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Meet Alex

Full Name: Alexander Lindao

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!

Modernica’s Pets on Furniture

(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.

Pickle this Pickle that

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

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
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.

Drew Barrymore’s Cute New Video

(Actresses Miranda Cosgrove and Chloe Moretz)

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.  

Get More: MTV Supervideo, Music, Best Coast

Vince Aletti Presents Stuff

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. 

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In the Grace of The Rapture

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. 

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Return of the Drawing Salon

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!

Yes, we said “360 Drum Roller Coaster”

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.

The Rapture Returns!

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!

New York Surf Festival

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.

The 2011 International Screening Panel includes:

• Grant Washburn, Big Wave Surfer

• Ron Schein, Surf Journalist + Artist

• Gerry Lopez, Mr. Pipeline

• Micah Abrams, Senior Action Sports Editor, ESPN + Screenwriter

• Buzzy Kerbox, Legend

…and more!

For questions, tickets, or show times, email or visit New York Surf Festival on Facebook