Caribbean Cuisine with a French Flair
The light island vibe and airy atmosphere is what, next to the food, makes Arcane (111 Avenue C, bet. 7th & 8th St) a great place to eat, drink and reminisce about your vacations to Turks & Caicos, St. Maarten or better yet Guadeloupe!
New Yorkers Benjamin and Christine, part of the Guadeloupe-raised brother-and-sister team, spent their younger years in French island—and thank you for it! This year-old Alphabet City gem invites you into the dim lighting, rustic ambiance, soft music with a friendly staff that helps you select from a menu full of French Caribbean delights.
A few years ago, I was in-lust with a co-worker. I mean serious bathroom, office action and it was so good. Unfortunately, at the time, I didn’t think about the consequences of my actions. What if, we break up, how will I handle the situation? What if our colleagues found out? Eventually, we ended the relationship, without malice but things definitely could have been a lot worse.
Workplace romance can start in many ways, from groaning about your boss and low pay to organizational restructuring. Whatever the cause, it can lead to ups and downs. Yes it can be fun and exciting when you brush up against each other, or share intimate looks on the low but is it really worth the drama? There are some people who find their future spouse at work but that’s rare.
By Sherrell Dorsey
There is no such thing as instant gratification when it comes to getting or maintaining naturally healthy skin and hair. You can’t go to a plastic surgeon for a procedure and you can’t buy a “fix it” pill that will turn dull, abused and neglected skin into a glowing spectacle overnight. With a little bit of time and undying commitment you can transform your skin this Spring with our recommended naturally beauty fixes.
You’ve heard the saying: “You are what you eat.” And it is true. What we put in our bodies greatly influences the appearance of our skin and hair health. Instantly improve the look of your skin by changing your diet and purging any destructive lifestyle habits by incorporating foods high in anti-oxidants (blueberries, strawberries, green tea), essential fatty-acids (salmon, walnuts, canola oil and flax seed) and whole grains (wheat bread and cereals). Smoking, drugs, a high-fat diet and an overall unhealthy lifestyle not only contributes to sallow skin and hair, but also diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease amongst many others.
Remember your alphabet when choosing supplements. Vitamin’s A, B, C, and E are the best natural beauty enhancers that you can get from food or food-based vitamins.
I am not Moses and don’t cross the Red Sea. However, I have friends who do and one in particular who would save all the red condoms to use during the 5 days a month to make sex less—obvious. I thank goodness that I always had partners who did not get down with the red-light special and was willing to wait until “Aunt Flow” left town.
It’s not that I look down on it–okay that’s a lie, I do…but with cause–afterall how unsanitary is that? I can wait but I know some people can’t. First of all, it’s messy, you shower before, shower after, lay down a towel, clean towel–too much damn work and I am aware of the “myth” that it eases cramps.Then again, in college I had a really bad experience that scarred me for life and may have contributed to may thought process.
So what are your thoughts, I mean even TLC sung about it? Do you engage in sexual activity during that time of month? Fellas, do you cross the sea during this time? If so, why?
by Sherrell Dorsey
Spring is finally beginning to show its head which means that it’s the proper time to show off a little bit more of that skin we’ve been hiding under big winter coats and insulated boots. Our skin finally has the opportunity to breathe. If you’ve been neglecting your skin for the past few months, don’t fret, we’re here to help. Follow our 4 step guide to get and keep a healthy, radiant glow from Spring and throughout Summer:
Step 1: Get rid of dull, dry and flaky skin with a personal pair of Exfoliating Gloves. These beauty must haves are inexpensive solution to riding your skin of dead cells and increasing circulation, bringing fresh, new and rejuvinated skin to the surface without having to spend lots of loot at the spa. Get yours from Earth Theraputics at http://www.amazon.com.
Step 2: Hydrate your skin and balance your mind with universal aromatherapy oils made for your hair, skin and body. Bath and body oils nourish skin and provide a layer of protection that leave your skin soft, silky and smooth. Get yours from Aphrodisiac Multi-Nutritive Oil at www.SpiritBeautyLounge.com .
Step 3: After exfoliating and hydrating with sensory enhancing aromatherapy oils it’s important to keep skin moisturized with a lotion full of vitamins, antioxidants and sun protection. We like Badger SPF 30 for face & body sold at www.saffronrouge.com to block harmful UVA and UVB rays while keeping skin moisturized and healthy.
Step 4: After completing steps 1 through 3, its time to get your shine on! Complete your Spring healthy-skin makeover with your favorite bronzer or shimmer. We are in love with Body Bling (a celebrity favorite) by Scott Barnes to give you an instant glow that will and light up any. Get yours at http://www.skinterra.com. Remember, you’re only steps away from sexy skin that you can get at home. Follow this routine at least 3 times per week for a treat that your skin will thank you for all season long!
by Sherrell (A Seattle native currently surviving the stiletto clamored streets of NYC, Sherrell enjoys quenching her thirst of finding the latest and greatest in beauty. You can find out more about Sherrell by visiting her blog at www.OrganicBeautyVixen.com)
Situated conspicuously amongst a never ending row of re-furbished brownstones, Turning Heads Day Spa sits as a hidden gem in a converted townhouse offering wellness and sophisticated salon services for clientele that desire mind, body and wellness services within a natural setting. A walk through the front entrance is met by a friendly receptionist who leads you quietly up the stairs to the salon to meet your stylist along with your choice of green or apple tea. Under the hum of bristling dryers the atmosphere encourages a balance of the mind and body, reinforced by the earth tone covered walls and tribal inspired décor.
