Monthly Archives: August 2015

FOOD - "The Delicious" - Italian

Spaghetti Incident in the Lower East Side

August 28, 2015

NYC is always cooking up something new, isn’t it? Since I’ve been cooking more at home recently, I haven’t been exploring as much, but recently I was invited to check out the newly-opened Spaghetti Incident in the Lower East Side.

Spaghetti Incident in the LES

Spaghetti Incident in the LES


And just to get it out of the way in case you’re wondering, the name of the restaurant was taken from the Guns N’ Roses album that refers to an inside joke of when Axl Rose and Steven Adler got into a food fight while on tour :).
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES


While a lot of Italian restaurants can start to look pretty similar, this place has a distinct difference: they’re the first place in the city that serve spaghetti to go in cones.
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Take-out cone

Take-out cone


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The novelty of that aside, the pastas are actually really delicious. In fact, the chef and owner of this joint, Emanuele Attala, also owns one of my personal favorite restaurants in the city, Malatesta in the West Village (I even had my birthday dinner there one year because I love it so much). So, I guess you can say it was almost a given that I would love this place as much as I did.

He, along with the sous chef Ettore Pardosi and manager Giovanni Gentile, came up with the idea of serving spaghetti in a cone after being inspired by the way Italians serve street food in the festivals back in the 50s. And they really make eating here as close to their native Italy as possibly — it feels like you’re eating in their home with the bar overlooking the kitchen and the rest of the restaurant outfitted like a 70s style kitchen.

Bar area

Bar area


Interior

Interior


The pastas are made with fresh ingredients, and cooked to perfection. Must try: the chitarra homemade spaghetti with mozarella, basil, and fresh tomato sauce, and bucatini (kale pesto with walnuts, garlic, and parmesan in cream sauce).
Chitarra

Chitarra


Kale pesto spaghetti

Kale pesto spaghetti


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Salmon pasta


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For the apprehensive, you can eat their spaghettis on plates too if you’re eating at the restaurant (the cones are to-go). They also have a selection of salads and traditional Sicilian rice balls (arancini) that’s not to be missed.
Arancini

Arancini


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It’s such a cute concept shop, you have to stop by and check it out if you’re in the area!


Restaurant Info:
Spaghetti Incident

231 Eldridge St,
New York, NY 10002
(646) 896-1446
Lower East Side
REPORT CARD
Meal: Dinner
Occasion: Checking out a new restaurant
Price: $$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yes!



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Single Edition’s #SummerSocial blogger event in NYC

August 22, 2015

I always look forward to Single Edition Media and InStyle‘s #SummerSocial events, where they connect bloggers and influencers with brands but in a fun way. You get to always see the products close up, but also experience them and connect with them on social media to network and even win items from their line. This year, they really curated a great line of brands (mentioned below) to come together to cater to a full house of influencers.

And they're always spinning the best tunes

And they’re always spinning the best tunes

As I mentioned on Twitter, I learned about the no-meat delicious treats from Gardein at their social last year (they also made an appearance this year), but also got to visit booths where we could get our hair done with stylist from Jose Eber and Sarah Potempa‘s Beachwaver, meet Stephanie Feldenkreis who started Peony and see her pieces from her active-chic sportswear line, sample treats from Gardein and Brancott Estate, and get our own fragrance samples from Thierry Mugler.

Thierry Mugler perfumes

Thierry Mugler perfumes

Sampling Neutrogena's Hydro Boost gel line

Sampling Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost gel line

Outfits from Peony

Outfits from Peony

Manicures courtesy of Essie

Manicures courtesy of Essie

Stopped by Dickinson's booth for a selfie

Stopped by Dickinson’s booth for a selfie

Besides getting up close with the different brands, my favorite part is reconnecting with some of my favorite fellow bloggers and meeting new ones. Thanks to Single Edition once again for putting on such a great event! Check out Single Edition Media‘s website to stay up to date with their events, and if you’re a writer or blogger, make sure to connect with them!


