Popbar Welcomes the WafflePop, A NEW Winter Snack

We’re taking a short break from NYFW to celebrate another of our loves – delicious snacks. We were recently introduced to the Popbar, a delightful snack bar that offers all natural, handcrafted, customizable gelato on a stick. As if the delicious idea of authentic Italian gelato, sorbetto, and yogurts on a stick, weren’t enough, they came out with an even more delicious snack, the WafflePop. A simultaneously warm and cold treat made with the variety of gelato, sorbetto, or yogurt popsicles Popbar has available.

It will be love-at-first-bite when you sink your teeth into the layers of flavors and textures. What makes the WafflePop so damn delicious? Well, it’s a pop sandwiched between two hot waffles customized with chocolate drizzle and toppings of your choice. First, you select your preferred flavor of Popbar’s all-natural, handcrafted, and customizable pops (there are over 40+ flavors); then select your chocolate of choice for full or half drizzling; your creation is then sandwiched between two freshly made waffles and topped with your choice of toppings. We decided on a Coconut popGelato with milk chocolate and pink sprinkles. See our delicious creation below and check out the video of our WafflePop being created on our Instagram page:

PopBar NYC WafflePop Dessert PopBar NYC WafflePop Dessert

If you’re thinking of a fun thing to do for Galentine’s Day with friends, deepening your bond over your mutual sweet tooth at Popbar is a must. If you are looking for a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day, we recommend visiting the Popbar with your sweetheart. Whether you’re enjoying a romantic stroll or killing time before or after your romantic dinner, this sweet treat will not disappoint. In fact, we know you will also love another Popbar offering, their delicious gelatoShakes.

PopBar NYC gelatoShake

This innovative and decadent frozen drink is a twist on the classic milkshake. This delicious 16oz bottle of yum is served in a milk-jug style cup with a chocolate-dipped waffle cone overflowing with whipped cream. Yes, it is as incredibly delicious as it looks. The gelatoShake is made with 100% all natural ingredients.  It is available in six delicious flavors including green tea, strawberry, vanilla caramel, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. As with Popbar treats, the gelatoShake is handcrafted and made to your desire. It is the perfect way to enjoy a lot of love…..deliciously!

To experience the Popbar and all the decadence it has to offer, head over to the West Village at 5 Carmine St. (@ 6th Ave.).

NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show

NYFW THE SHOWS: Son Jung Wan Fall-Winter 2019 Collection

How appropriate that Valentine’s Day is mere days away and we’re reviewing an NYFW collection named “Romance Returns”. The Son Jung Wan Fall-Winter 2019 collection was inspired by the “romantic mood of retro art and culture. With this collection, Son celebrates her love of luxurious fabrics, softness and femininity, and unconventional use of color, silhouettes, and textures. All of which are key elements in this season’s collection.

NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show

The Son Jung Wan Fall-Winter 2019 collection featured mixed faux fur, bold prints, sequins, velvet, ruffles, and embroideries in the bold colors to create a romantic mood full of playfulness. The color palette boasted a combination of bold, dark, and pastel hues. Bold, striking colors included Orange Pepper, Placid Blue, Sulphur, and Spring Crocus; light pastel colors included Harbor Gray and Potpourri; the addition of dark colors such as Adobe, Windsor Wine, and Peacock created a uniqueness to the visual feast that was the collection.

NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show

For fall/winter Son Jung Wan fully embraces the idea of romance, with an emphasis on softness and a futuristic touch. A lot of emphases was placed on the mixing and matching of different fabrications and colors. The idea was to illustrate and perfectly capture the retro feel, which of course, the collection does.

NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show

For Son Jung Wan, the fabrics alone weren’t the only important factor. Placement and juxtaposition of the different fabrics to create unique pieces was a driving force the looks. Fabrications used in the collection include faux fur, checkered prints, flower prints, embroidered fabric, sequins, and velvet.

NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show

We applaud Son Jung Wan for bringing romance back to fashion and her use of exaggerated silhouettes and bold colors. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the inspiring Son Jung Wan Fall-Winter 2019 collection. What do you think of her bold color palette or her mixing and matching of materials? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show

NYFW THE SHOWS: Taoray Wang Fall-Winter 2019 Collection

It’s rare that we’re left completely in love with an entire collection during the NYFW the Shows. We find that we normally love a few looks here and there but never a show’s entire collection. That was changed today with the Taoray Wang Fall-Winter 2019 collection. We not only loved every single look, but we also loved every single item that made its way down the runway. When you see this incredible collection, you’ll understand.

NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show

If there is a women’s suiting heaven, it would begin with the looks from the Taoray Wang Fall-Winter 2019 collection. Little did we know how much of a fashion feast we were in for; a variety of very chic and fashionable suits that sated our appetites. Herald by fashion designer Wang Tao, one of China’s most celebrated and accomplished designers and appropriately hailed as “the Queen of the Suit”, it’s not really a surprise that every look was amazing. Rare you will find every single look at a fashion show completely wearable but this was the case with the Taoray Wang Fall-Winter 2019 collection.

NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show

The collection, called “Eternity, is a celebration of “Eternal Beauty” from the women who inspire Wang Tao. It boasted and highlighted Wang Tao’s fine tailoring, chic silhouettes, and exceptional textiles. She showcased suits to fit every style personality and multiple eras. It’s quite difficult to choose a favorite but we audibly swooned at the 1940’s inspired gangster pantsuits. We were ready to welcome back the prohibition era and the effortless style of Lauren Bacall. Did we mention her ode to the old wild west? The chic doesn’t do enough justice to describe this spectacular collection.

NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show

Find out more about her inspiration from the designer herself.

“I am inspired by the magnificent women that have redefined the standards of beauty crossing age boundaries to defy fashion’s elusive beauty standards. I am equally inspired by our millennial customers who are adding their own fresh, sexy and colourful signature to classic corporate suits.” – Wang Tao

NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show

We can honestly say this is one of our favorites (if not the favorite – we still have a few more shows to see) from this season. We look forward to seeing much more from Wang Tao and the Taoray Wang brand. What are your thoughts on this collection? Any favorite looks?

NYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Winter 2019 Presentation

NYFW THE SHOWS: Greta Constantine Fall-Winter 2019 Collection

Our first show of the NYFW season was quite the statement maker. In a time when we’re seeing the negative effects of fast fashion and fashion houses choosing to be more sustainable, designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong are boldly “shopping their closets” – specifically their fabric closets. The duo behind Greta Constantine has decided to revisit past fabrications available in their coffers for their Fall-Winter 2019 Collection. This eco-friendly decision is a great step forward for any designer; of course, the fabrics were the last things on our minds as we were captivated by the bold looks from the Greta Constantine Fall-Winter 2019 Collection.

NYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Wnter 2019 Presentation

With this Fall-Winter 2019 Collection, Greta Constantine answered the question, “is it possible to be demure and provocative?” Of course, that answer is yes. Nary a sight of bare skin was shown except for the models’ faces. With volume, lots of layering, and a sense of chasteness, the Greta Constantine Fall-Winter 2019 Collection proves that a woman isn’t boring just because she’s covered up.

NYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Wnter 2019 Presentation NYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Wnter 2019 Presentation

The collection boasted high collars, lots of sparkle (especially bodysuits, and turtlenecks), a mix of classic and bold hues, and of course volume. The volume we saw in oversized sleeves, shoulders, and pant legs, elongated sleeves, and lengths. We loved several looks from the Greta Constantine Fall-Winter 2019 Collection. Favorites included an oversize sequin tee, high-neck tulle jacket, puffy brocade jacket, and a dark grey wool dress layered over a yellow gold sequin turtleneck.

NYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Wnter 2019 PresentationNYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Wnter 2019 Presentation

The ready-to-wear womenswear collection has been around since 2006. Based and founded in Canada, the Greta Constantine collection is available in over 40-doors worldwide across 15-countries. You can find past collections at Hudson’s Bay, Nordstrom, and online at Moda Operandi and Farfetch.

With this foray into more demure fashion, we have to ask? Are you ready to give up your bodycon fashion pieces for a more modest style? Will you welcome looks like those in this collection into your wardrobe? We’d love to hear your responses.

Indulgent Valentine’s Day Cocktails Regardless Of Relationship Status

If you picked 10 random people from your local coffee shop and asked them how they felt about Valentine’s Day, you’d probably get 10 different answers. Some people view the love-themed holiday as a capitalistic cash cow, some spend months looking forward to a special day with their loved one. While others resent those doe-eyed couples for reminding them of their singledom.

No matter your connection, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate a loving relationship with anyone in your life. With half of the American population identifying as single and a quarter of them planning on doing something for Valentine’s Day, this holiday is no longer reserved for those with a romantic partner.

