WEDNESDAY: Jeff Mahin's Stella Barra Opens In Hollywood
ABC's The Taste may have been disappointing, but contestant Jeff Mahin's new pizza joint Stella Barra in Hollywood is redemptive. Expect a bigger menu and plates than his Stella Rossa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica, in addition to handmade pastas. The 120-seat restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While you won't find a wood-fire grill, Chef Mahin is all about perfecting his popular dish: burrata with wood-grilled grapes. That's good enough for us.
WEDNESDAY: Jeff Mahin's Stella Barra Opens In Hollywood
Nobody said dating in New York—let alone online dating—would be easy. In fact I think there are probably a couple billion words floating around the Internet on that exact topic. But surely putting out a Craigslist ad for an “Online Dating Surrogate” won’t help. Or will it? (Answer: still no.)Read More »
In the beer business, quality and convenience are often at odds with one another. It's universally accepted that the best-tasting beer is draft beer--assuming your draft lines are clean and everyting is in good working order. But a full keg of beer weighs 160 pounds, and that's nothing you'd want to lug to the beach. Your next best bet is beer in bottles, which work great in most scenarios, but still aren't perfect. Bottles are kind of heavy, they break if you drop them, they can be used as deadly weapons, and are often prohibited from places like swimming pools and airplanes for these reasons. So until the beer world makes my dreams come true and starts putting their suds into Tetra Pak-style boxes like my kid's apple juice, that leaves us with cans. I've never had a problem with cans, except that not enough good beers actually come in cans. There are scientific reasons for this, something to do with the beer-to-air ratio, but it's probably a consumer perception issue more than anything. Fortunately, that's changing. Companies like Brooklyn's Sixpoint brewery are putting some of their beers in snazzy, Red Bull-style cans. But Sam Adams is keeping it real by continuing to use the can style we're all familiar with. They've just made a couple tiny tweaks that make a big difference. Pick up a Sam Can of Sam Adams Boston Lager and you'll see what I mean.Read More »
FRIDAY: Rock & LoHo At Downtown Music Festival
The Lower East Side’s music cup runneth over as Downtown Records brings a second year of the Downtown Music Festival. The venues are a greatest-hits package of below-Houston spots. Mercury Lounge hosts Teengirl Fantasy, Cake Shop has Beach Fossils and Trash Talk, and nine different acts will take the stage at Tammany Hall. Even swank event space Capitale is in on the groove, hosting L.A.’s Black Hippy. The spaces are all intimate, so get your tickets quick.
Hey all, sorry I've been M.I.A. (That's Missing In Action, not Miami International Airport). I have been very busy completing the new Birch Coffee Shop on 96th and Columbus. I think it's hot, and the coffee is beyond wonderful. Check it out. I've been completing the design over at The DL where I just added these wonderful glass lanterns I bought at Milly & Earl on Graham in Brooklyn. Everything in that place is to die for. I frequently go in and find myself saying I'll take 10 of these and 12 of those. Me and mine are also completing the design of the front lounge of XL Nightclub, which will be named "Rosebud" - not a movie reference.Read More »
If you wish to remain in the dark about what “twerking” is, stop reading right now. Still here? Okay, well, twerking is a pretty unnecessary word—all it means, in practice, is to dance in such a sexually aggressive way as to make your bottom jiggle. Perhaps the definition should be expanded to include “getting in trouble for the dumbest possible reason,” now that some students at San Diego’s Scripp Ranch High have been banned from prom and walking at graduation for uploading a twerking video to YouTube.Read More »
The Time: Thursday, 2pm. Springtime. Sunny. The Place: Astor Center, 23 E. 4th St., 2nd Fl., New York. A two-tiered auditorium designed for cooking demonstrations. Every seat has a corresponding sink. The Reason: The release of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 Cognac, suggested retail price $22,000 per 750 ml bottle. The Scene: Pierrette Trichet, Cellar Master of the House of Rémy Martin, speaks to a gathering of spirits and lifestyle journalists. "Nature plays an important role," she says in French. "Every vintage, every harvest is different." A man with a tray places a tasting glass with an ounce or so of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 in front of each of us. An uplit tile on our desks allows us to admire the color of the liquid. We look at it, sniff it, swirl it. Finally, we taste it.Read More »
Thursday nights are a curious beast. Like starter fluid, they have the capacity to set fire to your entire weekend – one night before it officially starts. They're the appetizer to your entrée. The foreplay to the fun. And in Miami's Wynwood Arts District, a new Thursday night party is kindling that has all the fire, foreplay, corsets, and tassels you need. The name: Beats & Burlesque, and it's happening at Cafeina, the restaurant-lounge-art gallery that has a lot of everything for everyone. Happening inside Cafeina's just-launched, 1920s speakeasy Mezzanine – the new party is a study in tease and seduction, starring guest DJs, and international burlesque star Aurora Natrix and her Ritz Glitz Revue's gaggle of red-headed and raven-haired, scantily-clad dames.Read More »