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A Different Type of NYC Truck: Uprooted Flower Truck

Shop Specialties UpRooted Flower Truck Client

New York City is known for the countless food trucks roaming tirelessly around the city. You can find food trucks, ice cream trucks, juice trucks and even “fashion” trucks. But, Uprooted Flower Truck is the one and only, flower truck!

Uprooted describes themselves are “NYC’s florist on wheels”, which I think is pretty awesome. They are pioneers in launching this business and we have to agree that if you’re a pioneer in NY, you’ll most likely thrive!

It all started back in April of 2015, the exact month that I actually moved from my hometown São Paulo, Brazil to New York City!! What an exciting month! Hahaha!

Founders Ashley Custer and Kristin Heckler ran a super successful Kickstarter campaign, raised $15,000 and started their entrepreneurial path! And, what a journey!

New York is known for being the birth city of countless successful startups, but is quite tough having a brilliant idea no one has thought about, right?

When I met Ashley, back in February of 2016, she told me that her very first job was working at a flower shop, at the age of 14.  She majored in Criminal Justice at Temple University, but felt totally uninspired with the current social system. When she moved to NY with Kristen, her Co-Founder and Partner, she got back to working with flowers to brighten people’s lives – and also, her own.

On the other hand, Kristen, always had an entrepreneurial spirit. As her first job, she founded a local event planning business in her hometown: Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She studied Women’s Studies and Spanish at Duke University, but chose to follow a career as a Theater Director. That was actually what brought the duo to NYC in 2013. Kristin was going to attend her MFA at The New School. Today, she continues to self-produce theatre as well as working on Uprooted Flower Truck.

So, let’s talk about the truck!

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The truck has a floral cooler, electrical system, work counters, and sink with hot water – surely a fully functional florist on wheels! Plus, there is no way to miss it, when it passes by or is parked somewhere around the city. It’s gorgeous and with beautiful bright colors!

Flower bouquets are prepared and sold in three sizes – “the studio”, “the loft”, and “the penthouse” ranging from $12 – $45. Pretty good price for NYC!!!

Are you organizing an event? Needing new ideas of how to “wow” your clients, your team or your friends & family can be quite exhausting. We certainly know how event planning can be crazy! Phiuf! So, besides being able to have all your flower arrangements organized by Uprooted Flower Truck, have you ever thought about actually “booking a truck”? They organize custom floral events including bouquet bars, flower crowns, & branded bloom giveaways.

And, of course, weddings! I love everything about wedding, but the flower decoration is something I always look forward to! Why? Well, I have friends in the flower business in Brazil and became passionate about it! Anyway, their arrangements are certainly the style I want for my own wedding. They’re extremely colorful, with exotic flowers, unique arrangements and that no one will ever have the same! So, talk to the girls to explain what you want for your wedding!

Now, if you’re the type that loves Doing It Yourself (DIY), the girls organize pretty cool workshops to learn how to make the perfect flower arrangements.

You’ll be sure to learn all the tips and tricks behind doing the perfect vase and bouquets. I had an “express” course when we shot the YouTube video and was amazed at little tricks that make all the difference on the final result!

And lastly, if you live in New York and love having you home weekly decorated with beautiful flowers, but like every true New Yorker, you have absolutely no time to refill your vases, take a look at the Uprooted Subscription! Besides saving money, it’ll save you tons of time and fill your home with gorgeous arrangements. As they explain:

“Treat yourself or one of your favorites with a gift that keeps blooming! Choose your delivery dates, tell us about your preferences & we’ll send you the freshest flowers in town!”

We are sure you’ll enjoy it!

If you want to really go “pro”, take a look at the post we wrote about the Flower School in NYC.

Hours & Locations: Uprooted Flower Truck hits the NYC streets Thursday through Sunday each week. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter for exact parking locations and other surprise pop-ups!

www.uprootedflowertruck.com


Videography: Renata Meirelles
Photo Credits
: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of Uprooted Flower Truck

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

Fine & Raw: The Secret Behind This Chocolate Factory In Bushwick

Shop Specialties Fine and Raw Chocolate Fernanda Paronetto with Daniel Sklaar

If you are a confessed chocoholic, this is the place for you! Fine & Raw Chocolate has a gorgeous factory in Bushwick with a beautiful coffee bar, never ending chocolate options and still, you can peek inside to see how everything is done!

We love exploring secret spots and that’s no news, right? Duh! But who would have thought of exploring a chocolate factory in the neighborhood of Bushwick, in Brooklyn!?

It’s been a while since I’ve known about Fine & Raw Chocolate. Not only are they sold in several places around New York, but I was luckily introduced to the Founder, Daniel Sklaar, a few years back through friends in common.