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For single women especially, the concept of “Galentine’s Day” has given this time of year an entirely new meaning. Coined by Leslie Knope on the sitcom Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day is held on February 13 and focuses on celebrating friendships between women. People around the world have latched on to this alternate version of the heart-filled holiday. It gives anyone with any type of relationship status the chance to get in on the worldwide celebration of love.

Champagne Glasses and Bottles

Whether you’re planning on inviting your closest gal pals over for a night of drinking and debauchery or planning a romantic dinner for two, these Valentine’s Day cocktails are sure to make even the most cynical feel the love.

  • Figgy Sparkler
    Along with chocolate, flowers, and giant teddy bears, champagne is a key ingredient for a classic Valentine’s Day celebration. Luckily, it is also a key ingredient in the figgy sparkler. This unique drink pairs vodka and Prosecco with figs and cranberries for a distinctly fruity palette. If you want to amp up the fig’s flavor even further, infuse your vodka with the dark fruit.
  • Love Potion #9
    This dessert-like drink is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. The recipe even calls for vanilla ice cream, the most popular flavor in a survey of International Ice Cream Association member companies. Combine the well-loved ice cream with chocolate liqueur with an option of clear, vanilla, or strawberry vodka to get this boozy smoothie. Top it off with a strawberry, and you’ll have Valentine’s Day in a glass.
  • Kir and Kir Royale
    A wine cocktail for all time, the Kir is a simple addition to any celebration of love, romantic or platonic. The star of the drink is blackcurrant, a lesser-known aphrodisiac for those who want to romance their partner. All you need to do is pour creme de cassis in a glass and top with white wine. If you’re among the 32% of people who are worried about the look of their teeth, choose a white wine with low sugar content and maintain the integrity of your pearly whites.
  • Besame
    Spanish for “kiss me,” this drink will have anyone dreaming of a sunny summer day spent swimming, the fourth most popular sports activity in the country. As you think of warmer days in blue waters, you’ll taste Agavero, the centerpiece of the Besame. This tequila-based liqueur is flavored with the essence of the Damiana flower. Mix it with passion fruit juice and Chambord, and then pour the cocktail over muddled raspberries and lime to concoct this refreshingly fruity drink.

Valentine’s Day isn’t about how much money you spend on your special someone, but the experiences you share together. Whether you join the masses at the movie theatre, go on one of the 27% of trips that are taken solely to attend an organized sporting event, or serve up these uniquely themed cocktails, you’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. Or at least until next Valentine’s Day.

Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Demarchelier French Bistro

Tucked away around the corner of Madison Avenue on 86th Street is a little bit of Paris. Even if you weren’t looking for it, you can’t miss the red awning and the white curtains that draw you into the warm and inviting bistro, Demarchelier French Bistro. Since its opening in 1978, the family-owned and operated restaurant has brought authentic French flair to the Upper East Side.

Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier

Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier

It was a welcome respite from a cold winter night. Stepping inside the cozy establishment, you’re greeted by the convivial energy emanating from the bar. Unlike many of New York City’s too-crowded watering holes, this one had enough room for everyone and wasn’t overly noisy. Amidst the socializing patrons at the bar was the sweet and friendly Emily Demarchelier, greeting everyone with a smile. Emily runs the restaurant and is the daughter of the owner, artist, and restaurateur, Eric Demarchelier, and not to mention a niece to famed fashion photographer,
Patrick Demarchelier. With that said, it is no wonder that the walls are filled with colorful original abstract and figure paintings by Eric Demarchelier. They’re all for sale should you wish to take home something quite special with your leftovers.

Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier

CHRIS: Unlike a lot of so-called French establishments that either offer Americanized versions of French meals or experimental fusions with French inspirations, this place offers up the hearty traditional dishes like bouillabaisse, duck confit, coq au vin, Moules Mariniere, quiche, and escargot. It’s also good to note that many of the meat, poultry, and vegetables are organic and sourced from nearby farms. There’s also a prix-fix menu paired with a glass of wine or sparkling French cider as well as a daily special. While we wished our stomachs would expand to try the whole of the menu, here were our picks for the night.

GLASGOW: It was an amazing pleasure to see so many authentic French dishes available at one restaurant in both the entree and dessert menus. We couldn’t remember the last time we saw Pot au feu and Cassoulet (the latter is only available on Thursdays) on a dinner menu. Dessert-wise, both tarte Tatin and Crepes Suzette have been equally elusive on menus as well.

