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Maria Bonita Salon & Spa: For A Brazilian Beauty Style

Fitness Health Maria Bonita Salon Spa Main Area

The Brazilian beauty services and techniques are incomparable! We’ve tried a few, offered at Maria Bonita Salon & Spa, and completely loved them all.

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We have to confess that we’re pretty picky when it comes to beauty products and specially services. A good product can be copied, but a good service is very hard to replicate.

Maria Bonita Spa & Salon was founded in 2003 by Fernanda Lacerda. It has been considered the to-go-salon in Soho for all the Brazilian beauties that live or come to New York City.

The other day we experimented a few services we were curious about and after the fantastic results, decided to share it with you.

We started with a fabulous Gold & Diamond Facial that lasted over 1 hour.  We were “taken to heaven” and brought back. This treatment is used to “treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage and stretch marks. It helps to thicken your collagen, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, which result in younger looking complexion.”  Virginia de Oliveira was the expert facialist behind the technique.

After the facial, we had a manicure. It’s hard to explain how different Brazilian professional do manicure services, versus the NY spots we’ve been to.

Believe us, it’s as perfect at is can get, and it definitely lasts much longer.

Last, but surely not least, we finished with a blow out. This, again, was amazing!

We haven’t tried the Wax, but we’ve heard miracles about it by friends and powerful women we know. So, if you’re looking for a waxing spot, there is surely nothing like the Brazilian Wax.

To wrap up we do have to say that, different from the NYC style, Brazilian spots allow you to take your time and relax. Nothing is rushed, so every moment is fully indulged.

All professionals were fantastic, super caring and hot hearted – like every Brazilian we know!

Finally, to see what other talented and young Brazilians are up to in New York City, you’ll love this post.

We’ve worked with many people visiting NYC and corporate groups coming into the city, searching for leisure activities.

Let us know how we can help you or your company!

Location: 199 Mott Street

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10am- 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

www.mariabonitany.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Maria Bonita
*Last Update on March/2020.*

5 Healthy Food Spots In NYC To Eat Well Or Splurge

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We shared a few NYC restaurant tips exclusively for the Brazilian fitness blogger, Gabriela Pugliesi. Take a look at 5 healthy food spots in NYC where you can go to eat well or even, break your diet.

Today’s post today is a delicious one!

There is nothing better than talking about travel and food, right!?! So, if you’re coming to New York City, we’ve shared 5 great restaurants with the Brazilian Fitness Blogger, Gabriela Pugliesi, that should be added to your To-Go list!

Some are very healthy, and some are great places just to go when you feel like breaking your diet for the day!


A macrobiotic organic restaurant: Souen

Many will read “macrobiotic” and be immediately intimidated by the words. Don’t be!

In a nutshell, macrobiotic cooking is simply a term for identifying a food that is rich in whole grains, very healthy, that teaches us to be aware of what we eat. Why? The food we eat will become part of us – yes, it has ancient Japanese teachings behind this cuisine too! Plus, they do not use industrialized products. Moreover, there is still an explanation of macrobiotic food related to Ying-Yang, but we’ll not get into this now.

Well,  this cuisine is made up of whole grains, vegetables, sea vegetables, beans, fish and soups.

Whoever liked the brief description above, will love the Souen. With on location in the East Village – the restaurant was founded in 1971 and offers some of the city’s best natural organic and vegan foods.

It’s hard to say what to try, since anyone who enjoys healthy food will probably come back a few times to order different dishes. But, some of our suggestions are: the dishes with Seitan (wheat protein), the wheat noodles are delicious, the salmon and the cod are divine too. You can still add to your order a salad and other side dishes.

Ah! Be sure to order the gluten free desserts! It will certainly be a different experience.

http://souen.net


Chic Vegan Spot: Pure Food & Wine

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Erica Graff
UNFORTUNATELY THIS RESTAURANT PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

Located at 54 Irving Place, Pure Food & Wine celebrated this year, 10 years!

Considered the 1st high-end vegan restaurant in New York, the menu is entirely based on vegetables. They do not use processed ingredients and nothing is heated above 118 degrees – thus it is possible to preserve the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in the ingredients.

This restaurant is a great option for the lovers of healthy, vegan food, and also great for those who can’t eat gluten or lactose – neither of which are used on the menu.

In addition to the great take-out menu and an amazing presentation of the dishes, the ambience is super stylish with an outside area – certainly difficult to find in New York.

The waiters are very friendly and you certainly won’t stay for only 1 drink.


Farm to table: Market Table

Launched in 2007 and a huge success to date, Market Table is a restaurant with a farm-to-table menu.

