Monthly Archives: January 2010

Craving of the Day - Dessert - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Italian - Travel Feasts

Craving of the Day: Lattes and Italian Pastries in Rome, Italy

January 28, 2010

When my girlfriends and I went to Rome recently, we rented an apartment in Monteverde, where the we became the local neighborhood ladies’ favorites at a cafe we frequented every morning.

One day, my friend Shahla and I, being the caffeine fiends we are, decided we needed to go for a second round of coffee and dessert. This time, we ventured in the opposite direction of our usual spot. We didn’t have to go far though — not even a block away we found Caffè Negresco.

We split three tiny pastries with our coffee…but our curiosity got the best of us and we went back for two more. We concluded anything chocolate-filled = a very good thing.


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Burger Guy - Burgers - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Burger Guy Reviews: STAND – Greenwich Village

January 27, 2010

So basically, here at BATF, my friend has already done so many reviews on mostly burger joints in the city, I’m just going to refer to him as Burger Guy henceforth. So yeah. Look out for his iPhone aided reviews.

Here’s his latest on Stand:

We came here for a group bday dinner. So, first of all, this place is known for their milkshakes. They’re $6 a pop, so I figured this better be the best milkshake I’ve ever had. Oh snap. It was.

Milkshakes at Stand

REALLY good blend. Just the right amount of sweet. I got a plain chocolate shake, but there’s a marshmallow one that everyone else got that turned out to be the favorite. Everyone seemed happy.

The $10 burgers disappointed though. Sad face. I ordered a medium cheeseburger with swiss. It came with grilled onions and lettuce. The lettuce is shredded like the kind you get on a Big Mac. It looked old and just didn’t taste right. The sesame bun was alright — nothing beats the ciabatta bread at Dumont Burger.

Anyway, they have this weirdo mayonnaise at the table that’s in these flacid bottles which are super annoying to squeeze. The mayo is sweeter than mayo should be. My ketchup mayo mixture was kind of a fail. Way too sweet. The burger was just a disappointment. Meat was cooked right, but it just didn’t come together well. Oh, and the side of my burger had this weird white paste that tasted like mashed potatoes, except…it was liquid. WTF.

Double WTF for the shoe string fries that were super thin. Nobody’s shoestrings are that tiny! If your shoestrings were that tiny your shoes would fly off and you’d die.

Three bucks for the fries too. Mofos.

No waitresses worth mentioning either. I’m only going back for the milkshakes.

– Burger Guy.


Restaurant Info:
Stand

24 E 12th St
btw 5th Ave & University Pl
New York NY 10003
212-488-5900
Greenwich Village

Inspiration of the Day - MUSIC

Inspiration of the Day: Hindi Zahra – Beautiful Tango

Hindi Zahra

Berber singer, Hindi Zahra‘s voice is incredibly beautiful. I’ve been getting lost in her songs lately, so I had to share.

‘Influenced by the great Maghreb singers and the Egyptian divas, Hindi was brought up on traditional Berber music and also the local rock’n’roll her musician uncles played. Other early influences were Ali Farka Touré’s Sahara blues and the folk sounds of Ismaël Lô. The young Hindi also listened to African-American music (“anything with a groove”), as well as Bob Marley.’ – RFI Musique

“Beautiful Tango” is from her debut album, Hand made. The song is just as enchanting as its accompanying video. You must listen:


Hindi Zahra – Beautiful tango

Hindi Zahra – Handmade | MySpace Music Videos


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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Beauty Tip of the Day

Bare Escentuals Wants you to Re-Think What Matters

January 26, 2010

Beauty brand Bare Escentuals is shaking things up a bit by posting a new discussion topic with playful taglines every week at RethinkWhatMatters.com.

Readers can share their answers on Facebook or Twitter to start the discussion on some interesting topics, and you may even win some cool beauty prizes — 500 winners every week to be exact!

ALSO, look out for the “Quickie Vans” as they call them, which will be sporting one of their taglines (“Rethink Going Bare in Public” for example) in select cities. You can pop in for free samples and makeovers — or “make-unders” as the peeps at Bare Escentuals like to say :).

First topic is already up on their site…chime in if you’re not shy to answer the first round of questions surrounding…well…going bare.


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BATF Giveaways - Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair

GIVEAWAY: WIN HAIR PRODUCTS FROM CLAIROL

Two more days to get in on this giveaway! Win a hair product of your choice from Clairol.

Leave a comment ON THIS POST and you’re automatically entered to be one of TEN who receive a coupon for a FREE box of Clairol Nice N’ Easy hair color — or any other Clairol hair color Gigi recommends for you :) . To double your chances, tweet “RT @BeautyNDFeast: Win a box of Clairol hair dye of your choice: http://tinyurl.com/ybs4jao” by January 27th.

Inspiration of the Day

Inspiration of the Day: Audrey Tautou

This should be more like “inspiration of life” because that’s how much I adore French actress Audrey Tautou. Not only is she beautiful, she’s a mix of grace and elegance that all shines through the sometimes whimsical characters she plays on the big screen. It’s no surprise Chanel picked her as the most recent face for their iconic Chanel No 5 perfume.


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