Posts Written On February 2013

Antojeria La Popular: Killer Mexican Tapas @lapopularnyc

I absolutely adore SOHO for shopping but beside Bar 89 I haven’t found a good place to eat. But lo and behold, 50 Spring St has a new spot that is easily going to be a regular in my books! Antojeria La Popular is a cute Mexican street food place that just opened and I went for a tasting! It was totally FAB. Everything was delicious, divine and the server was knowledgeable, making great recommendations.

You must check this out!

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Antojeria La Popular brings the heat and flavor, the breathless rolling salsa, the zesty freshness and thick warm quality of Mexican food to New York City. Crispy and chewy, crackling and crusty with moist, steaming interiors that transform fresh corn, La Popular will slay past misconceptions of so-called tex-mex to deliver real recipes from the far reaches of our vast territory. From the beaches of Baja California and the Riviera Maya, to the mountains of the Sierra Madre, Mexico has an incredible variety of crisp and vibrant flavors to offer. Chipotle chilies, bright green tomatillos and crispy corn tostadas provide a unique canvas for our recipes. Antojitos, the corn-meal based street snacks of Mexico, are pressed and molded by hand into different shpes and typically act as carriers for salsa, cheese, stewed or grilled meats. It’s messy business with the melting chesse oozing, the red sauce dripping and the crunchy tostadas falling to pieces in your hands. Vingerar, salt and lime smeared upon your chin. But that’s the great joy of Mexican street food. La Popular enjoys mixing the best selection of locally-grown such as minced onion, plucked cilantro and a smoky slur of chipolte peppers. This rich culinary culture inspires the joints delicious tostadas and ceviches. Served “Tapas Style” La Populartastefully pairs its dishes with an assortment of wines, beers and sangrias. Their in-house “Chocolateria La Popular” menu offers Mexican-inspired hot chocolate, dulces, coffee and paletas ‘to-go’. La Popular experience is completed by efficient and customer-friendly service, housed within a contemporary Mexican “Antojeria”.

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An antojito (Spanish pronunciation: [antoˈxito]) is a Mexican street snack designed to satisfy a craving (Spanish: antojo), and translates literally as “little whim”. Many antojitos have become regional icons of Mexican cuisine and can be found in almost every region, although there are a few local variants that are exclusive to a specific place. An antojito does not count as a full meal, but an appetizer, even though portions are large and substantial. Antojitos are frequently consumed on the streets or markets and considered informal cheap food.

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ANTOJERIA LA POPULAR: MEXICAN TAPAS
50 SPRING STREET NOLITA | NEW YORK CITY
BETWEEN MULBERRY & LAFAYETTE STREETS
TELEPHONE: +1 646.476.3567
WWW.LAPOPULARNYC.COM

Mexican architects and brand designers couple Andres MYT and Regina GLVDK, family members behind Taka Taka and Vive la Crepe creators, just opened “Antojeria La Popular” Mexican Tapas in a joint effort with a team of Mexico City-based partners. The menu was designed by GLVDK and her father and executed by chef, Andrew Figueroa. Inspired by Mexico’s rich culinary culture, their delicious ceviches, tacos and tostadas are served “Tapas”-style. The idea behind them is to try a healthier, and less known, side of Mexico in a tasting of 3-4 tapas; gluten free and vegetarian options are available. Each tapa represents a state within the country and is inspired by local flavors and memories. To bring out the finest flavors in their Tapas, “Antojeria La Popular” tastefully pairs its dishes with an assortment of wines, Mexican beers and sangrias. In addition, “Antojeria LaPopular Tortilleria Kiosk will have freshly made Blue Corn Tortillas to offer a selection of quesadillas, corn in cup (“Esquites”), Mexican Sodas andMexican Hot Chocolate” to go for the fast-paced New Yorker. Inspired by traditional Mexican eateries “Antojerias”, La Popular’s interior design is enhanced by its authentic materials and Mexican motifs with a contemporary twist. As part of La Popular’s character, GLVDK invited a team of talented Mexican women to collaborate on this project, becoming a hub for creative and empowering ideas.