Located on 54 Carmine Street, in the West Village, the restaurant is small, cozy, with impeccable service, giant windows and brick walls with that rustic feeling, serving healthy food. Their menu changes according to the season, so you’ll be sure to always have something new to try.

The kitchen is open, which gives the chef the pleasure of seeing the customer’s expression at their first bite! Certainly a thrill!

Dishes are simple, yet tasty and delicious. In the summer you can expect a menu with burrata, salads, seafood, vegetables and vegetables. In the winter, the food is a bit more full-bodied, like the pork rib dishes, but New York’s cold days call for these dishes too, right?

It’s a great place to go for dinner, or just go for a quick lunch. The wine list is very good too!

www.markettablenyc.com


More than a restaurant, a lifestyle: M.O.B. – Maimonide of Brooklyn

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS STORE PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

Brooklyn has got a new vegetarian restaurant called M.O.B. – Maimonide of Brooklyn. M.O.B. it’s not only a restaurant, but the story of this project is pretty cool too!

Before we speak of this place, we’ll quickly explain the name. Moses Maimonides, from which came the name “Maimonide”, was a Jewish physician, philosopher and religious man, born in Cordoba in 1135. One of his great studies was to understand the health benefits of various combinations of fruits, vegetables and seasonings.

The French restaurateur, Cyril Aouizerate, Founder of M.O.B., studied for many years the philosophies of Maimonides and the HipHop movement, until he decided finally open a store at 525 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

Cyril joined forces with Michelin-starred chefs, Alain Senderens and Jerome Banctel, and American chef Neal Harden to create the menu.

The main course, called the M.O.B., of course, is kind of tart with vegetables, fruits and spices, and is served on a tray and is shaped liked the Brooklyn Bridge. Must haves on the menu are: burgers, hot dogs, mac&cheese. Plus, the desserts are to die for.

The place still offers a complimentary Comic Books, created by Cyril himself. You’ll find children puzzles, M.O.B.’s story, texts and poems and a comic book where the protagonist is a boy that discovers that his power comes from a pill he takes, made of vegetables and fruits. Very cute!

In addition, every detail of the place was carefully thought about and the result was amazing.

Cyril hired the duo of punk architects, Kristian Gavoille and Valerie Garcia.

The tables are giant and communal, with several drawers, where you find chalk for children, cutlery, etc. One of the walls has a giant United States flag and on the other wall, hunting trophies with a short description of what was “hunted”, such as: “Miss. Banana, June 2008-August 2008, died for banana bread”, or “Mr. Avocado, 2009-2010, died for guacamole” and even “Mr. Potato, May 2009 – July 2009, died for french fries”!

They also have a great bar and a gift shop. Anyway, it’s surely a unique experience in Brooklyn!

Who says eating healthy can not be fun ?!


For the Burger-holics: BareBurger

Dining 5 NYC Restaurants Gabriela Pugliesi BareBurger

Do you ever crave and just enjoying breaking your diet with a juicy hamburger or cheeseburger? Most likely, yes! But, can you eat it free of guilt?

BareBurger has countless different locations and is an organic & all-natural restaurant serving burgers, snacks and shakes.

The menu has their famous burgers, delicious salads, other types of sandwiches, some snacks and incredible shakes. The cool thing is that, unlike some places where only the meat is organic, Bare Burger works with all organic products from eggs, dairy, cheese, etc.

Plus, their organic options range from chicken, turkey and lamb to exotic meats like bison, elk and ostrich.

These exotic meats are considered leaner and have more protein than traditional meats. Just be careful if you have cholesterol issues.

To accompany any of the dishes, you can still choose a wine or a beer. Also organic!

http://bareburger.com


If you enjoyed this post, you might want to read about a post about wellness and trendy lifestyle in NYC that we also wrote for Gabi Pugliesi.


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Erica Graff and Raven + Crow Studio
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Walk MS 2017: Help Find The Cure To Multiple Sclerosis

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We’re doing it again!!! Walk MS 2017 in New York City to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis, support the cause and help to raise money to find a cure! Join us!

BTSNYC Social Responsibility MS Walk 2017

We had a great time last year’s MS Walk and will support this cause again in 2017!

Donate (if you can), walk with us, help support, and come meet us!!!

Date: Event will be on April 30th, in New York City!

Further infos, click here.


Our goal—a world free of MS.

We’ve formed a “Behind the Scenes NYC Team” for the Walk MS 2017 — a charity walk that is changing the lives of people with MS and helping fuel progress toward a world free of MS. We’d love your generous support as we prepare for this incredible experience.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS is different for everyone, and that makes it all the more challenging to solve.

