A Classy –Not Stuffy – Taste of Italian in Midtown
By Miss Jane
Visiting Bice Ristorante , one might think you’d need to wear a jacket and tie or a T-length dress, with its white-clothed tabletops and formal staff, but this Italian bistro offers a classy eating experience without the stuffy factor.
Family friendly, this Midtown eatery is great for a dinner after a movie or show or even a casual first date. The appetizer and entrée menus offer a diverse range of American and Italian fare, and more than 40 wines to enjoy with your meal.
The pasta and bread is made fresh and the menu boasts many standout dishes. Starting with appetizers, I greatly enjoyed the tuna tartar with cucumber avocado in soy and mango vinaigrette; the Long Island crab cakes with chipotle tartar sauce and cole slaw; and the lobster salad–the special of the day when I visited—which included Maine lobster served with avocado tomato arugula, and mixed veggies in an orange lime dressing. The crab cakes were fresh and well-seasoned, accompanied by the creamy tartar sauce, and the salad was crisp and refreshing with a touch of lime adding a citrus treat for my taste buds.
I love to read MSN and Google news every morning. The other day, while contemplating returning to school for my M.B.A, I came across an article titled: “Degrees That Hiring Managers Want.” I must say, it made me realize how much times have changed. Gone are the days when a bachelor degree is enough. In this economic downfall with layoffs occurring in every industry that little piece of paper may be your ticket to a job and of course better pay. Many people have opted to go back to school–but what should you study?
A couple weeks ago I showed the Alexander McQueen winged bootie in my top fave fall boots. Although it’s a hard act to follow, Steve Madden has designed a look-a-like at, of course, a fraction of the price. The Madden Girl Kernel bootie is $44.95 on Endless.com and even less at DSW.
I’m not in love with it, but I don’t hate it. A better quality zipper (in gold or pewter) and softer leather would totally win me over, but I still think this is very wearable and cute with a pair of skinny jeans or bright leggings. For such a great deal, I would work it!
I know that as women, we have a fun time choosing our undergarments. Whether it’s the red Demi bra from Vicki’s or the sheer, lilac racerback from Fredericks, we all have our favorites.
But when it comes to my man–I definitely have a favorite–the boxer brief. So, what do you prefer a man to wear. Unfortunately, unlike women they are limited to about three, so you decide which is better!
Boxers: I always wondered about the vine swinging free when it comes to wearing boxers. Call me crazy but doesn’t the imprint show more in a pair of sweatpants? Damn, maybe I just need to get laid.
Boxer Briefs: My favs. What can I say, it holds the package just right and how can you not love the way it hugs those strong, masculine thighs (sigh).
Briefs: Otherwise known as b@ll-huggers or sperm-trappers, I am not a fan of these but Calvin Klein sure is keeping hope alive. Honestly, if any man is above a certain “size” then he should not be wearing this. Good forbid you are behind a woman on a packed train…yikes!
A Taste of Paris in Nolita
by Nicole M.
Tartinery, a chic new French restaurant in Nolita, offers an innovative new concept for dining–the French tapas bar. This bi-level, beautifully decorated eatery has a mission: to make the Tartine (a meal baked onto thin rustic bread) as popular in New York City as in the streets of Paris and judging from the quality of the food–they will succeed.
Tartinery uses Poilâne, the most famed bread in Paris, for the base of its tartines. Each is made simply with only five or six high-quality ingredients. The chef uses the blank canvas of the Poilâne bread to create culinary works of art with incredible depth and flavor.
While browsing the menu, my guest and I sipped the sweet and crisp Rosé, which is served by the glass. We shared an appetizer of house-made Buffalo Mozarella that was deliciously silky and served with cherry tomatoes, olive oil and fragrant basil.
I’m a coffee addict! It all started in grad school and I have never been able to defuse my need for the smell taste and adrenaline rush it gives me. But is it all a lie? Some research shows that coffee doesn’t provide you with the caffeine high as once assumed. If that’s true, then is it all in our heads? Does our mind make us coffee-drinkers believe the hype? So how does caffeine work anyway? Always one to crave information, I turned to Google for some answers and guess what I discovered!
1. Although caffeine works by changing the chemistry of the brain and blocks the action of a natural brain chemical that is associated with sleep, studies suggest you can get the same burst of energy from a 20-minute catnap.
2. Drinking coffee is more acceptable than a nap at your desk during lunch hour.
3. Caffeine may help to sharpen the mind but it’s only temporary.
4. You cannot be addicted to coffee. Like the terms “shopping addiction,” the craving for coffee, usually comes from daily routine more so than a serious addiction.
The myths go on and on about the unfiltered caffeine in coffee. With all the studies, no one really knows the affects of java on the mind or body. All we can do is sit back, sip and enjoy…
For more on the coffee misconceptions, view this article/clip from MSN:
Are you trying to remain celibate? I know it’s hard, which is why I have a few dos and don’ts that I try to stick to, so not to get myself in a “tight” situation. Now, its not a sure-fire guarantee not to drop your panties to that sexy @$$, six-pack, chocolate brotha (yum) but it does help to go into the ocean with a life preserver. Yeah, I know we’re all adults and should indulge when you feel like it but sometimes your mind and your loins are in conflict, so here are a few fun tips to keep in mind when you see HIM again.
1. Don’t go over to his place to have bottle of wine and watch a movie. Unless, you have some serious discipline, get out of the confined space. Go to a wine or ceviche bar and have fun without that king-size beckoning you forward.
I just signed my lease for a one-bedroom in NYC and let’s just say I’m paying money for cute. Although, the fact its a duplex caught my eye along with amenities like a washer/dryer combo, the rent is ridiculous when I consider my bigger one bedroom apt in Chicago for $500 less–well that’s New York for you! So after parting with my money, I wanted to know outside of the Big Apple, what are some other costly cities in the U.S.? For those who are looking to move or just curious about the cost of living in the other major cities, here’s a list of the top five cities that may cost you a pretty penny.
#1 Los Angeles- Ahh the Golden coast round out the top two most pricey cities to live in and no wonder with all the hollywood celebs. LA is similar in price to NY with its $5 cup of Joe and luxury one-bedroom apartment, unfurnished about $2,500
Friends with benefits use to be so much easier in my 20s. I had the movie, dinner, after-dinner drinks and well late night rendezvous without a care in the world. Those were the days, when sex wasn’t such an over analytical, emotional act and just something to get my rocks off. Today, in my 30s it’s such a big deal—so big in fact that celibacy is my middle name—well until I find that special someone that is.
Delicious Spanish Tapas via the UES
By Miss Jane
For Spanish tapas at a classy, yet not-so-stuffy restaurant, venture to the Upper East Side’s El Porron. Providing a warm, bistro-like atmosphere, this eatery, run by father chef “Mr G” and his dapper son, Diego, offers a menu of hot and cold tapas, dinner entrees, delectable desserts, and an extensive wine list.
Bring a party of your favorite girls, grab a booth and start with their sparkling cava sangria, which has a fresh fruit spritzer taste. Then order an assortment of tapas for everyone to share. I highly recommend the Mejillones a la Vinagreta de chardonnay (fresh mussels in a Chardonnay vinaigrette), the Jamon Serrano (thin slices of dry-cured Spanish country ham served with toasted garlic bread and fresh tomato) and a Mr. G specialty, the Vieras con Tocino en salsa de Esparragos (pan-seared sea scallops sprinkled with bacon, garlic, and breadcrumbs.)