Category: Hell’s Kitchen


March 31st, 2014 — 9:41pm

One of the best parts of blogging is being invited to try NYC venues I may not otherwise know about. So I was excited to venture over to Baire, a hair removal salon tucked away in Hell’s Kitchen.

Every woman knows waxing isn’t much fun. But the attentive team at Baire manages to make it minimally uncomfortable – and even leave you feeling pampered. My salon specialist Liesl took good care of me,explaining that the Lycon wax that Baire uses is better for the skin than what many salons use.

Liesl made my Baire experience absolutely fabulous

She followed the treatment with a soothing aloe and rosehips moisturizer and post-treatment gel packed with green tea and tea tree oils, vitamin E and aloe. All Baire products are natural, made in the U.S. and not tested on animals. How great is that?

Don’t take my word for it, though, give Baire a try. On Saturday April 12th from 3-8pm, the salon is hosting a peel party with Claudio Pinto. Along with special prices for peels and products, you can enjoy a mini happy hour and get your questions answered about cosmetic treatments.

For more information, visit .

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October 25th, 2012 — 10:44pm

Last night, I headed to Midtown West for a long overdue girls night out with my dear friend Julie.

We met up at , a cozy Italian bistro in Hell’s Kitchen — and a longtime favorite for its authentic ambience, delicious fare and warm staff. I enjoyed cod with shrimp, grilled pineapple and butternut squash while Julie ingulged in eggplant parmigiana.

Our last get together was back in August, so there was plenty to catch up on. Julie filled me on her move from Brooklyn to the burbs of Glen Cove and excitement about impending first-time motherhood. I told her about how blissfully happy and fulfilled I am in my job at the Westin New York Grand Central. I also shared my recent head scratching moment with O, a guy I met through work.

A manager with one of Westin’s preferred partners, he ended up sitting beside me during a recent after-work drinks outing. We had met very briefly a few times before and I didn’t think anything of it – until he called me shy and intimidating.

It’s fair to say these are two adjectives that I’ve never heard anyone use to describe me before. So I was more than a little taken aback, especially since they seem to contradict one another. I found myself wondering – what had created these very different impressions? Though O made a point of saying he likes smart, authoritative women, how he labeled me seemed to suggest something else. And left me even more baffled when he characterized my reactions in weekly meetings we’ve both attended.

As I explained my exchange with O to Julie, she said I was missing the key takeaway – that O had clearly taken notice of me (he did, albeit somewhat clumsily, allude to getting together outside of work). In other words, a classic case of what happens when you’ve been single and not searching for awhile: missing what’s right in front of you.

I haven’t run into O since this little episode. I have to admit I’m more than a little curious to see what happens whenever I do.

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March 4th, 2012 — 8:49pm

Today, I met up with Nominate A Date bachelor #4, personal trainer and New Jersey native SK.

SK and I were introduced through our mutual friend, the fabulous Liz of . Liz raved about what a thoughtful, caring and all around great guy SK is – qualities that all came across during our pre-date communications. We discovered mutual interests in writing and movies, and easily continued the conversation in person at Hell’s Kitchen bistro Pier 9.

Pier 9 serves up a delicious, budget-friendly brunch in a lively bistro setting

Over a delicious brunch (lobster mac & cheese, crab supreme scrambled eggs), SK and I talked about the winding road of our careers (including having both worked at 30 Rock), our passion for concerts of the 80’s music variety and nostalgia for a time when technology didn’t completely saturate our daily lives. We had some laughs about Commodore 64 computers, the impatience that texting breeds and the inevitable perils of online dating.

SK shared the story of a Match.com ex that demanded he return all of his birthday gifts, including a movie gift certificate. I admitted to cancelling post-breakup the value of a movie gift certificate I had purchased for an Match.com ex of mine. He chuckled, quipping that he would keep in mind that this is an option should future scenarios warrant it.

After brunch, we walked briskly over to Theater Row Diner, a cozy coffee shop that serves decent dessert and hot chocolate. SK asked me what I look for in a guy. I thought about it, and said that experience has taught me to look for whether someone is close to their family and friends. Because people who are tend to be pretty grounded. We both had something of an a-ha moment, realizing that paying attention to this one thing could have prevented more than one ill-fated past relationship.

As we reflected on some love life lessons not so easily learned, I found myself feeling thankful all over again for what Nominate A Date has already taught me – that you can meet some great people when you’re willing to be adventurous. And, of course, that when it comes to matchmaking, the Internet doesn’t hold a candle to your friends.

