If we had to give a prize for the most obsessive groupies in history, we’d have to overlook Justin Bieber and Menudo, and go straight to the Beatles fans. Today’s graphic is an eerie reminder of creepy fans. Ladies and gentlemen, here’s the “lips poster” to further assist in your fantasy make-outs.
Exact Title: Bellman / Front Desk Agent / Concierge
Sun Sign: Pisces
The Standard: First off, tell us a bit about your background, and what you do at the Standard?
Alexander: I’m from the beautiful Caribbean coastal city of Santa Marta in Colombia. Fluent in 4 languages (Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian). I have an Associate degree in Tourism and Hotel management but Worked as a TEFL certified Language teacher for 7 years in various cities in my home country and abroad, this before starting in the hospitality industry. At The Standard Spa, I’m “the man with many hats”, I go from giving guests a warm welcoming, to assisting them with their luggage, then hopping in behind the Front Desk doing a Check-In, next minute I’m giving someone directions on how to get to the hottest spots in South Beach… all for a single main purpose — Ensuring my guests would have the BEST experience in a hotel ever!
What’s your favorite secret spot in Miami?
If I’d tell you I would have to kill you … Not really! Well, is not that much of a secret. I find this spot in South Pointe park very beautiful, calm and serene. That’s where I go to meditate and/or simply enjoy the magnificent view
iPhone or Blackberry? What APP do you use the most?
ANDROID!!! I love my Evo! But to answer the question I would tend more towards the iPhone (shhhh…Don’t let my Evo hear that!).
Latest App would be a Barcode scanner… Last time I was in the Mall I scanned everything that had barcodes. Couldn’t help it!…People were giving me these looks.
What’s one of your most memorable moments in the building?
I was helping a lady with her bags upon check-out, she was being picked up by her husband and their 5 year old son and as I finished loading her belongings into the car’s trunk, the 5 year-old son pulls his head out to thank me stretching his arm to a hand shake and saying….. “Thank you mister bellman for helping my mom, God bless you, God bless you mister bellman for taking care of my mom”… Memorable!
I spend most of my time thinking about ____________?
What is there new to learn!
What was the last song you downloaded?
"Back to Black", Amy Winehouse
What is your favorite movie based in a hotel?
"Just Go With It" …. Those little kids were hilarious!
How has 2011 treated you so far?
It’s been a great year so far, tho it started with some personal challenges which led to a greater self esteem and believing that one is capable of overcoming any situation if you believe in yourself and have faith.
When you finally break free from work, what is the next awesome place you plan to vacation to?
Tayrona National Park in Santa Marta, Colombia …. Great place, beautiful beaches, snow peak mountains in the background, crystal clear rivers …. absolutely amazing!
Summer is almost over, and I just can’t bear the thought. I really can’t. But lucky for me, I’ve been all over the place taking advantage of the warm weather. Los Angeles on Monday & Tuesdays. Miami on Thursday and Fridays. My beach house on the weekends. Don’t forget all the trips back and forth to Sunset Beach via my adorable little red seaplane, StndAIR. Sometimes, I even get jealous of myself. Life is too easy… BUT I wouldn’t be Stan if I didn’t make your life a little bit easier too.
What I’ve done for you, my little Stan D’Auto lovers is create a weekend package to end all packages (aside from my own, bien sur!)
For the next three Fridays, I have arranged for the 11am flight to Shelter Island be made available to you for only $350 one way. With all the money you save on the flight, you can buy me countless martinis when you arrive at Sunset Beach just in time for lunch. I’ve also accommodated for every single passenger to have their very own FIAT® 500 or FIAT® 500 Cabrio once they’ve finished dining!
Yes. You heard me correctly. That’s eight FIAT® for eight passengers. All yours for the weekend! Just make sure to get it back to Sunset Beach in one piece!
How much do you love me? I know. I know. Just stop gushing and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (855-786-3247) our Flight Concierge to book your flight.