The first Walk MS event was in 1988, and since then more than $970 million has been raised for research and programs to improve the lives of people living with MS. Today, there are treatments where there weren’t any before, and the dream of ending MS is becoming a reality. But there is still so much to do.

That’s why we’re walking. We’ve set an ambitious goal because we know with support from people like you, we will have a great chance at reaching it. The money raised will drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most. This cause is really important to us, so we hope you can do your part to help end MS forever.

Will you help us reach our goal by donating what you can? Can start at $1 – any amount is welcome!!!

** 100% is donated directly to the MSSociety. **

Thank you!

Kindly,
Behind the Scenes NYC Team

Further infos, click here.

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*Last Update on March/2020.*

Jenna Rice: 10 Great NYC Tips From A NYC Blogger

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice

The NYC Blogger, Jenna Rice, from the Blond Well Traveled, shared with us a mix’n’match of 10 great NYC tips! From restaurants, hotels and bagel spots, to upstate trips, art galleries and beauty salons.

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Jenna Rice was born and raised in Florida, and currently lives in New York City.

She told us: “I followed my heart around the globe and landed in New York City.” Definitely a great place to land, right?!

She launched her passion project: a travel and lifestyle blog called Blonde Well Traveled, in 2015. Plus, she’s visited over 15 countries and doesn’t stop counting.

Since she moved to the “City that Never Sleeps”, she’s been sharing a glimpse into her experiences both within the city and beyond. All this, in addition to working full time in Public Relations.

Such a busy bee!

Take a look at her 10 favorite NYC spots and in nearby towns:


Brooklyn Flea

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice Brooklyn Flea

“Brooklyn Flea is basically the cooler younger sister to Chelsea Market. There’s something for everyone, from vintage rings and designer bags to viney plants and eclectic home decor. Not to mention, they have some of the most popular food vendors from Smorgasburg minus the lines.”

We love Brooklyn! We’re Brooklyn-based and even though the Brooklyn Flea can get a bit touristy, we still love it!

In addition, you’ll find 75 vendors with everything from clothes and accessories, to furniture and jewelry, plus 25 food vendors with the most delicious dishes.

During the winter they have only one location and it happens during the weekends: Saturday + Sunday from 10am – 6pm – called Winter Flea + Smorgasburg.

Location: 1 Hanson Place, Fort Greene

http://brooklynflea.com


Mile High Run Club

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice Mil High Run Club

“Mile High Run Club is probably my favorite place to break a sweat in the City. It’s essentially a treadmill class with dimmed lighting, bumpin’ music and strobe lights…with a coach cheering you on through a series of intervals and hills. I recommend Dash 28 because it finishes with strength training utilizing kettle bells and core exercises.”

Do you like “the burn”? I mean, REALLY like it? Well, if your immediate answer was “YES!”, then this is the place for you!

Mile High Run Club’s running program is uniquely designed to challenge your body and get the best results you’d ever imagine. Go to one of their 2 locations to try it out.

Plus, they offer indoor and outdoor classes, with amazing coaches! We’re sure it’ll become your newest addiction!

Locations:
28 East 4th Street, NoHo
24 West 25th Street, NoMad

www.milehighrunclub.com


Heyday

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice Heyday

“Heyday is easily one of my best NYC finds. My skin went nuts when I moved to the City in the heart of winter from Florida, and this place introduced me to several natural products that I now swear by.”

The weather in NYC can be pretty crazy and will test your skin to the limit!

And, summer can be burning hot, hot, hot, while the winter can be pretty damn harsh where we feel our skin will rip with the cold.

Yeah, we know, it sounds terrible, right?

Well, we are IN NEW YORK CITY of obviously that helps make it easier to accept, LOL.

HeyDay is a great place to go if you’re looking for the perfect facial, with a good price, at the time that’ll suit you best. Carly Heitlinger also loves it!

Locations:
1130 Broadway, NoMad
92 Reade Street, Tribeca

www.heydayskincare.com


Harriman State Park

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice Harriman State Park Kanawauke by Mwanner

“For those who need a breather from the City, Harriman State Park is your sanctuary. It’s just a quick train ride from the city and much less crowded than some of the other hiking spots like Breakneck and Bear Mountain.”

Harriman State Park is located in Rockland and Orange Counties, Upstate NY – a little over 1h drive from Manhattan. The drive is actually a very quick and surely a gorgeous car ride up there.

They have almost 52,000 acres of mostly forested landscape and over 23miles of hiking trails.

So, what are you waiting for? Go grab (or rent here) a car, and have fun!

