• New York

    Sanpellegrino Launch 2 New Flavors @SanpelFruit_US


     The Magic of Sanpellegrino!  At Eataly last night, an amazing reveal from Sanpellegrino took place!

    Eataly is my favorite New York City’s gourmet Italian marketplace and what a treat it was to celebrate the new summer flavors of my all time favorite sparkling fruit drink – Sanpellegrino!

    From April 26th to April 29th, Eataly visitors witnessed a unique and artistic installation from Sanpellegrino, a global leader in sparkling fruit beverages, where their two new flavors were revealed over-time with a one-of-a-kind spring-inspired floral installation.

    This morning, the flavors were finally revealed – officially announcing the addition of Melograno e Arancia (Pomegranate and Orange) and Clementina (Clementine) our FAVES to the Sanpellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages line-up.

     I was invited to learn all about the new flavors and how they can be used in the kitchen. With the Taste Buds of Spring Menu, I got to enjoy the yummy stuffed peppers with fish and veggies, glazed chicken with pomegranate and Cannoli with clementine zest.

    Along with tasting the food prepared by the head chef of Eataly, we were also introduced to the proper wine pairing with the likes of Cerasuolo, Chiaranda and Ben Rye are all available at Eataly.

    Follow @Sanpelfruit_US and #Tastebudsofspring

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  • New York,  WorldWide

    Best Of NYC: Get Fit

    In the past couple of months, I became increasingly aware of the calories I was consuming every week from all my nomming. Because I was heading for Asia, I wanted to avoid hearing that I had gained weight from errr… everyone I know, so I decided to up the workouts. My doctor also suggested exercising every day to prevent sleep deprivation and stress. She said that when the mind is racing, it is difficult to sleep. However, if you work out every day and do some yoga, then you’ll be too tired to think when it’s time to sleep. Since I starting working out two to three times a week, I’ve been sleeping better and I’ve also gotten leaner.

    Circuit of Change: I am obsessed with the Zen Bootcamp class at this studio. Brian, Derek, and Olga teach an hour-long ass-kicking class that combines boxing, gymnastics, yoga, and Pilates style abdominal exercises. If the classes were cheaper, I would go five times a week but they are $27 per class or $69 for three classes.

    Yoga To The People: This donation-based studio in St. Marks is perfect for those on a tight budget. Anyone can join their power yoga class, but I would let the instructor know if it’s your first time practicing. The teachers encourage students to make noises and hum- I personally find this to be over the top and unnecessary-but hey, who can complain about a free class that will make you sweat. You can also borrow a mat for $2 and buy water for $1 if necessary.

    Exhale Bootcamp Core Class: I tried this class out because I had a three-for-one coupon for their SoHo studio. The barre class was not at all my cup of tea, but I decided to sign up for their core bootcamp class. I was delightfully surprised to find that the class was fantastic. Of course, each class can vary because of the teacher, but I loved the use of the medicine ball and weights combined with cardio and core-building exercises. For some reason, my arms and thighs were sorer than my abs the next day but I highly recommend this class if you are not on a budget!

    Now that I’m in China and far away from these beloved classes, I found a great alternative while traveling, especially if there isn’t a gym around. I’ve been using the Nike Training App for months and I love it. Two of my friends and I even have a little Nike Training group going on at school every other day. The App contains tons of options at the beginner, intermediate, advanced levels and you can do 15 minute, 30 minute, or 45 minute workouts. I usually do the 30 minute workouts that consist of a different circuit (weights, medicine ball, abs, cardio) every minute. You can play videos to see how each circuit is done and a Siri-type voice advises you on how to do the circuits throughout the workout. Every time you finish a workout, it shows you (see picture below) the approximate amount of factories burned, your total amount of training time, and the amount of workout time you have to complete before you unlock your next “reward”.


  • New York

    @MBfashionweek Backstage Beauty @MaraHoffman @TIGIHaircareUSA

    DSCN4902TiGi created some incredible looks for Mara Hoffman backstage using a combination of pomade and high shine spray. Creating 3 braids and wrapping it with a colorful Guatemalan belts as bands – the TiGi team, transformed these models into magical and mythical RAINBOW WARRIORS.

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    This guy was supervising the beauty department

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    Mara Hoffman beams a positive energy that lights up a room. “There’s a Rainbow Warrior moment happening here,” she said backstage before her spirited Spring show. “This collection is about straight-up happiness. I know that sounds hippie-dippie, but it’s real.” Hoffman wasn’t kidding about the rainbow thing. In addition to playing up her signature vibrant prints (including a graphic serpent pattern and her go-to third-eye motifs, which she did long before Kenzo), Hoffman showed maxi dresses and sheer caftans embroidered or embellished, respectively, with ROYGBIV-colored arcs. Other standouts in the lineup included tie-dyed jumpsuits, intarsia-knit ponchos, and a pair of short shorts cut from artisanal Guatemalan belts—the same ones wrapped around the models’ Willie Nelson-esque braided extensions. Hoffman’s aesthetic is niche, to be sure, but you can’t say these clothes don’t have soul (via Style.com)

    She is amazing!

    Find out more on www.marahoffman.com

  • Asian,  New York,  WorldWide

    Best of NYC: Food

    I have only been in China for about three days and I’m already getting nostalgic for New York City. New Yorkers may be loud, aggressive, and insane, but you can truly be whoever you want to be in this city.  There really isn’t another place in the world quite like it.

    I’m also thinking about so many of the great meals shared with new friends, old friends, and school buddies that I reconnected with. As I think about all of the delicious food and wonderful company I encountered this summer, I feel it’s only right that I share some of my favorite spots in the city for a bite to eat.

    Country-Bacon-with-Onion-RingsSource: Bare Burger

    Bare burger has a ton of organic variety… from Bison burgers, to several kinds of veggie options, to sandwiches and wraps. I will definitely be bringing my family here the next time they are in town!

    Source: www.koreanbeacon.com

    If you feel like getting some beers and grub in Korea Town, Mad For Chicken, makes delicious chicken marinated in hot & spicy and garlic sauces. You can also order a beer tower. Seriously people, it’s a tower of beer that lights up in different colors.

    pbjThai-Iced-CoffeeSource: Oddfellows NYC

     My favorite new ice cream place is a 1950’s themed parlor in Williamsburg (near the water where they have The Brooklyn Flea) called Oddfellows. I would go back and get their awesome flavors like Thai Iced Tea and PB&J (see picture above).  The PB&J is made by freezing the condiments with liquid nitrogen to keep them separate from the vanilla base. At Sundaes and Cones in Manhattan, the taro, green tea, and guava ice-creams are must tries! GROM has the best gelato in the city. Paris Baguette in K-Town has a fantastic green tea shaved ice with toppings for days.

    xianporkxian1Source: Xian Famous Foods

    Xian Famous Foods is the place to go for inexpensive spicy noodles and their insane pork buns. Ohmygod their pork buns are just bursting with flavor.

    For cheap, tasty Vietnamese fare, I would head down to Nha Trang in Chinatown and order their shrimp summer rolls, pork chop, and chicken pho.

    I have not found a place with more choices and toppings than Kung Fu Tea. I love that you can adjust the amount of sugar you want in your boba. I’m obsessed with their kung fu green milk tea and taro milk tea. For a sit down place, I always go to the Teahouse from Hong Kong, St. Alps.

    What are your favorite places to eat in the city?

    Stay tuned for more posts about where to drink, exercise, and shop!