I had just recently moved to NY and a group of friends invited me to this “Waffle Party”. I had no idea what that was about, but come on, who turns down a waffle party!? Not me!

So, years went by and I finally decided to interview Daniel and share with our readers what Fine & Raw Chocolate is all about. The story is amazing!

Daniel moved to NY in early 2000’s to work as a Financial Analyst, but…in no time, he found out that he had another bigger passion: Cooking! He was living in an artist loft / commune in Williamsburg, where quite a few people lived together.

So, he decided to take it seriously and become a chef. He instantly fell in love with chocolate and the art of making them. From that point on, he started experimenting and trying out different things with chocolate at the loft. Of course, all of his friends living there tried were the guinea pigs and “had to” try them all. The new good is that they all actually loved it. That was when Daniel decided to take it to another level and really focus on this craft.

I asked him what was the secret behind his chocolate, because I just knew there was someone more into what he was doing.

Daniel laughed and explained that “yes!” there are a few secrets in his production.

First, we research all over the world to be able to bring together the best and healthiest ingredients available. Second, instead of doing a regular roast of the chocolate itself, what we do is low temperature for a very long time. It’s similar to the idea of slow-cooking and it draws out this amazing flavor!

I also asked to have a tasting with him. I mean, what are the odds of NOT asking for one!? Hahaha!

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He explained that the best way is to always start from the darkest one, then work your way down to the sweetest. So, from the chocolates we tried, this was the order of what we had:

  • Sea Salt: a classic chocolate, with the salt opening up your pallet allowing the flavors to come through
  • Raspberry: organic dried raspberry, that brings out the fruity flavors in the chocolate
  • Hazelnut Butter: the hazelnuts come from Portland, Oregon and we grind them, so it becomes a butter
  • Coconut & Cacao: one of the most popular ones. When you bite it, the texture is insane!

During the hot months, Fine & Raw also hosts quite a few interesting events, gathering old friends and making new ones! You can stay tuned through their Instagram account.

They also have, year round, art exhibitions on their walls made by fantastic local artists. Everything hanging can be purchased, so be sure to take a look!

While you’re in Bushwick, you might want to have lunch a guiltless lunch at Roberta’s Pizza,  dinner and drinks at Lua, then head to the House of Yes for an unforgettable night!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 288 Seigel Street, Brooklyn

http://fineandraw.com


Videography: Renata Meirelles
Photo Credits: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of Fine & Raw Chocolate
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Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

The Best NYC Gift Card: NYC Helicopter Tours

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It’s always hard to figure out what special gift to buy for someone you love. One of the most unique options, that will certainly be memorable for the person receiving it, is a NYC gift card! What do we mean? See below!

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Denys Nevozhai

Gift cards can be a corny type of gift for people that are just lazy to give a thoughtful gift, right? But wait! If you purchase the coolest gift card idea ever, then there’s no way to get it wrong!

So, imagine receiving a NYC Gift Card with the opportunity of experiencing the most coveted NYC helicopter tours!

Not only is it an awesome gift, but you’ll most certainly go home with countless, priceless pictures showing NYC from high up in the air!

PURCHASE NOW!

*Inform us which experience below you’d like to purchase. Gift certificates are non-refundable and valid for one year from purchase.* 

In addition, we also work with Companies & Corporate Groups!

Take a look at the different options below:


R44 Discovery Flight (30min)
Experience the thrill of being a helicopter pilot! Take the controls, learn what makes a helicopter fly and see New York from a whole new perspective.
Price: $420

R44 Discovery Flight (60min)
Experience the thrill of being a helicopter pilot! Take the controls, learn what makes a helicopter fly and see New York from a whole new perspective.
Price: $775

Helicopter Tours & Private Tours:
Helicopters lift off from Westchester Airport and reach New York City airspace in just a few minutes. Prepare to be dazzled with bird’s-eye views of Central Park, the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings and more!

Shared NYC Helicopter Tour (30min)
Price: $300

Shared NYC Helicopter Tour (45min)
Price: $430

Couple’s Private NYC Tour (30min)
Price: $710

Couple’s Private NYC Tour (45min)
Price: $970

Private NYC Tour for 6 People (30min)
Price: $1,465

Private NYC Tour for 6 People (45min)
Price: $1,990

…and there are other seasonal options!

Fall Foliage Tour & Private:
Helicopters lift off from Westchester Airport and fly over historic landmarks such as Castle-on-Hudson, Lyndhurst Mansion, Kykuit, Tappan Zee Bridge, Hudson Palisades and Harriman State Park dressed in stunning colors. Not a private tour. Minimum 2 passengers per flight required.