(ACK.. bunnies and kitties kissing! Via Modernica’s blog)
For fans of sleek modern design, Modernica has for ages been a beautifully curated one-stop shop. We love them not only for their ethos but because we’re neighbors in downtown LA and share similar sensibilities.
Just when we thought this affinity could not get any stronger, we came upon Modernica’s new weekly contest combining our two great loves - modern design and cute fuzzy animals - Pets on Furniture.
Here’s the deal. Submissions will be accepted weekly through Thursday at midnight. Through public vote a winner will be selected each week to be eligible to win the grand prize - of course, winner’s choice of beautiful furniture from Modernica. All rules and a full explanation of the contest are here.
So whether you’ve got a super photogenic pet whose favorite sleeping spot is Ligne Roset or you just need a bit of a warm fuzzy, check it out! The first winner will be selected at the end of this week.
Take a look at this photo. It appears Brigitte Bardot is seducing Serge Gainsbourg in a game of footsie, eh? Look again and you’ll see Brigitte is being played by Laetitia Casta in the biopic of Serge Gainsbourg.
Comic book artist Joann Sfar interprets the life of ’60s pop star Serge Gainsbourg (née Lucien Ginsburg to Russian- Jewish parents),1921–1991, beginning with his childhood years in Nazi-occupied Paris, through his early years as a painter and jazz musician (brushing shoulders with Boris Vian), to his life as a wildly popular singer-songwriter, notorious bon vivant, and lover of some of the world’s most glamorous women.
Gainsbourg’s other lovers included Jane Birkin (played by Lucy Gordon), and beatnik icon Juliette Gréco (played by Anna Mouglalis). The movie shows the awesome superstar yet scary, libidinous bad-boy who personifies all of Gainsbourg’s worst proclivities.
Featuring many of the musician’s greatest hits, with Eric Elmosnino as Gainsbourg and, in a cameo, Claude Chabrol as his record producer. Never have so many Gauloises been smoked to such great effect.
The movie plays for two weeks in New York, from Wed August 31 to Sept 13 at the art house theater called The Film Forum, so if you’re staying at The Standard New York during Fashion Week, you might want to “play hookey” one night and dip out for this sexy french film playing near our hotel approx 10 minutes away in taxi. If you live in another state, check out your local art house theater.
We couldn’t help but zero in on yet another list compiled by the men at GQ. This one is “13 Biggest Movie Dicks”. Hey, you can’t have a proper hero without beating a big jerk on the path to glory. Here they are…you know them, you love them!
(Just Let Your Souuuuuuuullll Glooooooo)
Eriq La Salle as Darryl Jenks Coming to America (1988). As the heir to the multimillion-dollar Soul Glo fortune, Darryl torments Eddie Murphy’s character, an African prince roughing it as a hardworking fast-food clerk in Queens. Like most movie Dicks, he gets upstaged by our hero, but not without a few Soul Glo commercials along the way.
(Wax on. Wax Off)
Who can forget Billy Zabka as Johnny Lawrence The Karate Kid (1984)? Picture it now, a wounded Ralph Macchio at the end of Karate finals competition. The neighborhood bad boy team screams sinisterly at the injured hero — “Get a bodybag!”. Watch it all over again including Ralph’s awkward winning kick. Classic 80’s.
To read the entire list of jerks (oh yes, James Spader’s Pretty in Pink made the list too) go to GQ’s Top Movie Dicks.
We are not ones to condone graffiti, but we are definitely ones to support and nurture the creative arts. I came across this website called Happy Place via a good friend of mine who I like to call CD. It showcases people’s artistic interpretations of what public signage should be. Click the link and let hilarity ensue.
Lately there has been quite a buzz about Executive Chef Mark Zeitouni’s Spicy Pickles. They’re quite addicting with just the right amount of kick. The New Times Blog, Short Order recently came by to interview Chef Mark and to learn about his pickling techniques. They also got him to give up his amazing Spicy Dill Pickles Recipe, served exclusively at The Lido Restaurant and Bayside Grill at The Standard Miami! Lucky you!
