Monday, February 28, 2011

Beauty & Essex Does Brunch

Beauty & Essex was bustling with (possibly) their previous night's revelers for its newly launched (as of last Sunday) brunch yesterday when I dined with my darling friend Kate.  Now, you can indulge when the sun's up, although that doesn't mean the antics will change.  Pass the pawn shop in the entrance, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into your Saturday night heels.  We were dolled up in black lace and red lipstick, as the chandelier was still swinging and the champagne (now in the form of mimosas and bellinis) still flowed.  Beauty & Essex opened in December, and quickly became a favorite for a girls’ nights out (where free champagne is doled out in the ladies room) and as the perfect dinner destination to impress your date.  Chef Chris Santos, from the successful Stanton Social, is a master at creating delicious “multi-ethnic” small plates served in a sexy ambiance.   
From sweet to savory menu options, everyone will find something they love for brunch.  Start with the Creamy Three Cheese Fondue ($14) with apples, pears, strawberries, breakfast potatoes and mini croque monsieur sandwiches to dip into the hot cheese.  You seriously can't go wrong with melted gourmet cheeses.  The Sweet Roasted Tomato Pizzetta ($14) is a light and airy crispy pizza with black olives and goat cheese.   For the perfect protein, make sure to try the Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs ($15) topped with sheep’s milk ricotta and truffle.  A must-order is the Braised Short Rib ‘Huevos Rancheros’ ($15) as the sunny side eggs perfectly compliment the tender short rib and black beans.  With a list of both sweet baked goods and classic desserts, it’s tough to choose just one way to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Without a doubt, order the can’t-miss Apple Bacon Donuts ($8).  These fluffy deep fried balls of dough are filled with chunks of bacon and drizzled with sugar.  Simply amaze.  

Beauty & Essex is already one of the hottest spots for dinner and drinks in the city.  Make sure to make reservations for brunch asap, and it may quickly become your mandatory Sunday afternoon.  

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

How to Escape a Bad Date

He’s rude, he’s annoying, he’s pretentious, and you haven’t even ordered your drinks yet.  The next time you're out with Mr. Wrong, use one of these evening-ending strategies to get your sexy booty out of there.  When your date bores you, frightens you or makes you feel embarrassed in front of your waitress (and the staring couple at the nearby table), try one of these five exit plans: 


Mr. Nice-but-Not-for-You 
Your cool coworker set you up with a guy who looks just like he could be Bradley Cooper’s little brother, but now you're halfway though dinner and he won't stop talking about how his ex-girlfriend broke his heart.  Plus, he's wearing jean shorts, and you think you just caught a whiff of your college boyfriend’s Abercrombie cologne.  This guy may be somebody's idea of Mr. Right - he's just not yours.  Problem is, he seems like such a nice guy, that you can't bear to hurt his feelings.  Before you know it, he'll be leaning in for a good-night kiss or asking for another date.  What’s a gal to do?  Make sure he knows you're not interested.   Soften your rejection with flattery.  Try something like "Well, even though we have such different interests, you’re so funny, sweet, interesting (or some other appropriate compliment)."  Then ask him if it would be okay for him to meet one of your friends who'd be just perfect for him.  He'll feel rejected no matter what you say, but complimenting him while still stressing that he's not your type will help him walk away with some dignity.  

Mr. I-Know-You-Want-This
This guy has been following you around the gym for weeks.  He's always offering to spot you or hold your feet while you do sit-ups just so he can sneak a few glances up your shorts.  Finally, you give in and go out on a date with him, because after all, he isn't a complete creeper.  Then after you meet for drinks, you start dancing and rubs against you so hard, he’s closer than a boy at a middle school dance.  And you’re nervous for him to force his gross sloppy tongue down your throat.  Unfortunately, it's going to take more than a polite dismissal at the end of the night to convince Mr. Aggressive that his eager-beaver attitude isn't working for you.  You can’t be subtle with men who have major egos.  Bring up a topic that will turn off his sexual advances, like "I'm just dying to get married and have a baby like all of my friends!" or “You make a six-figure salary, right?  Because we need to get a house in the Hamptons this summer. " or “Buy me another drink.  Alcohol helps clear up yeast infections”.

