The Lifestyle Lounge: Welcome to Wellness

The Lifestyle Lounge: Welcome to Wellness

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You’re invited to a party where the focus is YOU!!!
YOU improving area of your life that matters!
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The Lifestyle Lounge
GET YOUR TICKETS
at this link: https://lifestyleloungedecember2015.eventbrite.com/

On December 16th at THE LIFESTYLE LOUNGE you will have the opportunity to receive complimentary one on one consultations with lifestyle experts and wellness professionals and hear inspiring talks, all while lounging and enjoying yummy, healthy food samples and beverages.

This is not a health fair or expo! But a fun, relaxing lounge party.
You are invited to come relax and unwind from your busy day.

MINI WELLNESS TREATMENTS can include:
Massage
Stress and Headache Relief
Reflexology
Energy Healing

A full list of the featured experts and vendors go to this link: http://www.thewellnesslounge.nyc/#!nyc/cgpe

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Right now when you use CODE: WM you will get $10 off the ticket price

Tickets here: https://lifestyleloungedecember2015.eventbrite.com

Here are all the details for the event:

Date:    Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
Time:    6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where:  239 W 14th Street, (between 7th -8th Ave) Red Door Entrance

The last event completely sold out. I don’t want you to miss the chance to attend, so get your ticket today!

 

 

Four Awesome Gifts That Give Back – Ideal for anytime of the year!

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We all have those friends and loved ones – they march to the beat of their own drum, they have everything that they truly need and they value quality time over things – we LOVE them for all these qualities, but they sure are hard to shop for!

Here are some clever, healthy, thoughtful and totally unique gifts that give back to great causes, perfect for the most selfless and creative people in our lives.

For the Yogi You Love – AumHome Soulsprays give back to children’s charities in India and the US

SOULSPRAY by AumHome

Aum Home Soul & Space Spray

Reiki infused essential oils, colloidal silver and crystal tinctures are hand blended by professional yogi, Feng Shui expert and healer Nidhi Huba at her Woodstock Retreat. Ideal for fortifying and perfuming your aura as well as every room of your house.
$27 per bottle

$54 for custom sprays, blended with specific intentions and wishes in mind, receive 2 bottles one for home and one for altar.

Each glass bottle comes with crystals in it that can be reused with your own essential oils. A portion of proceeds from each bottle benefits children’s charities in India and the US. www.aumhome.com

 

For the Kid In All of Us – The FAPE Coloring Kit supports cultural diplomacy through art

FAPE Coloring Book Kit

The FAPE Coloring Book Kit is the perfect gift to stoke a child’s creativity and help them think big about Art, their abilities and the world. It’s also great for adults who are into the Meditating-By-Coloring trend – have you tried it?

F.A.P.E. Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies Coloring Book Cover

FAPE Coloring KitThe Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies’ Coloring Kit is a colorful collaboration between artists Donald Robertson and EunSun Lee of CMYK+WHITE, INC. Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson is the creative force behind Estée Lauder Company Brands and Creative Director of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Many individuals may also recognize him for his colorful and whimsical illustrations commonly found on Instagram.
The $40 kit includes:

  • Coloring book complete with 16 images of FAPE’s Site-Specific Collection (including works of art by Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Louise Bourgeois and others)
  • Map and sticker set
  • 8 pack of Crayola Crayons
  • FAPE Site-Specific Catalogue

Proceeds from the kit go towards FAPE’s mission of cultural diplomacy through art!
For details and to order, please visit: www.fapeglobal.org/coloring-kit/.

 

 

For the Athletes and Weekend Warriors In Your Family – a great stocking stuffer, Perky Fruit Bodies supports organic farmers and also farming education for formerly homeless families in Florida

Perky Fruit Bodies

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A great stocking stuffer for all your healthy, active family members! This innovative, fun and delicious pocket-friendly snack, made of only pure, whole organic fruit and superfoods such as raw cacao and raw coconut, is an ideal snack for kids, parents, athletes and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

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Founded by raw food educator Gil Cohen and his teenage sons RJ and Tal, Perky Fruit Bodies roll ups include naturally occurring, fiber, protein, enzymes and micronutrients and are Paleo-friendly and low-glycemic, to provide sustainable energy for the mind and body. www.perkyfruitbodies.com

 

For Anyone With Skin – Beauty Buster Skincare is a super-premium, locally made all natural line with products for Men and Women. All products give back to charities benefitting U.S. Vets and Veterans Families.