How did you learn how to pickle?
I started pickling in San Francisco, as a chef I was working for asked me to make spicy dill pickles. It took a while to get the recipe down, but then we started pickling everything we could get our hands on. Green beans, watermelon rind, radishes. The only thing we stayed away from was pickling meats, like eggs and pigs feet
How do they add to the menu at The Lido? They are a natural extension of the healthy vegetable driven menu, by adding another layer of complexity than just cooked or raw vegetables.
Any other favorite pickling combos? I like serving pickled vegetables and fruits with meats in the hot summer, it is what the body wants in the hot climate and helps digest food. Any favorite (less popular) pickled veggies? I think my favorite is pickled baby carrots, but in Maine when I am visiting my friend we eat pickled fiddlehead ferns.
What do you think makes these things so addicting? Its the vinegar, your body craves it.
Spicy Dill Pickles
Ingredients: 20 Kirby cucumbers 1 horseradish root 15 jalapeños 8 cups vinegar 2 cups kosher salt, plus more for ice water mix Pickling spices (you can use mustard seed, bay leaves, coriander, red pepper flakes, and fennel seed) Several whole cloves of garlic and sprigs of fresh dill A large bucket or jars for canning Directions: Cut off the top and bottom ends of the cucumbers. Soak in salted ice water for four hours. This makes the cucumbers crispy.
To prepare the brine, use equal parts water and vinegar and add two cups of kosher salt. Pour the brine into a large pot. Juice approximately 15 jalapeños and one horseradish root. Mix in about three ounces each of the juices with the brine. Heat the mixture at a simmer for five to ten minutes, then cool down to about 120 degrees. Add the rest of the jalapeño and horseradish juices. Strain the chilled cucumbers from the ice water mixture and place in a large bucket (if you’re going to eat them right away) or separate into jars to store for a long period of time. If using jars, make sure to boil them first to remove any bacteria.
Add pickling spices to the cucumbers. At Lido, they use mustard seed, bay leaves, coriander, red pepper flakes, and fennel seed, but you can mix your own to match your taste. Add whole cloves of garlic and fresh dill.
Take the cooled brining mixture and pour over the cucumbers, making sure they are completely submerged. If you use a large bucket, like they do at Lido, you can cover the cucumbers by placing a couple of large plates over them. If using jars, seal the jar and place in boiling water to force out air. Make one more twist on the top of the jar after removing from heat. Once the jar cools, the rubber will shrink down and pull in the top, sealing it. Before refrigerating, make sure the pickling mixture reaches room temperature. Then, store in the fridge for four days to a week.
Changing out the work on the 6th Street Mural at The Standard, Downtown LA, is always a bit of an emotional roller coaster. It’s sad to see the previous work go but painting over it to create a fresh new canvas gives us a sense of excitement about what’s coming next.
(Mark’s work in progress)
Last week we had a mean case of the butterflies as Mark Licari was out on the sidewalk for three days creating our latest featured artwork. We love the frenetic energy that’s evident throughout his work and knew that his piece, designed specifically for the mural space, would attract tons of attention from passersby.
He did not disappoint.
(Mark Licari’s finished mural)
Between brush strokes, Mark answered our questions about his process, inspiration and LA as an influence.
The Standard: So much of your work seems to incorporate motion, along with elements of chaos and disintegration. What are these components meant to communicate?
Mark Licari: I see this dripping, cracking, rusting and perpetual motion all around and have yet to really understand it. There is obviously some kind of science behind it but I believe there is definitely some art behind it too. These elements in my work mostly communicate in the form of questions, rather than converging on answers. But could also be as simple as appreciating a sort of energy or beat to things that is mirrored in the work.
How does being an LA-based artist contribute to themes that show up in your work?
