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Coffee Makes You Gregular

4 Apr

Gregory Zamfois of Gregory's Coffee

Blogger, bloggers, bloggers…you wandering transplants huddled around the single outlet in the middle of the Astor Place Starbucks, I am here to tell you about a revolution: a coffee shop that not only wants us laptop luggers to come and while away the hours across their furniture, they actually reward it.

Last week bloggers, the Twitterati, and coffee gourmands feted at the 46th street location of Gregory’s Coffee, in celebration of the time old tradition of dragging yourself to the nearest drink house and getting stuff done. The franchise issued “growlers” to their favourite bloggers, in the categories of nightlife, foodie, online advice, music, fashion, and self-promotion; and in true caffeine-addiction conspiration, said growlers are refillable with iced coffee for life! Hallelujah, praise the lord!

Jonathan Valdez snags a growler for his fashion blog, Orange Juice and Biscuits

Tereza Nemmessanyi also gets a lifetime supply of iced coffee for Best Online Advice Blog

(SHTBC Tidbit: I filmed a segment with Tereza herself for Honestly Now‘s first ever webisode. The minute I get it, so will you…)

For Gregory, it’s all about supporting his biggest supporters, and bringing something new to the same ol’ Starbucks/Think Coffee routine. Zamfois says he wants to continue to provide a place where bloggers can gather and call their “office”. Mmmmm, four fresh midtown office locations and the price of rent is cup after cup of my favourite drink…I’m in.

Happy Working,

-KH

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Because it’s Gorgeous Out…

17 Mar

…I’ve decided to do a post about…gowns! See the connection? Don’t worry, you can’t be in on the joke every time. I recently attended the first ever Bloggerini Event at Lair  NYC, where style expert Katlean de Monchy (she’s a regular on NBC’s TODAY Show, E! News, CNN and Inside Edition) showed us mere mortals how to look like red carpet divas on a mere mortal budget.

The dresses were all by Camille La Vie, doyenne of wedding dresses, prom dresses, and dresses of general awesome gorgeousness, you know, for that revenge date with that guy who dumped you in high school (oops, did I say that out loud?) I was truly baffled by the details and materials and the fact that just about all of them were under $500. Mere mortals unite!

There was also a display of Katlean’s newest jewelry line, the de Monchy Collection, perfect for pairing with these stellar dresses, or with jeans and a tee to pump the volume.

Case in point, here I am in a decidedly non-shimmering outfit, and if I may say so myself, that green has perked things up. Speaking of perking things up…the event was sponsored by, among others, Voli vodka, a low-calorie option for those who get all their calories from booze (ahem). I had the Bloggertini, a lemon-y, raspberry blend of deliciousness, and it did not taste like I was on any kind of booze diet. Liquid calorie consumers unite!

So, I’m inventing a new expression: Revenge is a dish best served on the rocks and sparkly.

Happy Gorgeous Drinking!

-KH

Thrillist Strikes Again

30 Jan

Hot on the heels of my visit to The Tippler, I’m back with another Thrillist recommendation, Lilium, also in a basement, this time at the W Hotel in Union Sq. And Thrillist once again does not disappoint. Lilium is not only a mysterious, cavernous lair, with sexy drinks like the Grassy Kroll (vodka, muddled ginger, lemongrass) and the the raspberry syrup, egg white (!), lemon Gin Blossom, but a gastronomic hotspot with unparalleled bar munchies. Cheesy, crunchy risotto tater tots with truffle oil, pretzel bits with spicy mustard, olive plates, Boogie-down Bronx pizza…the snacks are on point and it all made sense when I found out that the place is run by the Gerber Group, the people behind the Stone Rose Lounge and the scene of my much-missed, much-lauded Kobe beef skewers.

Ideally sinister mood lighting, low, geometric black leather furniture, and woven brass light fixtures ensures the fittingly cave-chic feel. It’s almost underwater-like, if the captain of a u-boat decided the crew needed a pick-me-up.

The kicker is the loop of Marilyn Minter’s “Green Pink Caviar” playing behind the bar, the New York contemporary artist’s video of a close up of a woman’s mouth as she licks and sucks and spits out, wait for it, green and pink caviar. There’s also a version where the mouth is having its way with a silvery substance. I first saw this video that time I checked out The Big Picture at the MOMA, and initially I thought the mouth was licking an ashtray, but alas, not only would that have been gross, but the whole caviar thing was great subtext for the mouth looking like some kind of poisonous, parasitic sea creature. It’s the perfect piece of proof that Rande Gerber is more refined than you understated art, befitting a club that stretches the boundaries of modernity.

It’s a feast for the senses. Go. Eat. Drink. Get sucked in and spit out. The caviar never complains.

Happy Getting Your Basement Boozing On,

-KH

LES Cool

6 Dec

One of the things I love about New York is that you can snag a cool pic of someone just about anywhere. My friend, Sean John, of my fave Jamaican restaurant, Spur Tree Lounge, is the epitome of NYC cool, and somehow everyone just acquires that cool by proximity. His mom, Bridget Brown, Jamaica’s premier sandal designer, was just chillin on the sculpture bench outside the restaurant. I love the light, her laissez-faire attitude, and the fact that it doesn’t even seem like I’m there.

I Salute the Cool in All of You,

-KH

P.S. Yes, she’s wearing her own sandals.

Fresh Fanatic Bakery by Chef Michael Allen is Open!

3 Dec

Vegan Chocolate Cookies from Chef Michael Allen

Image: The Restaurant Fairy

Vegans Unite! Now you have one more thing to brag about along with your incredible digestive tract…gourmet desserts made just for you! I was recently invited to taste and fall in love with the products of a collaboration between Brooklyn grocery Fresh Fanatic and celeb chef pastry Michael Allen. The grocery and Allen are feeling the pain of the lactose and gluten intolerant/anti-animal ingredients/slow foodies and they partnered to supply BK and the greater NYC with delectable French pastries that are organic, vegan and gluten-free. And let me tell you, these are not your mother’s rock hard cookies. The crème brûlée, the madeleines, the chocolate cookies, they’ll have you saying, “Got [soy] milk?”

Image: Clinton Hill Foodie

So the next time you’re in the Clinton Hill area, and you want to flaunt your gastronomic superiority (without breaking any teeth), swing by Fresh Fanatic and grab a vegan baguette. It will make the butter you lather on it taste waaaaay better.

Fresh Fanatic Bakery by Michael Allen
80 Washington Ave
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Happy Organic Eating,

-KH

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