AN HOMAGE BY MEXICO’S RICH CULINARY CULTURE, LA POPULAR’S SUMPTUOUS CREATIONS ARE SERVED “TAPAS-STYLE” WITH EACH TAPA REPRESENTING A PARTICULAR STATE WITHIN THE COUNTRY OR INSPIRED FOUND WITHIN OUR LOCAL FLAVORS OR SUN-DRENCHED MEMORIES.
TAPAS
Sirloin, shrimp, tilapia Ceviche “Tribilin”(Distrito Federal)
Mole roasted Beets (Puebla)
Corn off the cob, “Morelos Style”(Morelos)
Raw tuna, mango, habanero,” Jicama taco” (Guerrero)
Salmon pasilla chile, “Blue corn tostada” (Tijuana)Bacon, shrimp, cheese “Pita taco” (Sonora)Crickets on ”Blue corn tostada” (Chiapas)Chicken mole “Corn tostada” (Michoacan)
Sirloin cheese “Corn tostada” (Zacatecas)

DRINKS
“Señorita” Cilantro, agave, lime, serrano chile, albariño wine
“Guava Mimosa with cava”
“La Tropicosa” Beer with orange, grapefruit soda, lime and tajin rim

CHILAQUILES BRUNCH
Mole chilaquiles

DESSERT
Selection of Mexican Candy by “La Newyorkina”
Mexican hot chocolate with guajillo chile
TAPAS
Ceviches $6.95
Zihuatanejo tilapia, cucumber, cilantro, mango, red onion and habanero
Nayarit shrimp, green olives, cilantro, red onion, serrano chile, oregano, avocado and olive oil
Campeche (V)** palmitos, cilantro, salsa verde and mango
Distroto Federal sirloin, shrimp, tilapia, serrano chile, red onion in a “tribilin” sauce

Botanas $3.95
Puebla (V)** mole roasted beets, crema fresca, and toasted sesame
Yucatan salsa verde, habanero and queso fresco
Tabasco poblano rajas, corn, crema and chihuahua cheese
Morelos corn, queso fresco, epazote, mayo, lime and chili powder

Mar (From the Sea) $5.95
Veracruz** salmon, avocado, serrano mayo on a corn tostada
Colima raw tuna, avocado, crispy leek, chipotle mayo, salsa verde on a blue corn tostada.
Jalisco (GF) shrimp, red cabbage, cilantro, red onion, chipotle mayo, valentina on a jicama tortilla
Guerrero (GF) raw tuna, mango, habanero, serrano mayo on a jicama tortilla
Baja shrimp, beans, avocado, chipotle mayo on a a flour tortilla
Tijuana salmon, queso fresco, poblano chile, red onion, pasilla mayo on a blue corn tostada
Sonora bacon-shrimp machaca, queso chihuahua, avocado, poblano, chipotle mayo in a pita bread

Tierra (From the Land) $4.95
Oaxaca beans, queso fresco, avocado, salsa verde on a blue corn tostada
Chiapas crickets from the pacific coast, avocado, crema fresca on a corn tostada
Michoacan chicken, mole, queso fresco, lettuce, toasted sesame, crema fresca on a corn tostada
Sinaloa** chicken salad, serrano mayo and carrot escabeche on a corn tostada
Zacatecas sirloin, queso chihuahua, salsa verde on a corn tostada
Potosi chicken, beans, lettuce, cream, salsa verde, cilantro on a corn tostada.
Tamaulipas sirloin, beans, queso chihuahua, red cabbage, pasilla mayo, salsa verde in a pita bread.