COCKTAILS

Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier

The Purple Blossom
GLASGOW: I love pea flower so this libation immediately caught my eye. This cocktail was very fresh and heavy on lemon juice. It may not look like it but the lemon juice really comes through in the Purple Blossom. There is a very light dash of simple syrup, so if you’re expecting a sweet drink, this isn’t it. Fans of gin cocktails, this is a must just to experience the Empress 1908 Indigo Gin.

Grapefruit Rosemary Mule
CHRIS: I’ve been on a mule kick lately (pun absolutely intended) and have been trying out all the different iterations of the Moscow Mule. I was skeptical about this one as I am not a fan of grapefruit. Surprisingly, it was not a bitter and tart drink. Made with Deep Eddy Grapefruit vodka, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer with a sprig of rosemary, this refreshingly simple concoction went down easy. The rosemary added a lasting aroma that perfectly accented each sip.

Empress 75
GLASGOW: I swear my color coordinating cocktails were not planned. I selected this cocktail because French 75 is one of my all time favorites and I wanted to see what how different champagne (as in the French 75) and sparkling wine (as in the Empress 75) would make the two. I must say it is very different. The dry sparkling wine is a noticeable difference but I still enjoyed the Empress 75 very much.

APPETIZERS

Moules Mariniere

Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier

GLASGOW: Diana Ross has an old song where the chorus starts with “I want muscles”; granted she’s talking about muscles on a man, not mussels but that song nevertheless describes our obsession with mussels. I want mussels and I want it all the time. The sauce was heavenly and you better believe we had to refrain from lifting the bowl to our mouth and drinking the incredible sauce. Thank goodness for the bread.

Avocado Crab Salad

Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier

CHRIS: Not at all what I expected, but in a very good way. I was thinking I’d get the typical mixed greens with a few pieces of crab sprinkled in and drizzled with a light dressing. Instead, what is set before me is a decent sized tortilla bowl in the middle of a plate heaping with crab meat on top of fresh guacamole and topped with arugula. I love crab and this was a lot of crab. While the layered concept makes for a clean aesthetic presentation, it is much better when thoroughly mixed in the edible bowl.

ENTREES

Duck Confit

Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier
CHRIS: I like duck confit but it’s always a gamble because it can be hard to cook it properly. While deceivingly simple, it takes some time to preserve the duck in its own fat. However, Demarchelier’s duck confit is nothing short of amazing. The two juicy duck legs were served on a bed of white beans stew. This traditional French dish has ample flavor and melt-off-the-bones goodness. I was baffled when the waiter put a steak knife by me since I can peel the meat off with barely a tug from my fork. The beans were just right – not mushy with just a good amount of firmness.

Ribeye with Pepper Sauce and Cream Spinach

Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier
GLASGOW: I don’t know if there’s anything that beats a great peppercorn steak from a French restaurant. If there is, I haven’t tried it yet. My medium-well steak (pictured sans peppercorn sauce) was very tender with a juicy interior and a subtle char. The pepper sauce was mild, not very peppery – perfect for those who are not used to a spice heavy palate like ours. The cream spinach was flavorful, very creamy but light on the thickness of the cream. We personally love a thicker sauce but that didn’t take away from how delicious this was. Those on a low sodium diet will appreciate the light hand of salt.

DESSERTS

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier
CHRIS: This was the perfect ending to an already gastronomically satisfying night. The cake part is perfectly moist and soft while the mousse layered in between is light, fluffy, and wonderfully chocolaty. Sitting atop a plate of strawberry sauce with a dollop of whipped cream, this cake was sweet and heavenly. A wise choice for a chocolate lover who didn’t want to go over the edge of full.

Crepe Suzette

Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier
GLASGOW: Thank goodness for Demarchelier. You hardly see this indulgent dessert on menus anymore. We greatly appreciated the restaurant for bringing it back into our lives. We highly recommend being extra nice to your server so he will giddily douse your crepe in a waterfall of Grand Marnier before it’s engulfed in the flames. Every bite sinfully divine, especially as we had more than enough Grand Marnier left over to make this dessert even more intoxicating.

Demarchelier is a neighborhood fixture for a reason, you can clearly see why in the photos above. Whether you’re in the area for a quick bite or a romantic local for dinner, we recommend heading to 50 East 86th Street to sate your palate.