Beauty Buster Skincare

Inline image 19Beauty Buster Skin Care is award-winning esthetician Lora Condon’s all-natural answer to raising the standards of skin care by using all active ingredients and no fillers. Beauty Buster Skincare will always donate 10% of proceeds to charities benefiting military families and soldiers serving overseas. Beauty Buster Skincare features only the most highly effective natural ingredients including meadowfoam oil for moisture and anti-aging benefits, pine essential oil for healing and anti-bacterial properties, rosewater for soothing hydration and more.

Celebrating “Strength In Beauty,” Beauty Buster Skincare chose inspirational women and men as celebrity faces of the new line including: Miss Kansas Theresa Vail – “America’s Choice” for Miss America and currently serving in the Armed Forces, Fitness Expert NikkiFitness, Author and former Marine Rachel Luna, and US Army SPC Justin Woods. www.thebeautybuster.com/shop/

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The Seed 2015: 4th Annual Plant Based Lifestyle Festival

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Dearest Mafiosos and Mafiosas,

We are beyond thrilled to share with you about The Seed Experience 2015 – we love promoting healthy, delicious foods that are great for you and the planet and so we are pleased to announce that we have secured 50% off for Women’s Mafia members and friends with code Proseed50.

The Premiere Plant-Based Lifestyle Festival In New York Returns With Award Winning Chefs, Renowned Authors, Famous Filmmakers and Vegan Lifestyle Pioneers

June 20th and 21st 10am to 6pm
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St. Brooklyn, NY 11222

The Seed Experience 2015 is a two-day festival that focuses on living a healthy, compassionate, and eco-friendly lifestyle. This June the 2015 festival includes over 100 best-in-class exhibitors, including local merchants featuring, sampling, and selling plant-based foods and environmentally friendly products and services. With the number of Vegans in the U.S. more than doubling since 2009, and over 100 million people in the U.S. consciously choosing to eat more plant-based foods, even though they are not vegan or vegetarian, excitement over this year’s The Seed Experience is at an all time high.

The Seed Experience 2015 will present world-renowned speakers including Joe Cross of the “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” documentaries, doctors and nutritionists such as Dr. Robert Ostfeld, Founder and Director of Montefiore Einstein Cardiac Wellness Program, inspirational champion athletes such as Vegan Ultraman Rich Roll, and animal rights champions such as Kathy Stevens of Catskill Animal Sanctuary and Jenny Brown of the Woodstock Animal Sanctuary. They will be holding workshops to introduce audiences to a plant-based and vegan lifestyle and answer questions.

Attendees can look forward to exploring, sampling, and shopping the vast market of delicious plant-based foods, viewing award winning films, and witnessing cooking demonstrations. Highlights include:

  • Exclusive pre-premiere screening with “The China Study” author Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s documentary “PlantPure Nation” followed by a live video conference with his son Nelson Campbell, the Executive Producer, Director and Co-Writer of the film.
  • Ten cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs such as Daphne Cheng, Maria Marlowe, Fran Costigain, and Jay Astafa.
  • Opportunity to experience the cooking of Adam Sobel, owner of The Cinnamon Snail Food Truck, the country’s first organic vegan food truck, a celebrated, award winning all-vegan food truck. Four time Vendy Awards winner. Voted by Yelp! 2014 #1 place to eat in NYC, and #4 in the entire USA.

And presentations by:

  • Dr. Robert Ostfeld, Founder & Director of Montefiore Einstein Cardiac Wellness Program
  • Rich Roll, accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete and former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate and motivational speaker. Top finisher at the Ultraman World Championships and best-selling author.
  • Tim VanOrden, “U.S. Master Runner of the Year”, coach and presenter in the fields of motivation, nutrition and athletic performances.
  • Captain Paul Watson, Founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Co-founding Director of Greenpeace Foundation
  • Simone Reyes, Animal Rights Activist, Reality Star, Right Hand to mogul Russell Simmons

The Expo will be held the weekend of June 20 and 21st, 2015 from the hours of 10am – 6pm at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Brooklyn, New York. The expected amount of attendees is 5,000+. Ticket prices are $30 per day and $50 for the weekend pass. Included is an exclusive offer for a 30 day free membership to Food Matters TV (www.FMTV.com) value $7.95. FMTV provides hundreds of documentaries, expert interviews, and recipe videos. Attendees can also receive $25 off a first UBER ride, or $20 off a first uberPOOL ride.