Chilaquiles $7.95
Traditionally eaten at breakfast or brunch. Sliced tortillas, chicken, crema, cheese, onion, cilantro and the salsa of your choice:

Verdes green salsa
Rojos red salsa
Mole mole with sesame seeds

Lunch Special $14
12pm-3pm.
1 Ceviche Or Botana
1 Mar Tapas
1 Tierra Tapas
1 Paleta

Prix Fixe $40
For 2 People Min. 6pm Till Close.
1 Ceviche
1 Botana
2 Mar Tapas
2 Tierra Tapas
1 Dessert

Postres (Desserts)
Paletas “La New Yorkina” 3 seasonal flavors $8
Flan mom’s secret recipe $5.50
Chocolateria Popular selection of mexican candy $8

Chocolate Mexicano
Soy, Skim Or Whole Milk / Ask For Our Month’s Selection: Hot / Iced.
Taza cacao, orange, ginger, chipotle chili, cinnamon, vanilla, salted almond, guajillo chili, coffee, salt and pepper $4.50

Happy Hour
Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm Only By The Gl. 2 For 1.

Beer + Wine
Cocteles
Sangrias
Mimosas

Cocteles Tropicales $8.50
“Rosarita” blood orange, agave, lime, prosecco
“Senorita” cilantro, agave, lime, serrano chile, white wine
“Maria Bonita” (mexican bloody mary) clamato, worcestershire, maggi, lime, valentina, beer and salted rim.

Mimosas
Gl $8 / Pitcher $28.
Cava blood orange, mango, guava

Sangrias
Gl $8 / Pitcher $28.
Red & Seasonal

Cervezas
Mexican Beers On Draft modelo especial $7
Bottled pacifico, negra modelo, coronita $7
“Cubeta” 6 coronas on ice Bucket $30.

Cocteles Con Cerveza $8
Chelada beer with lime juice and salted rim
Michelada beer with lime juice, worcestershire and salted rim
La Tropicosa beer with orange, grapefruit soda, lime juice and tajin rim

Aguas & Refrescos $3
“Agua Del Dia” (Horchata, Jamaica, Tamarindo)
Boing Mango & Guayaba
Sidral Mundet
Sangria Senorial
Perrier

Vinos By The Glass
Tintos $8
Belle Ruche / Cotes Du Rhone / France 2010
Alta Vista / Malbec / Argentina 2010
BV, Cabernet Sauvignon / California 2012

Blancos $8
Martin Codax / Albarino / Spain 2010
Lapostolle / Sauvignon Blanc / Chile 2011
William Hill / Chardonnay / California 2010

Cava
Freixenet / Cordon Negro Brut / Spain $9** Non Spicy, (V) Vegetarian, (GF) Gluten Free.

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Invasion Collections by @BoyMeetsGirlUSA

Stacy’s show was a smashing success!  I am so glad that I went to check out the brand new Boy Meets Girl collection.

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Boy Meets Girl® by Stacy Igel returned to New York Fashion Week with the “Invasion Collections” on February 13th. This high-energy, electric show featured not only the popular Boy Meets Girl® Classic Collection but two new collections, Boy Meets Girl® University and Boy Meets Girl® GIRLS.

“This season I was inspired by the “BritPop” music scene of the early 90s where bands such as Oasis, Blur, Suede, and later on The Spice Girls, developed a unique British reaction to the various musical and cultural trends of the period in the United States at that time,” says Stacy Igel, Boy Meets Girl® Founder/Creative Director. The Boy Meets Girl collection incorporates loud “pops” of color, and fun, edgy and unapologetic phraseology and imagery.  This invasion is all about attitude, and attitude is age-defying. That’s why we’re introducing three collections this season, Boy Meets Girl® GIRLS, University, and Classic.”

Stacy was also inspired by the sleek and beautiful design of Harman Kardon® headphones where she incorporated these functional and fashionable accessories down the runway.  The shoes featured in the show were by Go Jane and the jewelry was a collaboration between MelodyEhsani and Boy Meets Girl®.

Boy Meets Girl By Stacy Igel The "Invasion Collections" Fashion Show At CONAIR STYLE360The show also brought attention to BullyBust, a national bully prevention campaign, where Stacy serves as an Upstander Ambassador.  EPIC Records recording artist Leah LaBelle topped off the show with a live performance while models strutted down the runway, including YouTube star and model Cassandra Bankson, who walked in the show for a second time to support the anti bullying movement.  The Real Housewives of New Jersey TeresaGiudice’s daughter Gia, who herself has been bullied in the past walked in the show, as well as Matchmaker Siggy Flicker’s daughter Sophia.

