperianyc.com

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa: Unlimited Adults Only Luxury in The Dominican Republic @secretscapcana #secretscapcana

Secrets Cap Cana  is located in an exclusive gated community 15 minutes away from Punta Cana airport. A gorgeous resort on acres of property facing the Caribbean sea. Everything is included so no need to ever take out a wallet; Gourmet meals, premium liquors, non -motorized waterspouts, wifi, gratuities and if staying in the preferred section even a butler. 

Adults -only with couples and honeymooners in mind, romance is on the menu. Couples can opt for a romantic dinner on the beach or ensuite, indulge in a couples massage in the spa, or even get married with a variety of wedding packages available through a knowledgeable and creative wedding specialist on property.

Accomodations range from junior suites and go all the way up to preferred club presidential suites. Each has elegant tropical decor, flatscreen tv’s, lux bathroom amenities, in-room liquor dispensers, mini bars, and many have swimout pools.

The dining options are endless with 7 a la carte restaurants, a buffet, a late night snack bar, and of course room service. We liked how they are so convienently located in the middle of the resort and reservations are never required. Staying in the preferred section guests can dine in their own restaurant adjacent to the pool. El Patio, Himitsu, and Oceana were our favorites.

Daytime activities obviously include lounging by the pool or beach with cocktail in hand, while the more adventurous guests can venture to try many available watersports activities, water aerobics, scuba lessons and snorkeling.

Guests who want to leave the hotel and go on an excursion can purchase a tour in the main lobby or have the butler arrange it for them. Golf can also be arranged with three nearby courses including Punta Espada which is ranked #1 in Mexico and the Caribbean by Golfweek.

Nighty shows are actually quite good, our favorite was the Michael Jackson show. The Caribbean show was lots of fun with singers and dancers performing to local caribbean music.

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As always Jet Blue is our go to when traveling to the Caribbean, especially the Dominican Republic. Daily nonstop flights out of the northeast and connections from the remaining United States. Good legroom, can be upgraded for a very affordable fee to even more space. Complimentary snacks, entertainment, and free wifi when available and friendly staff is why we are loyal to Jetblue.

Fascia Yoga with Ashley Black, “The Cellulite Myth (It’s not Fat its Fascia)”.

Ashley Black is considered the pre-eminent authority on the topic of Fascia. Like beauty and wellness trends before this, ala cupping and cryotherapy, Fascia blasting is the newest trend with celebs and regular folk alike.

What is Fascia? Ashley says “Fascia is the connective tissue in our body and it’s job is to support and protect muscles and organs. When our bodies experience any kind of injury the fascia contracts and distorts to offer support which can be painful and can also cause the appearance of cellulite”.

Fascia Yoga is a different way to stretch your entire body beyond creating flexibility in the muscles and joints. This method stretches the long lines of Fascia that runs along our entire bodies. Ashley designed a line of yoga equipment and products so that individuals can practice this at home without the expense of a doctor or a physical therapist. The FasciaYoga Ball ($25) is different than a regular stability ball because the grip of the material on the person’s skin or clothing simulates the manual stretching technique of a physical therapist.

Ashley designed a line of products designed to massage the fascia to lessen the appearance of cellulite, reduce pain, improve blood flow and increase flexibility. FasciaBlaster Tools include the Fasciablaster ($89), Mini 1 & 2 ($65), Faceblaster ($65), Masterblaster ($124.99), Party Blaster ($89), Blaster Oil & After Cream ($30).

Ashley’s #1 best selling book “The Cellulite Myth, It’s not fat it’s Fascia” is available here Fasciablaster.com

To use these devices for maximum benefit warm up by :

  • Do light cardio for a few minutes and take a hot shower, bath, or sauna,
  • Apply blaster oil on bare clean skin.
  • Choose device to use for the session and start rolling the device over the area using up and down and side to side motions
  • Time to Recover: Bruises, Soreness, and Swelling are normal.

Perrine NYC: Restaurant Week must visit July 23rd – August 17th.

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Perrine is a chic eatery in the legendary Pierre Hotel on the upper east side. During Restaurant week, actually a full three weeks, July 23rd through August 17th, guests can try out Chef Ashfer Biju’s culinary creations for a fraction of the cost. Lunch is $26 and Dinner is $42 monday through friday and sundays, beverages, taxes, and gratuitous not included.

Chef Biju carefully sources ingredients locally from upstate farms and lamb from New Jersey delivering a farm to table experience using only the freshest in season ingredients. The restaurant week menu constantly changes but typically can include what we tasted during the preview dinner a couple weeks back. As a serious seafood lover the tuna tartare was fresh and tasty as was the black sea bass, simply prepared in a seafood broth served on a bed of fava beans. Chef Biju also brought out his famous crab flatbread which quickly became a table favorite.

The chef also brought out the Coronation salad, a true house favorite, and yes it was created for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in the 1950’s. A perfect summer salad made with curry chicken and golden raisins. The meat lovers at the table praised the short ribs, not pictured, and the lamb chops, locally sourced from a farm in New Jersey.

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warm chocolate cake

Desserts at Perrine are created by Michael Mignano, a legendary pastry chef who creates unique dishes that are visibly appealing and delicious. Our favorite was the Molten Chocolate cake served with Pistachio ice cream. For a lighter dessert option try the strawberry peach sorbet or ask the staff for the sorbet flavors of the day as they constantly change them. You won’t be dissapointed!

Perrine is located at 2 East 61st New York, NY inside the Pierre Hotel. To make a reservation call ( 212) 940-8195 or perrinenyc.com

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