The Seed, founded in 2012, creates lifestyle events that empowers and introduces attendees to a plant-based, cruelty-free and eco-friendly living. Taking a positive and modern approach, The Seed works directly with many small local businesses and large multi-nationals, and influencer and trendsetters introducing them and their products and services to individuals who want to live an active, conscious and healthy lifestyle. The Seed is also a firm believer in giving back, therefore, a portion of the profits are donated to various charities. This year The Seed is projected that over 28,000 attendees at its events. Follow The Seed on Twitter @TheSeedExp and Instagram and visit the main website www.theseed.nyc to read about all their events.

Review: Tara Roscioli’s Meals 2 Glo 5 Day Cleanse

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by Marcy Clark
I had the immense privilege this January of trying Tara Roscioli’s fantastic Meals 2 Glo 5 day cleanse by her company Highway 2 Well. I was really impressed with the cleanse. How it works is that Tara drops off one or two days of meals at a time, in the most pretty pink insulated bags. I loved that it was real, whole, organic foods, instead of just juices. I have been vegetarian for almost 20 years, and grew up with a nutritionist mother, so I do know how to eat well, but anyone can get into a health rut when they are busy.  I was excited to try something new and focus a whole week on my health.

I felt that the Meals 2 Glo cleanse was really well thought-out and I learned a lot about my cravings and needs for food in the process. There were 3 meals and 2 snacks each day, meals and snacks were simple. Breakfast was sometimes Berry Overnight Oats, Pineapple Cucumber Mint Juice with a homemade Oat and fruit GLO bar, snacks included Baked Apples, Homemade Trailmix, Veggie Crudite with Hummus, Tara’s homemade Kale Chips, and Edamame with Pink Sea Salt. Lunches included the GLO-2 Kale Salad (one of my favorites!), Beet and Avocado Salad, Zucchini “Pasta” Pesto (so delicious!). Dinners might be Indian Lentil Stew, Sauteed Broccolini with Brown Rice, Sweet Potato Stew with Indian Spices and Chinese Stir Fried Quinoa with (really awesome). I learned that my eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach. And that I can get full on just a simple meal of vegetable stew, especially if I ate protein or fat earlier in the day. I was Vegan for a year, so this shouldn’t have surprised me – but it did!

Since the cleanse I am trying to keep up with having much less gluten and cheese especially. I get so busy and hadn’t realized how much they had become my go-to foods with some veggies or beans on the side. I also realized that even though I try to minimize sugar, I did get STRONG sugar cravings when I couldn’t have it in my morning chai tea or had to fight the urge to eat a piece of chocolate at night. It was also great to see that I could exercise and keep my energy levels up while cleansing, as a previous diet I had tried years ago I got whoozy when I went to the gym. Eating lots of smaller meals helped with that.
In the end I lost about 2 or 3 pounds on the cleanse, which is pretty awesome for 5 days, and I am keeping up with it now by having smaller meals and cooking more “real food” at home instead of ordering Seamlessweb.

I highly recommend a cleanse with Tara! She makes herself available to you for questions and advice and you can profoundly change your food habits in less than a week because the meals you eat are from real foods and you will be motivated to make better choices at the grocery store so that you can keep feeling awesome. Tara’s 5 day cleanse is $550 in New York City ($475 in the New Jersey areas of South Orange/Maplewood, Millburn/Short Hills and Summit).

We asked Tara a few more questions to learn more about the methods behind her super effective cleanse:

Women’s Mafia: What is your philosophy with the Meals 2 Glo cleanse? Why is it so effective at helping people lose weight?

