If you’ve been to Scarpetta and tried Scott Conant’s food, you’re going to want to try his new restaurant opening next week in the Cooper Square Hotel – Faustina!
Promised to have the same modern and simple ambiance and (more importantly) the same delicious Italian dishes as Scott’s other restaurants. Faustina is named after the Roman empress whose monument is the only building inside the Roman Forum dedicated to a woman. The restaurant reflects chef Scott Conant’s simple, soulful approach to Italian cuisine coupled with his knack for pairing the casual with the refined.
They’re already accepting reservations on OpenTable – but expect to be angled more toward the 6:30 or 9:30 time slots. It’s Scott Conant…what do you expect?!?!?
I’ll be trying Faustina with my husband – Scarpetta is his favorite Italian restaurant in NYC – which is not an easy accomplishment… ♥
I just got off the phone with Time Warner…always a fun time!
I called to complain because we added a home phone to our account and we thought we were getting the $99 Triple Play package that has been plastered all over the television. I wanted to add a home phone so that my mobile wasn’t my only source of communication in the case of an emergency…
I went through the whole procedure of adding the service, going to Time Warner to pick up the phone to eliminate delivery and setup charges, and waiting a week for them to activate the service. We had a month of joy in watching the caller ID pop up on our television screen (typically our parents or cold-callers because our friends all call us on our mobiles). This joy came to a halt when we saw our first bill for the month! $180!
Anger, panic and an irrational hate came over me as I imagined all of the Time Warner employees laughing as they sent out the statements thinking they can conned me into paying DOUBLE what I had expected…no way…not this chica!
I called and complained to three different individuals as they passed me around from department to department – each time asking me to verify my phone number, name and address. I was very persuasive in my discussion – claiming that I had been misled and confused by false advertising. I also explained my frustration in thinking that they wouldn’t want to reward a customer, such as myself, who subscribes to all of their services! Apparently the $99 deal was only for NEW customers or customers who only had ONE service through Time Warner. Did you hear that in the tv commercials…cause I didn’t!
In the end, they granted me a deal for $119, Showtime for free for one year and a $30 reimbursement for my last billing cycle. I’m not 100% happy, but I feel validated…oh Time Warner…why? ♥
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Daily Candy sent out a 25% discount for their readers to the Whittemore House Salon today…and I hopped right on that bandwagon! I don’t joke about a few things in life and two of those things are my hair and saving $$$… 🙂
I checked out the website for the Whittemore House, and it looks amazing! Honestly, the website lured me in even more than the discount!
I have been in desperate need of a highlight touch-up and a trim, but I have been debating on wanting some change so I’m hoping a new stylist will give me that va-va-voom I am looking for. (I am not going to tell my current hair stylist that I am going to cheat on him…it may only be one time! the guilt is killing me…) My husband requested (kindly) that I not change my color or my length, so the possibilities are limited…that is UNLESS I have an amazing colorist and stylist who can work some magic with the dimensions of color and layers!
Given the Bumble & Bumble background of the owners of the salon, I think I am in good hands (or scissors)…we shall see! ♥
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I love burlesque…somehow its sexy without the same awful feeling as a stripper club…or maybe its just the fact that there tends to be more females enjoying the shows than dirty old men. Yeah – I think that’s it.
The women in a burlesque show are also much more real and provocative than strippers – they remind me of Marilyn Monroe. Their hair styles, their outfits, their dances and their voices take you back to a time when famous women would use their looks in the same manner to seduce their audiences (or the president)…
This weekend, you can appreciate the beauty of the burlesque and draw the burlesque queens at the Slipper Room
with Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School
! “This is what happens when cabaret meets art school,” says founder and artist Molly Crabapple.
Cupcakes, booze, prizes, and new art for your boudoir! ♥
167 Orchard St at Stanton St
4-7pm. $10, bring your own art supplies
My younger brother and a few friends have been in the market to find a new apartment for a lower rent…they may be able to just stay where they are and request a reduction in their rent! Here are some stories from the street:
Maybe there are some positives to this whole recession thing…if only I could request a mortgage reduction…or at least a reward for not faltering on my monthly payments! ♥
The comedian’s untruthy “facts” about NYC, including tidbits about the Empire State Building, Gramercy Park, Rudolph Giuliani, and more…
just funny ♥
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I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend with Martin Luther King Jr. Day! This was the first time that my company has given us the day off, which created such a gratitude from all of the employees that I wonder if maybe there was some method to their madness… :I
I enjoyed filling my long weekend with errands, activities and social outings. One dinner that I especially enjoyed was with my good friend at Fig & Olive. We wanted to eat in Meatpacking because my hubby and my friend’s partner were having a business dinner together with a client at Scarpetta. We knew we would end up meeting up with them post-dinner, so we figured we save ourselves a cab and dine nearby (sadly, we couldn’t eat at another table at Scarpetta 🙂 )
Fig & Olive was not a disappointment, though! We didn’t make a reservation, but we were still able to be seated right away at one of the high tables in the windows – just as nice and less crowded than the dining room. The ambiance was nice – good lighting, lively music, nice crowd, good service.
Most importantly, our food was delicious. We tried different starters – I had ceviche while my friend had cheese & prosciutto. We both had the branzino as an entree with figs and a balsamic reduction…soooo good!
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised and will be returning… ♥
420 West 13th Street
Between Ninth Ave.
& Washington St.
Please help Haiti ♥
One of the international organizations helping people in Haiti is Red Cross.
The Red Cross International Response Fund is providing immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.
Donations to the Red Cross International Response Fund can be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish)
Alternatively, you can also help Haiti through your mobile phone! You can also text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief for Haiti. The donation will be charged to your cellphone bill.
Furthermore, you can also help Haiti through the Clinton Foundation set up by former US President Bill Clinton.
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I love reading The New Yorker and I especially enjoy the creative covers. I think the cover always hits the nail on the head as to what New Yorkers are thinking about…once a year, I really enjoy seeing a new version of Eustace Tilley…
Eustace Tilley was drawn by Rea Irvin, the first art editor, for the cover of the first issue of The New Yorker, in 1925. He has been recreated for every anniversary issue since. For the past two decades, The New Yorker has invited contributing artists to reinterpret this iconic dandy, and since 2008, readers contributed to the Eustace Tilley Contest. This year, the magazine is hosting the contest for the 85th anniversary.
Create your own Eustace Tilley for a chance to win and be featured in an online slide show curated by The New Yorker’s art editor, Françoise Mouly.
To enter, register and upload a jpeg—or many jpegs—of your Tilley(s), at a minimum resolution of 72 dpi. Recommended image size is at least 465 x 633 pixels, and images must be vertical in orientation. Maximum file size is two megabytes. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 18, 2010, AT 11:59 P.M. EASTERN TIME. Winners will be announced with the release of our 85th anniversary issue on February 8, 2010.
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