A Fashionable Sugar-Coated Cookie, Made For Afternoon Tea

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

This past Saturday, the Steven Alan Home Shop in TriBeCa served up a sweet deal: complimentary cold-brew green tea blends from the Brooklyn- and Japan-based purveyor Tea Wing, and cookies and tea cakes from Burrow bakery for anyone browsing the store’s wares.

Having (iced) afternoon tea at the store wasn’t completely out of left field (the Home Shop stocks Tea Wing’s products year-round), but it was the first time Steven Alan had invited Kurokawa to fill the space with her unique treats, like lemon and hazelnut tea cakes. Although she’s best known for her custom portrait cookies — uncanny facial renderings in the form of palm-sized iced shortbread cookies that can be ordered online — Burrow’s founder and sole baker Ayako Kurokawa lends the same artfulness to her many other confections.

URL: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/recipe-coconut-sugar-coated-cookie-ayako-kurokawa/


A Summer Workout From a Personal Trainer to the Fashion Set

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Photos by Nils Ericson

Squats, push-ups, lunges, sit-ups: these are the physical drills most of us have been familiar with since elementary school gym class. And according to Will Torres — the personal trainer behind Willspace whose clientele includes Calvin Klein, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Andy Cohen and the model Ashley Smith — they’re the basis to achieving your ideal body. That may sound like an overly simplistic notion, especially in this era of hybridized fitness routines, but at Torres’s intimate West Village studio, it’s the focus on precision and consistency that render these timeless workouts effective. “There’s no point in progressing to a new exercise if you haven’t perfected fundamental movements like hinging and torque,” Torres says. “And you don’t need a lot of equipment.”

URL: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/workout-advice-from-calvin-klein-personal-trainer-will-torres/ (more…)

Will Work For Food

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Marie-Claire, June 2014

The Hudson Valley’s Newest Art Destination

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Photo by James Ewing

The last time artwork adorned the walls of the Martin Van Buren school in Kinderhook, N.Y., it had been commissioned at the request of elementary school teachers. On Saturday, however, both new and retrospective pieces by the artist Nick Cave were installed throughout the newly converted 30,000-square-foot building, while dancers costumed in Cave’s idiosyncratic Soundsuits performed outside for a crowd of art-world cognoscenti and local residents. The early evening celebration feted both the opening of what is simply being called The School, Jack Shainman Gallery‘s colossal addition to two gallery spaces in Chelsea, as well as the 30th anniversary of the gallery itself.

Joining Dia Beacon, Storm King, the much-hyped forthcoming Marina Abramovic Institute and other new galleries that recently cropped up in the area, the reworked 1929 Federal Revival building and its five-acre property — situated near the main square of the quaint, picturesque village — offer yet another lure for art seekers heading north from the city.

URL: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/19/hudson-valley-art-destination-kinderhook-jack-shainman-nick-cave-soundsuits/ (more…)

After Letterman, a New Future

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

When Future Islands appeared on David Letterman’s “Late Show” last month, the blistering performance of “Seasons (Waiting On You)” went viral, amassing more than 1.3 million views on YouTube to date.

“We went out there and did what we do every night on tour,” said William Cashion, the band’s bass and guitar player, during a tour stop in Billings, Mont. “We’ve been at it a long time.”

Fans will get to see for themselves when Future Islands plays Webster Hall on Wednesday. Its following is a growing one, thanks in part to the Letterman performance, a relentless touring schedule (130 to 160 shows a year, said its lead singer, Samuel Herring ) and a new album, titled “Singles.” Since its official formation in 2006, the band has toured almost nonstop, racking up over 800 live shows along the way.

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The Few, the Brave: Men in Tights

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Given the winter’s crazy cold, it was hardly surprising to see men layering black sports tights under shorts for their workouts and outdoor runs — sensible, even. What was more of a shock was to see some of those men take the look out of the gym, incorporating it into their daily street wear.

Eli Halili, a 34-year-old jewelry designer in Manhattan, wears Adidas running tights at the gym. But his commitment to the look — what he calls “meggings,” as in “man leggings” — is such that he also has a thicker-ply version from the Norwegian ski wear label KJUS for everyday wear.

“They’re comfortable and fashionable, but you don’t feel like you’re too overdressed,” Mr. Halili said.

URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/fashion/the-few-the-brave-men-in-tights.html (more…)

Food Matters | A New York Chef’s Home-Cooking Essentials

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Camille Becerra is no stranger to departures and homecomings. “We actually lived here before,” the chef and food stylist says, waving around her sun-filled TriBeCa loft. “That day the towers went down, we physically left,” she says of Sept. 11, which prompted her to flee with her then six-month-old daughter to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint, where they lived for seven years. During that period in her new neighborhood, Becerra opened Paloma, a restaurant housed in a converted parking garage, which she named after her daughter. In 2008 the restaurant burned down, and Becerra returned to her beloved loft in Manhattan.

URL: http://nyti.ms/1gWM81F


Dave Hill is the ‘Best’ Successor

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Tom Scharpling’s long-running program, “The Best Show on WFMU,” had its name for a reason. Until its final broadcast last month, it was the Jersey City-based station’s most popular—a fact that isn’t lost on its successor.

” ‘The Best Show’ is an institution with hard-core fans, and I’m among them,” said the comedian Dave Hill. “Part of me doesn’t want to be that guy that comes in and replaces everyone’s favorite thing.”

He paused for a moment, then added, “but Tuesday, Jan. 7, mark my words, I’m showing up with guns blazing.”

It was Mr. Hill’s natural humor, equal parts self-effacement and sarcastic bravado, that helped him snag the coveted weekly block on WFMU, which broadcasts locally at 91.1 FM and streams online. “The God— Dave Hill Show” begins this week.

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The Inspiration Issue: Jessica Walsh

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Graphic designer Jessica Walsh’s name is associated with a few very obvious words: talented (she’s won accolades from the Art Directors Club, Print magazine, SPD, and other major industry organizations); Sagmeister (her partner at design firm Sagmeister & Walsh); and nudity (her shocking photo announcing her position as partner at Sagmeister & Walsh).

Adding to that list, one might consider including “surreal,” as Walsh’s curiosity toward the idea has been formative in her childhood, her dreams, and her work. Though she doesn’t consider herself a surrealist by trade, she does find inspiration in the wonder-filled world of the surreal, from classic examples like Alice in Wonderland to contemporary exhibitions at the Whitney.

URL: http://www.wearedesignbureau.com/projects/the-inspiration-issue-jessica-walsh/


Gluten-Free Restaurants in Paris

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

 With all of its patisseries and boulangeries, Paris might seem like a punishing destination for those shunning gluten. But there’s good news for non-wheat-eaters: Even in the land of pain au chocolat, there are new restaurants and cafes offering “sans-gluten” foods that are downright delicious. These three establishments all have 100% gluten-free menus, eliminating the risk of cross-contamination, so even celiac sufferers can indulge with abandon…


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