Tara Roscioli: My philosophy in creating Meals 2 GLO was to show my clients how eating clean whole foods would allow them to lose excess weight, curb their sugar cravings and help to restore their energy. Gimmicks and fad diets simply aren’t necessary and while they may work in the short term, they simply aren’t sustainable. I created this anti-inflammatory program to help clients reduce toxicity in their body. The foods are easy to digest and allow the body to work overtime to reduce the sludge that has accumulated in their system due to poor eating habits. Clients have reported anywhere from a 3.5 to an 11 pound weight loss in just 5 days and while some of this is water, it certainly is a great jump start to a healthier way of eating. Clients have also reported less bloat or digestive upset, improved sleep, fewer cravings for sugar, more energy and even an improvement in their skin (less acne or eczema). The best part is that this is a very sustainable way to eat!
WM: How do you eat on a normal basis? Are you vegan, organic, sugar-free and gluten free? Can you share some of your go-to foods/meals?
TR: I am a vegetarian since the age of 14 though I do eat some fish. Other than that, I don’t really eliminate any foods from my diet but I do limit dairy as I am prone to sinus infections and find that the dairy contributes to my congestion. Sugar is my downfall…it has been since I was a kid. I noticed that if I can go a few days without sugar, I can get over the hump and I do feel much better without it.
WM: What aspects of the cleanse do participants usually have the hardest time sticking with? Any tips?
TR: The hardest thing for most clients to get over is that day 2-3 when they start to feel the effects of the detox. Usually it’s just a headache as the sugar leaves the system but on the more severe side is some nausea. But after those first days, their energy starts to soar. My suggestion is to flush with water and get a massage if time permits as it will work the toxins out of the system.
WM: What cravings / habits are most of your clients trying to break? What do you think makes the biggest difference in long term health and weight loss?
TR: Most of my clients want to lose a bit of weight and break the sugar/alcohol cycle. They are in high stress careers and they turn to sugar/alcohol as a way of combating the stress. I get it-as a former lawyer, I did the same thing. I wouldn’t make time to eat regularly so I was forced to resort to bags of pretzels and swedish fish from the law firm vending machine. After a long commute home, I wouldn’t have energy to eat so I’d poor a glass of wine. The stress interrupted my sleep so I would have a second glass of wine. Vicious cycle!
So, now you know Tara, and all about her amazing cleanse and company. Visit her website and get in touch with her to start your own journey to the next level of healthy, sleek, you! www.highway2well.net
Email Tara at  tara.roscioli@highway2well.net or call 201.259.6976 to book right away. :-)

Every Foodie’s Perfect Day: The Foods of NY Original Greenwich Village Food Tour!

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Do you know what is the most fun you can have with your clothes on in New York City? Hint: it involves learning fun facts and fascinating history of the city we love… while sampling the perfect slice one moment and warm-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies the next moment and being invited into Murray’s Cheese private tasting room to top it off.

One glorious Saturday this September I had the opportunity to experience the Foods Of NY Original Greenwich Village Tour. I invited some Women’s Mafia insiders to join me and we had an unforgettable time strolling through the village, trying delicacies such as an authentic Italian Rice Ball while learning the history, culture and architecture of one of NYC’s favorite neighborhoods. I learned that FoodsOfNY created the Food Tour concept 15 years ago in New York and that founder Todd Lefkovic is considered the “Father” of the Food Tour industry, on the go dining experiences which can now can be found in many major US cities. They offer 6 other original food tours and experiences in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including a monthly private group cooking class with world renowned chef Raffaele of Rafele Ristorante. Enjoy my pictorial highlights below and book your tour at FoodsOfNY.com, your taste buds will thank you!

One of my all time favorite items of the tour? Rafele’s for their to-die-for eggplant Rollatini. We had enough time to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine at this stop too. Can’t wait to go back again for a full menu there!

Exploring some of MaDougal Street’s most prized restaurants with our charismatic, knowledgeable and passionate host Raheem.

Learned that the picturesque Grove Court address was once the company housing for a German beer company. The bars that now keep us out, were designed to keep the immigrant workers in.

“Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli”

Super popular blogger Athena of Finance Foodie, outside Faico’s.

Celeb stylist and editor Engie Hassan of EngieStyle with Women’s Mafia founder Marcy Clark.

Media Mavens getting their foodie on: author and celeb esthetician Lora “The Beauty Buster”(left), author, blogger and PR pro Genevieve Malandra (back left), celebrity stylist and magazine editor Engie Hassan (back right) and StyleLend CMO & influencer extraordinaire Tania Arrayales (right).

A deli that truly inspires you to cook.

And last, but not least: Pizza. Still one of this world’s most perfect foods.

TALENT Q&A with Denise of Pip’s Place, the Gluten Free Cakery!

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Pip’s Place NYC is not only the new and upcoming popular bakery; it’s the Gluten Free Cakery!
By Juliana Harris


Pip’s Place is an upscale bakery and all of the treats are 100% gluten free! The owner and founder Denise always had a passion for baking. Denise opened Pip’s Place after her daughter, Olivia aka “Pip”, was diagnosed with Celiac disease and was on a new dietary restriction including gluten free foods. She wanted her daughter to still enjoy her favorite treats, so she spent years experimenting and changing her recipes to gluten free while still tasting the same as before. Denise loves baking these tasty gluten free treats for not only her daughter, but for the rest of the world who shares the same dietary restriction. It’s important to her that everyone is able to enjoy their favorite desserts no matter what their dietary preference or restrictions are.