And, more about them:

At 47,527 acres (192.33 km2), Harriman State Park is the second largest state park in New York. Located in Rockland and Orange counties 30 miles (48 km) north of New York City, it is a haven for hikers with over 200 miles (320 km) of hiking trails. The park is also known for its 31 lakes, multiple streams, public camping area, and great vistas.”

“The Jane is easily my favorite spot to go out in the City. It basically feels like you’re at a mansion party where your favorite songs are always playing and dancing on the furniture is encouraged. Every time I have a friend visiting, I take them there and they’re never disappointed.”

Yup! It’s one of our favorite spots too!

The Jane Hotel, is located in the West Village and is certainly a destination for the cool NYC crowd.

In addition, the hotel was launched in 1908 and has rooms that replicate luxury ship and train cabins. On the other hand, rooms are pretty small, but come on, “Who” comes to NYC to stay in the room, right!?

Location: 113 Jane Street, West Village

www.thejanenyc.com


Rockwood Music Hall

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice Rockwood Music Hall

“For an intimate live music experience, hit up Rockwood Music Hall. A friend introduced me to this venue and it was everything I could’ve hoped for. While there are shows that require cover, there is a smaller room to the left of the main entrance that is free of charge.”

Rockwood Music Hall is known for having hosted performances of great artists like Lady Gaga, Gary Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Mumford & Sons.

It’s one our favorite spots to have a cool night out and listen to some of the best emerging NYC bands and musicians.

Plus, musicians from other nationalities are a big hit too, like Aline Muniz and André Vasconcellos.

They have 3 stages, full bars for all tastes, drinks aren’t so pricey, like expected in Manhattan. We love it, and we are there quite a lot!

Location: 196 Allen Street, Lower East Side

www.rockwoodmusichall.com


Black Seed Bagels

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice Bagels Daniel Krieger
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Daniel Krieger

“After a night out, nothing compares to Black Seed Bagels. Option #11 always satisfies! Another favorite is Tompkins Square Bagels if you’re in the mood for trying out a new cream cheese flavor like birthday cake or one of their French toast bagels.”

Bagels! We just love Bagels!

And, New York’s bagels are said to be one of the best on this planet, since our water is so fantastically clean and tasty!

Black Seed Bagels is certainly one of the most famous in town. In addition, Tompkins Square Bagels’ are hand rolled, kettle boiled and baked over wood planks….yum!!!

Locations:

Black Seed Bagels:
170 Elizabeth Street, Nolita
200 Vesey Street, Battery Park City
176 First Street, East Village

www.blackseedbagels.com

Tompkins Square Bagels: 164 Avenue A.

www.tompkinssquarebagels.com


Original Buddha Bodai

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Original Buddha Bodai is an incredible vegetarian spot in Chinatown. The food is delicious (you can’t even tell there’s no meat) and the atmosphere is so authentic. I highly recommend the sesame “chicken”.”

OMG! When our Founder, Fê Paronetto, went with a very good friend to Buddha Bodai, she became c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y addicted to it!

She’s vegetarian, but loves Vegan food too, and she couldn’t believe how amazingly tasty everything was!

The dumplings are to-die-for, but everything is remarkably good! But, it’s actually hard to know what exactly to order, so you might just have to go there multiple times to try it all.

Location: 5 Mott Street, Chinatown

www.buddha-bodai.com


Dia: Beacon

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice Dia Beacon

Dia:Beacon is the perfect day trip for anyone craving a little artistic adventure, especially if you love installations! Be sure to purchase a round trip ticket with museum entrance included at Grand Central Station.”

Dia:Beacon is surely a highlight if you’re into Art.

Located only 1.5h from Manhattan, it’s a beautiful place to visit and the trip there, is pretty easy too. And, if you’re not sure how to get there, and would like help, contact our concierge experts.

In addition, if you need assistance for any corporate activity with your team or clients, let our experts cater to all your needs and make the experience memorable.

Location: 3 Beekman Street, Beacon

www.diaart.org/dia-beacon


“One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is pop into galleries in the LES and Chelsea. It’s a great alternative to hitting up a crowded museum, plus they’re completely free to enjoy: David Zwirner, Paul Kasmin, and Richard Taittinger are a few of my go-tos.”

David Zwirner

David Zwirner is one of the top contemporary art galleries, with another location overseas, in Mayfair, London. They currently have 2 great exhibitions: “Yun Hyong-keun” up through February 18th and “Drawn Together”, up through February 18th.

“The David Zwirner gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of large-scale paintings by Yun Hyong-keun (1928-2007) from the mid-1970s through the 1980s. The exhibition includes an unprecedented selection of paintings in the artist’s unique style of monochromatic abstraction, several of which are shown here for the first time. The exhibition marks the largest solo presentation of Yun’s work in North America to date.” ~ Read more here.

