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Sandy’s been a bit of an attention-seeker…

October 30, 2012

Sorry for the lag in posts. Haven’t been able to update with the hurricane craziness (I’m doing fine though…praying for all those affected!).

More posts to come soon!! It’s actually been somewhat of a relaxing break staying in though…


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Paprika in the East Village

October 25, 2012

You guys. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the picture quality lately has been kinda eh. Truth is, my camera decided to start acting up (which I don’t blame it for…I’ve been pretty brutal in my handling and tossed it around a lot). Plus the lens was all scratched up and, yeah, I’ve basically been shopping for a new one. Until then, you might have to deal with some sad backup pics that I take with my phone. But I figured I should keep on keeping on with the posts. And so we come to Paprika in the East Village.

It’s a restaurant right across one of my favorite brunch spots, Cafe Mogador. I was meeting up with my friend Laila, and it was the first time either of us have been. Well, actually I think I vaguely remember stopping in here for dessert years ago but not significant enough to really have an opinion about the place. It definitely has a cute, rustic ambiance — dimly lit with lots of tables waiting to be occupied by mostly couples. We were greeted by a jumpy waiter who told us about the mushroom-centric prix-fixe menu options which I think included something with polenta and a main course that included veal juice, so I decided to pass. Instead, I opted for hand-rolled potato gnocchi with roasted mushroom and light cream sauce. Laila got the handmade pappardelle with braised oxtail ragu.

Gnocchi, $15


Pappardelle, $16

The dishes came out FAST. I felt like my gnocchi was a little on the bland side (even with the added parmesan and pepper from our waiter), and I only got through half. Laila was also a bit underwhelmed with her pappardelle, saying it wasn’t bad, but just nothing really special. We were hoping dessert would make up for it: Chocolate Soufflé.

Rich and moist warm chocolate cake with a creamy chocolate center, $7


[Remember my preface about the pictures? Yes.]

The souffle was a welcomed burst of warm, melted chocolate, and maybe it was a good way to finish the meal off. But overall, probably not my favorite of restaurants. At least the conversations were flowing, and for once, the food wasn’t the main focus — thanks, Laila!

REPORT CARD

Meal: Dinner
Price: $$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: **
Food: *
Service: **
Would I go back?: Probably not.

Restaurant Info:
Paprika

110 St. Marks Place
btw 1st and Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 677-6563
East Village

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Tea time at the Lambs Club

October 24, 2012

When I was invited for afternoon tea at The Lambs Club at The Chatwal Hotel in midtown, I was so, so down. As soon as I walked into the restaurant on a rainy day recently, I felt like I was walking into a scene set perfectly for the catch-up session me and my friend Sarah were about to partake in (she was leaving to LA in the next few days, and yes there would be lots of reminiscing, and maybe some sobbing and final PLEASE DON’T GO pleas). The red leather, dark panels, dimly lit with interesting lamp fixtures made it easy to get cozy…and easy to forget you’re in the middle of Times Square.

The Lambs Club restaurant

And we were in good hands. Geoffrey Zakarian (Le Cirque, 21 Club, 44 at the Royalton Hotel, Blue Door at the Delano Hotel and recent winner of The Next Iron Chef/Superchefs) heads the kitchen, which is enticing enough to come back for the food. But today, we were going to indulge in the teas and pastries.

The Noir Jukro


Bar area with teas lining the table


Tea selection spread


Le Palais des Thés Tea

After taking in the aroma of each of their teas (literally — they had all the dried tea leaves lined up for us to do so!), Sarah and I sat and started ordering away. The waitress recommended the Grand Crus teas — The Darjeeling Mission Hill (also known as the ‘champagne of tea’ and is extremely rare since it’s seasonal and produced in very small batches) and Noir Jukro (which is plucked entirely by hand, and is one of the finest teas from Korea with cocoa and vanilla bouquet, and pairs amazing with chocolate).

Buttermilk scones - clotted cream, housemade raspberry jam


Hazelnut Dacquoise - feuillentine, milk chocolate chantilly


Tete de Moine - swiss cow's milk cheese, housemade red currant jam


Sacher Torte - Viennese chocolate cake, apricot jam, dark chocolate glaze

We took our time indulging…one hour slowly crept up to almost two. The Hazelnut Dacquoise, scones, and Sacher Torte were divine pairings with the aromatic teas (she was right, the Grand Crus were worth the hype!). Thanks to executive pastry chef, Björn Böttcher, for that, who’s background and training in Hamburg, Germany, gives him a flair for delicately crafted desserts.

Time easily escapes here. It’s no wonder why the restaurant seems to be an attraction for writers, actors, and thinkers of the sort. Plus free Wi-Fi…I’m planning on frequenting this place on the days I’m not in the office. Did I mention Jazz on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30? If I didn’t have to go cross town right after for an appointment, I could have easily stayed.

REPORT CARD

Meal: Afternoon Tea
Price: $$$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yes — it might be my new hangout spot.

Restaurant Info:
The Lambs Club

132 W. 44th St.
btw 7th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10036
(212) 997-5262
Midtown

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Wink Worthy with RapidLash

October 22, 2012

By Nicci Jordan Hubert

An evening with RapidLash

I had the pleasure of attending RapidLash‘s uber-stylish party at 48 Lounge in New York recently, the party being, in essence, one big wink to lashes (eh?). Everything–from the lavender cocktails with edible flowers to the never-ending plates of tuna tartar–was beautiful, and had me convinced that the people at RapidLash are serious about their product.