Mr. His-Mama-Didn’t-Teach-Him-Manners
Let’s be honest, this dude doesn't have a single thing going for him.  He called you “Sweet Cheeks” (or any other degrading nickname) fifteen minutes after meeting you, drooled over the waitress as she walked away, has brought up his strong belief in man-scaping and expects his woman to get her monthly Brazilian, and is now telling you that women have no place in the business world.  He explains that you can’t expect to be more than a wife and a mother who is a slave to the kitchen.  This guy is a total douchebag.  He’s superficial, sexist, and rude.  With this jerk, just come up with a creative excuse and leave him alone with the check.  Glance at your Blackberry and notice an urgent text from your roommate who is in the hospital with an allergic reaction, or fish through your handbag and mutter something about losing your medication, your keys, whatever, and insist that you have to leave to go find it.  Chances are this prick won't offer to help and you’ll be free to run away.

Mr. Already-Moved-In
The date kinda sucked, but you took pity on him and offered him a cup of coffee.  Now it's pushing 4am, and he just won't leave.  First, attempt to send him out on an errand.  Tell him nothing turns you on more than chocolate, but you’re all out.  Guys will do almost anything if it may lead to sex.  The minute he’s gone, lock the door, turn off the lights, and tell your doorman not to let him back up.  You’re next option is to scare his ass out.  Tell him that your parents are coming in from out of state and arrive on their late-night flight any minute.   Or your big brother who just got out of prison.  Or your jealous ex-boyfriend, the bouncer.  Basically, anything that makes it clear that this guy will not get any booty tonight.  If you decided against those routes, try grossing him out.   Confess about your unexplainable rash or hives.  This may backfire if you have mutual friends and he spreads this rumor of your dermatological problems.  But, in a city like Manhattan you (hopefully) won’t be in the same circle of friends.   

Mr. Obsessed
He told the waitress you won’t be drinking tonight, without asking if you even wanted a glass of wine and ordered everything for you.  When you discussed your summer plans, he said he can’t wait to have you in his bed all August at his beach house.  And you haven’t even had your first kiss.  The day after your date he texts you every hour and when you are too busy at work to respond he asks if you’re ignoring him.  This fast-forward kind of guy is smothering and just too much to handle.  Explain to him that you’re an independent city girl, and you’re looking for a date not a dad.  You’ll need to be stern with this guy early on or he will keep forcing his way into your life.

How have you escaped a bad date? xo

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Bar Method Soho


Wish you had the body of a ballerina?  Looking to mix up your usual workout routine of spin and yoga classes?  The Bar Method may be the change you need!   This fitness routine “integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body.”   I was lucky enough to take a complimentary Bar Method class with the lovely Lauren of Crafty in the Concrete Jungle.  The studio is located on an adorable block in Soho.  When you enter the space, you’ll immediately notice a clean and open ambiance.  The locker room resembles the one at your favorite spa.  Don’t bother bringing a lock, as there are keys for each locker for your convenience.  Enter the studio room and hang your key on the wall, then feel free to stretch on the ballet bars.  Once the class begins, your instructor will lead the routine, while spending time giving each client individual attention with encouragement and corrections.  Kristin, one of the owners, instructed the class the afternoon I attended.  She was delightful and inspirational.  Growing up in dance classes, many of the exercises were familiar, yet challenging.  The following day, I noticed that I was sore in places that never get attention in my usual spin or kickboxing cardio classes.  My muscles were even targeted differently than in vinyasa yoga.  You can take one class for $35.  As a New Client, you can purchase a 30 Day Unlimited Pass for $250.  The Bar Method Soho is also great about setting up deals with couponing sites like GiltCity, so be on the lookout for new deals in the future.   As a city girl, there are always new hot fitness classes to try out, and The Bar Method won’t just be another fad.