Shared Fall Foliage Tour (30min)
Price: $300

Shared Fall Foliage Tour (45min)
Price: $430

Couple’s Fall Foliage Tour (30min)
Price: $710

Couple’s Fall Foliage Tour (45min)
Price: $970

Private Fall Tour for 6 (30min)
Price: $1,465

Private Fall Tour for 6 (45min)
Price: $1,990

Aerial Photo Workshop over NYC
A once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for all those interested in aerial photography. Fliers enjoy unobstructed aerial views of the Big Apple from an open-door helicopter flown by expert pilots. Private, one-hour flight for up to 3 people.
Price: $870

NYC Instagram Photo Flight
A once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for all those interested in aerial photography. Fliers enjoy unobstructed aerial views of The Big Apple from an open-door helicopter flown by expert pilots. One-hour, non-private flight.
Price: $395

PURCHASE NOW!

*Inform us which experience below you’d like to purchase. Gift certificates are non-refundable and valid for one year from purchase.* 

Finally, remember! If you’re not sure which one to purchase, be sure to see our post about the most coveted NYC helicopter tours!

We are 100% sure that whoever you’re gifting, will make you the talk of the year!

 

Cheryl Wat: From Marketing & Finance To A NYC Food Influencer

Curiosities Insider Interviews Cheryl Wat

Cheryl Wat went from Marketing & Finance to becoming a NYC Food Influencer! Take a look at her 7 secret New York City tips and be sure to add them to your To-Go spots!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Cheryl Wat

Cheryl Wat was born and raised on Long Island, but now lives in Queens. She graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Marketing and Finance and has 10 years of marketing experience working in the Finance industry as an Analyst in Marketing Research and Product Management.

During this time, Cheryl’s boyfriend wanted to open a restaurant. She became interested in learning about influencer marketing and using social media as a means to build his restaurant’s brand awareness and anticipation of its opening. To do this, she realized that she had to open up her own Instagram food account.

In July 2016, Cheryl established Book of Eats on Instagram and as a site, with the initial focus being restaurants, food, and beverages primarily in NYC area.

As she shared her dining experiences, she realized a community of people was being built who share the same interests. Since then, Book of Eats has expanded to travel, food around the world, and interesting food/travel related news.

See below her 7 secret New York City tips:


Trademark Taste & Grind

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“I love how this Midtown restaurant, called Trademark Taste & Grind is hidden behind a coffee shop. It’s one of the few places near Penn Station that I can think of with good food, isn’t touristy, and that I would want to bring someone.”

Yup! They are known for their delicious food, coffee and cocktails. The front area of the restaurant – Trademark Grind – is a coffee shop with a great selection of pastries and coffees. Walking towards the back area, you’ll find Trademark Taste serving new American comfort food.

It’s located in the Hotel Le Soleil.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 11pm

Location: 38 West 36th Street

www.trademarktaste.com


Fry Guys

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Fry Guys is a super cool retro looking French fry spot in the East Village with vinyl records all around the floors, walls, and ceiling. There’s even disco balls hanging from the ceilings. If you come here get the Drunk Guy, its fries are loaded with guacamole, bacon and cheese.”

These guys are really experts when the subject is “fries”. Their food is gluten-free fries and made from delicious Idaho Russet potatoes. How do they make it? They hand-cut everything, season it and perfectly fry it to get that crunchy texture.

The décor of the place is also fantastic and it’s vintagy look will take you back decades. It’s most certainly a nostalgic feeling.

This is the place to splurge and forget your diet! Forget about calories and just be happy! Ha! After all, as they say ‘Every day is FryDay!’.

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 2am
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 4am

Location: 150 East 2nd Street

http://fryguysnyc.com


Gaijin

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Gaijin is the only place in Astoria that I know of with a legit omakase sushi menu. I love the whole experience of sitting at the counter, interacting with the Chef, and being told the preferred way of eating the sushi is with my hands like in Japan. I can’t think of any other restaurants like this in Astoria, but in the city I definitely can.”

Chef Mark, a Chicago-native, is the artist behind it all. His outstanding culinary career gave him enough experience to open Gaijin – the result of his take on modern Japanese food.

Moreover, he blends his traditional Japanese cooking technique with a personal touch and inspiration. It’s known that his signature nigrizushi toppings are outstanding!

Nigirizushi (“hand-pressed sushi”) consists of an oblong mound of sushi rice that the chef presses between the palms of the hands to form an oval-shaped ball, and a topping (the neta) draped over the ball.” ~ Wikipedia

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 11pm

Location: 37-12 31st Avenue

www.gaijinny.com


Vaccaro’s Bakery & Café

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Vaccaro’s Bakery & Café is a bakery in Astoria, Queens, that has the most delicious donnolis. It’s basically a cannoli wrapped in a donut. It’s the best thing ever.”

