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Restaurant Review: Chef Yang 46 Tasting Dinner Menu

Several weeks ago, we enjoyed a wonderful meal at a quiet, but visually delightful restaurant in New Jersey. Nestled just off Highway 46 in Clifton, New Jersey is Chef Yang 46, a gourmet Chinese restaurant specializing in Sichuan food. We rarely dine out in New Jersey but we promise you will love what Chef Yang 46 has to offer. At almost a year old, we delighted in lots of Sichuan favorites at this creation of Dinggen Wang and Jiaqing Yang. Let’s dig right in, shall we?

Chef Yang 46 Chinese Restaurant

You feel immediately welcomed by the very informative and attentive staff as soon as you step inside. We may be a bit biased seeing as these are our colors, but we love the chic black and white decor with touches of red. As you may or may not know, red is a popular color in Chinese culture, symbolizing luck, joy, and happiness. We promise you won’t get bored with this menu as Chef Yang diligently dishes out seasonal items every three months.

Chef Yang 46 Chinese Restaurant

As we perused the menu of elegant and versatile Sichuan cuisine, we noted the restaurant and menu bosted a modern setting with traditional Chinese highlights. Visions of dumplings, noodles, and Peking duck (a Chef Yang specialty) danced through our heads as we took it all in. The staff makes it a point to share what makes each dish wonderful and are ever ready to make recommendations. We started our culinary journey through the contemporary Chinese menu with some light and tropical cocktails.

COCKTAILS 

Chef Yang 46 Cocktails

While tonight was all about the wonderful food, we delighted in the most famous Tiki cocktail, the Mai Tai; and Strawberry Margarita; both of which went down quickly. Both cocktails were refreshing and sweet and paired wonderfully with the variety of flavors we were about to indulge in.

STARTERS

SCALLION PANCAKES

Chef Yang 46 Scallion Pancakes

Scallion Pancakes are much-loved favorite Chinese starter or snack. The Chef Yang 46 flaky and savory pan-fried flatbread boasts a crisp edge and was delicious with the dipping sauce; the pancakes were light and not too oily. Of course, we prefer to drizzle the sauce over the Scallion pancakes it so every piece of the pancakes soaks up every drop.

ROAST PORK BUNS

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We encourage you to make these Pork Buns your first order after your cocktails. You’ll love the flavorful and hearty chunks of roasted pork and the slight sweetness of these unbelievable delicacies. They take a while to make but once you taste them, you’ll see why they are worth it. We suggest you order two.

BBQ PORK RIBS

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Get ready for delicious, some-fall-off-the-bone bbq ribs. These were so wonderfully prepared, it’ll be difficult to share with anyone else, so if you love ribs, we recommend you order more than one or get individual orders as you won’t want to share.

MAIN COURSES

BEEF WITH BROCCOLI

Chinese Food Photography: Beef and Broccoli

Succulent, tender cuts of shredded beef and semi-crunchy broccoli is why this dish remains a traditional favorite. It’s a great option for those who like non-spicy choices.

PRAWNS WITH GARLIC SAUCE

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Much like the Beef and Broccoli, this entree is another favorite. It boasts the perfect amount of garlicky flavor, with the earthiness of mushrooms and steamed broccoli adding great texture to it.

PORK BELLY WITH LEEKS

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We love spicy dishes and this pork belly and leeks dish from Chef Yang 46’s new style Sichuan food section of their menu really hit the mark. It was the perfect level of peppery spiciness. Its flavorful spices keep your palate wanting more.

DRAGON & PHOENIX

Chinese Food Photography: dragon & phoenix (surf & turf)

Another of Chef Yang 46’s specialties, the Dragon & Phoenix dish is the Chinese version of surf and turf. In this instance, it is one half sauteed Prawns and half General Tso chicken. Both were mouthwateringly delectable and we loved mixing the two flavor profiles as they enhanced each other.

