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Cafe Centro Welcomes New Executive Chef and Launches Wine Bar

New seasons always welcome fresh, new things. What better way to end the summer season than to welcome a new chef and experience her debut menu. We had the very wonderful pleasure of helping French brasserie-style restaurant, Cafe Centro, welcome Chef Christina Towers, their new Executive Chef, and to celebrate the launch of Cafe Centro’s new outdoor wine bar located at a new fresh air space on East 45th Street in NYC. The delightful end of summer féte boasted a tantalizing array of  food and plenty of French champagne cocktails.

For her Cafe Centro debut, Chef Christina Towers welcomed guests with a delicious range of French favorites with a Mediterranean twist. The offerings featured many of Chef Towers’ culinary specialties. The bustling bistro Fresh seafood and raw bar specialties, grill selections and seasonal plats du jour. Passed hors d’oeuvres at the event included Gougéres (Gruyere and Parmesan), Lobster Rolls, Beef Tartare Crostini, Smoked Salmon Bites, and a Sunchoke Soup Shooter. Available to grab from the table included a Plateau de Fuits de Mer (lobster, clams, mussels, oysters, and shrimp), Scallop Crudo, Fluke Ceviche, Deviled Eggs, Radicchio Cups, and a Crudite Basket.

Desserts were disappearing faster than we could capture. We did manage to score three of the available variety, which consisted of a sinfully decadent Chocolate Mousse, Lemon Tart, and Mini Eclairs.

Since you can’t be at a French Brasserie without enjoying one or two french drinks, and of course in honor of the new Wine Bar, we enjoyed a few glasses of the classic French 45 cocktail and the Jean-Pierre Vacher 2015 Sancerre. Also on hand was the St. Emilion Chateau Fayan 2011 Bordeaux and Stella Artois.

Cafe Centro is located in the lobby of the MetLife Building at Grand Central Terminal – 200 Park Avenue at 45th Street. Visit them for drinks, lunch, or dinner anytime. If you have you been to this richly elegant and grand cafe, please share your experience with us.

 

Cafe Centro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

All Sold Out: Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and Pasta Passports

Just like the must-see concert, latest gadget, or Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty products, the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and Pasta Passports were made available and sold out just as quickly. We’re not surprised at all, as many were waiting with breathless anticipation (and hungry bellies) for the announcement and availability of the pass that allows the bearer to enjoy eight weeks of unlimited servings of pasta, sauces, and toppings from the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Bowl menu.

During the never-ending pasta promotion, you can enjoy more than 200 possible combinations of specialty portions of pasta, homemade sauces, and craveable toppings, plus all the soup, salad and breadsticks you want. The available pasta varieties include Fettuccine, Spaghetti, Rigatoni, Angel Hair, Cavatappi, Gluten-Free Rotini, and Whole Grain Linguine. The homemade sauces include Traditional Marinara, Five Cheese Marinara, Traditional Meat Sauce, Alfredo, Asiago Garlic Alfredo and a NEW Creamy Mushroom. Toppings include Meatballs, Italian Sausage, Crispy Chicken Fritta, Grilled Chicken, and Crispy Shrimp Fritta. But be hopeful pasta lovers, just because you missed out on the pass, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the neverending pasta. Guests without Pasta Passes can still enjoy the Never Ending Pasta Bowl with unlimited pasta starting at $9.99.

This year Olive Garden has taken their Never Ending Pasta Pass to extreme heights by giving 50 of their biggest fans the opportunity to buy an all-inclusive eight-day/seven-night trip to Italy (with stops in Florence, Assisi, Siena, Rome, and Pisa) for themselves and a friend for only $200. The first-of-its-kind, the Olive Garden Pasta Passport to Italy includes all the benefits of Never Ending Pasta Pass plus airfare, hotel accommodations, tours and meals on the trip of a lifetime for two to Italy. This unprecedented pass was made available to purchase alongside the 22,000, $100 Never Ending Pasta Passes (1,000 more than last year), giving more fans than ever a chance to gain unlimited access to the fan-favorite Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion. The Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion begins September 25th and runs until November 19th.

Were you one of the lucky ones to snag an Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and Pasta Passports? What’s your favorite Olive garden pasta dish?

You’re Invited to Experience TechStyle NYC During NYFW

Hello fellow fashion lovers, ever wish you could participate in at least once new york fashion week event? Thanks to TechStyle NYC, you can. TechStyle NYC opens its doors to an all-day, influencer, media, and select guests-only event, on September 12th, a perfect event to help close out NYFW. This amazing brand showcase promises 3D printed garments, fashion forward apps, and new ways to accessorize your favorite wearables.