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American - Breakfast/Brunch - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Healthy - Homemade

Avocado and pomegranate breakfast

August 15, 2015

I’ve been getting up extra early lately to make breakfast since I’ve realized how much better my days are going when I do (especially the more stressful ones with work). I know it sounds crazy, but I think even trying new recipes and getting creative with it has been giving me more reason to jump out of bed. This was a creation from this past week:

This week in breakfast

This week in breakfast

I needed to use the avocado I had since it was getting bad, so after slicing and peeling one, I squeezed half a lemon over it (to keep it from oxidizing more and for flavor), and put a little salt and pepper over it. I also used halves of Arnold Sandwich Thins to spread farmer’s cheese over it, then the avocado on top of that, and then added some organic pomegranate kernels that I found in the freezer aisle (I couldn’t find fresh pomegranate in the store, so ended up buying it frozen). It was such a good, healthy meal.

The other half of my meal was just two eggs I cooked with some of my favorite ingredients: thyme, chopped onions, jalapeños, sun dried tomato, and cilantro. What have you been making for breakfast lately? Share, and maybe I’ll try it next week :)


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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Healthy - Recipes

Q/A with dietician Rebecca Scritchfield + Zespri kiwi recipes

Last year, I went to an event that revolved around the health benefits of kiwis. Literally just this one fruit, but based on what I learned, I started incorporating into a lot more of my meals. Recently, I got to speak with registered dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield who’s a reservoir of knowledge about the fruit, and an expert on connection between health and happiness (she’s the co-founder of Dietitians for Body Confidence and is currently writing her first book on the health and happiness). She teamed up with Zespri SunGold recently so I got the chance to interview her on the health benefits, and some easy meal ideas using kiwis. Check out the video or some of key points below for the run down:
Zespri SunGold kiwifruit are in season from now until October!
– We’re used to green kiwifruit in America, but the Zespri SunGold kiwifruit (which has a bright yellow color and tropical taste), and has more vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a medium banana. It also has actinidin that aids in digestion. It also has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal.

– When grocery shopping, a ripe kiwi will give to slight pressure. It will last about two weeks in the fridge.

– If you’re pressed for time in the morning, you can cut the kiwi in half and eat it on-the-go with a spoon.

– For an easy breakfast meal try this recipe:

Sunrise Smoothie Bowl
(serves 2)
2 Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit (one peeled and blended; one slices into 1/4” chunks for topping)
1 large banana — chopped, frozen
1/3 cup orange juice
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tbs chia seeds (this helps thicken the mixture)
4 tbs granola
2 tbs toasted coconut
2 tbs nuts, chopped
2 tbs mint, chopped

Directions

Slice kiwi into halves and spoon the fruit out. Reserve one kiwi, chopped into 1/4” chunks for topping
Add 1 kiwi, banana, orange juice, yogurt and chia seeds to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth (the mixture will be thick).
Per serving bowl, place half the mixture at the bottom of the bowl, add 2 tbs granola, 1 tbs each of toasted coconut, nuts, and mint.
Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Check out the video for an easy kiwi sandwich, and turkey burger with a sweet kiwi salsa or check out their website for more recipes: www.zesprikiwi.com


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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Body - Fragrance (perfume/cologne)

4 body language tips for a first date

August 9, 2015

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Do you ever think about what nonverbal cues you’re sending out on a date? I had a chance to sit down with body language expert, Tonya Reiman, to discuss ways to get our actions to match our words so we can communicate the message we want to. “What we’re learning is different body poses make someone feel confident or potentially insecure,” she explained. “The goal for me is to teach people to be more confident, authentic, and feel more empowered.” Read on for more of her tips on body language and scent in the art of attraction:

1) Eye contact is good. Stalker stare is not.

There are some standard ways to show you’re interested: tilt your head a bit, smile, lean towards the person, and hold steady eye contact. “You do these things to let the person know they’re the only person in the room that matters.”

But don’t overdo it. “People are under the myth that if a person isn’t willing to hold eye contact, they must be lying. That’s not true. Some people are just uncomfortable holding eye contact,” Reiman explains. Stalker stare [when you’re holding eye contact in a less than natural way], she adds, usually happens when they know the perception is liars don’t hold eye contact. “So what do they do? They stalker stare when they don’t normally make eye contact. That’s a red flag.”


2) Try to minimize distractions.