We highly recommend you try some of their other noted dishes, rarely seen on any Chinese menus: Grand Marnier Prawn, dressed with a homemade sauce combining the golden ratio of mango and pineapple; and iconic dishes like Peking Duck and Tea-Smoked Duck.

DESSERTS

Chinese Food Photography: Desserts

Although our well-sated stomachs almost didn’t allow, we had to make room for dessert. Going for decadent chocolate, and a key lime pie desserts. Both were the ideal end to our evening of savory traditional Chinese and Sichuan delights. Light and airy, these desserts left us with the right amount of indulgence.

Chef Yang 46 is divided into three distinctive areas, a private room in darker tones perfect for parties and gatherings, a full bar in the middle, and a large dining room in brighter tones and white tablecloths. Chef Yang 46 is located at 1105 Route 46 E, Clifton, NJ 07013. Call 973-777-8855 to make your reservation or walk right in to indulge.

Finchberry Handcrafted Soaps

Finchberry Soaps – Uniquely Decadent Sensory Bath Experience

When you think of bath soaps, the last thing you think of is baked goods; but today we’re highlighting some deliciously aromatic and wonderfully stunning soaps that are actually baked. Feast your eyes on the beauty that is Finchberry Soaps. These decadent, handcrafted soaps feature natural, food-grade ingredients, a unique decadent appearance, and a lush gentle lather. The Finchberry soaps are not just a cleanser, they are gluten-free, vegan-friendly, made without any harsh chemical preservatives, and boast a sensory experience.

Finchberry Handcrafted Soaps

All of the Finchberry soaps are handcrafted in their Northern Florida studio. A studio which is filled with piping bags, baking racks, ovens, and dough mixers. No surprise as Finchberry was started by Owner/Founder Ashley Robertson in her kitchen in Washington DC. It looks as much like a bakery as their soaps look like baked goods. As you can imagine, they smell absolutely incredible, some of them almost edible.

Finchberry Handcrafted Soaps

We had the pleasure of experiencing the Soap by the Slice and wow. First of all, we didn’t start using it until a month after receiving the Best Seller’s Sampler Tin; not because we didn’t like it, but because we loved the smell of the soaps so much. We found ourselves repeatedly opening and closing the tin to indulge in the aromatic wonder of these beautiful soaps. Look at them, can you blame us, you can practically inhale the scents through the screen. These soaps will captivate you visually, aromatically, and touchably; your skin will absolutely love them.

Finchberry Handcrafted Soaps

The Finchberry Soaps are available in several yummy scents. Our tin contained Cranberry Chutney, Grapes of Bath (sweet summer berries and lightly-frosted autumn grapes), Renegade Honey (honey and almond bitter), Tart me Up (raspberry, lemon, and real Moroccan rose buds), Sweetly Southern (wild honeysuckle), Spark (notes of orange, apple, grapefruit, peach and strawberry with just a touch of loganberry), Sweet Dreams (lavender and vanilla), and Darling (cherry blossom, sensual white lily and blushing violet petals blended with a hint of warm vanilla).

Of course, these beautiful, handcrafted soaps are not the only thing Finberry Soaps has to offer. You can also indulge in Fizzy Salt Soaks, Shimmer Body Washes, Hand Cremes, Sugar Scrub Cubes, Solid Perfumes, Soap Dishes (they have the cutest ones – we fell in love with the Victorian Iron Soap Dish), and so much more.

Finchberry Handcrafted Soaps

We promise you won’t be disappointed with these amazing bath products. Get to know all the Finchberry products by visiting www.finchberry.com.

Ninja Foodi

Cooking With Ninja Kitchen’s Ninja Foodi Appliances & SHE Media

Believe it or not, cooking is one of our favorite things to do. It’s hard to believe because we go out so much but we get a lot of joy from preparing a meal in our kitchen. Of course, it’s easier when you don’t have to cook for a big family or group of people; but we love what can be created with great ingredients. This is why we were really excited to enjoy a night of cooking with Ninja Kitchen and their new range of Ninja Foodi appliances.