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February 27th, 2012 — 9:01pm

Wednesday night, I met up with Nominate A Date bachelor #3, New Jersey resident Kai. Our date is a wonderful example of how serendipity sometimes has a romantic streak.

Kai recently attended a disastrous speed dating event — attended solely by him and a few women. The event took place at a comedy club, so Kai ended up as the target of a few performers. He handled it so graciously that he caught the attention of my friend Annabel. Annabel has a good track when it comes to playing matchmaker – she set me up with from my European Dating Blitz.

Knowing about my adventure, Annabel mentioned it to Kai. He proceeded to send me an email that confirmed her initial impressions of him as a fun, easygoing guy. Especially when he referenced Nominate A Date in a way that indicated he had a lighthearted view of my unconventional approach to meeting new people.

Kai and I enjoyed cocktails and great conversation at Reunion Surf Bar (photo credit: DailyCandy.com)

As soon as we met, I was struck by Kai’s great smile, warm personality – and knack for picking an ideal place in which to get to know each other. Our first stop was Reunion Surf Bar, a fun, flirty downstairs bar tucked away in Hell’s Kitchen. The beach hut vibe and steady soundtrack of 70’s and 80’s pop music makes you feel like you’re anywhere but in the city. Kai and I found plenty to talk about with our mutual love of travel, karaoke and taking bold leaps of faith where dating is concerned.

We traded a few speed dating horror stories before heading onto Mercury Bar, where the effortless conversation continued as we sat closer to each other. I found myself smiling a lot and feeling none of the awkwardness that often goes along with a first date.

Chemistry was the word that kept coming to mind after Kai and I said goodnight nearly five hours later. And how you never know when or where it’s going to find you, so why not just embrace that?

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December 4th, 2009 — 10:10pm

Tuesday night, I enjoyed a girls night out double header that began at the Empire Hotel’s rooftop bar, where I caught up with new galpal Amy.

Amy and I connected at an back in October and discovered we’re both regulars on the charitable event circuit. Having lost my number one wing woman to the throes of marital bliss, I was excited when Amy volunteered to hit the town with me.

Over drinks, we talked about upcoming events we’re planning to attend and the importance of looking your best when catching up with an old flame.

Vintage: this chic Hell’s Kitchen lounge has a fabulous martini menu

After Amy and I parted company, I headed down to Vintage bar in Hell’s Kitchen, where I enjoyed a few cocktails with fellow dating bloggers and .

The three of us traded observations about the mommy blogger mafia’s hold on corporate America, and the perils of dating men with high-powered jobs and a penchant for text messaging.

“That sounds like my last five relationships,” Simone quipped.

When it comes to sassy, candid takes on singlehood in NYC, it doesn’t get any better than Simone and Lost Plum. Do yourself a favor and check out their fabulous blogs.

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December 4th, 2009 — 5:10pm

Tuesday night, I enjoyed a girls night out double header that began at the Empire Hotel’s rooftop bar, where I caught up with new galpal Amy.

Amy and I connected at an back in October and discovered we’re both regulars on the charitable event circuit. Having lost my number one wing woman to the throes of marital bliss, I was excited when Amy volunteered to hit the town with me.

Over drinks, we talked about upcoming events we’re planning to attend and the importance of looking your best when catching up with an old flame.

Vintage: this chic Hell’s Kitchen lounge has a fabulous martini menu

After Amy and I parted company, I headed down to Vintage bar in Hell’s Kitchen, where I enjoyed a few cocktails with fellow dating bloggers and .

The three of us traded observations about the mommy blogger mafia’s hold on corporate America, and the perils of dating men with high-powered jobs and a penchant for text messaging.

“That sounds like my last five relationships,” Simone quipped.

When it comes to sassy, candid takes on singlehood in NYC, it doesn’t get any better than Simone and Lost Plum. Do yourself a favor and check out their fabulous blogs.

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November 24th, 2009 — 5:26pm

Thursday night, I headed over to swanky event venue Hudson Terrace for C Squared Group’s Fall Entrepreneurs networking mixer.

Hudson Terrace: C Squared group took over the swanky space for its fall event

More than 150+ people from a variety of industries filled the space, which boasts nearly 360-degree city views.

HR consultant Patrick and I talked about what makes a great vodka gimlet and why, in his view, “American Psycho” is a must-see/read. Sourcepad CEO Joe filled me in about his company, which is a great online resource for hiring freelance IT professionals that you can work with using live video.

Joe also told me the delightful story of how he met his wife — during a Scrabble game at a friend’s place.