Los Angeles is a land of mismatched hubcaps, rats peering down at you from the tops of palm trees, and swarms of loud screeching parrots. It ”never rains” but when it does, every ceiling leaks. Despite all the potholes everyone gets along with a very wide range of acceptable driving skills. This is somehow interesting to me.
Does creating a site specific piece like your work for the 6th Street Mural have further influence?
Certainly for me it will. The experience of making art is cumulative so each project helps to influence the next one in different ways. However, to measure the influence on other people and the surroundings we would need a team of experts, a box of legal pads and no. 2 pencils, and a lot of erasers.
(The mural, ready for its close-up)
You work in a variety of media… are there things that are easier to express in sculpture vs. a drawing or print and vice versa?
For me the work starts with drawing as kind of the first step and this leads to other materials, however the different modes of working all relate to and influence each other. So at a certain point it is not about what is easier so much as just where the path of thinking leads me. But this path is more like a messy web spun by a spider on caffeine rather than a linear thought process.
What’s coming next for you? What are you looking forward to in the rest of 2011?
Two site specific mural projects, one at Disjecta in Portland in December this year and one at MOCA Jacksonville in March 2012. This year I am also working on a new lithograph at Hamilton Press in Venice.
Our hearts broke when we saw this gorgeous new video for artist Bethany Cosentino, a.k.a. Best Coast directed by Drew Barrymore. The theme is a throwback 50’s vibe, with a wink to West Side Story which is really an epic wink to Romeo & Juliet — the feuding families with 2 star crossed lovers stuck in the middle. The video also brings to mind the infamous car race scene from Grease with its locations.
(Artist Bethany Cosentino a.k.a. Best Coast)
In this particular story, actresses Miranda Cosgrove and Chloe Moretz play the 2 chicks in the gang, and both are smokin’ hot. We especially love how their stylish hair maintains after a gang fight. See for yourself.
This Wednesday, on August 24th is another loyal installment of our weekly party, Desert Nights, held in the Cactus Lounge at The Standard Hollywood. The evening is a gathering of 3 musicians who opt to unplug and provide a special acoustic set for our lucky hotel guests and friends. Here’s the lineup this week.
(Half the Brother-Sister Duo of Lincoln and Cory Madley. )
Cory & Lincoln Madley are a brother-sister duo from the Black Hills of South Dakota. They started playing music together in the family band and, after moving to Venice Beach together, threw a weekend folk party in their garage where their friend could sit in. For a while, Lincoln was performing solo as Sunny Von Bülow and Cory was running a jewelry shop. Now, Lincoln writes their new songs on his guitar with Cory singing the thirds that give them their country sound. Their influences are owls, classic rock, and dancing.
Vince Aletti is a man with incredible taste. He reviews photography exhibitions for the New Yorker’s Goings on About Town section and writes a regular column about photo books for Photograph. He is a contributing editor at Aperture and writes for Artforum and V. His writing contributions are too many to list in terms of awards and prestigious museum curations, but suffice it to say, the mans respected opinion has launched many books with introductions written for Michael Thompson, Ingar Krauss, Mark Cohen, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Ryan McGinley, and Jed Fielding.
Paddle8 is a forward thinking destination online created to examine, understand, and acquire unique artworks. Essentially, Paddle8 is reinventing the notion of a meeting space for collectors, artists, and gallerists on the web. Their monthly guest-curated exhibitions offer a viewpoint into what is interesting and relevant in the minds of today’s leading cultural voices and re-imagine what is possible for experiencing art online.
For example, Paddle8’s Exhibition #02 (which launched July 27th), was curated by Vince Aletti, and was entitled STUFF: Still Life Photography Curated by Vince Aletti. Fear not, the exhibition runs through September 6th so all our readers are welcome to peruse the virtual hallways hand selected by Mr. Aletti and his elegantly discerning mind.
Behold a cute summer goodie — the whistle necklace made by one of our guest bloggers, Anna Sheffield of Bing Bang. We stole this photo from her Instagram today with a note that reads: ”Good for summer and cat calling boys at the beach”. We thought we’d share it with our readers since there’s only a few left.