What workout class do you swear by? xo

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Do You Lie About Your "Number"?

Recently, I wrote about whether or not you should tell your significant other your “number” or if the past is just the past (refresh your memory here).  If you are someone who has been known to share that information, is it always the truth?  For those who want to reveal their old flames and past indiscretions, it seems that men tend to overestimate their real “number”, while women underestimate.  With the known double standard, men lie to boost their ego or to look experienced, while women lie to look more like a lady (a.k.a. to seem less slutty).

If you've been enjoying the single life in the city, don't be ashamed if your "number" has been rising.  The NY Daily News compared the number of sexual partners the fictional women of Sex and the City had to the average woman living in NYC, and the stats might surprise you.  These oversexed characters hit the sheets with a combined total of 94 men and one woman.  Of the four women, Samantha racked up the most sexual partners.  She bedded 41 men and one woman, while Carrie hooked up with 18, Charlotte 18 and Miranda 17.  The average American woman has nine sex partners in her lifetime, according to a survey by Durex brand of condoms.  But, compared to the average female New Yorker, the ladies of the HBO hit were right on target.  Career focused city women are in no rush to settle down.   They are not financially dependent on men and enjoy the city nightlife.  With this lifestyle, marriage happens later in life for women in the Big Apple, than those in the burbs, leading to about 20 sex partners for the NYC girl-about-town. 

So, fess up, ladies and gents!  Have you ever lied about your “number”? xo

Monday, February 21, 2011

GUESS Flagship Store Opens


My middle school self would have just about died and gone to heaven when entering the Guess Flagship on 5th Avenue.  At the official opening party Thursday night, my adult self walked the shiny 13,000-square-foot space, enjoying an appropriately red cocktail (consisting of vodka and strawberry puree) while taking in the blocks of iconic red and '90s ad images plastering the space, and the loads of chain mesh spilling from the ceilings.
On the first floor, shoppers will find a woman's denim wall complete with dark wash skinnies and the comeback of the flare leg.  Shoes and handbags are displayed on this level, showcasing dangerously high stilettos and bags plastered with the Guess logo.  My sorority girl past on Staten Island would have needed those shoes and purses.  You’ll also find Guess jewelry and watches, including the European jewelry collection, at a slightly higher price tag.  I’m sure tourist shoppers who spend hours traipsing down Fifth Avenue, will eat up these timepieces.
On the escalator ride to the 2nd floor, you'll pass a LED screen featuring scenes from past runway shows or ad campaigns.  The upper level holds an additional women’s section (yes, there were denim button downs with white lace accents) and the menswear, men's denim wall, shoes, and accessories.  Rest your feet from a long day of shopping and lounge around on vintage plush leather couches and high-back chairs, surrounded by more dripping mesh, and over a rug stitched together with vintage jean patches.  During the party, we enjoyed red gummi bears and mini red velvet cupcakes, as we sipped our cocktails and took in the scene of magazine editors, PR girls, bloggers, and fashionistas discussing the store and the whirlwind of the past few days of New York Fashion Week.

Appropriately playing were 80’s and 90’s hits, including the first song I ever knew the lyrics to: "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off".   How perfectly nostalgic is that? xo

Photo credit: Henry Dziekan/WireImage

Friday, February 18, 2011

Houdini

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You've been dating this cute guy for a few weeks (or months) and everything seems to be going really well.  You're right on track to being that exclusive couple that your singleton girlfriends roll their eyes at.  You couldn't be happier.  Until he stops calling.  Ignores your texts.  He just disappears.  Where did Mr. Perfect go?  Was he not so perfect after all?  This leaves you wondering if you did something wrong.  But, remember it probably isn't you.  He has his own insecurities (or frankly no balls to just tell you it isn't working out).  This Houdini has tricked you into thinking he was a real man with boyfriend potential.  He's left you wondering, who the hell was that stranger? 