David Zwirner is pleased to present the gallery’s first exhibition of the collaborative work of Aline Kominsky-Crumb and R. Crumb. Both pioneers of underground and alternative comics, Kominsky-Crumb and Crumb have created a groundbreaking portrait of their shared lives and creative collaborations over the past four decades. In their ongoing “Aline & Bob” comics, the two artists have rendered their innermost thoughts, fears, and fantasies alongside the day-to-day realities of family life in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, each in their own distinctive style.” ~ Read more here.

Paul Kasmin Gallery

Paul Kasmin Gallery works and supports influential Modern and Contemporary artists. They are showcasing two exhibitions: NATURALIA” up through March 4th and “WILLIAM N. COPLEY: WOMEN”, up through March 25th.

Paul Kasmin Gallery and Sotheby’s Old Masters Department will present their first collaborative exhibition, Naturalia, curated by Danny Moynihan. The show will be comprised of works spanning six centuries which share a fundamental focus on the examination of natural science and its myriad presentations in art.” ~ Read more here.

COPLEY: WOMEN unites a selection of paintings that highlight the late artist’s preoccupation with the opposite sex, which he employed as an endless source for inventive figurative and narrative paintings that explored eroticism, sexual politics and the pursuit of pleasure. Originally defying painterly trends of the 1950s by making personal and narrative works, the self-taught artist developed a radical fusion of European Surrealist vernacular and a rogue, humorous American sensibility. Sex, eroticism and cultural critique were mainstays in Copley’s oeuvre of paintings that embraced idiosyncratic figuration, candy-colored palettes and Matisse-like decorative patterning.” ~ Read more here.

Richard Taittinger Gallery

Richard Taittinger Gallery works in Presenting works by contemporary artists with significant global recognition. Stop by their gallery, in the Lower East Side, to see their current exhibition: “The Wsanderers: Contemporary Painting From CLUJ”. It will be on through February 19th.

For this exhibition, the curator has endeavored to make visible that, beyond the ascribed label of the Cluj School by way of international media, there is much more to be explored when considering this group of artists. Therefore, this multigenerational exhibition tracks a shared dialogue between masters and students in order to define certain Romanian traditions. Traditions, that has within the last decade, projected the painters of Cluj-Napoca, into the limelight, astounding the international art world.” ~ Read more here.

If you are an art lover, you’ll most certainly be fascinated by our art tours and experiences, so contact us. In addition, see how our corporate experiences related to art works.

Locations:
David Zwirner: 525 West 19th Street, Chelsea
www.davidzwirner.com

Paul Kasmin Gallery: 293 10th Avenue, Chelsea
www.paulkasmingallery.com

Richard Taittinger Gallery: 154 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side
http://richardtaittinger.com


Lastly, to wrap up this great interview and a beautiful selection of hot spots in New York, we asked Jenna:

What does NYC mean to you?

“I could honestly answer this question so many ways, but I think NYC means being able to wake up each morning with every possibility in the world at your feet.

There is always something to do, someone to meet, something to see. To me, personally, it means perseverance. The people who live here are tough. For the most part, we all struggled in some way to get here, and continue to struggle now that we’re here. But somehow, it’s all worth it.

There’s no place in the world that can offer up this kind of experience to a person.”


Thank you Jenna for being part of our Insider Interviews and sharing these 10 great NYC tips.

Plus, don’t forget to check out her blog named the Blond Well Traveled.


Credits (Text and Photos): Courtesy of Wikipedia (Harriman State Park), Mwanner, Daniel Krieger, Jenna Rice and all the venues
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Windham Mountain Ski Resort: Skiing Getaways Upstate New York

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Windham Mountain Ski Resort is located just a bit over 2.5 hours from New York City. Be prepared to witness some of the most amazing sceneries at one of the best skiing getaways upstate New York.

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The Windham Mountain Ski Resort has more than “50 ski trails, 12 lifts, an Inn, three restaurants, a golf course, spa, an adventure park and a lift -served mountain bike park”. Amazing right?

They offer a BootLab where you can buy and customize your boots with the renowned bootfitter, Mark Stewart.

Not everyone enjoys spending an entire day going up and down the mountains, so Windham Country Club offers a Mountain Yoga studio with several Yoga variations. You can try their Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga, Sunrise Flow, TGIF Yoga, Yoga Fundamentals and the Restorative Yoga.

The resort has a few dining options. You can try Rock’n Mexicana and Mulligan’s Pub. But, you can also choose from one of their many on-mountain dining spots!

