NEW RESTAURANT OPENING: Contorno’s Restaurant

I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening and media tasting event for family-owned, Contorno’s Restaurant, a rustic Italian Ristorante and wine cellar on West 31st Street located inside the new boutique Holiday Inn Express just steps away from the Empire State Building and the hustle and bustle of Herald Square. The open layout (with seating for 110) allowed guests ample space to explore and mingle.

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Contorno’s is the passion project of the Impagliazzo family, who were looking to introduce NYC to the tastes and feel of their traditional Sunday Family Dinners; a time for family and friends to come together at the dinner table to talk, laugh, and share many small Italian tapas-style dishes of traditional, old world Italian food paired with fine Italian wines. Fellow guests and I enjoyed wine tastings as well as a selection of amazingly delicious “small plate” hors d’oeuvres from the menu developed by executive chef David Buico which included some of the following:

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Hand Rolled Ricotta Gnocchi w/ Wild Boar Bolognese & Shaved Dry Ricotta, Gorgonzola and Fresh Honey Comb served on toasted Raisin Walnut Ciabatta, Old fashion Veal Meatballs w/ Chick Pea Puree, Shrimp Al Pancha w/ White Heirloom Beans, Homemade Fettuccine w/ Porcini Mushrooms, Grandma’s Homemade Spaghetti, etc. Featured in the photo below are just a few of the must-have entrees available at Contorno’s
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Some of the wines, led by some of Contorno’s favorite sommeliers, indulged guests with wines from around the world.
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Dessert was heavenly, a wonderfully delicious way to end the savory and hearty meal we experienced at Contorno’s, you must experience the below Milk Chocolate & Pistachio Tart and New York Cheese Cake

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On February 28th, Contorno’s introduced Wine Flight Tuesday’s. Each week GM/Sommelier Marta Cisneros will lead customers in sampling a red or white wine flight from a different region, and help them learn about the wine and how to pair it with different dishes. Contorno’s also recently introduced a late night bar menu as well as a weekly Happy Hour Special from 4:30pm-6:30pm— all house wine, well drinks and beer are just $5.00

Contorno’s Restaurant is located at 30 West 31st Street in New York and is open for dinner seven days a week, Sunday-Thursday, 5 pm-10:30 pm and Friday & Saturday, 5 pm-11:30 pm. Contorno’s is also open for lunch and weekend brunch.

For more information about Contorno’s, please visit: www.contornosrestaurant.com.

Lifeway Frozen Kefir Giveaway

As the weather gets sunnier and the temperature gets hotter, we look for things to cool us down and sometimes (most of the time), we tend to ignore healthier foods and snacks and go for taste, well thanks to Lifeway Kefir, we can combine healthy snacking with yummy keep-you-cool snacking. Lifeway Frozen Kefir is an extra-healthy, probiotic, 90-calories-per-serving frozen yogurt alternative from Lifeway Foods, Inc. that provides the amazing benefits of Kefir’s 10 live and active probiotic cultures (up to three times more than yogurt with roughly half the calories) that help stimulate digestion and support the immune system but in a deliciously frozen form.

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The delicious frozen treat is available in four fun flavors: Mango, Pomegranate, Original and Strawberry, the first Kefir Treat in the Freezer Aisle. The original flavor will also be sold in a 3.6-oz. single-serve size packaged with a spoon. All four varieties will come in one-pint containers selling for $4.49 to $4.99. Lifeway Kefir’s new good-for-you frozen yogurt alternative is the latest addition to an extensive line of Kefir dairy beverages and associated probiotic foods

Lifeway Frozen Kefir is also great to help you keep a flat stomach. This creamy low-fat, “flat belly power food” also provides all-natural, gluten-free and 99% lactose-free benefits. To help you stay cool and fit during the hot summer months, I am gifting four winners a VIP Coupon for a FREE PINT of Lifeway Frozen Kefir.

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post stating which Lifeway Frozen Kefir flavor you’d like to try

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LIFEWAY FROZEN KEFIR GIVEAWAY

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Must be legal U.S. and Canada resident, 18 yrs or older to enter. Sweepstakes to commence on May 30th, 2011 at 12:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and end on June 6th, 2011 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. My Life on and off the Guest List will determine (4) five winners by random drawing from all eligible entries. Four Winners will receive (1) one VIP Coupon for ONE FREE PINT of Lifeway Frozen Kefir. Limit one prize per household. Odds of winning are dependent on the total number of eligible entries. Approx estimated retail value of prize $4.99 each. Winners will be notified by email. Offer valid while supplies last. Giveaway sponsored by My Life on and off the Guest List; Prize provided by Lifeway Foods.