Have you experienced this all too common date and ditch? xo

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lady Spa Treatments


It seems that New Yorkers are cray-cray for the va-jay-jay.  First, every girl-about-town had to make her monthly Brazilian appointment (I'm still obsessed with Uni K).  Then, vajazzling made its grand entrance for those special occasions with Mr. Right.  But for 2011, we're getting tossed the vajacial (because your face shouldn’t get all the attention), and a variety of other, equally awkward options for preening our downstairs.  The pink obsession has gotten out-of-control in NYC, from specialized waxing bars to an entire day spa dedicated to the vagina.  While this isn't a trend I can entirely get behind, I'm curious about our options.  There appears to be a plethora of strange (and strangely exciting) treatments that are meant to pamper your privates.  I guess it’s time we gave our lady bits the attention they dearly deserve. 

Bikini Sculpting: Strip Ministry of Waxing is a one-stop hair removal shop in Soho, and bikini is their business.  Along with an "All Gone" option, if ladies and gents want to show their love with a heart or star, that'll fly too.  The Ministry also has a whole list of post-wax care, from the sweet sounding Ice Cream Treatment, which soothes and cools, to exfoliating treatments.  Hard wax strip costs $80 or $65 for first-timers.  Brazilian shapes are $12.  
Strip Ministry of Waxing, 56 Spring Street 

Vajacial: I realize that a “Peach Smoothie” for your lady bits may sound bizarre, but the cleansing and exfoliating scrub is supposed to remove those annoying in-grown hairs in the bikini area.  The follow-up acid peel is supposed to do exactly what it does on the face: clear dead skin, unblock pores and let hair grow naturally.   This is a treatment that may actually have a helpful purpose!  You might even want to add it to your regular beauty routine.  Haven Spa charges $50 for 15 minutes.  
Haven Spa, 150 Mercer Street 

Vaginal Steam Baths: Apparently, this “Gyno Spa Cure” is a part of a "chai-yok" remedy used by Korean women to fight infection, regulate periods and prevent infertility.  By squatting over a steaming bucket, filled with healing “Asian herbs”, a thirty-minute session is meant to "irrigate" the vaginal canal.  Maybe it's holistic hokum, but I bet you’ll feel so fresh and so clean after.  If you think you're in need of a cleanse, head to Juvenex Spa which charges $75 for 30 minutes, $750 for 12 sessions.
Juvenex Spa, 25 West 32nd Street, 5th Floor 

Vatooing: Completely Bare may have single-handedly started the vajazzling craze, and the beauty boundary pushers now provide "vatoos." An airbrushed tattoo applied to a bare bikini wax lets you get your lovers initials or even a glow-in-the-dark doodle.  The ink lasts five days and the price includes a wax, so you can “live dangerously temporarily” for $115.
Completely Bare, 25 Bond Street

What crazy “ladies only” spa treatments would you try? xo

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hipstamatic Party w/ Cults & MTV

Looking for a way to make your photos from last night’s party even cooler?  Want to add a hipster feel to those sexy shots?  Download Hipstamatic, an iPhone app that allows you to shoot square photographs, making the images look as though they were taken with an antique analog camera.  Hipstamatic is part of a "retro" trend in photography, which has seen a rise in the popularity of cheap and technically obsolete analog cameras (such as Polaroid instant cameras). This “vintage” photography application includes social networking features to facilitate the exchange of photos via the internet (aka helps you to share pics with all of your friends on Facebook and Twitter, so they can be jealous of your fabulous life).

(Renie, Me, and Caitlin enjoying Cults)
(Photography by Caitlin Moran of Style Within Reach)

On Friday night, Hipstamatic teamed up with MAC & MILK & fashion photographer Chiun-Kai Shih to bring you the coveted new Chunky Lens, available for free during New York Fashion Week until February 18thThe band Cults rocked out in this intimate set while MTV filmed the show.  Read my full exclusive party recap on The Downtown Diaries.

What is your favorite iPhone app? xo

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Is Romeo Online?

