We’re in the midst of another Black History Month and since we’re talking beauty, I thought it would be a nice twist to look at some trendsettng moments in Black History. It’s all about ‘good hair’ baby and when it comes to Black hair, the options are endless. Whether, it’s Pam Grier’s afro, Janet Jackson’s goddess braids, Beyonce’s blonde weaves or Rihanna’s mohawk, best believe each look has made a mark in cultural history.
Here’s a collage of the greatest or my most memorable Black hair-dos (think I’ve had them all except the Jheri).
The Pan American: A Fusion of American Tastes in Nolita
By Miss Jane
This Nolita eatery offers a fusion of North, South, and Central American cuisines, with a menu that boasts several comfort food favorites.
But first come the great drinks. I started with a spicy cocktail called the Opium, made with GIVEN Liqueur, triple sec, lemon juice, cinnamon and grapefruit. It was tangy and delicious.
Another great one to try is the house favorite, L’uva, a light and fruity drink made with muddled grapes that has just the right mix of sweet and punchy.
For appetizers, I highly recommend the rabo encendido, a flaky oxtail meat-filled pastry reminiscent of a Caribbean beef patty.The meat is well-seasoned, light, and tender.
If you’re in the mood to start your meal with a salad, the Pan American Salad would be a great choice. The fresh, crisp greens are complimented by sweetness of the dressing, Hudson Valley cheese, spiced almonds, papaya vinaigrette and hearty Caribbean squash.
Legal is Regal in Long Island
As a Longer Islander myself, it’s great to find a gem surrounded by the numerous restaurants up and down Old Country Road. In the midst of Roosevelt Field Mall is Legal Seafood and the name says it all. Not only do the boasts a great seafood fare, from the lobster to the scrumptious swordfish, its also a bit incognito unless you’ve had the pleasure to dine there or a local who knows about the many menu offerings.
Legal, is family-friendly and great for a date, especially with the theater right next door. The seafood bar has a wide array of raw oysters from the north Atlantic, east and west coast. Simply ask the friendly wait staff about wine selections and they will select a great choice to ignite the palette.
New year and new look for Kelly Rowland and Meagan Good! Kelly went back to her short-do, which she sported in the beginning of her Destiny Child’s career, and Meagan, who has always done longer locks, seems to be going for an edgier, grown up look. Although they both made the change late last year, looks like they’re out of the experimental stages and settled with more defined asymmetrical cuts.
I think Kelly looks good short or long, but still on the fence about Meagan’s look. She is cute and youthful enough to work a short cut but not sure I like this particular style. What do you think? Who gets best new hair…Kelly or Meagan?
Delicious Artisan Pizza in the Village
by Miss Jane
Golosi takes your typical pizza spot to artisan heights with its fresh ingredients, many imported straight from Italy. I visited its second (and newest) location, a quaint Second Avenue eatery with an upstairs seating area that’s perfect for enjoying a slice or two with a date or a group of friends. Choose from a variety of traditional Italian pies that are not your usual New York-style pizzas. Golosi’s are brick-oven baked, starting at 12 inches, and piled high with toppings. My favorite was the 4 Stagioni, which had a thin chewy crust topped with a hearty heaping of mushrooms, olives, artichokes, and ham.
If you’re more into keeping things simple, try the Diavola, which has tomato, mozzarella, and spicy pepperoni, or the Margherita– a favorite among customers–which has tomato, mozzarella and basil. Enjoy your slice (or pie) with a glass of wine, beer, or soda of your choice. They also offer iced coffee, hot tea, espresso, and cappuccino.
Not in the mood for pizza? The menu boasts salads, Paninis, calzones, and pasta dishes (with one stand-out being the penne alla vodka, a dish with a creamy, sweet red sauce topped with grated mozzarella.) For dessert, I had the Pizza Nutella, which was a taste of chocolaty heaven with its delicious crust and powdered sugar. It’s almost like a crepe and was simply divine! (And perfect for sharing!) Whatever you do, don’t leave without getting at least one scoop of gelato. It’s smooth and creamy, and Golosi has a wide variety, from hazelnut to mint chocolate chip to Nutellla to classic vanilla. Other traditional desserts are offered, including cheesecake and tiramisu.