Located in a fashion-week friendly venue set suitably between Skylight Clarkson Square and Milk Studios, several very cool brands will highlight their goods and services at TechStyle NYC under the theme of sustainability.  Attendees will be enlightened to the likes of such innovative brands as Venia Collection, a contemporary design studio leveraging advancements in Virtual Reality and 3D Printing. They are the go-to for popularizing the possibilities of creating clothing using only 100% sustainable fibers to curate the best possible product for you and the environment. Guests are encouraged to interact with featured brands at the event, and via social media platforms. There will be plenty of activities to Instagram, Tweet, and Snapchat about.

Now in its 7th year, TechStyle NYC has always celebrated the New, Now and Next in the fashion, beauty, tech, and lifestyle industries. With tech fully immersing itself into the fashion realm, TechStyle NYC event is a must to attend, especially if you love innovation.

All these good things will take place at the lofts at Prince Street (177 Prince Street) in the Penthouse and Roof Deck. The open showcase of the brands will be held from 12-7pm on Tuesday 9/12/17. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at http://txtyl.nyc/sustain.  For more go to www.techstyle.nyc, follow the feed at #TechStyleNYC, @TechStyleNYC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and share your experience on Snapchat at TechStyle_NYC.

Will you be attending this innovative event during New York Fashion Week?

NYFW the Shows: Pamella Roland Spring 2018 Collection

There’s a quote by American Fashion Designer, Elizabeth Hawes that goes, “The French legend is a very simple one. All really beautiful clothes are designed in the houses of the French couturiers and all women want these clothes.” That is what was brought to our minds as we relished in the stunning Pamella Roland Spring 2018 Collection during NYFW.  Our first runway show of the season definitely started with a very breathtaking bang as we watched the 33-look collection beautifully glide down the runway.

No surprise what this quote popped into our minds as the effervescent Pamella Roland Spring 2018 Collection is inspired by the French Riviera. An ode to the glamorous seaside town of Monte Carlo, the Pamella Roland Spring 2018 Collection featured hand draped tulle ball gowns and clean streamlined silhouettes that we’re sure Princess Grace Kelly would covet. Looks were decorated in intricate metallic fringe, crystal, and sequin firework motifs, 3-D degrade embroidered scalloping, fabric manipulated flowers, and feather plumes.

Much of the magic and glamour you find in Monte Carlo was celebrated in the ombre Mikado, pleated tulle, and embroidered lace that made up the sea of luxurious fabrics you see above. The collection’s color palette boasted royal tones of cobalt, navy, and aqua (very much like the tones of the Côte d’Azur coastline) that seamlessly briefly sparked to hues of fuchsia, then paled down to elegant blush and lilac.

The collection also featured high low gowns, capes, lots of layered tulle, and bow details that rounded out a collection fit for a princess or glamorous Hollywood starlet. Some of our favorite looks from Pamella Roland (we’ve had a difficult time narrowing it down to three) include the sensuous blush and fuschia ombre Mikado draped cocktail dress, the lilac, and white ostrich feather cocktail dress with pleated tulle waistband, and the lilac high low gown with hand draped tulle.

Do you have any favorite looks from the Pamella Roland Spring 2018 Collection? Share them with us and have a wonderful fashion-filled week.

 

Photos by IMAXTREE.COM courtesy of FashionGPS

Smooth Operator: The Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

Ladies, have you ever thought about the amount of time you spend doing your hair? The amount of time we women spend on our hair in our lifetime adds up to years, and for some of us, maybe even a decade. Wouldn’t you like to cut that hair styling routine time down and use that time for something more useful? With the Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler, you really can. This revolutionary 2-in-1 hair styling tool combines the power of a hair dryer and the precision of a styling tool right in your hands.

Say goodbye to having to dry, brush, then style your hair, and hello to smooth, frizz-free blowouts in no time. Why dry and style your hair separately? With the revolutionary Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler, you are able to dry AND style your hair at once, cutting your hair routine in half. This unique hair dryer is boosted by ionic technology for faster hair drying and a smooth, shiny finish. This one step is all it takes to achieve beautiful, frizz-free hair styles by detangling, drying and smoothing your hair. The Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler boast a large paddle brush, two heating and cooling settings for maximum styling control, and flexible tangle free bristles.

Available at Walmart

If you’re wondering how long does it take, it depends on how wet your hair is and how much hair you have. For us, our damp hair, which is extremely thick, took about half an hour (it will take longer for wetter hair). Because of our hair texture, our hair wasn’t completely straight on the first try but a few more passes and it got straighter. We loved how very easy, lightweight, and comfortable the Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler was to use. Ladies with thinner and shorter hair than ours will fall head over heels with this device (pun intended).

The Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler retails for $49.99 and is sold nationwide at Target, Ulta Beauty, Walmart, Amazon.com, and Walgreens.