Valentine’s Day with Mr. Right Now didn't go as planned?  Or did you spend last night with your girlfriends because you deleted Mr. Wrong from your phone last week (for the second time)?   Well, you may be in luck as one of these dating websites could open the door to a new gentleman suitor!  I have to admit, that even though I love to date and write about it (obviously), I’ve yet to create a profile on a dating website.  Maybe this will be a future adventure for me…and my lovely readers can follow along! 



1.       Match is the largest & has the most diverse user base.  Users are allowed to perform their own searches.  There is a monthly fee, but I have friends who believe it is worth it, as they were sick of meeting boys in LES dive bars and stumbling home with them at 4am, only to wake up next to a one-night-stand who lacks boyfriend potential.  I have a friend who met her now husband on this site.  As a social butterfly PR girl in the big city, she wouldn’t have met her handsome lawyer without this site, as his long work hours and time with his buddies would have made it almost impossible to find this pretty doll at one of her parties or brunches.


2.      eHarmony also has a large user base, but for those seeking heterosexual relationships only.  This matchmaking site uses “guided communication” through 256 required questions covering "core traits" and "vital attributes" like relationship skills and values.  When contacting another member, eHarmony encourages members to follow their guided communication process.  I have a few girlfriends who have tried this service and decided that the price is too high for a site that doesn't permit members to browse through profiles, like Match does.  EHarmony will only match heterosexual couples, but following a lawsuit, has created the same-sex dating site CompatiblePartners.net.  I’m sure eHarmony is better for older singles who are looking for marriage must sooner than myself and my girls.


3.      OkCupid is a free site, which has grown in popularity recently.  A user can search for singles in their area, and contact them via messages, similarly to Match, but without the cost.  I’ve heard that the pool of guys isn’t the best, so you must search for the few sexy gems.  Maybe because signing up is free and easy, there are a few more losers to weed out of the mix?


4.      Plenty of Fish is another popular free dating site.  You are given 30 matches after creating your profile that they think you would “most likely date”.   Again, this cost-free approach leaves this site less exclusive as the pay-per-service platforms.


5.      How About We takes an interesting approach to the traditional dating sites of profiles and matchmaking.  On this site, after creating a brief profile (none of those intense eHarmony guided questions), you suggest a date (buy a bottle of wine and take a cooking class?  Ice skate in central park and drink hot chocolate?), then ask someone out who proposed a date you would like to go on, and finally enjoy one of your fun date ideas together.  Recently, friends have tried this site and think the approach is a great way to get to know someone based on their tastes and interests, not just by reading a long paragraph answer to a boring question about emotional traits they need in a partner.


Have you tried a dating website?  Tell me all about it! xo

Monday, February 14, 2011

Dear Valentine

Whether you're madly in love or enjoying the single life, Happy Valentine's Day!


Sending love & hugs to all of my lovely readers xoxo

Friday, February 11, 2011

Millionare Matchmaker NYC Benefit


Patti Stanger, the famous “third generation matchmaker” staring on Bravo’s The Millionaire Matchmaker spent this past summer playing yenta with singles in the Big Apple.  From Bryce Gruber, a sassy socialite and creator of The Luxury Spot, to David Yontef, a 39-year-old gay business owner who was exceptionally judgmental and superficial, Season Four in NYC had many interesting personalities.  If this show is your guilty pleasure (I admit I am a little Bravo obsessed), you must attend the Millionaire Matchmaker Castmates Have A Heart Benefit tomorrow night at 10pm at Pacha.  Millionaire Matchmaker Castmates Andrea Correale, PJ Marks and Michael Wachs will host a benefit for The Cardiovascular Research Foundation at Pacha's VIP room Pachita.  The night will feature a complimentary open bar and Si TV Model Latina Winner Jessica Caban and Comedian Mike Baez will emcee a special auction and raffle to win dates with members of the Millionaire Matchmaker cast.  And who wouldn't want to win a date with a millionaire? 

Order tickets in advance here.  Or RSVP on Facebook.