Ninja Foodi

Led by Kenzie Swanhart, Ninja’s own Director of Culinary Innovation and Marketing, we enjoyed an evening of making extraordinary meals; all of the delicious foods we enjoyed during the event were made with the multi-functional Ninja Foodi appliances. The Foodi range includes Pressure Cookers, Grills, Ovens, and a Blender.

Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven

Ninja Foodi Air Fry OvenFood Image: Roasting Green Beans

In the Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven, we prepared Roasted Green Beans with Prosciutto and Onions. The Prosciutto was prepared in the air fry basket you see in the above photo and roasted the green beans and onions in the roasting pan. The cooking time for both was 16 minutes. We love the Digital Air Fry Oven because it boasts 8 cooking functions and can be stored upright, saving you space and allowing easy cleaning.

Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with 4-Quart Air Fryer

Ninja Foodi Indoor Grill

This is perhaps our favorite out of all the Ninja Foodi kitchen appliances, although they all are amazing. We love grilling and hate the fact that we’re limited to summer grilling. Plus, when you live in an apartment, you can’t exactly roll out the grill indoors during winter. The 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with 4-Quart Air Fryer solves both those problems. We had so much fun grilling two beautiful New York Strip Steaks & Asparagus during this event. We love that the cooking time for the steak was only 8 minutes. Whether you love it rare, medium, or well-done, you’ll fully enjoy your meal. The grill is also perfect for vegetables, chicken, fish, or anything else you can throw on a grill.

Ninja Foodi Indoor Grill Food Photo: NY Strip Steak

Imagine coming home and being able to enjoy a delicious dinner in less time than it takes you to get ready in the morning.

Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker that Crisps and Air Fries

Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker

Although we didn’t get to personally play with the Pressure Cooker, we did enjoy several bites of the Grilled Cauliflower Steaks that were prepared in it. This compact pressure cooker cooks up to 70% faster than traditional cooking techniques and boasts a TenderCrisps technology that quickly pressure cooks ingredients to lock in juices, then give them a crispy, golden air fryer finish.

Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender

Ninja Foodi Blender

Ready to whip up your favorite soups, stews, or smoothies? With the Cold & Hot Blender, you can. Combining high-speed total crushing and extraction with a precision-heat cooking blender, you can go beyond making smoothies and frozen drinks; get ready to cook soups and sauces and create concentrates for flavored waters and cocktails. What more can you ask for?

We’re excited to try these in our kitchen, especially since it’s lacking in a lot of counter space. Could the range of Ninja Kitchen Foodi appliances make your life easier?

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The Results Are In: Here’s the Pantone Color Trend Report for SS2020

Human beings love visual aesthetic and we typically put a lot more stock in it than we think we do. In fact, about 76% of homeowners feel the need to change the style of their kitchen during an in-home renovation project and that’s only one room of the house. From residence to the runway, there are trends in design and style that people tend to flow with.
Even though angsty autumn colors are on their way, let’s check out what the color trends will be in fashion and design in 2020 with the new Pantone color trend report for New York Fashion Week.

Flame Scarlet

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Want to display the most confident version of yourself? There will be no hiding when you adorn fabrics in this vibrant color. Inspired by female empowerment, this color represents determination and ambition.

Saffron

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Bright yellows have been on-trend for a couple of years now, but Saffron is taking it to the next level. This brilliant yellow color is the dose of fun and vitality we’ll need to make it through the cold winter months to come. If you’re one of the many businesses that haven’t updated their site in the last two or three years, using this color might be the boost you need to attract user attention.

Classic Blue

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Pantone claims that this color is akin to an evening sky “opening us up to a world of possibilities.” When you wear this dreamy dark blue, it’s up to you to make your dreams into a reality.