Celebrity Guests included Rosario Dawson (Actress), Jermaine Dupri (Musician), Paula Garcés (Actress), Lenay Dunn (MTV Host/Actress),Joanne Nosuchinsky (Miss New York USA 2013), Nikki Orlando (Miss New York Teen USA 2013), Alex McCord (Real Housewives of New York), Miri Ben-Ari (Musician), Carla Facciolo (Mob Wives), Wynter Gordon (Atlantic Recording Artist), Baiyu (Singer), Brandon Michael Vayda (Actor), Kerry Rhodes, (Arizona Cardinals), Michael Coe (Dallas Cowboys) and many more.

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About Boy Meets Girl® by Stacy Igel

Boy Meets Girl® founder, Stacy Igel, began her career at the ripe old age of 4, styling her pre-K classmates and staging fashion shows in her school’s cafeteria.  Igel honed her skills further working with iconic brands and personalities such as Izod, Elie Tahari, Zandra Rhodes and Elsa Klensch, Igel founded Boy Meets Girl®, an edgy yet wearable, stylish yet casually classicyoung contemporary brand.  Boy Meets Girl® has been featured in premier publications including InStyle, Teen Vogue, Lucky, People, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and the New York Times, and has been photographed and on high-profile fashionistas such as Eva Mendes, Nina Dobrev, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Hudgens, Michelle Williams and Kristen Bell.  The brand is also the official staff uniform for the exclusive members-only club, The SoHo House. Igel is currently developing a lifestyle news and reality series for a major television network and a cosmetics brand with a television retail partner. Igel has received numerous design awards and honors, and is a frequent lecturer and panelist on subjects including social media, branding and entrepreneurship.

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Happy Valentine’s Day Lovers

Ever since I saw March of the Penguins a few years ago, my respect and interest for these cute little birds have dramatically increased. Did you know that they are serially monogamous and after the mother lays the egg – it is actually the father who endures the bitter cold to hatch it?  Amazing.

So for Valentine’s Day this year – I made my sweetie pie the cutest penguin waffles.
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This waffle maker was really hard to find but I was able to locate it with help of my amazing friend Fiona and her brother.

So here it is!
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Enjoy this lovely day <3

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All Matte Everything with @OC8

Shiny faces never look good in photos and even Instagram filters can’t save that! Yikes.

When the OC8 arrived in my mailbox today I was more than excited to check it out. Similar to a primer but looks like a white lotion, the OC8 is meant to be worn directly on the skin over moisturizer or sunscreen.

OC8’s 8-hour formula featuring ACRYSORB®, micro-particles trap facial oils to reduce shine and redness for up to eight hours.

It works like a charm and you can win it here by leaving a comment about why you need to be ‘camera ready’ with this photo finish!

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New York Fashion Week @Mataano FW2013

The beautiful and talented twins of Mataano put together a spectacular party and fashion show for everyone during Fashion Week.

Because I have been changing the date and time on my phone for more lives on the Candy Crush game, I missed the runway portion.

But luckily, it was all captured on Getty Images! So here they are:


and I found some on Instagram too 🙂



I met Zombie boy! OMG

Here’s the beauty palette.

Mataano is a women’s contemporary ready-to-wear line with pieces that redefine timeless elegance by infusing modern edge and global sensibility. The founders and creative minds behind the brand are twin sisters Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim. In 2008, The Mohallim sisters took a bold step together, launching their brand (“Mataano” translates as “twins” in Somali) and developing a platform from which to express their vision and creations to the marketplace.

Mataano’s premier collection for Spring 2009, was launched in New York City and garnered notice throughout the industry. Since then, Mataano has showcased six collections during New York Fashion Week.
The Mohallim sisters live in Brooklyn and the entire Mataano line is proudly designed and manufactured in New York City.

More info at www.mataano.com

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