From The Core

By now, everybody probably knows my obsession with cardio workouts – from running to my absolute favorite spinning class called SoulCycle, I love the endorphin high you get after sweating it out. Obviously though, I know that it isn’t enough to get a complete workout – you obviously have to tone your muscles as well! I remember for the longest time, I had no interest in strengthening – I thought it would me look bulky and mannish and cause unnecessary weight gain. How wrong I was! While I realize now that women can’t build enough muscle to look bulky (we don’t have enough testosterone), what I love about this current class that I’m going to be talking about is that it focuses on “long and lean”…aka just amazing, toned muscles!

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Outside The Theater Doors At New York Fashion Week

Disclaimer: In an effort to show you all that I am not, in fact, whiling away my time here, I’ve decided to publish an article that I’m actually extremely proud of. A few weeks ago, I got to cover Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and even got a chance to go to a few shows. This is what came from it. Enjoy!

New York Fashion Week always brings an eclectic crowd to Lincoln Center, where a myriad of designers, models, celebrities and socialites gather in throngs of mismatched outfits and funky accessories, dodging both wardrobe mishaps and the blinding lights from the paparazzi. At Monique Lhuillier’s show on Saturday, September 7, the crowd watched with bated breath as Paris Hilton walked out of her limousine and made her way past the onlookers and up the steps reserved only for the fashion elite. Photographers clicked picture after picture, style aficionados looked on resentfully, and fans were heard shouting, “Oh my God! Did you see Paris Hilton?”

            Apart from the privileged few who traipse into the theater without a second thought, New York Fashion Week attracts dozens of young hopefuls who want to catch a glimpse of the action — or better yet, be a part of it. These aspirants come in a number of forms, be it the fashion blogger who has just gotten a ticket to her first fashion show or the optimistic model looking for his big break. These are the people who stand out the most – the ones with the look of longing on their faces and the complete and utter devotion with which they view the fashion world.

For Alina Fayer, founder of the fashion blog The Style Socialite, Fashion Week represents her journey from an unknown intern at Women’s Wear Daily to a self-made entrepreneur. “I was literally the girl outside handing newspapers to all the guests at Fashion Week, can you imagine?” laughs Fayer, her eyes covered entirely by her large Prada sunglasses and her hair expertly styled in long, tousled waves. Vowing to herself that she would “get to be on the inside” whatever it took, Fayer claims that she worked her way up and got to the point where she could get a ticket to Fashion Week all on her own. “I am now self-made, and believe that if you take risks, you can get there,” she smiles, with a twirl of her red and ruffled skirt as her friend asks her to pose for a picture. Continue reading

Spinning’s Got Nothing on SoulCycle

While those of you who have heard of SoulCycle might shrug and call this another ‘cult-like’ post, some of you might be wondering what the hell this weird pseudo yoga name even is. And you’ll probably roll your eyes when you realize that it’s an exercise class. But it isn’t simply a workout, even though that is one of the reasons that I love it so much. It’s an experience.

Started in New York City by founders Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler, SoulCycle was originally developed in a small West 72nd street studio in order for the two women to introduce a cardio workout that was not only physically stimulating, but intellectually and mentally fulfilling as well. And trust me, it is. Continue reading

A Fusion of Flavour

New York City has always had the reputation of being a cultural melting pot, which is evident by the combination of museums, art galleries and architectural diversity that takes up much of the city. This eclectic mix has always been one of the most fascinating and exciting parts of New York City travel, where one could spend an evening attending a sophisticated opera while later enjoying a night out at one of the city’s trendiest nightclubs.

However, the innovative atmosphere in New York has also extended to its dining establishments. Chefs have begun to incorporate a blend of flavours to their signature dishes, and New York has become a hub of fusion cuisine. Follow my guide to the best of the best and prepare to be amazed by the incorporation of several cuisines in a single dining experience. Both your stomach and your taste buds will thank you.

 1. Buddakan

Created by Stephen Starr, this restaurant blends contemporary European and Chinese fare to create a tantalizing experience. Designed by updating an old Nabisco factory, the over 15,0000 square feet of space is decorated with Parisian tapestry, Cantonese paintings on the walls and massive chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The menu shows a similar synthesis, where the traditional Chinese dishes on the menu are reinvented and other unheard items are created solely by Executive Chef Michael Schulson. From the appetizers, try the steamed frog legs cooked in a tasteful Asian preparation of garlic and chives or the tuna tartare spring roll that combines the tang of sashimi with the crunchiness of the roll. The carrot dumplings are flavoured with European seasoning, while the taste of chilled udon noodles is further intensified with a relishing lime sorbet. The Five-Spice Chicken and Spiced Tofu combine sweet and sour spices from both regions to create an explosion of flavour and texture. Wash down your meal with one of Buddakan’s signature cocktails, which use various exotic ingredients such as lemongrass and passion fruit, and don’t forget their signature dessert – The Crying Chocolate uses Belgian chocolate ganache and is served with jasmine tea ice cream. This is truly a treat for the senses.

 2. Sushi Samba

With two locations in New York, Sushi Samba’s loud décor is reflective of the cuisines it incorporates – Brazilian flavoring mixed with Japanese staples. Red, yellow and orange seats and tables decorate the restaurants, while the music is loud and, to quote the name, “Samba”-esque. The restaurant’s specialty sushi rolls include the El Topo Roll, a mouthwatering combination of melted mozzarella, smoked salmon and crispy onion, and the Neo Tokyo Roll, which is a twist on the traditional spicy tuna roll by adding tempura flakes and aji planca, a type of chili pepper used in Peruvian and Brazilian dishes. The coconut rice combines the sweetness of coconut to the stickiness of Japanese rice, and the shaved palmito salad is topped with a delicious jalapeno-shallot dressing and pink peppercorns. The Samba-Style Chicken Teriyaki spices up a traditional Japanese dish and is served with purple potato mash, while the Mushroom Toban-yaki uses Japanese mushrooms, Peruvian garlic chips and a Brazilian poached egg to tantalize your taste buds. Pair your meal with Samba Juice, a cocktail with raspberry and watermelon infused rum, guava and acai, a type of berry found exclusively in South America. The pungent flavors of Brazil and the understated ones of Japan will surely keep you coming back for more.

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