 

 

 

Written in Collaboration with Christine Ongsueng

Demarchelier Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

JASON Himalayan Pink Salt 2-In-1 Foaming Bath Soak & Body Wash

We’ve all heard about the benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt; so today we thought we’d highlight one of those benefits –  rejuvenating, detoxing, and relaxing your skin and body. Did you know that benefits of a salt bath include deeply cleansing of your skin, and drawing out toxins?. It’s just the experience we’re looking forward to having with the NEW JASON Himalayan Pink Salt 2-in-1 Foaming Bath Soak & Body Wash.

With awareness of its health and wellness benefits, Himalayan Pink Salt has made its way across a variety of categories. These include specialty foods, spa treatments, and even home design. This is what let JASON Personal Care to introduce the NEW Himalayan Pink Salt 2-in-1 Foaming Bath Soak & Body Wash. This de-stressor is a must for those long, hard days. We all know how important self-care is and sometimes it can be difficult to take time out for it. So why not indulge your skin with your daily shower with the nourishing JASON Himalayan Pink Salt 2-in-1 Foaming Bath Soak & Body Wash. Don’t you deserve a little skin and body pampering during this harsh winter? Plus it will invigorate your senses with its uplifting scent.

Using the power of nature’s ingredients to improve everyday wellness, the formula features the body-healing Himalayan Pink Salt. Rich in soothing Magnesium, hydrating Potassium, and pH-balanced Calcium, it promotes relaxation and eases your tensions away. Joining this wonder ingredient is skin-loving essentials such as lavender, clary sage, and bergamot to soothe away your day’s stresses. This 2-in-1 can be used for an indulgent foaming bath or rejuvenating shower cleanse. It’s conveniently formulated to be multifunctional so you can choose how and when you enjoy its pampering benefits.

The JASON Himalayan Pink Salt 2-in-1 Foaming Bath Soak & Body Wash is free of synthetic fragrances and boasts a biodegradable formula. It contains no parabens, no sulfates, no petroleum, and no phthalates. The 30 oz. bottle of JASON Himalayan Pink Salt 2-in-1 Foaming Bath Soak & Body Wash is available now for $13.81 at Whole Foods, WalMart, and online at www.jason-personalcare.com.

Kumana Avocado Sauce: A Twist From the Ordinary Superfood

The growth rate of avocado’s popularity has been mindblowing. We can’t get enough of it and we’ve seen so many ways we’re enjoying it. We’re happy to introduce you to yet another way to add this delicious and healthy fruit (yes it is a fruit) to your meals. Say hello to Kumana Avocado Sauce, a range of fresh and vibrant avocado sauces that are amazing on just about anything you love eating. These delicious sauces are crafted from veggies and fruits such as avocados, fresh onions, bell peppers, cilantro, garlic and just a splash of white vinegar. Kumana Avocado Sauce adds a punch of flavor to anything you put it on.

The range of Kumana Avocado Sauce is inspired by a beloved Venezuelan staple, traditionally drizzled on grilled meats, sautéed vegetables, and regional sandwiches. Kumana Avocado Sauces are available in three palate awakening flavors:

  1. Be Original: The truest recipe to the Venezuelan avocado sauce that inspired the Kumana line.
  2. Be Mango:  Blended with mango puree which adds a hint of sweetness, much like mango salsa.
  3. Be Hot: Takes a splash of mango and finishes it off with just the right amount of habanero heat.

All three avocado sauces are plant-based, gluten-free, non-GMO verified, has no added sugars, and is the first shelf-stable avocado sauce. Since our love of avocado begun in our childhood, we couldn’t wait to try these sauces. We cooked a wonderful piece of Mahi-Mahi over brown rice and topped it off with the Be Original Avocado Sauce.

The Be Original gave our fish dish a wonderful, slight kick and enhanced the freshness. Next, we tried it with a bit of the Be Sweet and loved the combination of the fruity sweetness of the mango with the savory fish. This was actually our favorite flavor combination. Last but not least, was the Be Hot Avocado Sauce, and although it was really enjoyable, we felt the flavor intensity overpowered our Mahi-Mahi. We think the Be Hot would work amazingly with a more flavorful fish. Next, we did try the Be Hot with chicken the next week with absolutely fantastic results. Whether it’s fried or baked chicken, you’ll love the flavor.

Kumana Avocado Sauce is a great addition to your pantry. Whether you’re a meat eater, vegan, or on a keto diet, this will wow your taste buds. Get all three flavors the Safeway, Acme Supermarkets, Albertsons, and United Supermarkets.