Which reality show is your guilty pleasure? xo

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New York Fashion Week

Oh, it’s that time of the year again.  Despite the disgusting snow/sleet/hail/ice storms we’ve been getting in NYC lately, the chic and super-glam are about to descend on one little corner of the city for Fall 2011 Fashion Week, namely Lincoln Center.  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week begins today and ends Thursday, Feb 17th.  

This week is filled with runway shows, parties, and after-parties.  Fashionistas will be busy little bees from daytime runway shows until they sneak by their doorman or hotel concierge tipsy from champagne with heels in hand.  The IFB Conference kicks off the week today, with seminars and parties for the most popular and aspiring fashion bloggers alike.  

Last night, I met the lovely Taylor from Sterling Style at dinner.  She will be launching The Glitter Guide, the “ultimate lifestyle resource” soon, so make sure to sign up for this must-read in advance! 

I’ll be attending a few parties with my blogger (and real-life) bestie Caitlin from Style Within Reach.

I'm hoping to run into these pretty ladies during this week ahead: Amy from Midtown Girl, Tricia from Fashion Herald, Christine from Tineey, and Nubia from Nubia’s Nonsense.  Make sure to follow these ladies' blogs and read their re-caps of the week! 

Will you be attending any fashion shows or parties this week? xo

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentine's Day Gifts for The BFF

Single or attached, Valentine’s Day is a lovely time to show your girlfriends just how much you love them.  Your best girls have been there for you through it all: when you outgrew your college boyfriend, got your first job, deleted Mr. Right Now from your phone, struggled to pay rent on your tiny downtown apartment, stumbled into pizza joints at 4am (even though you were both off carbs for the week), switched careers, and analyzed texts from your current boy toy.  Celebrate your friendship with one of these darling gifts for your BFF:



Tickled Pink Cards from Kate Spade

Friendship Bracelets from Etsy

Momofuku Milk Bar Truffles (Birthday Cake is my fav)

Essie Smokin’ Hot Nail Polish



Uni K Wax Gift Card

Christian Dior Crème De Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm

Crumbs Bake Shop Valentine Oh La La Colossal Cupcake

How will you celebrate your best girlfriends? xo

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Party Plane

Seeing as it’s Social Media Week, it seems to be the perfect time let you in on the Party Plane, if you weren’t already waiting in anticipation on the status of this brilliant idea.   Last month, a social media buzz phenomena went down when the princess of Downtown NYC Nightlife, Miss Kristina Marino, the creator of The Downtown Diaries, read this article, in which “DJs, promoters, label reps and ‘professional party people’ from the Netherlands” persuaded Dutch airline KLM to fly direct from Amsterdam to Miami for the WMC.  It all started with a tweet, KLM was down, and Fly2Miami was born.  So what is a Party Plane you might ask?  Well, Fly2Miami states on their website, “We can’t make everything public, but expect no O-juice but Mojito’s, a Pilot who’s a DJ, Goody-bags and a #Fly2Miami CD compilation…On our arrival in Miami we will be welcomed by KLM’s local office.  But it doesn’t stop there; no we’re arranging special information for you with the hottest parties in Miami Beach.” 


Of course, Kristina decided she could get her own Party Plane in the works.  She tweeted to JetBlue for a Party Plane for 150 of NYC’s nightlife players to get to Coachella 2011.  Every NYC party person, DJ, and promoter went bonkers over the possible idea and of course floods of tweets came in asking JetBlue to make this happen and to include them on this Party Plane.  I was with Kristina at dinner with her freelance writing team as she filled us in on the email JetBlue sent her just hours after her tweet. 


Help keep the idea alive and tweet: “I want to go on the @Jetblue #partyplane to @coachella with @downtowndiaries and @tastenyc (Because all the cool kids are doing it)

Show this amaze idea some love.  Maybe this dream will become a reality!  Oh the power of social media in the nightlife world… xo

Monday, February 7, 2011

Social Media Week

Today marks the first day of Social Media Week, which runs until February 11th.  First held in February of 2009 in NYC, Social Media Week now brings hundreds of thousands of people together every year through learning experiences that aim to advance our understanding of social media’s role in society.   There are day and evening events to register for, so if you haven’t already signed up, it’s time to do it now!