The necklace costs $128 but is now on sale for $96. Get ‘em while their hot at BingBangnyc.com. You can also follow “a day in the life” of Anna on her Instagram at bingbangnyc.
Ahhh Spa Month at The Standard Miami… the perfect chance to indulge in all of your favorite rituals. Sadly, it is almost over, but there are still a few more days to take advantage (ends August 30). We caught up with Mina Gough, Spa Director at The Standard Spa Miami Beach, to get her tips on Spa Month.
The Standard: Which Spa Month Treatment is the most popular this year?
The “Hamam Ritual” is by far the favorite. Guests keep falling in love with our indoor and outdoor baths with this full bath house experience. Whether it’s a massage, or scrub on the Hamam marble, or soaking in the holistic bathtubs, it’s pure soulful bliss - so amazing! Many are inspired and make this their new regimen, exploring the curative effects of water and our restorative therapies.
Do you have a personal favorite Spa Month treatment?
We curated the treatments to be in depth with unique transformative rituals head to toe - to inspire relaxation, health and wellbeing. It’s so impossible to pick one!
Start with the “Inside Out” our one on one training of your choice (pilates, yoga, meditation or fitness) flexes and stretches body and mind for that inner glow and is so fun with the bayside mud lounge evoking a sense of play while leaving skin equally radiant!
Tonight, we join forces with Justine D. to celebrate a New York miracle: the return of The Rapture. Released September 6th on DFA Records, their new album sounds as magic and uplifting and beautiful as their first single “How Deep is your Love”. Enjoy the exclusive Standard Q&A and see you later tonight at the DFA & Throne of Blood Dance Party!
(The Rapture. Photo by Ruvan Wijesooriya)
The Standard: While recording your album in Paris, you said it was going to be “mystical, magical”. Did it happen?
The Rapture: Yes. For sure! This mystery cannot be conveyed with words. It can only be felt. If you are in a deep slumber it will wake you. If you cannot be roused out of your deep sleep than no mystery other than that of your own lethargy will you ever experience.
Philippe Zdar of Cassius fame produced the new LP. He is probably one of the coolest guys on earth and a kind of magician himself. Was it fun working with him?
Yes, it was incredibly fun to work with Philippe. We created a new style together. We were born ready to create this new style. It is inimitable, so don’t even try. You will hurt yourself if you try. In short, Philippe is our brother. If you fuck with him you will experience anguish and pain beyond your conception.
(Aska Matsumiya’s Rainbow Project Launches at The Standards in LA now)
For LA-based artist and musician Aska Matsumiya, rainbows are magical - no matter where in the world we may be, the beautiful phenoms bring us joy. To share this joy was partially the motivation behind the Rainbow Project, a new charitable endeavor that at once provides a forum for sharing images of rainbows from around the globe and an opportunity to those still recovering from the recent devastating earthquakes in Japan. Both The Standard, Hollywood and The Standard, Downtown LA are now hosting installations in support of the project - we took a few moments to speak with Aska and learn more.
The Standard: How did the Rainbow Project get it’s start and what is the goal of the project?
Aska Matsumiya: It started when I was exchanging rainbow photos with a friend. He sent me one of Peter Coffin’s rainbow collages, which is basically just one big rainbow made up of lots of different rainbow photos. I thought about how beautiful it would be if those photos were collected from all over the world from different people, and also how amazing it would be if it served a purpose, because rainbows are truly magical and whenever something magical happens it becomes even more magical when you share with other people. I thought this could be a good way to refresh our joy in making something together to share. A positive + positive cycle.
How has the idea for the Rainbow Project translated into the installations at The Standard properties?
At The Standard, Downtown we will be projecting all the rainbow photos people donated to our website from the rooftop, along with a rainbow abstraction by artist Eliot Kaufman and Lucky Dragons, who built a rainbow installation at The Standard, Hollywood. We also have ambient music to go with the installation.
