We've always been a fan of chocolatier and pastry chef, Francois Payard, and let's face it--it's hard not to be. But when the chocolatiest holiday of the year comes around, you know you are in for something special. Francois Payard shops are stocking up on delicious goodies for this decadent holiday and we couldn't be more thrilled. Francois has created great new desserts and flavors just for the occassion, so if you still need to pick up something sweet for your sweetie, now you know where to go.
Well known for his famous macarons, Payard is not just letting you purchase all his usual and seasonal flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and chestnut, but he has added four new flavors to the menu, which you can present to your beau in a heart-shaped box. Indulge in caramel coriander, strawberry basil, lemon thyme and mint chocolate in addition to all the classics ($48 for 17, $35 for 12). Looking for something super traditional? Scoop up a box of V-Day chocolates ($28 for 12, $55 for 30), comprised of specially made flavors such as mint chocolate, mango passion fruit & citrus zest, lemon thyme, and caramel coriander. Presented in a beautiful box, this will have anybody swooning.
With bikini season coming quicker than you know, it's important to get your body ready to hit the beaches! Your average gym will provide you with enough equipment to turn up the heat, but if you are really looking to rev up your workout, we've got the top classes in the city to get you looking like a model. Check out our favorite classes NYC has to offer!
Barry's Boot Camp: Jog, run, sprint, incline, squat, lift, crunch. You will hear all these words (too many times) at Barry's Boot Camp, and more. You might hate your instructor while you're there (just kidding) but the payoff will be great. Out of all the exercise classes in the city, this has to be one of the best, funnest, yet toughest. Each day of the week targets a different body part, in conjuction with some hardcore cardio. Prepare to get sweaty, burn calories, and wake up sore the next morning. Nothing is more exhilarating than the rush of endorphins and by the end of this one hour class, you will be grinning ear to ear for pushing yourself. Boot camp couldn't have described it any better.
Valentine's Day is fast approaching and you need to narrow down your last-minute gift options. Whether you are looking for something simple 'n' swe et, something to accompany you on vacation, or something that screams committment, we've got a bunch of options to choose from. You can't go wrong with anything from our V-day list!
For the Simple Gifter: Guys, give your girl something hot to wear on your night out, like this flirty Dexter Dress ($260) in vibrant red by Rae Francis. Not up to the challenge? Give your gal something she can snuggle up to you in, like this popular Christopher Fischer Fox Intarsia sweater ($298), seen on plenty of celebs. You can pick one up at any Christopher Fischer retail locations, listed here.
Monday: Steve Stanulis hosted the wrap party for the film "Long Shot Louie" at Chelsea Manor. Stanulis stars in the film, where he plays an exotic dancer facing the trials and tribulations of personal relationships, work and drugs. Co-stars John Bianco, Brian Kelley and Joey Donafrio also attended the event. Read our interview with Steve here.
Delicious Asian restaurant Buddakan has a jam packed February, full of celebrations for The Year of the Snake and the Chinese New Year. If you're a fan of dim sum, delicious brunches, or cooking classes, then you are in for a treat. Not only does Buddakan have an awesome Chinese New Year menu special, but they are also hosting a dumpling class and dim sum brunch.
First up on their agenda is a Kick-Off Dim Sum Brunch on February 10th from 1-3pm. The brunch will feature a three course prix fixe menu for just $55 and have entertainment from New York City's Luen Hing lion dancers and DJ Timka. There will also be champagne specials, as well as red envelopes at the end of your meal revealnig a ticket for an insider tour of Chinatown with Buddakan's executive chef Yang Huang. Cha-ching!
If you don't know it yet, you are bound to hear about it soon. If you have a slight bono accessories obession then Sara Horne Jewelry is just for you! The edgy pieces are even been seen on the necks of starlets and celebs such as Juliette Lewis, Janel Parrish, and Taylor Swift. Having grown up making jewelry and pursuing the arts, Sara finally decided to create her own line. All pieces are made from a dynamic supply of materials ranging from turquoise to bone and leather. Her jewelry is laid back, with a worn quality, making it effortless and chic. Her line of jewelry is always adapting, incorporating new materials and textures as needed.
Valentine's Day is the most romantic holiday of the year, so why not spice up your night with some fancy cocktails? Impress your special someone by whipping up one (or all) of these flirty libations...just wait till they take effect!
My Sassy Valentine (Courtesy of Pucker Vodka)
1 ½ oz. Pucker Vodka Sour Apple Sass
Dash cherry bitters
1 oz. soda
2 oz. cranberry-pomegranate juice
Add ice to the cocktail shaker. Muddle the strawberry and raspberry in cocktail shaker; add cherry bitters. Add in all remaining ingredients to cocktail shaker. Shake and pour into a collins glass.
If you're looking to get out of Manhattan one night or simply venture out to a new kind of club scene, there's a new posh spot that just hit Queens. Allure Club & Lounge is new to Queens and offers a highly sophisticated atmosphere and you can tell right away.