Downstairs provides a sanctuary of blissful skin and body treatment rooms encompassed by several stress relieving services like anti-aging facials, deep tissue massages and paraffin hand and foot treatments. The salon/spa provides a great local escape for those looking for the same resort-style comfort and relaxation without having to spend a fortune. Upon moving to Harlem a few months ago, I immediately booked an appointment to check out the only salon I could find in the area that would pamper me like a princess and give me the phenomenal service I was looking for.
Is sushi so yesterday? More and more, we are hearing the word ceviche talked about in the same pretentious manner as sushi years back. Although, there is definitely nothing pretentious about either, the word has been flung around Manhattan’s east side to the point of no escape. Therefore, let’s get to the rawness of the matter–what exactly is ceviche and how does it differ from sushi?
Sushi, known as “’vinegary rice” not “raw fish” is Japanese in origin, while ceviche has a Latin origin from South American countries, Peru and Ecuador. Although, many people are more familiar with the Japanese dish, ceviche, generally starts with raw fish and is combined with other ingredients like onions, tomatoes, and peppers, and then marinates it in a very acidic citrus (usually lime) mixture.
For more tasty tidbits on the two, I turned to Jill Hough, food connoisseur, and author of “”100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Enjoy with Wines You Love,” to give us the facts. “Both Sushi and Ceviche have their differences but it comes down to freshness, texture and heat involved.”
One a scale of 1-10, how shallow are you? When I meet a dude I find interesting, my initial reaction isn’t wow check out the personality on him! I want it all–the hot, athletic, educated guy with a great personality on my arm. I make no apologizes for thinking about good genetic genes (in case I ever want kids). I don’t mind a woman checking out my man–cause guess what he’s with me. I love a man with swagger, a bit arrogant and even a tad vain–it keeps me on my toes.
I know a few women and men who only go after the “fugly,” less-attractive mate because it makes them look better. Now which is worse me or them? I have heard the comment, “I don’t want to date someone who draws too much attention because of their looks” or “I want to be the better-looking person in the relationship, it makes them adore me more.”
What’s your take on it? Do you prefer a hottie or a nottie? Must they look just as good as you or not? Is looks the deal breaker?
There are many things that affect how you feel about the city in which you dwell. It may be the taxes, cost-of-living, nightlife—but what about the people? How do America’s cities rank when it comes to the number of attractive people. In 2009, some cities ranked surprisingly higher than others on the beauty meter. In a recent “America’s Favorite Cities” survey, conducted by Travel+Leisure Magazine and CNN Headline News, over 125,000 travelers voted and (drum roll please….)
We have all experienced the familiar yet weird dream of falling from great heights or the sound of water that equates to a mad dash to the bathroom but exactly what does it all mean? Why do we have some dreams in common, while others are so far-fetched, we awake scratching our heads in thought? Dating back to Ancient Rome and Greece, dreams have always been an interest and mystery. Theorists such as Freud called dreams “‘the royal road to the unconscious,” left open to interpretation—his theory bordered on sexual desires—maybe or maybe not? However, one thing is clear dreams are often the response to daily life, whether it’s our subconscious thoughts, sensations or activities.
Did you know infants spend 70% of their sleep time dreaming, while adults average about 24% in dreamland and even animals dream? In the end, what do our dreams mean and how do the “experts” interpret some of our most typical or even outlandish dreams…well let’s see
The Falling Dream
-Falling dreams are one of the most common dreams that people have. When you fall in the dream there is nothing to grab or hold onto that is sturdy enough to save you. Studies reveal that in many cases, dreams of falling may be due to physiological in nature (i.e. a blood pressure drop at the moment of slumber or out-of-whack equilibrium). However, dream analysts suggest that falling dreams can have a symbolic significance that indicates a feeling that life is spiraling out of control. Falling dreams are interpreted as insecurities, and anxieties. There is an overwhelming sense that your situation in life is out of control. This may be a personal relationship or career-oriented. This type of dream may also indicate a fear of falling.
The Flying Dream
“Hey is that Superman?” Have you ever had a dream where you were flying amongst the clouds, free and unburdened by the world? In this dream you have no cares or worries, no schedule, no responsibility. Many dreams are forgotten by the time we awake, but that is not usually the case with flying dreams. This dream seems to be divided among those who fly spontaneously in their dreams and those who have a lucid dream and choose to fly. These dreamers have a powerful feeling of freedom, exhilaration, a feeling that you control your own destiny. Kudos to those who fly!