Tell us a bit about the charities involved in the project.
Right now we are working with Civic Force Japan, Peace Winds Japan & JOICFP. These organizations provide fast relief to those displaced and focus on improving maternal health efforts, distributing relief supplies and supporting various healthcare activities. People are still suffering and rebuilding their lives from the recent earthquake and now they are facing a problem from the radiation they are exposed to. It will mean a lot for them to know that people around the world are supporting them.
How can people donate?
Anyone can upload a photo of a rainbow they have encountered. Once the photo is uploaded, it will ask you how much you want to donate. Within 48 hours your photo will join the rainbow collage to become part of the bigger rainbow!
We bring you a new song of the week from our music aficionado staffer, otherwise known as “The Starman”. The tune is called “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey.
"Lana Del Rey. You might not have heard of this name yet but save it in your memory somewhere between Nancy Sinatra and Florence and the Machine. New York singer-songwriter Lizzy Grant known as Lana will be flooding the radio stations with her upcoming debut single ‘Video Games’. A sultry, sensual, Old Hollywood-esque song that won’t leave your mind" says Starman.
Video Games is set to be released on October 10, 2011.
Back in June The Standard, Hollywood hosted a Drawing Salon with artist Ryan McGinness. We had such a blast that we decided to make it a regular thing. Next Thursday, August 25th, will mark the return of the Drawing Salon! We’re partnering with New Image Art Gallery for the event and have lined up some breathtaking models to get those creative juices flowing. This month’s models will be outfitted in The Standard’s bathing suit collaboration with Quiksilver and will feature fantastic accessories by Karen Walker.
We’ll provide some paper and pencils but you’re welcome to bring your own supplies if you want to get fancy (just no oils or acrylics, please).
The figure drawing is free and open to the public so there’s no excuse not to brush off your palette, grab a cocktail, and let your inner artist unfurl!
Snooze is a beautiful invention… an endless reminder of our procrastination. A new iOS app is turning those fumbling morning minutes into the chance to donate to charity. Snooze is an alarm clock app for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad that pledges $0.25 of your own money to charity every time you hit the snooze button. The app was built by LetGive, a company that combines mobile technology with charitable giving.
After purchasing the app, it allows you to set a desired charity, then it calculates every time your lazy ass hits the snooze button, and turns that sluggish behavior into philanthropic love.
Tonight marks the first official day of The Sunset Strip Music Festival! There will be awesome concerts happening tonight and tomorrow at all the music venues located along the strip with the main festival and street closure (featuring headliners Mötley Crüe, Bush, and Public Enemy) happening on Saturday. And…. if that wasn’t exciting enough, it’s just been announced that Mötley Crüe will be bringing the “360 Vertical Drum Roller Coaster” to the party! Sounds crazy, right? Seriously, you have to watch the video to understand just how crazy this thing really is:
There are still a few tickets left for Saturday’s festival so it’s not too late to see the drum roller coaster in action. Click here for tickets, line-ups, and info.
This Friday, Le Bain is joining forces with Justine D, Throne of Blood and DFA Records to celebrate the release of the new album by The Rapture. In The Grace of Your Love will be released September 6th, but you probably already heard the fantastic first single “How Deep is Your Love”. You can download the remix by Populette here:
The party at Le Bain will feature DJ sets by fellow artists Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem), Tim Sweeney and Populette. Come and celebrate the return of one of NYC’s most beloved bands!
You know how it is when you’re so hyped up about someone or something that you question how great they really could be? Well you better believe the hype when it comes to the lovely Tara Stiles. The Standard, Miami fell in love with Tara and it was clear why she has such a devout fan club. Tara’s classes were full of her Strala devotees and Miami locals - some fans even drove several hours to attend Tara’s dynamic classes.