The healthy and delicious bakery has two convenient locations right here in Manhattan. One is located on First Avenue in between 89th and 90th street, and the second location is at east 39th street and Lexington Avenue. The unique bakery delivers to all 5 boroughs of New York and ships throughout North America. The Bakery has been featured in in the press numerous times including: The New York Times, Daily News, CBS, Next Magazine and Sean Weber’s Snack Fixation.

Pip’s Place is the bakery to visit if you’re looking to enjoy something that’s usually impossible to find: treats that are both deliciously sweet and healthy!

Q&A:

Women’s Mafia: Where/how did you get the inspiration to make gluten free treats?
Denise: Olivia, my daughter whose nick name is Pippi is the reason I started Pip’s Place.  This is for her and everyone like her who has to eat gluten free.
Women’s Mafia: What else makes Pip’s treats unique besides the gluten free aspect?
Denise: Pip’s treats are special because they are 100% certified gluten free but they taste like they aren’t.  Most of our recipes are my family recipes baked for generations not gluten free.  I spent 5 years trying to get them to taste like the past so Olivia could enjoy her favorites.

Women’s Mafia: How would you like Pip’s Place to evolve in the next 10 years?
Denise: I believe Pip’s Place will become a National company over the next 10 years.  We had 51,000 guests in our first location during the first 12 months.  I can only imagine how many people we could help enjoy great tasting, home made gluten free treats if we had a Pip’s in every major city!
Women’s Mafia: Describe your creations in 5 words.
Denise: special, heart-warming, passionate, community, joy
Women’s Mafia: Who/what influenced you the most to open up this bakery?
Denise: My husband and children were the driving force because the kids grew up having only home made treats.  My husband wanted me to find a new passion because our last child (Pip) was leaving for college and I needed to fill the void.  And, my friends, who loved what I baked and encouraged me to go for it.
Women’s Mafia: What aspect of this business do you enjoy most?
Denise: I enjoy 2 parts – first the kitchen.  The smells take me back to when my children were small or when I was a child and visited my nana’s house.  I also enjoy my customers.  I love the community that I have created – the stories, the encouragement and the relationships.
Women’s Mafia: Do you have any successful tips that Women’s Mafia members can learn from?
Denise: As a women starting a business after being a stay-at-home Mom for 22 years – don’t be afraid.  Follow the dream and don’t give up.  As a gluten free baker – don’t quit when you fail the first, second or fifth time.  You will get it – keep tweaking the recipe.
I would suggest that being gluten free isn’t a diet, it is a life style and being able to help so many people maintain their health and give them real, freshly baked treats is worth all the work.

Visit their website at http://www.pipsplacenyc.com

Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter at @Pipsplacenyc!

More Wine at the Caffé

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by Saira Toppin

I entered Caffé e Vino simply to drop off photographs with my partner Luis Vaz (photographer) for the owner’s wife. Luis introduced me to Giuseppe who then asked us if we wanted a drink… The night was in the bag from there.

Our jackets were taken to coat check, wine was served and appetizers were ordered. Fresh soft bread with tomato spread and water was placed on the table. We ate fried calamari and zucchini and sipped wine.

Since we only stepped in to make a drop, having a full meal was not on my mind. Giuseppe asked us if we wanted to eat…what to do?? Having had a late lunch that day I knew I was not too hungry, but me giving up delicious Italian food is unheard of, never to be uttered aloud. I told him to make a light dish for me. A few minutes later we were met with linguine with Alfredo sauce topped with shrimp. Luis was not too happy because they served us both small plates. I got what I asked for, sorry buddy.

I thought that we were receiving exceptional treatment because my partner knew the owner, but it seemed to be given to all attendees of the restaurant, which is amazing, because we were given a lot of attention. The atmosphere was very warm, exposed brick and candlelight, always perfect for a second date. I say second because you do not want to start off with too much romance on the first date. Don’t scare him/her away just yet.

Back to the pasta which was great, the Alfredo sauce was different, nothing like I had before. It truly tasted homemade.

To end the meal off we were given homemade cheesecake and I opted for more wine instead of a latte. I left with a smile on my face and an overstuffed stomach. No room for complaint. We grabbed our coats and crossed the bridge to attend a party thrown by the Mayor.

