Monthly Archives: October 2012


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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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Italian

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.]

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American - Coffeehouse/Cafe - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Tea/Drinks

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

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Eyes

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.

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Face - Spas and Salons

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.

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Acne - Beauty - "The Lovely" - Face

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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