NYC what is your Grade?

It’s kind as if your writer was missing in action for a brief moment in time -but seriously don’t let that small amount of time off fool you. As a defense this never-ending damn Polar Vortex perhaps has played a major part in supplying an infinite amount of brain freeze -literally.  However, that’s not the…

Breakfast: Is It An Essential Meal For All Age Groups?

There can be no doubt on the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; it is imperative that both grown-ups and children do not skip this meal. A common misconception amongst dieters is that skipping breakfast will help you lose weight because it restricts your daily calorie intake. The truth is that skipping the breakfast can sabotage your best weight loss…

Creative Edge Makes Holidays Easier

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and Christmas right around the corner, that stressful holiday entertaining time is uncomfortably on our heels…for those who entertain during the holidays. Anyone who has ever thrown a party of any sort, especially of the Christmas variety, knows the trauma that can, and usually does accompany it. Trying to make everyone…

PHA’s First Annual O2 Breathe Gala

Last Thursday, at the back of what seemed to be just a very large parking garage, a group of well-dressed men and women came together to celebrate the life of Dr. Robyn Barst, a known, praised and loved pioneer in the field of Pulmonary Hypertension. Hosted by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) and featuring guests including MSNBC/NBC’s Craig…

The Place in the West Village

Since 1998, the Place has been a hidden gem of the West Village. Its three room establishment is cozy and homey, complete with oak beamed ceilings and slate floors that create an old world setting, perfect for intimate meals, whether brunch with friends or a night with your beloved. Known for its mouthwatering modern European…

Love Inc., The Business of Love

Despite the fact that many New Yorkers are in no rush to settle down and tie the knot, it seems that many still are, and the market is as profitable as ever. So much so that Love Inc. founder, Brittny Drye, has launched a digital magazine and website dedicated to helping out brides and grooms to…

Pigging Out At Red Hook’s Pig Island

Last month I re-lived Afropunk, one of Brooklyn’s most awesome weekend music festivals. This month it was Pig Island, a giant festival of all that is pork. I must say I’m planning to make this one a tradition. Just as last year, Pig Island featured 80 hogs prepared in various styles by 25 of the…

AFROPUNK IS COMING

Remember last year, when I first slipped into my music writing shoes? Remember a little two day festival we called Afropunk, where I met Bad Rabbits and Telly from Ninjasonik and almost peed my pants at the surprise appearance of one Yasiin Bey? It’s that time again, and I have no doubt this year’s Afropunk…

Falafel Mania- Mamouns

OK, let’s paint the picture. Here you are walking around in NYC, looking cute with your besties and then suddenly hunger pains hit you like a ton of bricks. Though you want to continue shoe shopping in that cute shop – the craving for falafel drives you out of the store.  A few blocks away…

Franchia Vegan Cafe and Tea House

According to the Vegetarian Times, 7.3 million Americans are vegetarian while 1 million are vegan. As science develops and more research is conducted on living a healthy life, it is becoming more apparent that adopting a vegetarian inclined lifestyle is much healthier for people of all ages. However, sometimes it is hard to maintain such…

Serendipity 3

I’ve always thought that restaurant names are superfluous and meaningless. Half the people I know go to Shake Shack and get everything on the menu but the shakes. Others go to restaurants so famous for their Mexican food they’re named after one of their dishes and order Chinese food instead. But my point of view…

Lombardi’s: America’s First Pizzeria

When you walk down any street in the city you are bound to spot at least one pizzeria with bright neon lights claiming to be home to the best slices in town. But there is only one place in the city, and in the nation that can stake claim to being the first, original pizzeria,…