Biscay Green

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A modern take on the ever-popular mint color, Biscay Green reminds us of the refreshing waters of summer.

Chive

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Dark green and olive tones aren’t going anywhere with this herbal color. Try pairing it with Saffron for a neutral look that can’t be ignored.

Faded Denim

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While this color doesn’t actually have to be made from denim, this light, dusty blue is associated with easy living, the best in comfort, and taking things easy.

Orange Peel

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Brighter than most of the oranges we’ve seen on the market, this tangy orange color is the perfect take on your favorite fruit.

Mosaic Blue

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This teal-inspired shade was supposedly a favorite of the master painter, Van Gogh. A more complex blue than the other options on this list, Mosaic Blue drips with grace and intrigue.

Sunlight

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Spring and summer are full of bright colors, but you can’t neglect the staples. This dusty yellow color is the perfect addition to any delicate outfit. Even though your roof makes up about 40% of the visual exterior of your home, this color might even show up on home sidings as a stylish accent color.

Coral Pink

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While many think of coral hues as bright and inviting, this modern take on a coral color verges on pastel. With just a hint of warmth, you’ll be wearing this color all year long.

Cinnamon Stick

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Who says this is a spring and summer color? With fall right around the corner, this warm brown color is the perfect autumnal accent to any comfortable outfit.

Grape Compote

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You can’t go wrong with a deep purple and Pantone knows that. Mellow, intriguing, and mysterious, this dusty, dark purple is the perfect shade for a summer dress or your favorite accessories.

The Classics…

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Of course, these top colors for New York Fashion Week would be nothing without the staples. The Pantone Color Trend Report also predicted the core hues for the season. These include cool ash tones that exude sophistication and elegance: Lark, Navy Blazer, Brilliant White, and — of course — Ash.

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Were you one step ahead of the Pantone Color Trend Report? What do you think of next season’s color predictions? Let us know in the comments!

Solo Travelers Rejoice: Adventurely Is The App You’ve Been Waiting For

Travel enthusiast Mita Carriman felt something was missing from her solo adventures. She found visiting new cities on her own empowering but that it could get rather lonely at times. Instead of continually wishing that she had someone to join her on her travels, she did something about it. Carriman created an app called Adventurely to connect people traveling alone for leisure or work.

Adventurely App

With Adventurely, solo travel is getting a makeover. About 26 million trips are made on public transportation every day. From a morning commute to globetrotting, getting from here to there depends highly upon public transportation. When you’re traveling alone, public transportation can be especially intimidating. You’re in an unfamiliar place and may not speak the local language. By allowing people to find other solo travelers, Adventurely eliminates this pressure.

All you need is to download the Adventurely app and your troubles, including navigating foreign public transportation, are solved. Once you log onto the app, you can browse and add activities into your Adventurely itinerary. Just match with users interested in the same activities, and chat with them in the app to make plans together. You can also customize your settings to determine how long you want to be matched with activity partners for the activities so that you’re not getting notifications long after you needed a travel partner.

While the function of the travel app is similar to the various dating apps that work by matching users with one another, Adventurely gives individuals a way to meet travel buddies with no strings attached. Carriman, who is the official CEO and founder of Adventurely, tried to use Tinder when she would travel to find fellow adventurers interested in exploring an area together. However, she soon found out that the guys on Tinder were interested in activities other than sightseeing. Although 42% of travelers say that they feel more romantic on vacation, romance is not what Carriman wanted on her solo travels. She simply wanted someone to share the experience with. Other platforms meant to connect people, such as Meetup.com, weren’t helpful to Carriman either; the pre-set Meetups didn’t match her schedule.

Adventurely App

After finding out that three-fourths of all women in the United States travel alone, Carriman knew that an app to connect solo travelers would reach a massive and underserved market.