IHOP Premieres French Toasted Donuts for a Limited Time

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At IHOP, it can also be the most delicious. IHOP continues to break the rules of breakfast with three distinctive dishes hot off the test kitchen griddles. Elevating the breakfast treat that is french toast by combining it with donuts, IHOP is taking breakfast to another level of delicious. The IHOP French Toasted Donuts feature classic donuts dipped in sweet vanilla batter and then French toasted. The new lineup is available in three decadent, mouthwatering flavors ranging from savory to sweet.

“At IHOP, we’re always looking for fresh new ways to excite our guests and bring unexpected flavors together,” said Chef Nevielle Panthaky, Vice President, Culinary at IHOP. “This is a delicious mash-up of the classic donut everyone knows and loves, dipped in a creamy vanilla batter, French toasted to a light golden brown and topped off with flavors such as maple glaze and hickory-smoked bacon. And who better to do it than IHOP, the brand that has owned all-day breakfast for almost six decades?”

Bacon & Maple French Toasted Donut

The Bacon & Maple French Toasted Donut is a Bavarian cream filled donut, dipped in vanilla French toast batter, griddled, then topped with rich maple glaze and savory hickory-smoked bacon crumbles.

Strawberries & Cream French Toasted Donut

The Strawberries & Cream French Toasted Donut is a Bavarian cream filled donut, dipped in vanilla French toast batter, griddled, then topped with strawberries in a juicy glaze and powdered sugar.

Apple Fritter French Toasted Donut

The Apple Fritter French Toasted Donut is a warm apple fritter dipped in vanilla French toast batter, griddled, then topped with sweet cinnamon apples, powdered sugar and whipped topping.

We had the pleasure of getting an exclusive first taste of all three of these decadent breakfast donuts at an event with Chef Nevielle Panthaky, VP of Culinary at IHOP. It was an evening of ultimate decadence as we satisfied our almost insatiable appetite for these sinful breakfast treats. We also had the opportunity to recreate or create our own French Toasted Donut, thanks to the wide variety of available toppings made available to us.

The French Toasted Donuts are available from July 31st through September 24th at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide. The new menu items can be enjoyed on their own or as part of a combo meal with the choice of eggs, bacon, sausage or ham, and more.

Violet Chachki Hosts Sleek MakeUP Launch in the US

Hey fellow beauty lovers, has anyone ever said the following words to you, “don’t you think you have enough makeup?” We’re sure you’ve told them to bite their tongues, because one could never, ever have enough. Which is why we’re always truly excited when a new cosmetics brand makes its way to the US. Sleek MakeUP, one of the fastest growing mass market cosmetic brands in the UK, is officially available in the US. The super pigmented cosmetics boasts 152 products across the lip, eye, and face categories, quality formulations, and inclusive shade selections.

Credited with bringing contouring to the masses in 2009, and pre-empting the 2012 Matte Lip trend, it is no surprise that Sleek MakeUP has developed a worldwide cult status. The beauty launch event had us return to The Tuck Room, where we enjoyed that amazing evening of Drunken Doughnuts to a room full of awe-inspiring beauty products and one of our favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race winners, Violet Chachki, who is featured in one of four of Sleek MakeUP’s challenge videos.

We, as with our fellow attendees, were wowed with the vast array of Sleek’s cosmetic products and color options. We loved the 12 bold tones of mineral-based, highly pigmented shades in their eyeshadow palettes, the super light texture of their Matte Lip Cremes, highly pigmented lipsticks, their and their ultimate cream contour kit, which boasts an extra, dark shade.

Coinciding with the US launch is Sleek MakeUP’s first US campaign, The GlowDown, the ultimate makeup junkie showdown, featuring social media and TV’s top drag queens and beauty gurus. As we mentioned before, Violet is featured in one of Sleek’s four challenge videos. The other challenge videos include Miss Fame, Pearl, Peppermint, Kristen Leanne, and fan-favorite beauty influencers Sonjdra Deluxe, Bri Hall and Nazanin Kavari, with Laura Lee hosting each challenge; videos are scheduled to go live each week throughout the summer on Sleek MakeUP USA’s YouTube channel. Check out The GlowDown trailer below:

The launch of The GlowDown challenges highlights (pun and it stays) Sleek Makeup’s recently launched “My Face. My Rules” platform – their promise to champion everyone’s right to define their own individual beauty boundaries. Each of the four challenges features the beauty influencers going face to face against each other, to create personalized looks based on a specific theme, all around Sleek’s #MyFaceMyRules mantra. The themes include Lit AF, showing off the glow of influencer-favorite Sleek Highlighting Palettes, and #Throwback taking it back in time to fashion-fueled eras.

Many of the videos are up now and await your opinion. Who rocked their look best? Which Sleek Make products are your favorites? Check out the videos and let your voice be heard. And fans of Sleek MakeUP, you can now rejoice in the fact that all 152 products are now available for purchase online and in select Walgreens and Ulta stores. Oh, happy day!