The question everyone’s mulling over today — Is it offensive or artistic for Beyonce to darken her skin (with makeup) for a French magazine photoshoot.
According to Huffington Post, the mag, L’Officiel, released a statement that “it’s a return to her roots” and she “voluntarily darkened her skin.” AllHipHop.com is even speculating that this may be a response to rumors that she bleaches her skin.
Ok sooooo…a Black woman can not put on “BlackFace” , as it’s being labeled in many of the headlines, because she is already Black! Beyonce, Halle, Mariah, Whoopi, Iman, Tyra are all Black. In regards to the ‘bleaching’ rumors, please stop. When are we going to realize that we’re all in the same boat (no pun intended).
I love wine, mostly white and will drink it with just about anything. Although I know good filet mignon pairs well with a rich red wine like merlot—I do white. Therefore, I am glad that spring is in sight and after speaking with a few friends—you know what that means—wine tours, wine festivals and wine tastings and pairings. To get the party started, I have researched some of the best wineries in NYC to get your buzz on and learn a bit in the process!
Did you know that some of the country’s oldest vineyards are right here in NY? That’s over 100 wineries in regions such as Long Island, Hudson River Valley, Lake Erie and Finger Lakes.
1. Shawangunk Wine Trail - A major trail within the Hudson Valley with info and directions to wineries in the area including Brimstone Hill Vineyard, Brotherhood Winery, Demarest Hill, Rivendell and Warwick Valley wineries
Weekends, February 12 – March 20, 2011
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.
Rihanna in Jean Paul Gaultier Couture
After seeing Rihanna’s haute couture number, I could care less about everyone else on the Grammy red carpet. She was flawless in the ‘barely there’ Jean Paul Gaultier gown, and I think I’m beginning to love the hair now that it’s toned down with darker roots. She has the perfect body for it and kept it simple and classy with minimum accessories – a ring and nude Christian Louboutins.
Not Impressed with NYFW So Far
It’s day 5 of New York Fashion Week, and I’m hoping Tracy Reese, Carlos Miele and Carolina Herrera will show something to get excited about on the runway today. Thus far, I’m not impressed with what designers like Alexander Wang, Tory Burch and Derek Lam have in store for Fall 2011. You be the judge…
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.
V-Day is around the corner and with all this love in the air–I’m a bit nauseated. Therefore in honor of the “love bug”, I created a list of all things anti-V-day. For all the St. Valentine’s haters, whether single or attached, here are things to do that aren’t so syrupy-sweet and filled with sappy chocolates.
1. Why not have a party! Why deal with the hassle of trying to get reservations on love day. With all those restaurant filled with pink and white confetti and balloons that look like Pepto-Bismol just threw up, invite over some friends and BYOB. If you must do a theme, try pink champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and more!
There are certain things you never, ever say to a woman, even though you may think it’s not a big deal—to us—it could start WWIII. I recently came across an article titled: “Ten Things You Should Never, Ever Say,” from blog Man of the House. I’m always amazes what men “think” they know about a woman compared to how we actually are, especially when reacting to something they said or did. But I must say this article sure hit the key statements to avoid saying to a woman, especially when we KNOW we are right.
Enjoy the read and whether you’re a woman or a man, let me know what you think. Is some of this true or false? As for me, I HATE to be called “emotional” when I’m having a spirited conversation and a close second thing not to say is: “you’re missing point.”
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I’m so sick of winter and any minute now I’m about to get the blues. It can be tough dealing with the snow, sleet and just down right cold weather for 4 months. Since some people forsake the city scene for a warm snuggie and their favorite TV program, here are a few ways to treat the blues until you get back into the “spring” of things:
1. Treat yourself to a spa day. Whether it’s just a massage or mani/pedi, take as good care of yourself in 20 degree weather as you would in 80 degrees.
2. Try not to “pig out”. Nothing makes you more depressed than having to loose those extra pounds once warm weather approaches.
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.
Do you love sweets? What about traveling? Now you can combine your two great loves this winter. Although, the weather can be a real travel buzz kill, especially if you’ve been dealing with the snow and frigid New York weather this season. But even in this cold, you can still treat yourself to some delectable “sweet” getaways–from maple syrup farms to sugar barns. Just a two-hour drive down the New York State thruway, you’ll find farms that make up 20 percent of NYS maple syrup–talk about a sweet deal! A recent article in AAA, takes you inside the “Sweetest Day” locations that will give you a sugar rush. Whether you indulge in rich fudge, blueberry pancakes or wine, forget about the snow and get some reprieve from the day-to-day grind with these deliciously sweet trips to sugar farms outside lakeside village of Corinth or a small little town near Cazenovia. It will make your drive on the open road filled with anticipation.
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