She initially released a beta of Adventurely in New York City in 2016 and it grew to 3,500 users. Whether they were traveling the 2.2 million miles of paved roads in the United States or jetting off to different cities, travelers were loving Adventurely. However, the app didn’t make it past the original beta version. Carriman spent a 1 1/2 years traveling around Europe and Latin America full-time; she found herself wishing that Adventurely existed again.

Adventurely App

She was thus inspired to relaunch Adventurely. Currently, the app is one of few — and possibly the only — Venture-backed startups specifically for solo travelers. In its new release, Adventurely has added Mexico City, Yucatan Mexico, and Bali, Indonesia to the list of areas travelers can use it. The company plans to add more cities with bucket-list attractions soon, as well as new group outing and community features.

If you would like to start connecting with fellow solo travelers, visit www.getadventurely.com and sign up for an account. Before you know it, you’ll be meeting up with other solo travelers and digital nomads around the globe and your lonely adventures will be over.

BeBop Sensors Offers Latest In Smart Technology With Wireless Gloves

BeBop Sensors Offers Latest In Smart Technology W/ Wireless Gloves

Smart technology is a major commodity right now. From window tints to flat-screen televisions, nearly everything in an average home can now be imbued with technology that responds to your voice or touch; BeBop Sensors knows this very well. This advanced technology transforms the most mundane materials into objects that respond to the user’s desires almost automatically.

The latest industry to go smart is one that everyone utilizes every day: the textile industry. Internationally, more than 14.3 million tons of American textiles are donated to help clothe people in need. Yet, now, something as seemingly commonplace as textiles are increasingly turning into pieces of advanced wearable technology.

BeBop Sensors Offers Latest In Smart Technology With Wireless Gloves

Smart fabrics have the ability to comprehend a variety of physical factors including motion, force, weight, and location.

They’re a step up from popular wearable tech — like Apple watches — that track data such as your heart rate and the number of steps you take per day. Smart technology like this has already been lauded as a way to better prevent conditions like heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in the United States. With smart fabrics, you don’t even have to think about putting on a watch every day; the potentially life-saving sensors are embedded right into the fabric of the clothes.

BeBop Sensors Offers Latest In Smart Technology With Wireless Gloves

BeBop Sensors is a leader in the world of smart fabric sensor technology. The innovative company has already shipped over two million wearable smart fabric sensors. Last year, BeBop Sensors launched the Forte Wireless Gloves. These gloves incorporate haptics and highly-accurate rapid sensing to be used in a variety of applications. These applications include virtual reality, design, gaming, and more.

The flexible sensors embedded in the fabric design allow the Forte gloves to track more of the wearer’s hands than other virtual reality gloves on the market. With more tracking comes more accuracy, making the gloves a useful tool for more than simple gaming. Architects have even been using the gloves to assemble VR models of their buildings. This gives architects a much better idea of how their designs will look when constructed in real life.

BeBop Sensors Offers Latest In Smart Technology With Wireless Gloves

BeBop Sensor’s unique product has already been collecting accolades. TIME Magazine awarded the Forte Wireless Gloves with the Best Inventions 2018 Award. According to TIME, the gloves are a game-changer for creative professionals everywhere because they imbue users with digital hands. The ability to grab and manipulate digital objects as if they were actually real is unlike any other technology on the market, making the gloves worthy of the award.

Founder and CEO of BeBop Sensors Keith McMillen said that the company was honored to receive the award. McMillen recognizes the importance of helping the user blend with a VR environment so accurately that they can feel the texture of different digital surfaces. Whether you’re looking to utilize the gloves to create incredibly accurate designs or you want to have a gaming experience like no other, this smart fabric can help you get there.

Jarlsberg Cheeseburger

The Quest for the Perfect Cheeseburger on National Cheeseburger Day

The quest for the perfect cheeseburger is neverending. Luckily, this delicious search is a foodie’s dream, which is why it is celebrated every year on National Cheeseburger Day. To help settle the question on “what is the most perfect cheeseburger?”, Jarlsberg Cheese has teamed up with Internationally acclaimed chef Elizabeth Haigh for the second annual Global Burger Awareness campaign.