Robert Verdi’s The Future of Fashion Retreat

Celebrity Stylist Extraordinaire, Red Carpet Aficionado and now host of his own show, The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi hosted his third The Future of Fashion Retreat for the fashion elite to relax and unwind in between the mad dashes to shows. We, lucky few, were treated to “Blowouts from PHYTO’s professional hair stylist, Manicures from Ginger+Liz, Make-up touch ups from Jouer Cosmetics (all were too busy so I never got a chance to enjoy), New ABSOLUT Berri Acai cocktails, Healthy lunches & recovery kits from Blue Print Cleanse, SmartWater & the new VitaminWater Zero, Aluminum bottles from Coca-Cola, Rock & Republic Jeans (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE), ShatoBu Shapewear Bar (heaven), Vans custom shoe station (I never got a chance to try it out), Shades from Carrera (I never got to check these out either) and one-on-one fittings to find your perfect bra size from Maidenform” and a few more treats.

Before I go into detail on my gifting experience, let’s find out a bit more on this amazing retreat (and a few other tidbits) from the man who created it – Robert Verdi. Although I didn’t get to experience every aspect, Robert Verdi does go into great detail the brands featured in his retreat.

Now, my first stop was to Popcorn, Indiana. I must say that Kettle Corn is my favorite and as you can see below, there was plenty of it to enjoy.

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I then ventured to the private boudoir to get fitted for my perfect bra size by Maidenform thanks to Nicole. I found out some very interesting things including the fact that I have to get rid of most of the bras I own as they are the wrong size.

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I was introduced to a new bra guaranteed to give you two cup sizes instantly – as many of you may know that is something I don’t need so Nicole introduced me to the custom fit bra. I asked her the one question that all women should know the answer but don’t – because I didn’t

My next stop was to sample the fantastic and healthy food and drinks from BPC (Blue Print Cleanse). I loved the Spicy Lemonade and Cashew Milk from BPC and the amazing cocktail made with Absolut Berri Acai (a delicious combination of Acai, Blueberry, and Pomegranate)

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Then it was off to the Rock & Republic Denim bar to find a new pair of favorite jeans. Rock & Republic is a luxurious denim brand who makes “must have” jeans and has recently branched out into the Cosmetics market to join their handbag and accessories lines.

 

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My favorite were these embellished skinny jeans (UPDATE: the jeans are called F#@k Me B#@!H)

 

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Then I was introduced to what could possibly be my new best friend – The ShāToBu™ Shaper, the workout you wear. ShāToBu™ burns up to 12% more daily calorie- that is my type of workout. “Designed to be worn all day, every day, ShāToBu™ offers enough resistance in the bands to provide a significant toning and burning effect”. I welcome the challenge to these thighs of mine.

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And although I didn’t get to personally try out the Carrera Sunglasses which has been around since 1956 and has made quite a comeback thanks in part to Lady Gaga and other celebs, in my interview with Robert Verdi, he does talk about them and I do have a photo (thanks to a friend).

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What do you think of the items we saw at the Robert Verdi’s The Future of Fashion Retreat? Any favorites you’ll be keeping an eye out for?

Shigoto Fashion Launch Event

On a dry but humid day, Dave, Kim, Natasha and I ventured downtown to attend the Shigoto Fashion Launch Event at Ninja New York Restaurant.

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Shigoto Fashion is a Japanese Streetwear clothing company consisting of Tabi Boots (split toe boots), Tobi Pants (Japanese construction workers’ baggy pants), Teko Wristbands, T-shirts, and other accessories all inspired by the old Samurai era.

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Founded by Jasper Momma (here he is holding alcohol sponsor, TY-KU’s Junmai Ginjo Sake with one of his models)

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Shigoto’s mission is to bring this innovative Japanese street style to the world and they begin with this first US show.

Right before the show, we dined on some of Ninja’s delectable Ancient Short Rib and got a surprise when we noticed Kwame Jackson, runner-up from Season 1 of The Apprentice

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I asked what he was up to now and he told me he had an accessory line called Krimson by Kwame. Anyway, although I didn’t get a chance to speak to the designer, I did get a photo (see above) and of course each model was stationed in the various alcoved rooms at Ninja Restaurant, which allowed us to take photos. After I got my photos, we each grabbed our gift bag and headed on our way.

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