NearSay will be presenting “It’s Lunchtime, Now What?” at SideBAR with panel speakers from Bizzy, Signpost, Yelp, Foodspotting, and Luke’s Lobster.  From local neighborhood news, deal sites, review sites and recommendation engines, we'll explore the tools being used to help you pick the perfect place and, perhaps, even what you should order.  Thanks to advancements in social media and tech, it doesn't stop there.  Share your experience with photos, check ins, tips, tweets and reviews too!  We'll be taking a look at how consumers are utilizing these trends & tools and how local restaurants can capitalize.  Join us at SideBAR for drink specials and snackage (on us!).  Come early or stay late to hang out with the team and enjoy SideBAR's $7 lunch special.  Happy Hour starts at noon with $3 Bud Light drafts, 2 for 1 Vision Vodka cocktails, 2 for 1 901 Margaritas, 2 for 1 Cruzan Rum Cocktails, 2 for 1 Jim Beam Black & Cokes, 2 for 1 Gin & Tonics and 2 for 1 Red Bull & Vision Vodkas.
Sometimes you need a daytime cocktail.

What Social Media Week events are you attending? xo

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Ember Room to Open Monday

Located on 9th Avenue near the Theatre District, bustling with tourists, stage actors, and Hell’s Kitchen residents rushing to get home, you’ll find The Ember Room, opening Monday.  Wednesday night I attended the launch party hosted by the venue for press and foodies alike to preview small plates from the menu with Bombay cocktails.  This new resto combines Asian traditions with American sensibilities.  
From a culinary team led by Chefs Chalermkittichai and Todd English, The Ember Room’s Asian BBQ will be served in a bi-level 140-seater, featuring gold-covered wood accents, hanging Chinese bells, and a show-stopping open kitchen displaying natural stone, clay brick, and volcanic rock, which was featuring a whole roasted ginger-hoisin BBQ suckling pig during the launch party.
For the rest of my exclusive review for The Downtown Diaries, click here.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde?



He's charming and affectionate. He's defensive and rude. You never know which version of this guy you'll get.  Maybe he doesn't cope well with stress or a drug habit is to blame for his mood swings.  Whatever the reason, it isn't fair for you to get the brunt of his lashes.  Guys with a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde complex can easily reel you back in, as they are just as sweet as they are nasty.  If he disrespects you or brings you down it isn't worth the pain to stick around for his more cuddly days.  


Have you ever been with a guy who's hot and cold? xo

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Celebrate Pancake Month

Do you love fluffy, sweet pancakes?  Then you’re in luck because February is Pancake Month at the Clinton Street Baking Company.  They will feature a different special pancake flavor every Monday thru Friday, well into the night.  I adore this tiny restaurant for brunch, but it usually gets so crowded that you have to wait up to 2 hours for a table on a weekend afternoon.  Clinton Street Baking Company’s famous Blueberry Pancakes are amazing, but during Pancake Month you will get the opportunity to try a variety of flavors from Chocolate Chunks (with fresh raspberries and a raspberry-caramel sauce) to Poached Pears (with vanilla bean whipped cream and warm maple butter).  The flavors will change so check out the 2011 Calendar Menu  
Where is your favorite spot for pancakes? xo


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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

No Strings Attached


Friends with benefits.  Casual dating.  No matter the label, sex without commitment almost never works.  Someone's feelings are bound to get hurt.  Even if you don't think he's boyfriend material, you may get jealous when you see him with another girl.  Women can't help but feel a level of affection for a man they are intimate with because of the chemicals released during the act.  But, women aren't the only ones who may get crushed.  I've seen men who have fallen for their sex buddy.  They may think this arrangement is perfect until they hear about a date she goes on or see her leave the bar with another guy.  

Is a no strings attached relationship ever worth it? xo
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