This authentic Italian bakery was founded in 1981 and has been one of Astoria’s to-go spots. Loved by locals, they sell everything from delicious cakes, desserts and pastries, to breads and breakfast specials!

It will be hard to pick only a few things to try. But, remember you call always buy more and take home!

Hours: 6am – 9pm, daily

Location: 28-05 Steinway Street

https://vaccarosbakerycafe.com


The Last Word

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“A speakeasy in Astoria, called The Last Word, serves really good cocktails and is hidden behind a hardware store. I know in Astoria it’s well known, but I’m not sure about the general public.”

So, if you enjoy oysters paired with a good cocktail, this is the place for you! They still have a great menu with beer, wine and a few bites to nibble on.

They explain that:

“Our name comes from the gin-based prohibition-era cocktail called, The Last Word.”

And still, if you enjoy Soul, Rhythm and Blues, they have it live, every Thursday night. It’s definitely a place to got more than once! You’ll love it!

Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm – 2am
Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 3am
Sunday – Monday: 5pm – 1am

Location: 31-30 Ditmars Blvd

https://tlwastoria.com


Shuraku

Curiosities Insider Interviews Cheryl Wat Shuraku NYC Fried Lotus Root

“Of course I have to mention my boyfriend’s restaurant on here. I’d be a terrible girlfriend if I didn’t, I’m also a bit biased, but read his Yelp reviews if you don’t believe me! Shuraku is a hidden Japanese Grilling restaurant without a sign on the building. You would only know it exists if you walk up close to the building and see a menu hanging from the window. This is the only place that I know of in NY that serves gyu-katsu (deep fried breaded steak).”

We love Shuraku too and we’ve recently visited and written about them.

They are certainly a new place to have in your To-Go places in New York, especially if you’re into high-end Japanese spots with unique tasting menus!

Hours:
Wednesday: 5:30pm – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11pm
Sunday: 5:30pm – 10pm 

Location: 47 8th Avenue

www.shurakunyc.com


Jason Naylor’s murals

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Jason Naylor, in action!

“The murals all around the city by Jason Naylor. Offhand, I can only think of the one on 60th and 2nd Ave and the one on 16th and 6th Ave. I’m amazed by his graffiti work. The colors he uses are so vibrant. It’s so distinct that you don’t even need to see that it’s his work, you’ll just know.”

Jason is not only an artist, but he’s also a designer, writer and creative director. In addition, his colorful art works certainly make the city look even more beautiful and the quotes are very inspiring!

He was born in Salt Lake City, but fell in love the NY at an early age. His works can be seen in the fashion industry, as well as magazine, footwear and even in tattoos. We personally love the Statue of Liberty in his left arm!

http://jasonnaylorcreative.com


Thank you, Cheryl, for participating in our Insider Interviews and sharing with us these 7 amazing secret New York City tips!

Stay tuned for more upcoming interviews!

 

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A Filmmaker, Digital Storyteller And Travel Expert Named Kristen Kellogg

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Kristen Kellogg, a filmmaker, digital storyteller, and travel expert shares with us her 7 best NYC tips for exploring New York City. There is nothing better than learning with travel experts, right?

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Kristen Kellogg glamping in Ithaca, New York!

We love all different types of interviews and the ones with travel experts are always quite amusing. We not only love all the tips, but we also end up finding out more secrets about our own beautiful concrete jungle.

Read about Kristen’s explorations and see her 7 best NYC tips for exploring New York City.


Exploring rugged to refined, filmmaker, digital storyteller, and travel expert Kristen Kellogg has designed her life for life on the road. Her Wanderlust Website + Content Creation Agency, Border Free Travels, produces and shares highly engaging lifestyle stories and brand campaigns through film, photography, and innovative media tied to travel.

Kristen’s work and words have been featured in AFAR, MSN, Refinery 29, Daily Mail, Yahoo, and Travel Channel, and Islands Magazine, among others. Some of her recent clients include Skype, Thailand Tourism, The Outer Banks, Visit California, and Rosetta Stone for whom she produced a new travel video series.

On this adventure, Kristen journeys through Mérida, Mexico getting “Lost With Locals” while touring markets with a local chef, practicing Spanish phrases with strangers, and even picks up some local dance moves.

Kristen lives on Nantucket, has an obsession with cheese, loves talking to strangers – in person and on Instagram, and feels most at home when she’s not.