If you are looking for a great new restaurant to try, head over to Caffé e Vino in Downtown Brooklyn, right before the Manhattan Bridge at 112 Dekalb Avenue.

Attention Wine Lovers!

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Get Ready to Sip & Swirl at the 6th Annual New York Wine Expo

New York, NY (January 7, 2013) Raise a glass in celebration! The New York Wine Expo is celebrating its 6th anniversary, March 1-3, 2013.  With only their wine glasses and taste buds to lead them, attendees can travel through the vineyards of Europe and the Mediterranean; from South America to South Africa; and coast to coast in the United States.  In all, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a sampling of over 500 wines.  The 6th annual New York Wine Expo is at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

“The Expo is truly a feast for the senses, with wines from every corner of the world represented,” said Ed Hurley, Marketing Director, ResourcePlus Shows & Events. “For anyone who enjoys wine or is a beginner and wants to learn, a day at the Expo is a deliciously fun way to spend time with friends and family.”

Dedicated fans know him as “Your Resident Foodie,” and this year for the first time David Venable will be joining the New York Wine Expo.  As host of the hit QVC program, In the Kitchen with David, he offers a unique interactive viewership experience and features the latest in gourmet foods, cookware, kitchen gadgets and cookbooks.  Although he will not be cooking David will be conducting a “Meet & Greet” and will share wine pairing ideas.

Along with the Grand Tasting, consumers can purchase tickets to a variety of seminars led by industry experts.  Additions to the seminar calendar are updated frequently.  To date,

Wine 101: Taste Like a Pro with Wine Spectator’s Director of Education         Gloria Maroti Frazee
Friday, March 1st at 6:00pm | Saturday, March 2nd at 11:30am
In this seminar, attendees will build the wine appreciation framework required for a lifetime of vinous adventure. Tasting a bounty ofwine from around the world, they’ll learn the tasting techniques used by pros, explore important grapes, identify key wine styles and determine their own wine preferences.

The Cool Climate, World Class Wines of the Finger Lakes

Saturday, March 2nd at Noon

The Finger Lakes region of New York State has undergone an evolution in quality and developed into a cool climate, world classwine growing region.  Join Thomas Pastuszak, Wine Director at the NoMad in New York City, for a discussion and tasting of winesfrom the region. Learn about what makes the Finger Lakes the premier growing region for cool climate grape varieties in the United States and how it compares on a global level to other regions.

Italian Cheeses and Wine with Lou DiPalo, the Cheese Guru of DiPalo’s Fine Foods in Little Italy, NYC

Saturday, March 2, 2:30pm

Don’t miss a chance to meet this most knowledgeable and passionate advocate for the cheeses and wines of Italy. Lou DiPalo will detail how typicity, provenance, and maturation regimes contribute to the irresistible quality of Italian cheese. Amongst the cheeses to be tasted will be Agriform’s Grana Padano, Piave, Asiago, and Valtellina Casera, with Italian wines selected for pairing perfection. You will leave this informative and tasty seminar with a bevy of expert suggestions on how best to entertain with Italianwine and cheese.

Attendees can ensure they remember the names of every wine and wine maker they liked and lifestyle vendor they stopped by with the free New York Wine Expo mobile app.  Along with notes, the app will help attendees navigate the venue, find exhibitors of interest and provide the latest event news.

Grand Tasting Pricing & Hours:

Friday, March 1, 6pm to 10pm – $85

Saturday, March 2, 1pm to 5pm – $95

Sunday, March 3, Noon to 4pm (Trade only)

Please note: Sunday, March 3 is dedicated to trade representatives. Liquor licensees from throughout the region are invited to attend on Sunday along with attendees of the co-located International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York. The Wine Expo is not open to the general public on Sunday.

NOMAD’S OPEN HOUSE: SHOP-CHOP & POP-UP!

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Visit NOMAD – The ultimate holiday concept shop and home store
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, 4-7pm
12 West Willow Grove Ave. Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia 19118

Philadelphia, PA. November 2011 – Nomad’s last open house was so much fun that they decided to have another one on Sunday, December 18th, from 4-7pm. This time, owners Tami Seymour and Elie-Anne Chevrier are super excited to announce that John Scioli, owner & proprietor of John’s Old School New Skool Barber Shop, will be bringing his shop to Nomad to offer haircuts and straight razor hot towel face shaves! Yes, pop in, sit in the chair for a shave & haircut and do some cool Yule holiday shopping from tons of new vintage in stock. Guests can do it all while listening to music, enjoying hot waffles and eating ice cream from Zsa’s Gourmet Ice Cream Truck!

