Talk Weddings to Me Panel: Covid Edition
Wedding planning seems like a lot right now - where do I even start?! Do my guests have to wear masks? Are buffets a thing of the past? How can I arrange hair and makeup for my 10 bridesmaids?Read full story
The Easiest Mac and Cheese Recipe You Will Ever Make
Mac Mac baby!! You cannot go wrong with Mac and Cheese. It's the perfect side that complements any dish or if you're looking to carb-o-load, eat it as a meal. There are so many recipes out there, but here is an easy one I've recently made and loved. This recipe feeds about 8-10 people, and I ended up freezing some of it for future leftovers!Read full story
Celebrity Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank opens new PFRANKMD Downtown Location
Renowned Celebrity Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank is expanding his esteemed PFRANKMD practice and brand to a Downtown location on Perry Street, in the historic West Village.Read full story
How To Safely Blow Out Your Birthday Candles
Meet the party solution for the new normal: The Top It Cake Shield. Top It is a patent-pending, doctor-invented cake shield created to protect party goers of all ages from spreading germs over cakes while blowing out candles. Believe it or not, it was pretty gross to blow out your candles pre-covid.Read full story
The Best Chicken Parm Dishes in NYC
I'm a big sucker for chicken parmesan. The cheesier the better. I know it's not an authentic Italian dish, but I will almost always order it when it is on a menu (or I will make my husband order it, so I can have a bite.. or half of his dish). There are so many incredible italian spots in NYC, but here's are my top 5 favorite chicken parm dishes.Read full story
Don Angie never gets old!
Yes, I am going to preface this post with: Don Angie is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC It is always consistant. I love the story behind the co-chef/co-owner, husband and wife duo, Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli. Their recipes are genius and there is really nothing else like this place in NYC.Read full story
How to Make Fajitas Like Your Favorite Mexican Restaurant
Looking for a healthy, easy dinner recipe to make tonight? I got one for you. Chicken Fajitas! This is a dish that you can make over and over again. If you're not into chicken, you can make it with steak, shrimp, tofu, you name it! Feel free to make it with whatever sides you'd like, but I typically go with guac, rice and beans, salsa, cheese and sour cream.Read full story
5 Sushi Spots in NYC You Need to Try Now!
I could eat sushi seven days a week. NYC is filled with incredible Japanese restaurants, but some stand out to me more than others. Here's five spots I've been dining at for years and cannot wait to go back to. Some are more authentic than others and at different price points. One thing they all have in common? The fish is always fresh! Most of these have only been open for takeout and delivery, but check each of their websites to see if they will be offering indoor dining at 25% capacity.Read full story
5 Makeup Products To Elevate your Mask Look
I can count the number of times I've worn makeup since March on my two hands. There have been a few times when I have put it on for an important zoom meeting, and then others when I'll put it on if I'll be out all day wearing a mask, but seeing people I haven't seen in a while.Read full story
Traveling during COVID? Here's Some Tips and Things you Need to Buy Ahead of Your Trip
After a year of not seeing some of my friends and family, I decided it was time to take a trip to Florida. Many of my peers have traveled throughout COVID and all said it has been a pleasant, safe experience, but I was still super anxious about it.Read full story
This Matzoball Soup Recipe is as good as Your Grandma's!
It doesn't have to be a Jewish holiday to make matzoball soup! My grandma, Nanny Essie, taught me how to make matzoballs when I was about 10 year old and I "try" to make them every year. The soup broth recipe changes each time, but this year (with help from my mother-in-law we made the chicken broth from scratch, because what else are you supposed to do in quarantine? I am so thankful that I still have leftovers, and definitely plan to make this again soon!Read full story
Healthy(ish!) Chicken Meatballs and Spaghetti
I can confidently say I have eaten chicken meatballs for dinner more than any other meal in quarantine. Sometimes we order them in from one of our favorite restaurants on Long Island, Butera's, and other times we buy Butera's pre-made meatballs from the grocery store, and other times when we feel like cooking, we make them on our own.Read full story
Beautyblender's new Sustainable Bio Pure Makeup Sponge launches today!