A Nantucket Island resident, when she’s not on the road, she finds inspiration by literally running around exploring her own backyard. She frequently visits NYC between travels in and out of the country.

So, take a look at her 7 best NYC tips for exploring New York City:


Helicopter Tours

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“The best views of Manhattan I’ve ever seen were in a helicopter – doors off! Everyone should do this once in their life – I’d go again in a NYC beat.

And we have to agree with Kristen! As we’ve said before, we know we are obsessed with New York City and one of the best views of the city is from high up in the air!

It’s incredible to see our concrete jungle and all the boroughs from this perspective.

Take a look at this Helicopter Tour and book now!


The William Vale

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“Sunset drinks and apps at the Westlight atop The William Vale hotel. This is the best view looking back on the city!”

Brooklyn is certainly the most up and coming area in New York and so much is going on, on that side of the bridge. New restaurants, stores, nightclubs, coffee shops, events, etc!

The William Vale is one of the newest additions to the neighborhood and has become an immediate hotspot.

Its rooftop offers a priceless 360º view where you can see the 5 boroughs.

If you want to stay in one of the trendiest hotels, in a super cool location and mix with an energetic and stylish crowd…then this is the place for you!

Location: 111 North 12th Street

www.thewilliamvale.com


Matcha Bar

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“If you have a thing for matcha and Instagram, you’ll find your prefect match at Matcha Bar, with two addresses in Manhattan.”

Founded by the brothers, Max and Graham Fortgang, in 2014, Matcha Bar is the perfect drink if you’re looking for energy, focus, paired with powerful antioxidants. Take a look at all its properties.

As they explained, they “became fixated on the idea of bringing this ancient tradition into the modern metropolis they call home”. And they did!

Their matcha is sourced directly from an independent family farm in Nishio, Japan.

Locations:
70 Prince Street, SoHo
256 West 15th Street, Chelsea

https://matchabarnyc.com


Miss Paradis

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“I love Miss Paradis in SoHo – prefect for catching up with a friend or two. Nosh on small plates and sip on rose — it adorns the walls of the place. I love the burrata!”

Miss Paradis opened just a while ago, in November of 2016. The place is beautifully designed by Philippe Starck and serves super healthy, seasonal food. The dishes are works of art and creatively presented.

They are well-known for their Rosé labels, so we do recommend trying the cocktails on their list. And, as they say: “don’t expect to skip dessert!”

“Miss Paradis is a timeless temple to the glory of the fruits of Nature.” ~ Philippe Starck, Créateur

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Thursday – Friday: 11:30am – 12am
Saturday: 10:30am – 12am
Sunday: 10:30am – 10:30pm

Location: 47 Prince Street

www.miss-paradis.com


Takoyaki

In New York city, you’ll find surprises around every corner, especially when it comes to culinary treats, such as this popular Japanese snack called “Takoyaki.” What is the most interesting street food you’ve tried?

Posted by Rosetta Stone on Thursday, December 1, 2016

“I stumbled on this gem of a Takoyaki stand on Doyers Street in Chinatown. You’ll get hungry watching the video I made (above).”

If you go to New York, you have to be opened to trying the different street food you’ll find along your way. Plus, if they are literally a hole in the wall, it’s even better.

Hidden in one of Chinatown’s most famous streets, Takoyaki opens only for a few hours during the weekends, so you need to be sure to pass by.

What to try? Maybe a little of everything! Their octopus dumpling is on the top of our list. Prices are super fair, so don’t worry.

Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 5 Doyers Street


KIIN Thai Eatery

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“I’ve traveled three times extensively through Thailand and always have a tough time finding those same tastes in the states. If you want authentic Thai food, KIIN Thai Eatery is IT! Every bite will have your mouth watering. This place is best for atlas for people – you can order half of the menu this way and try it all.”

KIIN, in the Greenwich Village, in Manhattan, serves authentic central and northern Thai cuisine, with recipes that dates back centuries, but are still current.

Ingredients are all very fresh and tasty, challenging everyone’s taste buds and offering a true Thai experience. 

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Thursday & Friday: 11:30am – 11pm
Saturday: 12pm – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 10:30pm

Location: 36 East 8th Street

www.kiinthaieatery.com


Sisley Spa

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“If you’re in need of a time out, stop at the Sisley Spa in the Rosewood Hotel and treat yourself to a unique treatment – the Phyto-Aromatic Replumping Youth Facial with Rose. The esthetician gently moves rose quartz around your face – so relaxing I fell asleep.”

Not really a “behind the scenes” experience, but nonetheless, super worth exploring, specially after a long and tiring day exploring New York.