Nomad is a hip new pop-up shop featuring the best modern, vintage and mid-century finds alongside original works and fresh designs from local jewelers and artisans. All of Nomad’s wares come from local independent designers and collectors, making it the perfect destination for the most thoughtful gift givers this Holiday Season.

Nomad is the collaboration of Tami Seymour and Elie-Anne Chevrier. Both have a combined passion for skillful design & craftsmanship, elegant simplicity and the art of reuse. Elie-Anne, formerly of the Museum world and currently owner of Modern, Vintage, Mid-Century, is a collector, mid-century connoisseur and all-around amazing treasure hunter. Tami is a designer turned stylist and photographer as well as the writer and photographer behind the popular blogs: helloseemore and Middle Diner. She has a never-ending obsession for creating and absorbing beautiful design in all its forms.

Featured Philadelphia Jewelry Designer J. Rudy Lewis is creating new work this season that is catching the eyes and being acquired by top stylists, celebrities and even Royalty. His “Victoria” cuff seems destined to appear on Charlotte Bronte’s arm – that is if Bronte was on her way to CBGB’s. His “Free Forms” collection explores the concept of art as jewelry throughout time -“pieces of jewelry have been found in ancient archaeological excavations all over the world.” Lewis is a student of the history of art, always observing and incorporating fragments of the past into his modern work. Like his “Five Journey’s” Cuff, hand forged and fabricated from sterling silver with 18k yellow gold detail set with natural rough rose cut diamonds, that looks to have just been found buried in the desert. With J. Rudy Lewis every piece tells a story.

Nomad also features these exciting local Designers, Collectors and Vintage Dealers:

Stable Tables – Hand-made farm tables and benches made from reclaimed wood from old barns and buildings.

Helix and Hive and The Necessary May Speak –Art and science come together with Multi-media artist Kristin Swoszowski-Tran’s collection of stylish glass and ceramic terrariums, handmade candles, bath products and accessories, such as; belt buckles, pendants, and rings.

Mockingbird Moon – Kim Grant’s tabletop gardens, collages of found objects and photographs bring the exterior world indoors and feature natural imagery inspired by her rural environs.

P.F. Wilfong & Co. – Furnishings, Goods and Findings.

Cotillion – Fantastic treasures, antiques, art, designer accessories, clothes and more.

MVM – Modern, Vintage, Mid-Century Elie-Anne, showcases elegant furnishing for the discerning collector.

Wing & Wood – Custom Furniture and Woodworking with a sustainable future in mind.

A portion of sales at Nomad will be donated to the James Turrell project: Chestnut Hill Friends are building the first new meetinghouse in Philadelphia in 80 years as a spiritual home for their members and as an inviting place for visitors. Incorporating a Skyspace by world-renowned light artist James Turrell, which will be open regularly to the public, this environmentally-friendly 21st Century building and surrounding gardens and woods will not only accommodate the vibrant local Quaker community, but also offer people of all faiths a place to gather for quiet reflection, fellowship, education, and social action. www.chfmnewmeetinghouse.org

Nomad is a pop-up shop located in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia dedicated to showcasing the best collections of modern, vintage and mid-century furnishings, accessories & jewelry by local independent designers and collectors. Open daily November 25 – December 31st, 10am – 6pm, with the possibility of continuing in January. Follow Nomad’s journey on twitter and facebook for updates and events and visit www.hellonomad.com.

Chocolate Sweets & Treats Abound in NYC this Weekend!

Events Food Shopping & Acquisitions

By: Elisha Dang
Do you love chocolate? Do you want to learn more about chocolate? This weekend New Yorkers can enjoy free access to the world of chocolate to learn about its history, the techniques used to make it, and the perfect wine pairings!

Organized by Savorique, the online gourmet store which offers curated and delicious foods, this 3-day festival offers a fascinating insight into all things chocolate. Events are scheduled throughout the weekend and you can enjoy discounts on your favorites.

Be sure to visit the official web site and start planning your weekend with their passport tool. With over 36 vendors and counting, you’ll want to plan ahead to get the best out of your Chocolate Weekend! Offerings of these tasty delights are available at locations around Brooklyn and New York City.