Food

American Express Gold Card’s Pop-Up Diner: Creatively Mixing Old & New American Cuisine

I had a rockin’ good time at the American Express Gold Card Pop-Up Diner which was in Williamsburg for three unforgettable days. Co-presented by reservation app Resy, the Amex Pop-Up Diner took place at 15 River Street in an empty lot directly across from the legendary Domino Park. While the oldies blasted, 75 privileged Gold Card members lucky enough to…read more
Food

The Cheesecake Factory In Willowbrook Mall (Wayne, NJ): Your “Go To” Spot For Stellar Comfort Food Dishes, Delectable Desserts And Impeccable Service!

If you think that all the Cheesecake Factor has to offer is a huge variety of cheesecake, well, it has so much more! After visiting The Cheesecake Factory in my original hometown of Wayne, NJ, I have decided that it is an ultimate comfort food destination. Just because it is a chain restaurant, don’t disqualify it for authentic rib-sticking food…read more
Entertainment

Expedia’s We Love NYC Homecoming Concert Pre-Concert Happy Hour Was A Blast—And So Was The Show!

I was thrilled to be able to attend Expedia’s pre-concert happy hour for We Love NYC: Homecoming Concert and attend the concert itself with VIP tickets thanks to the lovely folks at Expedia—which was the show’s official “travel companion.” It thrills me to know that they booked the travel for a lot of the artists on the long-awaited concert’s roster…read more
Food

A “Christmas In July” Tasting Of The Best Of The Spire Collection From The Jackson Family Wines Portfolio!

I was excited to be invited to a “Christmas In July” virtual wine tasting featuring Mollie Battenhouse, MW, National Director of Wine Education at Jackson Family Wines (a legendary name in wines). Battenhouse walked us through the highly anticipated Spire Collection for holiday gift giving. As it says on www.spirecollection.com’s home page, “The Spire Collection is the pinnacle of the…read more
Entertainment

Be Sure To Check Out The Long-Awaited Posthumous Ronnie James Dio Autobiography, Rainbow In The Dark!

I got to know the legendary Ronnie James Dio a little bit back when I was a full-time music journalist in the 80s and 90s. I always found him to be a very real person and always genuinely interested in conversing with his fans at record store appearances and after shows. The first time I met him when I went…read more
Lifestyle

Basic Invite: Your New “Go-To” Spot For Personalized Stationery Products At Great Prices!

I love using stationery (especially greeting cards) for all occasions even though the internet has made a lot of people go all electronic with their communications. Nothing beats spectacular quality and highly creative holiday photo cards to really emboss your personal style on a friend or relative’s brain! I know people who save their most unique cards and some who…read more
Beauty

Kiehl’s Ferulic Brew: An Innovative Yet Natural Product For All Skin Types!

Last week, Kiehl’s held an online press event to officially launch their new Ferulic Brew Rejuvenating Facial Essence with Naturally Derived Lactic Acid, a unique treatment that is phyto-brewed for over 120 hours and enhanced with natural ferulic acid to help achieve glowing skin. A screenshot featuring the lovely Dr. Michelle Henry from Kiehl’s virtual press launch for Ferulic Brew.…read more
Entertainment

Cellar Dog: The West Village’s Unique New Venue For Games, Music & More!

I was so excited to be at the ribbon cutting and opening night party for at 75 Christopher Street last night. It’s a basement space in a 1932 Art Deco building full of all the games you can imagine including shuffleboard, pool, ping pong, chess, board games and even those 80s staples, Frogger and Ms. Pac-Man! This is definitely something…read more
Food

Omaha Steaks: Great For Father’s Day (Or Any Day)!

Omaha Steaks has always been a Father’s Day favorite brand. And OS is not just about fine steaks these days—there are numerous seafood and vegetarian dishes that are “heat and eat” but they taste fresh from the sea or farm. Private Reserve Strip Steak with Steakhouse Fries I recently tried the Private Reserve Strip Steaks which are particularly stellar. They…read more
Lifestyle

The Housewares Summer Preview: Testing Out Cutting Edge Appliances, High Tech Cookware And More!

I had a terrific time at Live In NYC: Housewares Summer Preview which was given by the International Housewares Association at the Metropolitan Pavilion recently. More than 35 companies and brands were on hand to show products to lifestyle press. There was a nice blend of well-known brands and first-time event exhibitors. All in all, there were 130 products on…read more
Lifestyle

Get Your Stretch On At Stretch’d! I Did & Loved It!

I recently visited the brand spanking new Stretch’d location on Third Avenue between 77th and 78th Streets and it was a whole new world for me in terms of anything athletic! The main purpose of the Stretch’d locations are for people to recover after workouts with the help of professional “stretchers” (people with prior experience as trainers and masseuses who…read more
Lifestyle

La Roche-Posay Launches Two New Great Products Just In Time For A Cold New York Winter!

La Roche-Posay had a virtual press event last week where influencers like yours truly enjoyed learning more about this famous French skincare company’s two newest products—Lipikar AP+ Wash and Cicaplast Hands. As an added bonus, we got to virtually mix 'n mingle with Dr. Angela Lamb (director of the Mount Sinai Dermatology Department at their main location uptown)! Above you…read more
Food

Our Kitchen: The Latest And The Greatest In Farm-To-Table Meal Delivery Service!

I was so excited to participate in the online press launch party for Our Kitchen, an Asian-inspired food delivery service that is not just farm to table—the owner and executive chef Paulo Wei owns a farm in Jervis, NY where all the produce for his delicious dishes is grown! Even better, he welcomes guests to come dine up there and…read more