BATF Giveaways - Beauty - "The Lovely"

Giveaway! Spring Travel pack with Dove, Herschel, more

March 24, 2016

Hi lovelies,

I know, it’s been a minute since I’ve done a giveaway but I’m super excited to share this one because it comes just in time for your spring travels :). One lucky BATF reader is going to win everything you see here:

Spring giveaway!

Spring giveaway!


Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant (goes on invisible and dry, and has 48 hour protection…honestly the only thing I’ve been using in the past few months myself!)
A beautiful Herschel duffel
A passport case
A portable phone charger from Poweradd
Dove Dry Spray

Dove Dry Spray


Pretty sweet, right? Want to win? Do either of these to enter, but doing all will increase your chances:

Like BATF’s Facebook page and comment on this giveaway post
Follow me on Twitter (@BeautyNDFeast) and tweet “Hey @BeautyNDFeast, I want to win the @Dove Spring travel giveaway! http://ow.ly/ZU91Z #giveaway”
Follow me on Instagram (@beautyndfeast) and comment on my latest post using the hashtag #dovespringtravel

Make sure you leave a comment below to let me know how you entered! Winners will be picked and notified by March 31st. Good luck! *Winners must have a US mailing address!


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FOOD - "The Delicious" - French

Dominique Bistro in the West Village

March 8, 2016

I’ve been cooking so much, it’s been a while since I’ve even been out to a restaurant (never thought I’d see the day…). But I was invited to check out a new French spot in the West Village, Dominique Bistro.

Dominique Bistro

Dominique Bistro

I haven’t tried too many French restaurants in the city but this one proved to be one definitely worth checking out. The restaurant is on a cozy Christopher street corner, and focuses on quintessential classics like souffles, bouillabaisse, and beef bourguignon to name a few. I even got to meet the head chef and owner, Dominick Pepe, briefly who emphasized the use of fresh, seasonal vegetables in every dish. The place itself is dimly-lit, small and intimate but every corner is put to use with plenty of table space so you don’t feel on top of each other. We tried a good selection from the menu:

Beet salad

Beet salad

The beet salad with heirloom beets, candied walnuts, and goat cheese is a good balance of all the ingredients with the candied walnuts being a nice treat.

Ahi tuna tartare

Ahi tuna tartare


Their ahi tuna tartare with avocado and lemon oil brings out the flavors of the fish with uncomplicated ingredients that lets the fresh tuna speak for itself.
Fettuccine

Fettuccine

The fettuccine has a swish of perfect flavors (mushroom lovers, pay attention) with its portelini mushrooms, black truffles, brown butter, and parmesan. A super tasty pasta that was one of my favorites.

Scallops

Scallops


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We also ordered scallops that normally comes with smoked lardons. I had it without, but the mix of truffle potato puree, potatoes, and black truffle was satisfying in itself (Pepe said they salted it a bit more to compensate for its missing ingredient). They also base it in butter seasoning that gives way to a soft, succulent goodness and a delicately mild, sweet flavor. The truffle only enhances it without overpowering the flavor. A definite must-try.
Fries

Fries


I know this sounds strange considering it follows the mention of elegant dishes like the scallops, but don’t miss ordering the french fries (trust me!). Their fries are thick but still have crisp and cooked with a perfect blend of herbs like lavender, rosemary, salt, and sage. Consider it the grown up version of your usual fries that you can still enjoy like a kid.


Restaurant Info:
Dominique Bistro

14 Christopher St.
New York, NY 10014
(646) 756-4145
West Village
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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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Eyes - Tips and How-To's

How I got over my fear of fake lashes

January 17, 2016

Hey all! My latest article is up about how I got over my fear of false lashes! Read it here: http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/blogs/daily-beauty-reporter/2016/01/false-lashes-how-to.html

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Beauty - "The Lovely"

Latest article: Going through Huda Kattan’s makeup bag

December 18, 2015

Check out my latest article for Allure: What It’s Really Like to Hang Out With International Beauty Mogul Huda Kattan

Photo: Mary Richanne Suarez

Photo: Mary Richanne Suarez


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interviews - RANDOM

Featured on Style Girlfriend

December 16, 2015

I did a fun interview with StykeGirlfriend for their “What a Woman Wants” series…check it out!
http://www.stylegirlfriend.com/what-a-woman-wants-shyema-azam-allure/

Style Girlfriend interview

Style Girlfriend interview


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Coffeehouse/Cafe - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Holiday gift ideas for coffee lovers from KitchenAid

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If you follow me on any of my social channels, you probably know by now I’m an unapologetic a caffeine addict. My favorite part of the morning is starting with my cup of joe. One of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten was my pour over for my birthday because I use that every single day and it changed the way I look at and drink my coffee (straight up black, no sugar for the record).

With the holidays coming up, I figured you guys would know fellow coffee-lovers that you’re looking for a gift for. KitchenAid actually has a sleek line of products that fit the bill and your coffee fiend will get a lot of use from. Case in point:

KitchenAid Brewer

KitchenAid Brewer


KitchenAid’s Pour Over Coffee Brewer heats and pulses the water, so the grounds bloom and you get the most flavor for your coffee and the push of a button. If you ever tried brewing coffee manually (like I do at home!), you know that you have to pour water over the grind steadily and slowly to get the best flavor. This does the work for you.
KitchenAid Siphon Brewer

KitchenAid Siphon Brewer


KitchenAid Siphon Brewer, ($199)

This is a different type of brewing method that comes from the vapor pressure pushing the water down the tube. Then a vacuum suction draws the coffee through the grounds. The difference is it extracts a little more distinct flavors from the beans you use. Next level stuff things. Plus, it looks like a conversation piece it itself, no? It brews 2-8 cups of coffee, so perfect if you entertain guests often. Makes a medium-bodied and complex flavor.

KitchenAid grinder

KitchenAid grinder


KitchenAid Grinder, ($250)

For the real coffee connoisseur, getting the best grind is an essential part of the process. I always have to go to a shop to get mine done, but this would make it so much easier if I could just do it at home!

KitchenAid Precision Press

KitchenAid Precision Press

KitchenAid Precision Press, ($149)

Using a French press like this one is a convenient way to get a delicious cup of coffee (it has an integrated scale and timer to ensure you get the best brew). Plus it has a sleek stainless steel design that retains heat, and its small size calls for less countertop clutter (another thing my small NYC apartment can use). Makes a bold, full-bodied cup of coffee.

To check out their full line of brewers, visit kitchenaid.com. They have a full line to take your coffee game up a notch or two J.

Anyone have a coffee grinder/machine at home? What do you normally use?


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