In addition to the beautiful poolside yoga video Tara filmed a couple other awesome videos over the weekend - Take Care of Yourself First and How Yoga Works ! And did you see the the video’s from The Standard, Hollywood ? Lately we’ve been hooked to Tara Eats too… if we could only get her in the kitchen with Chef Mark (hint, hint). Stay tuned for dates of Tara Stiles next retreat at The Standard … coming soon!
Feist is back in the game… this time she’s teamed up with longtime collaborators, Chilly Gonzalez and Mocky in Toronto. She then headed to Big Sur to finish her new record, Metals, with percussionist Dean Stone, keyboardist Brian LeBarton, and Valgeir Siggurdsson, who’s produced albums by Björk and Kate Nash.
The record is out October 4th. In the meantime, check out the latest information on ListenToFeist.com. Below is a single from the new work called “How Come You Never Go There”.
You’ll remember last week I told you about the new bikes we have at The Standard, New York, right? Well, the other I day, I took one of the bikes out for a gorgeous summer ride around the hotel and the neighborhood. It was so amazing, I decided to create an Instagram tour of all my favorite spots. With this, I present to you, Stan D’arde’s Bike Tour: Meatpacking.
While you’re deciding which Standard Boardshort is your favorite, you can gear up for the 4th Annual NYSFF slated for September 15-17, 2011! The New York Surf Film Festival is the premier showcase for international independent surf film. The mission of the New York Surf Film Festival is to provide filmmakers who are exploring the diversity of surfing an opportunity to present their work to a larger audience. As surf culture becomes more popular, the notion of what it means to be a surfer expands. The New York Surf Film Festival’s aim is to build upon and shape the idea of what a surf movie is, while fostering the growth of this global community in NYC.
Ok. So we realize this song was released online on August 11th, but it’s still on heavy rotation here at The Standard office…. note: 5 and 1 /2 million hits on YouTube already? Damn! Watch The Throne is out now and here’s the first single “Otis”. Download the track on iTunes.
Our favorite part? Hova’s “Live from The Mercer" shout-out referring to our sister hotel, at 1:28. We love you too, Jay!
It’s a little bit early to bring this to the table (pun TOTALLY intended), but I couldn’t hold in my excitement! The New York Wine & Food Festival is slowly descending upon us, and once again, The Standard, New York is the official hotel partner for all the culinary festivities.
The Feast will be doing their talks series in the Plaza, and the annual Oyster Bash will take place in the Biergarten. There will also be sausages, cornichons, beer, wine and all the huitlacoche you can eat! Okay. I’m not sure there will be the delicacy that is huitlacoche, but click on the link…it’s worth the read.
What I’m most over the moon about is Chef Dan’s dinner on Friday the 30th of September. Working side by side with Chef Marco Canora of Hearth and Terroir and Chef Bill Telepan of Telepan, Silverman has created a menu using absurdly fresh market vegetables integrated with Spanish flavors and consumed in the worlds of Italy and France. Does that mean he’s making a Beouf Bourguignon Paella Pasta??? Yeah. I’m not sure either. But what I DO know is that it is going to be mind blowing as is customary for Silverman.
The dinner will take place in the Garden Room at The Standard Grill on September 30 at $250 a person. Buy your tickets now, and make sure not to eat anything that entire day. Gluttony abounds!
Ladies and gentlemen, take a look at this angel of a singer names Hannah Cohen. Her voice is heartbreaking, curious, and emotional. ”My music is for unicorns” she tells Nowness when asked what her musical genre was. “It is in the sad unicorn genre.”
Vogue photographer Matthu Placek created this arresting musical vignette for her first single, “Child Bride.” To read more on the New York artist blossom, go to Nowness.
There are times when I just want to kill our Executive Pastry Chef Frederick Aquino! I’ve made it through the summer avoiding his irresistible ice cream cart at the Standard, New York while running away from Chef Mark’s chick pea fries at The Standard, Miami. I haven’t gained a pound (but I haven’t lost one either!)