“One of the biggest thing is people don’t realize they’re distracted by things that are happening outside the two-people scenario. For instance, you’re sitting with someone and somebody walks by and they’re distracted and they look. Those are signals of disinterest. Sometimes it’s just because the person is nervous, so you need to discern if it’s nervousness or real level of disinterested.”


3) To figure out if the other person is interested, observe their own body language.

Are they seated towards you or away from you? Are their hands folded or closed. “If you start to recognize that they’re more open, these are the times that you want to lean in a little bit and potentially touch the person and doing that will automatically make that person feel that connection towards you.” Touch, she says, equal power and confidence.


4) Touch + scent = unforgettable. 

Touch is a powerful message but scent makes you unforgettable, Reiman says. Scents like musk, vanilla, amber go  right to a man’s brain and turns them on, she says (all notes in Caress Forever body wash collection, which Reiman is a spokesperson for).

Caress Forever body washes

Caress Forever body washes

“The real cool thing about the body wash is when you stroke certain areas, it releases the fragrance.” That little indent in your neck she points out is a very vulnerable and sensual area. “I’m always telling women when you’re going on a date wear a little necklace with a small charm (that’s not a heart) an occasionally stroke that because that lets the scent out but also draws attention to your neck.” If you already wear a perfume, you can stack that over the scent of the body wash .

“What you need to realize is scent is a kind of memory, so we have touch which forms bonds and then scent which makes memories. And the memory is because you go right to the hippocampus in the brain which stores long term memory.”

Want more body language tips from Tonya? Visit houseofcaress.com.

 


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10 July Favorite products

August 5, 2015

OK so hi, hello. Welcome to the catch-up post. What have I missed? Let’s talk, because clearly I’m on Instagram and Twitter a lot more than here. I’m going to try to ease back though, but since we’ve been crazy busy at the magazine, I’ve neglected my little baby here. Fear not though — there actually have been some things that have been getting me through the month, so I’m excited to share:

July faves!

July faves!

1) Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff Body Scrub, $10. Cocoa Brown is actually known for their self-tanning products so when they contacted me to send me samples, I told them I don’t really use tanners, but they insisted I try their body scrub. I relented but I’m so glad they did. I’m so particular about what scrubs I like and this one is amazing. If you do using self-tanning products, this grainy scrub is perfect for pre-application since it will make the surface of skin smooth and prepped for the lotion. But even if you don’t, this is so great to exfoliate and keep skin super soft, especially in stubborn areas like around your ankles and knees.  Use it with exfoliating mitts for the best results.

2) EvolvH UltraShine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, $24 & $25. I’ve pretty much mostly been using EvolvH, and SF-based company, since I went to their launch event a few months ago in NYC. Now that I’ve been switching to a lot more sulfate-free and natural products, I was in love with their standpoint on sticking with more organic ingredients. The whole line is free of sulfates, parabens, and contains actives like seaweed extract, and apricot to moisturize hair for mirror-like shine. Its protein and fatty acids also help rebuild the hair. Even through the coloring and heat torture my hair has been through, it’s been looking healthier for it. If your hair is dealing with excessive frizz of damage, definitely give this line a try.

 Evan Professional Flat Iron

Evan Professional Flat Iron

3) Evan Professional Flat Iron, $199. Continuing my SF love (this salon is also based there)…if you follow my Instagram, you may or may not have noticed I’ve chopped my hair. Which is a big change for me because I’ve had my hair long forever. I’m still figuring out how to style it, but I’ve since switched from curling rods to this flat iron. First, it comes in a boss black leather travel kit that makes the look cool to begin with but it’s also a versatile iron. It has 14 different heat settings, a built-in sensor so it won’t ever overheat, and beveled edges so you can curl your hair with it if you want to (which is what a stylist at the Patrick Evan Salon did to my hair when I visited in in SF a couple months ago). But the coolest, most different part of this is the vibration mode you can set it at.

This is most useful if you have coarse, or curly hair but you can switch to this mode and the flat iron will actually vibrate as it’s clamped over your hair so it will keep gliding through to get the shiniest finish. I got to meet Patrick Evans himself when I visited the salon and learned a lot about his expertise in hair straightening (specifically in Japanese straightening), so from that alone, you know he’s the authority on what makes a good iron for straightening hair and developed this.

