Articles by: Amanda Mactas

by / on April 28, 2017 at 2:40 pm / in Food For Thought

Mel’s Burger Bar: Beer, Grub and Happiness

If, like every other New Yorker, you don’t feel like waiting in line at Black Tap just to Instagram a milkshake, we suggest heading to Mel’s Burger Bar on the Upper East Side (there’s also a second location on the Upper West). More options and more fun, this burger locale was made for lax bros but entices all. It’s casual […]

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by / on April 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm / in Girls' Night In

Girls’ Night In: Three Cheers for Truly Spiked & Sparkling

Guys. I’ve discovered my new favorite drink and I’ve been shouting it from the rooftops. (Okay not literally, but I have been telling all my friends about it.) Truly Spiked & Sparkling is a godsend! It’s a gluten-free spiked sparkling water, that tastes like actual sparkling water, but still clocks in at 5% ABV and only sets you back 100 […]

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by / on April 26, 2017 at 11:45 am / in Food For Thought

Get Frenched at Brasserie 8 1/2

Brasserie 8 1/2 is a hidden surprise in the heart of Midtown. Right off of Fifth Avenue, the Brasserie might give you the wrong impression — the French restaurant descends from a grand spiral staircase in to a posh and sophisticated dining room abound with ivory tablecloths and works of art by infamous artists like Matisse and Léger. This might […]

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by / on April 20, 2017 at 11:00 am / in Blushing Beaut

It’s 4/20: Learn About Cannabidiol And What It Can Do For You

While 4/20 has become synonymous with a day in celebration of good ol’ Mary Jane, there are more ways to celebrate than lighting up a joint and getting high. CBD For Life is a company you should probably have on your radar. They produce super innovative and natural products using Cannabidiol (CBD), which is a compound sourced from hemp. CBD […]

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by / on April 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm / in Get Cultured

Hoodwinked Escape: Next Level Escape Room Adventures

A trip to Harlem is definitely worth it if you pay a visit to Hoodwinked Escape. Escape Rooms started popping up across the globe years ago, but have only grown in popularity since their debut. What exactly is an escape room? It’s a fun adventure game in which players are locked in a room and tasked with solving puzzles based […]

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by / on April 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm / in Food For Thought

Tuscan Classics at the Upper West Side’s Bella Luna

A Tuscan neighborhood spot draws in quite a crowd to the Upper West Side’s Bella Luna. Originally opened in 1988, the restaurant has a menu that would overwhelm anyone, with a handful of appetizer and salad options, plenty of pastas and pizzas, and even entree options like braised lamb shank and grilled salmon. And with a menu so robust, it’s […]

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by / on April 3, 2017 at 12:55 pm / in Dress to Impress

Accessories: How to Rock Festival Fringe

It doesn’t matter if you hit the summer music festivals or not — festival fashion has quickly become one of the hottest trends today. Taking inspiration from the ‘70s, a decade that’s also having its moment in fashion right now, festival-wear is all about that boho chic vibe. That’s right, don’t be afraid to pile on the fringe this time […]

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by / on March 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm / in Food For Thought

Forkin’ Good: Two Forks Opens in Bryant Park

Move over Chipotle, there’s a new healthy spot in town that’s destined to take over. Two Forks, a new fast casual eatery right outside of Bryant Park, brings a healthy twist to typically calorie heavy, Southern fare. The restaurant features slow cooked, pulled meats and let me tell you, it’s yummy. Customers can opt for either a bun or a […]

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by / on March 27, 2017 at 11:50 am / in Food For Thought

Caffé Dei Fiori: Italian As It’s Meant To Be

Manhattan’s Upper East Side is known for expensive shopping, elegant brownstones and impeccable dining. Caffé Dei Fiori fits right in among its peers, serving fresh, house-made Italian cuisine in a small, but chic space in the 70s. With two floors, and prime viewing of bustling Lexington Avenue, the space is rather intimate, and decorated with bright and colorful pieces that […]

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by / on March 23, 2017 at 11:50 am / in Get Cultured

Experience Authentic Arabic Storytelling with The Strangest

Theater is one of the most wonderful forms of storytelling we have. We recently had the opportunity to see a showing of The Strangest, which centers around the live performance tradition of Arabic storytelling. The Fourth Street Theatre was completely transformed into a traditional Arab storytelling café, complete with plush pillows, draped tapestries and even Turkish coffee. The scene was set, […]

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