Beautyblender has always created responsibly - from the first reusable sponge to sustainably sourced cleansers formulated nearly two decades ago by founder Rea Ann Silva. Today, Beautyblender remains committed to creating a more eco-efficient process of reducing waste, lightening their carbon footprint and preserving Earth’s ecosystems.Read full story
5 Super Bowl Delivery Spreads You Need at Your COVID-Safe "Party"
Super Bowl watch parties will be different this year, but as long as you have good food and drinks, you'll be fine! Whether you're rooting for Tampa, Kansas City, Brady or are only in it for the commercials and half-time show, these spots will keep you induldged and satisfied throughout the big game next weekend!Read full story
Interview with Rebecca Samakow: Lawyer by day, Happy Home Chef by Night
NJ-based lawyer Rebecca Samakow, ESQ developed a passion for cooking at an early age. She got her start by assisting her father and grandmother in the kitchen, where she learned all different types of recipes and the fundamentals of creating homecooked meals. When the pandemic started last year, Rebecca created a virtual cooking class for her colleagues at work to help keep their team together even though they were apart. What started as a way for colleagues to virtually hang out, learn basic cooking skills and how to make simple meals, turned into a full-fledged, weekly cooking series.Read full story
Break the Rules with This Chicken Chili Recipe. Bonus: It takes less than 25 minutes!
There are no rules when it comes to Chili! I read over 10 different recipes and combined them based on what I had in my fridge and pantry. The below is a little guide with some items and a made up recipe that works, but basically, whatever you mix into your pot will be delicious!Read full story
5 Skin Care Products to Get You Through Winter
I've worked in beauty PR for over 10+ years on some of the biggest brands in the hair, cosmetic, skincare and wellness spaces. While I love cosmetics, and am currently working for an awesome makeup brand, I am true and loyal skin care junkie.Read full story
The Making of Cacio Pepe: Simple & Delicious!
I've been a lover of cacio pepe since I first noticed it on a menu, but I've never made it at home. Before making it, I thought it was just pasta, parm cheese and pepper mixed together, but there's an extra step you must perfect when making a true, authentic cacio pepe recipe. I promise, one you make it, it won't be your last time. Hope you enjoy!Read full story
3 Destinations to Add to Your Post-Covid Bucketlist
Besides being with my friends and family, nothing makes me happier than travel. I've been lucky enough to have visited 5 continents (almost 6 had our Japan trip not been canceled last year because of COVID!). Japan is the next spot on my bucketlist, but if you haven't yet traveled to South Africa, Lake Como (Italy) and Copenhagen (Denmark) -- definitely consider these locations! South Africa you need a good 10-14 days, but Copenhagen or Lake Como can really be done in a long weekend if you plan it the right way. Here's some tips on what to do, where to stay and places you must eat at!Read full story
A Wickedly good Restaurant Opens in the West Village
You do what self-taught chef and restaurateur, Zod Arifai did. With plans to open his newest restaurant, Wicked Jane, on April 7th, he was put in a tough position. He clearly could not open the restaurant in the way that he had originally planned and had to be creative when it came to his opening strategy. Lucky for New Yorkers, Chef Zod decided to open Wicked Jane despite the difficult road ahead. Wicked Jane is located in Greenwich Village, an area usually bustling with foot-traffic. In “normal” times, it’s the perfect place for a new restaurant to open, some might argue, but because of the pandemic, the streets are pretty quiet, at least by New York standards. Despite these setbacks, Chef Zod was able to open a beautiful restaurant with delicious food. Those brave enough to venture out to the village, will be captivated by the new addition to the neighborhood. Whether it’s the deep purple and blue velvety chairs, the checkered tile floor or the sheer aromas from the kitchen, your curiosity will strike, as you make your way into the outdoor patio for some cocktails and delicious food. Wicked Jane serves a menu of Modern American small plates. From the fresh heirloom tomato salad with peaches to lightly cooked salmon with ginger, grapes and daikon, the aromas and flavors are unmatched. The tables are wood with fresh carnations on each, bringing the ambiance of fine dining outdoors. Here's what we got!Read full story