4) Blue Diamond Bold Sriracha Flavored Almonds. If you couldn’t tell from my Triple-Almond Shake already, I’m a little obsessed with almonds. Real talk, I eat them everyday, if not in my shakes, as a snack that I consume by the fistful. And why not? They contain so many health benefits —  protein, fiber, monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, calcium and other minerals, and phytochemicals that may help protect against many common diseases. I guess Blue Diamond noticed enough to send me a bunch of their new flavors, including their BOMB new Sriracha-flavored one. To be fair, I normally buy their brand or Trader Joe’s raw almonds anyway, but I definitely wasn’t complaining about sampling different flavors like honey dijon, and wasabi and soy sauce…did you even know these were possible? But sriracha in all its tangy/spicy glory really trumps them all for me.

5) e.l.f. Studio Angled Eyeliner Brush, $3. I’ve been going back to experimenting more with gel liner lately and to apply it, so I’ve been relying HEAVILY on this angled eyeliner brush. The bend in the tip makes it so much easier to perfect that winged liner, and reach into the corners of your eyes. Basically, it can make even a liner-applying-dunce like me look like a pro.

6) It Cosmetics Universal Brow Power Eyebrow Pencil, $24.  I feel like I’ve re-discovered how amazing this eyebrow pencil is. I’ve been trying out a lot of different ones, but this one always leaves the most natural (read: not heavy), and long-wearing finish. It’s dual ended, so one end has a soft pencil liner, and the other is a spoolie to smooth out brows.

Dose of Colors in Merlot

7) Dose of Colors liquid lipstick in Merlot, $18. Even with limitless access to lipstick and a sizeable inventory of red lipstick already, I still NEEDED to buy this lipstick when I tried it on at Ricky’s one afternoon. It’s the most long wearing, velvety matte, and gorgeously blue-red color I’ve found yet. I repeat, it will NOT budge all day. It’s a vegan product that’s also gluten-, paraben-, and cruelty-free so whatsup.

8 ) Grow Gorgeous Back Into the Roots 10-Minute Stimulating Scalp Massage, $28. I randomly picked this up when the weather was a little colder a few months ago because my scalp was feeling dry and in need of some TLC. It’s another sulfate-free line you can find at Ulta or Urban Outfitters. I’m pretty sure this is the cause of my hair growing back like a chia pet. The line does have a hair growth serum too that I haven’t tried, but this is another fun, refreshing treatment in itself. Just massage it in before you jump in the shower and let it tingle for ten minutes. I personally love the tingling feeling the menthol in it gives off, but fair warning, I’m sure it’s not the greatest feeling for everyone. You can even feel your scalp cooling after the shower, but my hair is so lush and soft after I use it. I’ve been indulging in it at least once a week (this is literally an empty bottle pictured, I used this til the end and trust me, it’s not easy for me to get to the end of products!).

9) Completely Bare Facial Hair Removing Control + Hair + Delete, $7. It’s not fun getting laser hair removal six times and still having a semblance of a ‘stache every so often (it’s getting really REAL here). But I thought I’d give this a try last weekend and I love it. Of course ALWAYS do a patch test, but this is equal parts effective and moisturizing with it’s argan oil, aloe, and cocoa butter. Plus the silicone tip makes it super easy to apply in the areas of the face you want it. Just leave on for ten-minutes and go.

Marc Jacobs lipstick in Role Play

Marc Jacobs lipstick in Role Play

10) Marc Jacobs Beauty Sheer Lip Gel in Role Play, $30.  I think finding a fleshy-nude color that works on my skin tone is about as hard as finding a good man in NY (#hadto). But as I like to be optimistic about such things, I finally landed on Marc Jacobs nude lipstick in Role Play. And to be honest, I’m really impressed with his line in general — it’s not some gimmicky collection that’s expensive for no reason. That said, it isn’t cheap, but it’s MJ and he did so much of the work curating these gorgeous colors anyway so you’re also paying for talent…and beautiful packaging.  I’d guess this works on most skin tones, but let me know if you try it and what you think. And Ladies, further proof that when the time is right, the perfect one will come along (yes, I did make a greater life metaphor out of lipstick).

Anyway, tell me what new, fun stuff you’ve been using and we can slumber party.


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