“She was beating everybody, and I’m terrible at Scrabble,“ he said with a laugh. “She took pity on me and started to help me, to the chagrin of everyone else.”

A Scrabble aficionado myself, I loved this tale of finding love across the game’s lettered tiles. As I’ve discovered with previous boyfriends, wordplay can be a great prelude to romance.

After having my fill of schmoozing, I met up with galpal Rachel at one of my favorite Hell’s Kitchen eateries, Cara Mia.

Over a delicious dinner (grilled calamari, spinach fettuccini in vodka sauce), Rach and I reflected on the multi-step process of getting over a big love — and the importance of keeping busy along the way with good friends and meeting new people.

Speaking of new people, I filled Rach in about HurryDater E and how much I enjoyed my first date with him. Up next…details about equally exhilarating date #2.

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November 24th, 2009 — 12:26pm

Thursday night, I headed over to swanky event venue Hudson Terrace for C Squared Group’s Fall Entrepreneurs networking mixer.

Hudson Terrace: C Squared group took over the swanky space for its fall event

More than 150+ people from a variety of industries filled the space, which boasts nearly 360-degree city views.

HR consultant Patrick and I talked about what makes a great vodka gimlet and why, in his view, “American Psycho” is a must-see/read. Sourcepad CEO Joe filled me in about his company, which is a great online resource for hiring freelance IT professionals that you can work with using live video.

Joe also told me the delightful story of how he met his wife — during a Scrabble game at a friend’s place.

“She was beating everybody, and I’m terrible at Scrabble,“ he said with a laugh. “She took pity on me and started to help me, to the chagrin of everyone else.”

A Scrabble aficionado myself, I loved this tale of finding love across the game’s lettered tiles. As I’ve discovered with previous boyfriends, wordplay can be a great prelude to romance.

After having my fill of schmoozing, I met up with galpal Rachel at one of my favorite Hell’s Kitchen eateries, Cara Mia.

Over a delicious dinner (grilled calamari, spinach fettuccini in vodka sauce), Rach and I reflected on the multi-step process of getting over a big love — and the importance of keeping busy along the way with good friends and meeting new people.

Speaking of new people, I filled Rach in about HurryDater E and how much I enjoyed my first date with him. Up next…details about equally exhilarating date #2.

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November 22nd, 2009 — 11:21pm

Tuesday night, after seeing “,” I headed over to the Whiskey Trader in Midtown for a happy hour hosted by .

Bartending Goddesses: (from left) Lost Girls authors and bloggers Amanda, Jen and Holly

While enjoying a couple of cosmos mixed perfectly by Jen, my Divalicious friend Heidi and I talked about male profiling — i.e., making assumptions about men in suits. She presumes they’re dull and conservative, I think a suit usually spells sophistication.

Speaking of assumptions about the opposite sex, I decided to vet my theories on texting versus calling with a couple of friendly guys at the bar.

When I said that texting to make plans is less considerate than making a call, both men balked. They maintained that it’s hard to know when is a good time to call a woman, and one even tried to liken texting and emailing to the lost art of letter writing.

With all due respect, I think these are just excuses for not taking initiative and picking up the phone. As founder Ross Felix puts it so well in , guys need to man up here. A quick call goes a long way toward making a girl (this girl, at least) feel courted.

Coming up…a look at Broadway’s sizzling “Burn The Floor” and an action-packed night out in Hell’s Kitchen.

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November 22nd, 2009 — 6:21pm

Tuesday night, after seeing “,” I headed over to the Whiskey Trader in Midtown for a happy hour hosted by .

Bartending Goddesses: (from left) Lost Girls authors and bloggers Amanda, Jen and Holly

While enjoying a couple of cosmos mixed perfectly by Jen, my Divalicious friend Heidi and I talked about male profiling — i.e., making assumptions about men in suits. She presumes they’re dull and conservative, I think a suit usually spells sophistication.

Speaking of assumptions about the opposite sex, I decided to vet my theories on texting versus calling with a couple of friendly guys at the bar.

When I said that texting to make plans is less considerate than making a call, both men balked. They maintained that it’s hard to know when is a good time to call a woman, and one even tried to liken texting and emailing to the lost art of letter writing.

With all due respect, I think these are just excuses for not taking initiative and picking up the phone. As founder Ross Felix puts it so well in , guys need to man up here. A quick call goes a long way toward making a girl (this girl, at least) feel courted.

Coming up…a look at Broadway’s sizzling “Burn The Floor” and an action-packed night out in Hell’s Kitchen.

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