It’s located inside The Carlyle hotel, in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Treatments are customized according to you needs and desires, so you’ll be sure to leave completely relaxed and ready for more NYC adventures!

Location: The Carlyle – 35 East 76th Street – 3rd Floor

https://thesisleyspa.com


Thank you, Kristen, for being part of our Insider Interviews and for sharing your 7 best NYC tips for exploring New York City!

 

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Tips By One Of The Top Hair Experts In NY, Rogerio Cavalcante

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Taking care of your hair in a city like New York can be a challenge in many ways. One of the top hair experts in NY, Rogerio Cavalcante, shared with us some great tips about the products he’s been using!

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The weather in New York City can go to extreme temperatures in the summer with long, humid days, and in the winter with the dry freezing air.

We all that taking care and keeping our hair healthy and strong can be quite hard.

So, we asked our friend and one of the top hair experts in NY, Rogerio Cavalcante to give us the secret to the perfect hair.

He told us everything about a fantastic brand called Oribe and pointed out his favorite picks.

Besides being dermatologist-tested, all products are formulated without parabens, sulfates or sodium chloride. It is color and keratin treatment safe. And still, it has UV protection for hair. The best? It’s vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free.

We simply love it! Take a look below!


To start, a bit about the brand:

Oribe was founded by the Cuban-born American hairstylist, Oribe Canales. He’s very well-known for having worked with the biggest top models like Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista. Moreover, he’s been the artist behind several Fashion Week high-end brands, like Chanel and Thierry Mugler.

They have a vast line of products for different hair and treatments, so you’ll definitely find the right one for you.

Collections are:

  • Gold Lust
  • Beautiful Color
  • Signature
  • Magnificent Volume
  • Brilliance & Shine
  • Moisture & Control
  • Bright Blonde

Rogerio’s top picks:

Today, a hair treatment starts before washing the hair, while in the recent past, you’d apply an intensive care mask after showering, remember? This pre-shampoo called Gold Lust Pre-Shampoo Intensive Treatment is a miracle worker.

Description: Bring damaged locks back to life. This rejuvenating pre-shampoo treatment balm melts into hair, deeply moisturizing and repairing while protecting against harsh aggressors such as washing, styling and pollution. Softness, shine and strength are restored.

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Benefits:

  • Protects hair from damage and moisture loss
  • Intensely hydrates and nourishes dry strands
  • Repairs existing damage while reducing future breakage and split ends
  • Revitalizes softness, shine, strength and elasticity
  • Restores moisture balance without weighing hair down
  • Helps to protect against free-radical and environmental damage

From the same Collection, called Gold Lust, he also recommends the Shampoo, Conditioner and Texturizing Spray. The Texturizing Spray to use after a day at the beach and swimming in the ocean, will be sure to restore your hair.

Now, if you’re looking for some amazing volume that leaves your hair light and natural, you can try the Volumista Mist Spray.

Or, you can try the Swept Up Volume Powder. It gives the hair volume and nice body. Just be careful not to use it all the time, since it leaves a bit of residue on the scalp. Use it for special occasions!

One of the coolest and most unique products, that definitely come in handy is the Airbrush. You use it to cover the small unwanted white hairs that shows up. They have it for all different hair colors.

For the very hot and humid NY summer days, you can try the Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray. This spray will certainly keep your hair fresh and “in control”! Be sure to spray it arm distance away.

Two of the unique products are the Shampoo and Conditioner in a can, instead of in a plastic recipient. The texture some out like a kind of mousse and the perfume is very good.

The Bald d’Or Heat Styling Shield is great to protect the hair before blow drying it or using any type of curlers! Benefits are countless, like:

  • Shields fragile strands from thermal damage
  • Leaves hair looking ultra-sleek and shiny
  • Fights frizz, flyaways and wiry greys
  • Makes hair easier to style and manage
  • Age-defying formula restores hair’s strength and density

And still, the Gold Hair Nourishing Oil is a great one to have in handy. As they explain:

“This luxuriously light oil absorbs instantly to restore hair to its prime. Infused with a rich blend of jasmine, edelweiss flower, lychee, sandalwood, cassis, bergamot and argan extracts, each protective drop penetrates the hair to deeply condition, strengthen and smooth—imparting intense nourishment and incredible shine. Works wonders on dry, damaged and color-treated hair…Liquid gold.”

If you have curly hair, you might want to try out the Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse. Once again, their description is just perfect:

“Sexy, surfed-in hair is no longer the domain of beachgoers in their tropical climes. Texturize your locks with this hydrating mousse that creates perfectly imperfect separation for that effortlessly tousled look.”

Lastly, they have some super great Kits. Check out their Holiday Travel Essentials Bag and the Holiday Gold Lust Collection.