So, for a lunch break or to finish the day, you can choose from burgers, to waffles, barbecue, and even sushi! They offer a great variety for all tastes.

Plus, they have great options for coffees, pastries, soups and sandwiches too!

If you’re not the skier-type, the resort is also a really great option to go during the hotter months.

They have countless outdoor activities from radical sports to golfing.

People have no idea how beautiful and green the state of New York is, so have fun exploring this fantastic place just a few hours from Manhattan. It’s definitely one of the best skiing getaways upstate New York.

If you need assistance to book this trip, let our experts give you a hand. For corporate groups and activities, learn what services we offer.

Location: 33 Clarence D Lane Road, Windham

www.windhammountain.com


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Photo Credit: Courtesy of OdysséeMontagne (only an illustrative image) and courtesy of Windham Mountain Resort
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Capoeira Vida: A traditional Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts

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We are very fond of Capoeira for several reasons! A while ago, we went to an event called Batizado (or baptism), and met a group called Capoeira Vida, formerly Capoeira Brooklyn. The modality is a traditional Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts.

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If you enjoy fitness group activity, you should definitely learn more about Capoeira Brooklyn.

Capoeira is:

“…a child conceived in Africa and born and raised in Brazil. Originally outlawed in Brazil, the art of Capoeira was created and practiced by Africans forcibly brought to Brazil during the slave trade as a form of combating their oppression. Dance-like movements, instruments and singing disguised the martial nature of the art from the Portuguese slave masters.

Capoeira continued to be illegal in Brazil until the 1930’s when it was taken off the streets and brought into the classroom. Today Capoeira is a both legal and very popular in Brazil and throughout the world. On July 15th, 2008, Capoeira was officially recognized as a culturally preserved art by the Brazilian government’s Department of Culture. It is a rich and multi-dimensional art that teaches culture, language, music and encompasses a complete body workout.”

In short, this unique and traditional Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts mixes self-defense, acrobatics, with a specific music rhythm.

Capoeira Brooklyn was founded my Mestre Foca and his wife, Instrutora Rouxinol. Both have been practicing the technique for over 20 years. Mestre Foca decided to open the only full-time capoeira academy, in Brooklyn, years ago. Today, it a highly recognized school within the capoeira community in New York and abroad.

He is certified as a professional martial arts instructor through IDEA Health & Fitness Association, while Instrutora Rouxinol is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Besides the classes for adults of all levels, they also have fantastic classes for kids.

They are both specializes in teaching children, so it’s definitely a good activity for kids to try out too.

In 2012, Mestre Foca and Instrutora Rouxinol launched a music compilation called “Vem Brin Capoeira”.  They wrote and  You can buy on iTunes, if you’re interested.

So, we’re sure you’ll just love this Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts modality. Plus, there’s nothing better than to get fit with mental balance and great capoeira music!

Still in the Brazilian spirit, you might want to try a great restaurants, a bar and a bakery. Beco Bar, in Williamsburg, Berimbau do Brasil, in Greenwich Village, and Padoca Bakery on the Upper East Side.

Classes: Check their website for details.

Locations:
Way of Action: 316 7th Street, 2nd Floor, in Park Slope, Brooklyn
PowerPlay: 432 3rd Avenue, in Gowanus, Brooklyn
LeFrak Center at Lakeside: 171 East Drive, in Prospect Park

www.capoeiravida.com


Credits: Courtesy of Capoeira Vida, formerly Capoeira Brooklyn
*Last Update on March/2020.*

3 Unique Spots In The East Village

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We are totally in love with the East Village and every small business you can bump into just by walking along the streets. We chose 3 unique spots in the East Village that we adore!

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As you guys know, every Saturday morning, at 11:30am, we are part of a volunteer group called Friends in Need that helps distribute food to 200 homeless people. So, I decided to share some spots in the East Village that I enjoy.

When you come to New York City, and specially when you live here, you are able to see how many people actually need our help.

Anyway, after the program I help to coordinate I love to walking through the neighborhood trying to find new spots to #UnCoverNYC for you guys!

This neighborhood is overflowing with new businesses ranging from bars, restaurants, coffee shops, to stores, hidden museums and an amazing night scene!

I do go a lot to the East Village during the day, but at night too, and the options are endless. It’s definitely one of the neighborhood that is a perfect “behind the scenes” example!

So here are 3 super unique spots in the East Village I always go to:


For an Exotic Lunch: Quintessence

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

I am is super into Vegetarian & Vegan restaurants. Quintessence is a vegan raw food restaurant and it’s amazingly delicious! It’s a tiny place, with only a hand full of seats, but it’s surely one of the neighborhood’s sweet hearts!

They serve everything from soups, salads and quinoa dishes, to rolls, tacos, tostadas, nachos, burgers, sandwiches and crepes. The desserts? Hum! Try them all, but we love the Original Chia Pudding! Oh! They have fresh juices and shakes, which are awesome too.

“Our food is comprised of some of the most rare and exotic ingredients found on earth, and combine to form the elegant, innovative dishes that have been celebrated as some of the very best found in New York City. But more than just great tasting food, everything served at Quintessence is home-made, organic, vegan, mostly raw, and gluten free.”

Location: 263 East 10th Street


For Coffee (and Cocktails): Hi-Collar

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The best places to sit, when going to a bar, restaurant, or coffee shop…is the bar area. It’s certainly the best VIP space, where you’ll probably get lucky and experiment new drinks created by the great mixologists behind the counters and get inside info on what’s “going on”.

We’re always excited to go to places that are very small and have ONLY a bar area – this way, everyone is VIP! Lol! This is exactly what Hi-Collar looks like. Inside a small door, you’ll find a narrow passage and a long, gorgeous bar with only 13 stools.

The food there is great, and the coffee is definitely something to try! They offer the Japanese method of flash-brewing for very tasty cold coffee and also a variety of hot coffee brewed over ice cubes. All very unique and done with beautiful traditional coffee accessories. Try their Hot Cake – perfect with the coffee!

“Fashion-alluding term popularized during the Japanese Jazz Age. Symbolizes Japan’s flirtation with the West. During the daytime, Hi-Collar is a Western-inspired Japanese cafe – popularly known as kissaten – specializing in siphon coffee & Kissaten menu. At night, the space transforms into Hi-Collar Bar, a place where ‘high collars’ are abandoned and sake is celebrated.”

Hours:
Lunch & Coffee:
Daily: 11am – 5pm (Last call 4pm)

Sake Bar Time:
Sunday – Thursday: 6pm – 1am (Kitchen last call 12am)
Friday & Saturday: 6pm – 2am (Kitchen last call 1am)

Location: 214 East 10th Street

http://hi-collar.com


For Healthy Shopping: Live-Live

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It’s impossible not to get crazy in a store with a huge variety of the best healthy, organic products, right? Live-Live sells raw (food, snacks and chocolate), organic, vegan, gluten-free products and super foods, plus great clean skincare products and food-grown supplements.

Oh, they also have a small shelf with great books. We loved every-single-product in the store, and we’re totally crazy for a skincare brand called Bee Yummy – raw and organic. It’s amazing how the skin feels after using it and improves with these different products.

The Crystal Ally Deodorant is also perfect if you’re trying to let go of these toxic ones that currently dominate the body care industry. It’ll be certainly a fun and educational shopping day! Have fun!

“We are here to support your juicy and vibrant lifestyle. Live Live and Organic™ has been embraced as the best store for raw, organic, live & vegetarian health products. We also offer excellent nutritional consultations as well as detoxification and fasting programs. We specialize in unique products of exceptional quality from all over the world and you can buy them here at the best price anywhere – we guarantee it!”

Hours: Daily: 11am – 10pm

Location: 261 East 10th Street

http://live-live.com


If you are interested in exploring more spots in the East Village, but you would like a private tours and experiences for your friends and family, let our experts cater the perfect itinerary for you!

Plus, for corporate services, brunches, lunches, dinners, or any other request, let us assist you.

Lastly, if you are the type person that really enjoys discovering off-the-beaten track spots, take a looks at this Self-Guided Tour of Greenpoint, in Brooklyn! Most certainly one of the up and coming coolest neighborhoods today.


Photo Credits: Courtesy of MellieKR (East Village pictures), RockMamaNYC, Kathyylchan and of the Venues
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Ancient Greek and Roman baths in NYC, at Aire Ancient Baths

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The experience of ancient Greek and Roman baths in NYC is just a few blocks from you! Aire Ancient Baths is one of the top get-aways in the city.

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Located inside an old weaving factory in TriBeCa, Aire Ancient Baths is an experience you’ll never forget! Most likely, you’ll get addicted to it!

As we’ve all studied in History class, in ancient Greece and Rome, fancy banquets were organized for special guests with sessions to thermal baths. These public thermal baths were hosted inside beautiful palaces and were considered special rituals.

Aire Ancient Baths offers a variety of water induced relaxation sessions ranging from the hottest water at 102ºF, to the super cold water pools that can go down below 46ºF. Definitely, for the brave!

There are also steaming rooms that are intensified by aromatherapy and propeller jet baths at 97ºF for pre massage sessions.

Plus, salt water pools at 100ºF that is one of the most sought after baths because of its ability to induce mental relaxation, and much more!

We love their newest treatment called Red Wine Baths. We all know that grapes are huge antioxidants.

Extracted from the Matarromera winery in Spain, the treatment starts with 30 minutes inside a tub with tempranillo grapes concentrates. While in the tub, you’ll receive a scalp massage, as well as a facial massage. The best!

Then, you’ll head to a full body massage with grape seed oil that will do wonders for your body regarding hydration.

And wait! It’s still not over! You will still indulge yourself into another 90-minute Thermal Session in their different baths.

This experience lasts 180 minutes. Have fun!!!

Prices per person:
Monday – Thursday: $450
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: $550

If you go there later in the afternoon, you can take an additional set of clothes and head straight for dinner. Since you are at the upscale Tribeca neighborhood, you might want to try Bouley’s kitchens.

Last, we work with highly customized and strategic corporate services with small, medium and large companies. We’ve organized, in the past, some very exclusive experiences at Aire Ancient Baths.

If this is something you’re looking for, let us organize it for you and you team.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 11pm

Location: 88 Franklin Street

www.ancientbathsny.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Aire Ancient Baths and Vogue Magazine (thumbnail image)
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Some Of The Best Essential Oils In New York, At Enfleurage

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We love to practice our daily meditations and live a healthy NYC lifestyle! Hence, we are huge adepts of essential oils and fragrances! Enfleurage sells some of the best essential oils in New York City!

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Enfleurage is a tiny and very charming store, located in the Greenwich Village between 7th and 8th Avenues. They have some the best essential oils and supplies in the city!

You’ll find an infinite number of essential oils & absolutes, different blends, carrier oils, roll-ons, sprays, hydrofoils, diffusers, incenses and a couple of amazing books!

Plus, they still host amazing courses. If you’re interested in learning more like: Introduction to Aromatherapy, All Natural Skin Care, Natural Incense Burning, Aromatherapy for Health Series, and a few others.

The best part? All classes are free and there is no pre-registration for them.

We wanted to buy everything, but bought only got some to start off. We simply l-o-v-e-d the Coconut Oil, which is not greasy at all, and is amazing to hydrate the skin now in the winter time!

They surely have some of the best essential oils in New York City and we just love stopping by to see what’s new!

A bit more about the brand:

Enfleurage is New York’s first and only store specializing in essential oils and incense from all around the planet. We import directly from farms and stills, bringing in high quality, fresh and sparkling essential oils from 6 continents.

Nothing is added to our oils and hydrosols. No preservatives, no isolates, no “enhancers”, no alcohol. When you breathe in an Enfleurage essential oil, you are breathing in its soul. Purely.

In addition, if you enjoy this type os store, you might want to check out Cafe & Ginseng or even see what the powerful Twin Hearts Meditation is all about!

Lastly, is you just want to relax in a few of the best spas in New York, you might want to see more about Aire Ancient Baths and Body by Brooklyn.

Relax and have fun!

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 237 West 13 Street

www.enfleurage.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Enfleurage
*Last Update on March/2020.*

A Different type of Ballet Class in New York City

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Are you into different types of fitness exercise? Well, this ballet class in New York City will surely help you achieve that a-m-a-z-i-n-g body you’ve been working on!

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This upcoming Saturday Giovana Puoli, creator of Ballet Videos and a Brazilian ballet teacher, will host a great class at Joffrey Ballet in New York City.

This is a huge trend in Brazil and, as we all know, Brazilian girls do have one of the most amazing and hottest bodies on the Planet, right?

Now wait! This is not the typical ballet class you’re expecting. No, No, No! This one will make you sweat everything (every single millimeter of fat) out…and more!

Giovana is not only one of the most renowned ballet teachers in Brazil, touring the country on countless speaking engagements and taking students abroad to unique experiences. She is also certified by the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), in New York City.

Thank you to our dear friend, Aline Muniz, for the great tip!!! She will be there at the class, and so will we!

If you enjoy this type of class, be sure to experiment other techniques, like Class with TT, Bold & Naked Yoga and even Brooklyn Boulders that is also a fantastic body strengthening exercise.

Plus, if you want a private class, tickets to some of the best ballet spectacles in New York City or even personal shopping for ballet clothes and accessories, see how our experts can make it easy for you!

For corporate groups looking for shows and tickets, we can also assist.

To SignUp, send Giovana an email: giovanapuolinewyork@gmail.com.

See you all there and we can’t wait to experience this different Ballet Class in New York City!

Date: Saturday, October 15th
Time: 12:30pm – 2pm
Price: $20/person.
Location: 434 Avenue of the Americas – Studio 6


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Giovana Puoli

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