Jarlsberg Cheeseburger

Internationally acclaimed chef Elizabeth Haigh, who is considered one of the brightest shining stars on the London culinary scene, has made four burger recipes, each with an essential story: The Northern Temptation, The Nutty Mushroom Melt, The Orient Cheese Express, and The Korean Hot Bite. The Global Burger Awareness campaign will hit social media and stores from July 15 to September 15th. It showcases the excitement and versatility of Jarlsberg Cheese, the mild, nutty and delicious cheese that compliments everything. Check out the four exciting cheeseburgers below and click on their titles for complete recipes from Jarlsberg. These are so perfect to honor National Cheeseburger Day, which falls on September 18th, 2019.

The Northern Temptation Burger

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The Nutty Mushroom Melt Burger

Jarlsberg Cheese National Cheeseburger Day

The Orient Cheese Express

Jarlsberg Cheese National Cheeseburger Day

The Korean Hot Bite

Jarlsberg Cheese National Cheeseburger Day

From July 15th until September 15th, cheeseburger fans will get the chance to enter to win exclusive Jarlsberg Cheese aprons and tongs every week. The grand prize winner will receive a Gourmet Grill so that they can re-create their favorite Jarlsberg Cheeseburgers, a great way to say goodbye to summer. Fans can triple their chance of winning by sharing their Jarlsberg cheeseburger at #Jarlsbergburger on Instagram.

Jarlsberg Cheese is wildly popular among foodies around the world for its nutty, mild, mellow and sweet flavor. Created in 1956 from an original Norwegian recipe, Jarlsberg continues to bring its unique flavor to some of your favorite cheese-based foods.

How will you be celebrating National Cheeseburger Day? Will you be trying one or more of these delicious Jarlsberg Cheeseburgers?

Personal Care: Goodbye Hot Girl Summer, Hello Fall Freshness

Hot Girl Summer may be coming to an end but the high humidity can still make things uncomfortable. We’ll soon be enjoying the cooler days of fall, but we’re not quite safe from chafing or not-so-fresh days. There are still plenty of days to rock your cutest short skirts and shorts, but anyone with ample thighs knows that can lead to chafing. The warm moisture of humidity can stay on our skin longer. This leaves us feeling even hotter, and those last few hot girl summer days quite unbearable since your body has a harder time cooling off. Thankfully there are wonderful products from the biggest feminine personal care brands to help you survive the last few days of hot girl summer, and ease you into the comfortably cool freshness of fall.

Summer’s Eve Sunset Oasis Cleansing Cloths

Only Summer’s Eve gives you 5 fresh benefits in 1 convenient cloth. It gently cleanses and freshens, removes odor-causing bacteria, is pH-balanced, free from dyes and Parabens, is clinically tested, and boasts safe scents. The individually packed Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths are convenient for on the go use. They are perfect for when you don’t have time to hop in the shower. These signature pH-balanced cleansing cloths are great for in-between times, like after the gym but before your day gets started, or as a quick refresher between work and happy hour. The cloths are Dermatologist and Gynecologist tested and are specially formulated for your external vaginal area. They are designed to wipe away odor-causing bacteria so you can stay fresh and clean all day long.

Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel

The Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel combines the protective benefits of lotion and powder in one great solution. It provides daily prevention from skin chafing, redness, and irritation caused by moisture, heat, exercise, and shaving. Those of you with ample thighs will love that it protects the skin with a smooth, breathable, moisture control barrier. The fragrance-free formula dries to a silky finish that is non-greasy and won’t stain clothing. As women, our vaginal health is an important part of our total well-being.

So if you’re worried about making summer 2019 the best one yet…Don’t! Be unapologetically YOU with the help of Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel and Summer’s Eve Sunset Oasis Cleansing Cloths.