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In addition, besides Oribe – that is certainly one of Rogerio’s current favorite brands – he also recommends everyone to check out a brand called R+Co.

About R+Co:

“R+Co is a collective of some of the most forward-thinking, rule-bending hairstylists in the business. We are a think tank of top editorial and salon stylists and educators—with a combined century of hairdressing knowledge and experience—and we make sure that we have more than one viewpoint on everything we do.”

…and coolest part:

“Everything is formulated without parabens, sulfates (SLS or SLES), mineral oil and petrolatum. They are all vegetarian, cruelty-free, gluten-free and color-safe.”

Now, you can prepare yourself to face NYC’s harsh approaching winter, and keep in mind what to buy for the next summer!

Happy shopping!


You can find Rogerio, one of the top hair experts in NY at Maria Bonita Salon & Spa, in SoHo!

Location: 199 Mott Street

www.mariabonitany.com

 

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Oribe and Poppy Delevingne for Meandher shoes (featured image).

My Sweet Brigadeiro Reminds Us How Much We Love Brazil

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We love Brazil for several reasons: the beaches, the Carnival, the happy and always solicit people, the amazing climate! But, one of the big reasons are because of a sweet called Brigadeiro and My Sweet bakes it perfectly!

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Anyway, the list of reasons to love Brazil can just go on forever. As we mentioned, the even sweeter reason are the famous brigadeiros.

Brigadeiro is a chocolate type of candy that is very traditional and with a very unique texture!

Brigadeiro Bree-gah-day-ro is Brazil’s favorite and most traditional sweet. Made with condensed milk, cocoa and butter, its cooking process requires love and patience. The result is a delicious round shape sweet with a unique and unforgettable consistency.

Two Brazilian expats in New York, Paula Barbosa and Christina Bahn launched My Sweet in 2011. The recipes and idea came through Paula. Her Grandma Lucila is the one that inspired and taught her how to perfectly bake them.

And, we have to agree. Everything we learn with Grandmas, are the best, right?

Speaking about, Paula uses only organic and very high quality ingredients, sourced through local producers. A great way to support the community, for sure! In addition, there are absolutely no preservatives and artificial ingredients, making them perfectly natural, and delicious!

Do you want to know who are a few of their most loyal customer are: Gisele Bündchen, Al Pacino, Andrea Dellal, Alessandra Ambrosio and Izabel Goulart!

So, it’s a definite pit stop when you are exploring the super artsy Bushwick neighborhood.

Lastly, you can also shop online if you aren’t able to go to the store. There, you’ll be able to discover all the amazing different flavors. Flavors like: cinnamon pecan, peanut lover, BW crunch, lavender, ginger, fresh mint, sea salt and countless others! We particularly love the traditional one, with only chocolate.

So, as we stated: We love Brazil!

This might be a great treat to have at any upcoming private event or dinner you might be organizing for friends and family. It’s also very popular to see it in weddings, so it can be a great option! If you need assistance to organize a Corporate event or meeting, our experts can cater to your needs.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm

Location: 57 Porter Avenue, Brooklyn
Plus, you can also find them at Whole Foods Tribeca and Fresh Direct.

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of My Sweet Brigadeiro

We Love The Organic Beans-to-Bar Chocolate By Cacao Prieto

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Sourced from the Dominican Republic, Cacao Prieto is an organic beans-to-bar chocolate factory in Red Hook, Brooklyn. See what their chocolate and spirits are all about!

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“100% organic, 100% passionately made in house from pods to beans.”

Cacao Prieto was founded by Daniel Prieto Preston, whose family has been farming organic cacao in the Dominican Republic for more than 100 years.

The farm, named Coralina Farms, which supplies all the cacao for Cacao Prieto’s chocolates and spirits, is also the center for long-ranging experiments in self-sustainable and organic farming methods.

In fact, everything is 100% organic and  100% passionately made in house from pods to beans. From bars to bonbons, from hard science to the ethereal joy of tasting high quality chocolate. So, Cacao Prieto aims to link the best of the New and Old Worlds to re-define the manufacture, processing and, of course, the pleasures of chocolate and chocolate based liqueurs and rums.

In addition, they offer some pretty cool Chocolate Factory & Distilling Tours!

Here they explain a bit more in depth what the tour is all about:

“Cacao Prieto tours last 1 hour and include an in-depth look at the history of cacao in the Dominican Republic. Plus, see the beans to bar process, the machinery used for processing and science that makes chocolate the unique product it is.

From turn of the century antiques to patented machines invented in house, see how a raw fermented cacao bean moves from farm-to-bar through roasting, cracking, winnowing, milling, tempering, molding, and packaging. In addition, following chocolate is a look at distilling rums, liqueurs, and whiskey from grain-to-barrel-to-bottle.

