Monthly Archives: June 2011

American - Fashion - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Insider preview at Last Call by Neiman Marcus at Craftbar

June 30, 2011

My 'Live' Tweet at the dinner

I don’t know how I’m managing to post this so embarrassingly late, but my dinner with the wonderful people at Neiman Marcus’ Last Call at Craftbar deserves to be revisited. It was a small, intimate sit-down meal where we really got to know the brand and the people behind it.

For those of you who don’t know, Last Call is the outlet store for Neiman Marcus that’s stocked with merch from the full line stores, catalogs, and even Bergdorf Goodman, but at price points that will make you salivate. We’re talking designers like MICHAEL Michael Kors, L.A.M.B., Tahari, Juicy Couture and more. And ON TOP of the already reduced prices, they go all out with additional sales that are posted practically every week (I know, now I’ve pretty much been on their mailing list for a month and finally used the $100 gift card they presented me with to indulge in a cute Ali Ro dress that can easily take me from day to night).

Me, Danny, Christine of, and Aly of at Craftbar

{PS, how much do you love Danny’s fluorescent scarf? He makes them! His label, Hena et Daniel, is on Etsy.}

Right now, they have a 4th of July sale going on right with reduced prices of up to 50% off, and an additional 15% off only TODAY. Visit for details and be sure to sign up for their mailing list, which *BONUS* includes fashion tips from their in-house stylist, the adorable Brandy Lunsford, who’s designed for Ralph Lauren, Jill Stuart, and her own collection.

I have to be true to the Feast part of my blog though and show you exactly what we ate that night :):

Salad with shaved parmesan and vinagerette dressing

Grilled salmon

Whole wheat pappardelle

Praline chocolate cake with hazelnut ice cream

The pappardelle normally comes with a berkshire pork ragout, but since I don’t eat pork I got it without the sauce, which left it a little dry. The dessert was rich and perfect with the hazelnut ice cream!

Restaurant Info:

900 Broadway
near 20th St.
New York, NY 10003
Flatiron District/near Union Square


Meal: Dinner
Occasion: Business dinner to get familiar with Last Call
Price: $$$$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: *** (we ate in the private room downstairs which I didn’t even know they had until now!)
Food: ***
Service: *** (Everytime I’ve been, the service has been extremely friendly!)
Would I go back?: Yes, I’ve been to the sleek Craftbar before to know that you wouldn’t really be disappointed with the food if you don’t make such extreme alterations to your meal as I kinda had to this time (even though they’re more than accommodating to do so).

Don’t forget to check out and sign up for their mailing list to take advantage of their brilliant sales!


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Q+A with Bollywood makeup legend, MAC’s Mickey Contractor

June 29, 2011

Check out Part 1 to my interview with M.A.C.’s Mickey Contractor, makeup artist to virtually all of Bollywood (Rani Mukherjee, Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit, Priyanka Chopra…the list goes on). This part is on, but you will find the rest right here very soon!!

My interview with Mickey Contractor on

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What a year’s worth of makeup looks like if applied at once

Lernert & Sander: Natural Beauty on

Want to know how much a year’s worth of makeup looks like? Well, filmmakers Lernert and Sander set to find out in their new short, Natural Beauty (via Bellasugar). The shoot took 9 hours to complete the 365 layers, while model Hannelore Knuts sat patiently throughout (since she was pretty much fastened between the two panels, they said everything she drank or ate had to come through a straw: juice, and a granola and yogurt mix).

Behind the scenes Source: Nowness FB album

Behind the scenes Source: Nowness FB album

How much makeup did it take? Seven bottles of Foundation S103; two bottles of Creamy Eyes E107; three Milky Lips L205 pens; and two bottles of Blush S301. All together 228.40ml of makeup. Don’t worry though — before they set to shoot, they did grab an intern to test the makeup and make sure all that glob wouldn’t kill her. “We tested a 100-layer session a few days before on our intern, who is a man. We wanted to make sure that this amount of makeup wouldn’t kill a person. It didn’t kill our intern so we trusted everything would be fine on Hannelore.” That poor guinea pig intern!

Behind the scenes Source: Nowness FB album

Check out more details on their website: “Natural Beauty”

What do you think?? Thought it was pretty intriguing.


American - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Travel Feasts

Nota Bene in Toronto

A family-style dinner

If my first dinner in Toronto with Mickey Contractor and co. was any indication of how the rest of my stay would be, then I should have known it would be fantastic. We kicked off the week in style by dining at Nota Bene, a David Lee restaurant. The restaurant name is Latin used to indicate that special attention should be paid to something (or Italian for “note well”). And that you can taste — with a mix of flavors and focus on “farm-to-fork” locally-sourced ingredients, every mouthful was fresh and inviting.

Cavatelli pasta

Ok let’s be real: the cavatelli pasta kinda resemble, well, little maggots. But if you can get over that, the truffle oil and mushroom fusion was a perfect starter.

Hamachi Ceviche

The hamachi ceviche was made with avocado and jalapeno that had a nice spicy kick to it. Oh and it has these little roasted crunchy corn in it that that was an unexpected but welcomed touch.

Pomme Frites

Everyone pretty much died over the vinegary pomme frites and crispy onion rings (not pictured). That was all just to begin.

Grilled halibut

Mediterrannean Sea bass

Wagyu burger

We moved on to our main courses…can you guess what I got? :) It was a close decision between the steak and burger, but I ended up going with the wagyu burger. The waitress had warned it would be messy, and messy it was, especially considering it came topped with a poached egg. It might have been the first time I ate a burger with a fork and knife. But the meat was delicious. I would probably only get it done medium-well next time (I got it well-done because the waitress also told me the patty was fairly thick, but I think it lost some flavor being a little overdone). Everyone was equally raving about their own dishes, like the grilled halibut and sea bass.

Pistachio ice cream

Grapefruit sorbet

Berries (that came with a side of whipped cream)

All the dessert was a treat to end the meal off with. If you want my advice, skip the frilly stuff and go straight to the pistachio ice cream…I may be biased, but the silky dessert tasted like it was just churned behind the counter. So.Good.

Oh yeah, and one of the coolest things was how the food is served here — all the waiters came out at once with a dish on each hand, and lined up behind us in a single file. They then simultaneously dip down and served our whole party their plates at the same time. I felt so fancy.

Restaurant Info:
Nota Bene

180 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 3X3, Canada


Meal: Dinner
Occasion: Business dinner to kick off IIFA week
Price: $$$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yes, and preferably in the good company that I was with that night too! Guys, a good place to impress the ladies. Just sayin.


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Inspiration of the Day

Inspiration of the Day: The Paradox of our Age

A friend sent this to me recently and I thought it was quite nice: