Posts Written On January 12, 2015

A Perfect Date at TakaTaka

TakaTaka in New York is an awesome little restaurant in South Village that is a perfect gem!  It is a fusion of Mexican and Japanese food with a really cool twist. Not only do they have conveyer belt sushi, but they also have delicious new additions on their menu for 2015.  I was so lucky to go check out the new menu and we both left very full and satisfied!

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They have incredible cocktails like the Lychee Martini and fresh juice mixed drinks!

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All the sushi was made with perfectly and plated in a beautiful way! Interesting ingredients like jalepenos and avocado, guacamole and cilantro creates a really yummy combination and unique dining experience.

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The best part is the service. The waitress and waiters are friendly and take the time to explain each item and also give recommendations. It may seem a bit intimating to go to a fusion restaurant for the first time but trust me everything is delicious and not too wild but still edgy! We asked a lot of questions and they were able to answer all of them.

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 What a cool way to serve Mochi Ice Cream!

IMG_0071_2There is also Happy Hour every Thursday with $5 Sushi and Cocktails!  I will definitely be back again. Check out Taka Taka next time you are in New York for a truly unique experience.

Taka Taka NYC 

West Broadway & Grand St., SoHo
Tel. 212-966-8252

*Photos taken with iPhone 5 and Wide Angle / Fisheye Lens from Sesame Gifts

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Hair How-To: Chrissy Teigen’s Golden Globes Look

John Legend may have won the Golden Globe last night for Best Original Song but it’s Chrissy Teigen who stole the Red Carpet spotlight with her blush pink sheath gown and super chic, tousled pony.

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Celebrity Hairstylist and International Creative Director for Macadamia Professional, Giannandrea  (pictured above with the happy couple), was inspired to create an effortless style that pulled her hair up and away from the face and neck, allowing the detailed dress to really shine. It was a modern, elegant take on the playful pony, which perfectly accented the rest of her look.
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See the step-by-step “how to” with product recommendations below:

Step 1: Apply Macadamia Professional Foaming Volumizer on wet hair before blow drying the whole head with a large round brush, to create ample volume at the roots and length

Step 2: Use a 1-inch curling iron and curl the whole head in waves

Step 3: Once the hair was set in waves, use a generous dollop of Macadamia Professional Whipped Detailing Cream and run hands throughout the hair, using fingers to create supple separation and texture all the way through the ends

Step 4: Gather hair into a high pony tail, slightly below the crown. Tie the pony into an elastic band and take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band covering it. Keep the pony playful by using your fingers to open it up and make it wide, textured and volumized

Step 5: Make sure it’s not too tight around the face by creating volume at the front with separation. Leave some flyaways on the sides for an effortless look

Step 6:  Spray in place with Macadamia Control Working Spray to protect against humidity and set for a night out

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Wow! Gluten Free Walkers Shortbread Cookies

For the first time in 116 years, Walkers Shortbread has adapted the traditional shortbread recipe fans across the world have come to know and love. Walkers now offers its first-ever Gluten Free Shortbread, providing an authentic shortbread for those who are gluten intolerant, or choose a gluten-free diet. The new line evolved from years of development to produce a pure buttery taste that founder Joseph Walker would have proudly served at his Scottish Highland village bakery.
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Close your eyes, bite in and see if you can tell the difference. Walkers Gluten Free line replaces wheat flour with a blend of rice flour, maize flour, and potato starch, while retaining the same butter and sugar content as the traditional shortbreads. As is Walkers custom, the cookies contain no artificial flavorings, colorings, or preservatives. Walkers promises the pure butter taste and texture you love, just without the gluten.

With approximately 2 million people in the U.S. suffering from celiac disease and 18 million with gluten sensitivity[1], the latest launch from Walkers demonstrates the brand’s commitment to producing The World’s Finest Shortbread, known for its simplicity and luxurious taste, for everyone to enjoy. The recipe has been fine-tuned to meet Walkers standards, giving gluten intolerant customers an introduction (or reintroduction) to the brand without compromising on taste.

The new gluten free line includes three shortbreads:

·         Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread: The classic pure butter gluten free shortbread offers a crumbly “melt-in-your-mouth” texture and all butter taste.

·         Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread: A generous helping of chocolate chips provides a rich and luxurious complement to this classic shortbread.

·         Gluten Free Ginger & Lemon Shortbread: This crumbly shortbread combines the best of traditional Scottish baking with the exotic tang of Lemon and Stem Ginger.

“We are delighted to introduce a gluten free option to the Walkers Shortbread line, allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy this delicious traditional treat without compromising on taste,” said Jim Walker, Managing Director, Walkers Shortbread. “With so many now suffering from food intolerances, we feel it is important to create choices for all and are proud to have the unique offering of traditional shortbread, which is certified gluten free. With three different options, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.”

With less than 20 parts per million of gluten, Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread meets the FDA standard for gluten free food, with every batch tested to ensure compliance before its release. The line contains no genetically modified ingredients or hydrogenated fats, and is vegetarian and Kosher OUD.

Established in 1898 in Aberlour, Scotland, family-owned Walkers Shortbread is the leading brand of food exported from Scotland, and remains committed to quality, with human eyes on every facet of the baking process, and using only the finest butter made from the milk of free-grazing, small herd cows. To this day, members of the Walker family gather in their bakery to taste test the latest ideas, with only those deemed finest approved for production.

Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread will appear at retailers across the country in the coming months and is available for purchase online at http://us.walkersshortbread.com/.

About Walkers Shortbread
Walkers was founded in 1898 and is still a family owned and managed company. We proudly bake The World’s Finest Shortbread in our home village of Aberlour in the Scottish Highlands. Walkers is now sold in over 80 countries and is the leading brand of food exported from Scotland. Our shortbread, cookies and oatcakes contain no artificial flavorings, colorings or additives, and are certified Kosher OUD. Walkers does not support the use of GM ingredients. For more information, please visit http://us.walkersshortbread.com/.

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The Dryer that will Blow You Away: Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q

After last night, it’s clear that “cold shoulder hair” will be a trend we’ll see throughout this awards show season. This timeless, chic look of hair tossed over one shoulder can be flattering on so many lengths and types and can be easy to translate from the red carpet to real life!

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One of my biggest resolutions for 2015 is to spend a bit more effort on my hair! I have seen so many awesome styles on Pinterest that I know I can achieve. The 3Q as the first step to achieving these fabulous hairstyles!

The 3Q, loved by celebrity stylists like Peter Butler and Ted Gibson, is going to blow you away with what it can do!

·         A great time-saving tool, the 3Q features an advanced brushless motor that delivers a quick, quiet and quality blow out.
·         Up to 70% more air pressure reduces the temperature, so hair is dried quickly with less damaging heat and an overall healthier drying experience!
·         In a Nielsen survey, Conair found that having a quality dryer is so important to women that nearly two thirds say they would spend more money on a blow dryer if it was less damaging to their hair.
·         The 3Q lasts up to 10x as long as standard AC motor dryers, making it a great beauty investment!

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New Fancy Flip @FlopZuk

Beautiful Aqua flip flops with Turquoise straps

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What makes flopZ so unique is the massaging flopZgel which covers the insole. This clear textured layer treats your feet to a delicious massaging sensation whilst you walk, and the hardwearing clear gel keeps its shape whilst remaining fresh and new in appearance all year round.

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Compact and cleverly packaged with their own bag protector flopZ are perfect for the jetsetter, girl about town and spa lover alike.
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Made from: High quality pure eva outsole, flopZgel pvc compound upper layer which is hand finished for a smooth comfortable edging – simply wash clean with water.

Find your new favorite pair on http://flopz.com/

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