Tasting flights of chocolate and spirits included.”

Lastly, if you don’t want to wait to go to their chocolate factory in Red Hook, you can buy online at their store. These organic beans-to-bar chocolates will definitely be a unique and pleasing experience for your palate!

And, you can find them in stores, here.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Public Tour Hours:
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm
Private Tours are available by appointment.

Location: 218 Conover Street

http://cacaoprieto.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cacao Prieto

The Borscht Belt: Abandoned Sites in the Catskills Region

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“The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland” is a great book by Marisa Scheinfeld! It shows gorgeous shots of ‘abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York’.

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We love the Catskills region of upstate New York. Moreover, we are also fascinated in exploring abandoned spots where there once was an entire booming scene of people and life!

It’s incredible to learn what happened to these places. Why it became forgotten and to be able to walk through and register what it has transformed into.

If you L-O-V-E photography books and these abandoned locations, then you’ll love this book! It’s called “The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland”, by Marisa Scheinfeld.

It takes place in the Catskills Mountain Region, in upstate New York. In addition, it has some of the most intriguing images that will entice your curiosity.

Below is an excerpt from Marisa’s website where she explains with more details what this project is about.


“Today the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances. But its current state, like that of many other formerly glorious regions, is nothing like its earlier status.

Forgotten about and exhausted, much of its structural environment has been left to decay. The Borscht Belt, which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, presents Marisa Scheinfeld’s photographs of abandoned sites. There, resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York.

The book assembles images Scheinfeld has shot inside and outside locations that once buzzed with life as year-round havens for generations of people. Some of the structures have been lying abandoned for periods ranging from four to twenty years, depending on the specific hotel or bungalow colony and the conditions under which it closed.

Other sites have since been demolished or repurposed. This makes this book an even more significant documentation of a pivotal era in American Jewish history.

The Borscht Belt presents a contemporary view of more than forty hotel and bungalow sites. From entire expanses of abandoned properties to small lots containing drained swimming pools, the remains of the Borscht Belt era now lie forgotten, overgrown, and vacant.

In the absence of human activity, nature has reclaimed the sites, having encroached upon or completely overtaken them. Many of the interiors have been vandalized or marked by paintball players and graffiti artists.

Each ruin lies radically altered by the elements and effects of time. Scheinfeld’s images record all of these developments.”


Take a look at Marisa’s countless upcoming events. These are great opportunities to meet her and get your book signed!

She is an extremely sweet person, besides obviously, extremely talented.

You will love her!

www.marisascheinfeld.com

 

Text and Photo Credits: Courtesy of Marisa Scheinfeld

A Music Haven in Williamsburg called Rough Trade NYC

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One of the best places best places to go in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, if you’re into great music, a fantastic selection of books and magazines, delicious coffee and drinks, plus…if you’re a vinyl lover, or collector, is Rough Trade NYC.

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To start with, more and more tourists are learning about the neighborhood of Williamsburg, in Brooklyn. Not only that, but locals are also starting to cross more frequently the bridge to explore other Boroughs, besides Manhattan.

Now, exploring a neighborhood means: walking through it, getting lost, entering streets you wouldn’t necessarily go in and be open hearted with whatever comes! Do you see a small, opened door? Walk in! You might be surprised…

That is, to say, that the Rough Trade NYC store, based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is the biggest one they have and it’s definitely a special place. We love everything about them from the containers they installed in the space, the effortless décor to the works of art all over the place!

It’s huge and pretty easy to get lost amidst the many amazing works spread within the huge 15,000sqft warehouse. Plus, you’ll find everything from old all-time favorites, to new, upcoming artists and great hits.

In addition, you can also find a vast variety of musical instruments and accessories around the store. We love the new vintage-like vinyl players! Perfect for the modern vinyl lover!

As they explain:

“Rough Trade first opened in 1976, West London, on the doorstep of punk. Forty years on, we continue to celebrate and focus on simply the most exciting music.

As our stores have grown in size and popularity, so has their scope and ability to embrace a wider celebration of independent thinking, creativity and fearless self-expression, from literature to DIY technology.

Fundamentally, our stores provide creative, independent minds a shared place of discovery and congregation.”

Not to mention, they have a big separate space at the back, where they host super cool music gigs with local artists and offer a full bar service. They’ve had on stage some pretty cool bands like one we love, called Vick + The Velvicks!

Tickets usually sell out quickly, so do keep your eyes opened in advance!

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Location: 64 North 9th Street

www.roughtradenyc.com

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