Now, in another mastermind maneuver, Chef Aquino has unleashed his homemade gelato onto Manhattanites, and people are up in arms. Chocolate, Vanilla and Passion Fruit are your sinful pleasures, and they are available on the Rooftop at Le Bain and in the Plaza of the Standard, New York. $3 for one scoop, $5 for two. There goes my girlish figure. Ugh.
Today’s graphic was found on a Tumblr aptly called This isn’t Happiness. We’re very enamored when a simple dumpster can turn into an art installation. It sorta makes you want to run up to the mattress and give it a reassuring hug… that is, until the stench kicks in.
The latest musician on everyone’s lips is The Weeknd. Recently, there was an insider show in Los Angeles showcasing the “downlo” artist. Needless to say, the much hyped show garnered a ton of iPhone cell footage with oceans of arms up in the air shooting him perform that night. Enter OMGICU.
Founder Alexander Lasky, a “Founder & Creative Junkie”, along with his friend Hugh have just launched a new platform called OMGICU. It’s essentially pop culture shot by and starring celebrities and fans with iPhones. They cull together all these amateur videos of live performances, movie premieres, celebrity sightings, fan interviews and edit together one cohesive “mash-up” of visuals and online commentary… sort of a greatest hits” of social media, if you will.
Hugh and Alex shouted out TheWeeknd as their favorite artist this week on OMGICU TV. Download OMGICU for your iPhone, start shooting and sharing pop culture with everyone. You can also check out the show on iTunes/OMGICU.
In the meantime, download The Weeknd’s album for free at TheWeeknd.com
(Hand Made Goods, Schier Shoes, to be sold at Hester Street Market, NYC)
One of New York’s Summer treats is a flea market called Hester Street Fair. Located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan on the corner of Hester & Essex Streets (F East Broadway, F, J, M, Z Delancey). The market is an explosion of vintage jewelry, clothes, ethnic foods, and more. It takes place every Saturday from 10am–6pm through Oct 29th.
One of the unique booths selling among the 60 vendors at the market are Schier shoes. The shows come all the way from Namibia in Southern Africa, a place that borders with Angola. The photos you see here are taken back in the motherland from the makers of the shoes. You can read a more detailed Q&A on the company at the Hester Street Fair blog, and learn about all the hard work that goes into each shoe.
Other pop-up markets to enjoy this this summer in New York include “In God We Trust Backyard Bazaar”, which takes place once a month. It’s Greenpoint’s go-to vintage-inspired boutique that hosts an outdoor BBQ and minimarket. Located 70–72 Greenpoint Ave between Franklin and West Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-3545, ingodwetrustnyc.com). One Saturday per month noon–6pm. Through Aug 27.
Another good flea market is “Northside Market”. This small indoor emporium is a primo source for unusual handcrafted gifts, live music and local food vendors. 135 Kent Ave between North 5th and 6th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (northside-market.com). Sat, Sun 10am–6pm. Through Aug 31.
There’s more Summer pop ups for you to enjoy before the brief Summer comes to a close. See details at Time Out New York.
On this hallowed day, August 16, the world was given Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone to teach us how to love ourselves (usually with one hand), how to express ourselves to the masses (using video cameras in the privacy of our own homes) and how to remain timelessly youthful (via Photoshop and other technological marvels).
We love lists! The New York Observer just released their new roundup up media types that are married, engaged, or simply just dating. In any case, if you see any of these cute couple bopping around New York arm in arm, here’s a cheat-sheet. (Note: Chances are they work at New York Magazine, Gawker, The New Yorker, GQ, Details, Vogue, blah blah… you get the point. These are “Media Honeys”).
Just to get you started, The Observer listed Jesse and Rebecca (pictured above): “Mr. Angelo, 37, is the editor of The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s iPad-only publication. He came from the New York Post, where he worked his way up to managing editor and one of Rupert’s favorites. Ms. Dana is at Newsweek/Daily Beast and formerly called The Wall Street Journal and (almost) The New York Times home. If they get married, they will live in a multi-million dollar brownstone formerly owned by Edgar Bronfman, Jr.”