Lavender cocktails

Food spread

Turns out, they have reason to be. I had a blast speaking to makeup artist Nick Barose who was not only genuinely sweet and helpful (gave me makeup tips which I constantly seek like water in the desert), he was also highly enthusiastic about RapidLash. He talked specifically about one client of his–a Broadway star whom he couldn’t name–who, after wearing strip lashes day in and day out, had lost all her real lashes. She’d tried everything, Nick said, including Latisse, perhaps the most commonly known lash growth serum. But Latisse irritated her eyes, and, according to Nick, didn’t work. So finally, he found RapidLash, gave it to her, and she tested it. He was stunned, he said. Her lashes were noticeably looking longer over the course of a week. He became an official believer after that.

Before and after pics

Me with Nick Barose

According to RapidLash’s before/after pics, the results really are stunning. (And I’ve got a sample of the product which, obviously, I’m going to try and will report about later…) I’m anxious to use the product and see if they can have the growth effects without the side effects Latisse is known to have (like irritation and eye-color changes). If my lashes end up looking anything like these before/afters, I’ll be a believer, too.

What’s impressive to me about RapidLash is their commitment to contributing to worthy causes. They donate 5% of their profits to multiple cause-related charities. And next week (October 22-29), RapidLash is hosting its second annual Wink Week event, during which they donate an additional $1 for all fan activity on their Facebook page, this time, to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here’s what they have to say about the event:

“The RapidLash Facebook page will be the central hub for Wink Week. Consumers can instantly give back by ‘liking’ the page, and all fan engagement with the brand’s daily polls and product giveaways will qualify for additional monetary donations. It will features ‘wink worthy’ beauty trends and lash tips from celebrity makeup artist Nick Brarose. Fans will also be encouraged to share their own favorite lash and brow looks on the Facebook page.” So for those of you who are interested in learning some new tricks and tips regarding lashes and brows (RapidLash can also be used on stubbornly thin brows!), go to the RapidLash’s Facebook page next week for a good cause.

By the way, the product is affordable: it’s $49.99, and according to their scientists, most people see results within 30 days. I’ll be using the product every day for a month starting next week, and will fill you in on all the gory (or gorgey) details once I have them!

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Brooklyn We Glow Hard: A facial at Tres-Belle Spa

October 16, 2012

There are not a lot of things that can make me trek down deep into Brooklyn (or really, anywhere outside of my apartment) on my day off, but Allison Tray really has her ways.

Tres Belle Spa

The vivacious owner of Tres Belle Petite Medi-Spa has practically been my e-penpal for months–months!–as we tried to pin down a date for me to visit her spa that Refinery29 touted as one of Brooklyn’s hottest.

Inside Tres Belle

FINALLY, almost a year later, it happened. I came in for a facial with Carrie Lindsey. Besides the fact that she’s a licensed esthetician for over 14 years, you can trust her own Cali-girl glow that you’re in good hands. She first asked me about my concerns and got the intel on my diet and how it affects my skin (turns out my love for milk in my chai was contributing to some gnarly blemishes around my jawline). Then, using a medley ofTata Harper‘s 100% organic products, microcurrent therapy, and finishing off with a cool, relaxing massage with these beauty globes, I walked out of her my Goddess facial with skin that was nothing short of glowing. And my skin just progressively got better the rest of the week.

Right after my facial with Carrie (no makeup)


Might have been a year later, but all worth the wait. There truly is a difference when you go to a spa where the staff is just as friendly as they are educated on the skin. Plus, they’re kinda hilarious too — check out the list of things Allison and Carrie compiled for me on a keepsake stationery before I left:

All the things to remember...


Translation: A documentary I need to check out made by Carrie’s friend, restaurants to visit, skin/diet advice…and a Seinfeld joke.

Here’s even more reason to book an appointment now: For the entire month of October, Tres Belle will donate 10% of profits from their Ageless Goddess facial to the American Cancer Society to support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

To make an appointment, call (718) 797-0033 or visit their website http://www.tresbellespa.com.

Spa info:
Tres Belle Petite Medi-Spa

105 Bond Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 797-0033


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New from Tanda: Zap Bullying

October 14, 2012

Many of you might know October as Breast Cancer Awareness month (more on products honoring the month soon!). But if ya don’t know, it’s also National Bullying Awareness month. Tanda (the brand best known for bringing beauty technology home, from acne treatments to anti-aging devices) has introduced their limited-edition blue zap acne spot treatment device to support the national anti-bullying awareness organization, STOMP Out Bullying.

Tanda ZAP

The Zap, if you’re not familiar, uses a trio light, heat and vibration and is clinically proven to eliminate acne bacteria and clear or fade blemishes within 24-hours. It’s blue LED light technology is gentle — just click the orange button and it vibrates for 2 minutes over the affected area to kill bacteria (it’s recommended to repeat 3 times daily!).

Tanda's limited-edition Zap

With every limited edition blue Zap sold ($49), a portion of profits will be donated to STOMP Out Bullying. But you can also get involved by “liking” Tanda’s Facebook page to activate a donation to the organization. Even more, the brand also launched a new contest where you can submit a picture of who you think should be “Tanda’s Next Top Role Model” and why. The role model photo that receives the most “votes” will win the grand prize – a signed Zap from Twilight’s Amadou Ly and a $1,000 donation in their name and in the name of their role model to anti-bullying efforts across the country. There are also other great prizes for runner ups!


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