All in all, Golosi is the perfect spot to pop in, enjoy a slice, watch a game or two (yes, they do have a flat screen upstairs), and enjoy the company of family and friends–minus the sports bar hype and the typical no-frills, Formica chic most New York pizza shops offer.
Looking for a taste of Northern Italy in NYC—Gnocco Restaurant, located in the East Village serves up their special homemade deep fried dough with a selection of Italian cold cuts or tender Octopus with peppercorn With classic Italian flavors and spices, including fresh mushrooms, tomato and basil, the cuisine will delight the palette of anyone who enjoys an Italian fare.
Set apart from the busy East Village streets, this small, rustic restaurant with murals and photos aligning the walls, creates an intimate, casual atmosphere. Sample the various pastas made on- premise from pumpkin to La Pizza Di Gnooco. Executive Chef Gianluca Giovanetti creates a simply delightful menu with menu options ranging from oven roasted monk fish fillet wrapped in a crispy layer of Parma Prosciutto or oven roast herbs rack of lamb.
Choza Taqueria: Not Just Your Typical Fast-Food Taco Joint
By Miss Jane
Upon first entering the fairly new location for Choza Taqueria, there’s the usual set up for a taco spot: fresh ingredients, buffet-style behind a Plexiglas wall, with servers scooping out the meat, sauces, and condiments of the customer’s choice; a cash register at the counter; tables and chairs set up nearby; photos of stacked cans, fruits and veggies.
But don’t get this mixed up with any other popular taco spot: the ingredients and flavors are what make Choza stand out among the rest.
The Madison Avenue eatery, which has another location in downtown Manhattan’s Open Air Café, offers tacos made traditionally Mexican–with a gourmet flair.
Not sure what to do this Halloween weekend but you know you’re not in the mood to dress as yet another Cleopatra, Snookie from Jerry Shore or your favorite superhero. If you’re feeling like me this year, I’m over the costume hunt to go to yet another Halloween party in the NYC. I will actually like to hang out with friends at a nice lounge, have a few cocktails and maybe go dancing minus the costume drama. Here are a few ideas for this weekend that doesn’t include the generic ghoul and goblins:
Friday, October 29, 2010
reRun Gastropub Theater
147 Front Street (Between Jay and Pearl Streets)
Start your Halloween weekend off with a midnight double feature of ghoulish flicks at reRun Gastropub Theater! Admission is free.
BRAIN BLUDGEON / 2010 / 30 min
Sewn together from hundreds of forgotten horror films, BRAIN BLUDGEON is a transcendental fusion of trash exposing the willing to everything curious, bizarre, hilarious and awful about no-budget genre films. Hot penny torture, exploding 3d skulls, brutal “de-fetusing”, raping zombies, and much more collide in this blissfully IQ-withering amalgamation of exploitation hell.
Sometimes we girls just need a change, and what better way to get it than with a new hair-do. A complete hair makeover can give you a mild dose of risk-taking, spontaneous rush and, at the same time, give your man the illusion of new eye-candy.
If you’re looking for a hair style to make you feel brand new, going short just might do the trick. Celebrities like Tia Mowry, Rihanna and Solange traded their lovely locks for a shorter, sweeter look, and NUBIA’s own life & style editor Cari just made the short list a week ago…
Cari, life & style editor
For centuries, cultures all over the world have tried to link erogenous foods to sexuality as part of our natural aphrodisiac. Some foods like mussels, strawberries, oysters, caviar, and even cherries are said to enhance the release of oxyctocin in the brain to stimulate sexual desire. Depending on the culture, there are a variety of foods and herbs that causes someone to go into a heated frenzy. Whether fact or fiction, we all use food as a romantic gesture to create a “wanting” desire within our partner. From oysters to lettuce, let’s take a look at what stimulates the senses across continents.
Balut (Phillipines, Cambodia and Vietnam)- is a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. Balut is believed to be an aphrodisiac because its a high-protein and hearty snack.