Earlier this week we had a pre-Birthday dinner party for our beloved Brenda. One of the playlists we created was so "money" we had to share.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
You are cordially invited to a Private S Factor Intro Class exclusively for Casa Naranja members.
Sheila Kelley's S Factor is the ORIGINAL Pole Dancing workout.
Created by a woman, for women, S Factor promises to inspire and empower.
Space is VERY limited.
Please call 212-989-8030 and mention code CAS09.
Fees are Non-Refundable
Please wear comfortable workout clothing and be prepared to let your hair down!
Refreshments will be served after class.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Casa Naranja's Luxury Candle Holiday Gift Guide
With the holidays upon us we will hold true to our luxury gifts giving credo, (economic) depression be damned. Poo poo to the economic nay-sayers, our friends and family mean the world, and they deserve the best in class. But, on the off chance that you want to save a few bucks here and there, we have put together a genius guide to accommodate both yuletide desires. We have a luxury candle holiday gift guide. Luxury candles are the perfect gift for all the chic chicas and chicos on your list ….gorgeous presentations, sensuous scents, and appealing price points (so appealing in fact you can probably splurge on yourself). Now that is a recipe for a happy holiday. Feliz Navidad!
View the Casa Naranja's Luxury Candle Holiday Gift Guide HERE
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
BAM presents "Red Hot + Rio 2: The Next Generation of Samba Soul," don’t miss this amazing event for a great cause on December 4th and 5th.
CéU, Curumin, Domenico, Bebel Gilberto, Janja Gomes, José González, Kassin +2, Money Mark, Otto, João Parahyba, Moreno Veloso join for an All-star Brazilian concert event benefiting BrazilFoundation
In the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Featured artists: CéU, Curumin, Bebel Gilberto, José González, Otto, João Parahyba (from Trio Mocoto)
A portion of the proceeds will benefit BrazilFoundation's AIDS-related projects.
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Running time: 120min, no intermission
$25, 45, 65
CéU - The first international artist to be featured in Starbucks’ Hear Music Debut CD series, CéU reached #1 on Billboard’s World Music chart with her self-titled CD. The São Paolo-based singer blends samba, folk, and soul music and scored a Latin Grammy nomination in 2006 for Best New Artist.
Curumin - Luciano Nakata Albuquerque, born in Brazil to Spanish/Japanese parents, began his musical career at age eight, hence the early nickname "Curumin," a term reserved by Brazilians for their most precocious children. His re-workings of 70s samba funk with infusions of jazz, funk, and hip-hop recently stretched to include sounds from his Asian heritage in his just-released second CD, JapanPopShow.
Bebel Gilberto – A singer born into Brazilian musical royalty, Gilberto is the daughter of singer Miucha Gilberto and renowned musician João Gilberto. Her soulful, restrained blend of Brazilian and international music has earned her multiple Grammy nominations. Bebel released her third solo album, Momento in 2007.
José González - Born in Sweden of Argentinean parents, González makes music that is a combination of softness and passion, a folk style grounded in his early classical guitar training and darkened by his later forays into Sweden’s hard core metal scene. His second CD In Our Nature was released in 2007.
Otto - A percussionist of Dutch and Brazilian descent, Otto is one of the creative forces behind the "MPB"
(Musica Popular Brazileira) scene. His most recent CD Condom Black is an excursion into the hinterlands of his country’s rural folks rhythms mixed liberally with American funk and rap.
Money Mark - Adept at melding funk, jazz, hip-hop, folk, Afro-Cuban, and Latin music as well as experimental noise, Money Mark is a producer and musician who has collaborated with The Beastie Boys, Beck, The Omar Rodriquez-Lopez Quintet, and Jack Johnson. His latest album Brand New by Tomorrow was released in 2007.
Kassin, Moreno, Domenico - Samba super-group Alexandre Kassin, Moreno Veloso (son of Caetano Veloso) and Domenico Lancelotti are a trio of groundbreaking producers and multi-instrumentalists. Their trilogy of collaborations has allowed each of them an equal turn at the musical helm as Kassin +2, Moreno +2, and Domenico +2. Each of their recordings offers a different take on 21st century samba and bossa nova.
João Parahyba and Janja Gomes - One of the true pioneers of Brazil’s electonic music scene, Parahyba was a founding member of the legendary Trio Mocotó, the backing band for the great singer Jorge Ben. His son Janja Gomes follows in the family’s experimental percussion tradition.(For more info, and to buy tickets, click here)
Friday, November 28, 2008
Mexican Hot Chocolate
6 cups milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 ounces unsweetened Mexican-style chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
Stick cinnamon (for garnish)
In a large saucepan, combine milk, sugar, chocolate, ground cinnamon and salt. Heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate has melted and the milk is very hot. (Do not let the milk come to a boil)
Beat 2 eggs in a mixing bowl. Stir in one cup of the hot mixture into the eggs, then return this mixture to the saucepan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes more over low heat, still stirring.
Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Beat with a molinillo or a rotary beater until it is very frothy. Pour into mugs, garnish with cinnamon sticks, and serve. Makes about 6 (8 ounce) servings.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
With Penelope Cruz in person
Monday, December 1, 8:30 p.m.
At the Sunshine Landmark Theater, 143 East Houston Street, Manhattan
2008, 96 mins.
"The Weinstein Company. Directed and written by Woody Allen. With Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson. Woody Allen returns to vibrant form with the tale of college pals Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) who are tempted toward a romantic triangle with free-spirited Spanish artists Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) and Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz). Post-film discussion with Penelope Cruz." (museum of moving images)
Tickets: $15 Museum members/Free for Sponsor-level and above. For tickets, call 718.777.6810.
(For more info: www.movingimage.us, www.landmarktheatres.com)
Monday, November 24, 2008
In what has to be one of the most interesting and creative art installations of ’08, the current incarnation of the Martinez Gallery is an apartment in Washington Heights that is more artwork than art gallery.
FROM: November 28, 2008 – January 31, 2009
HOURS: Friday + Saturday | 12 – 6PM and by appointment
362 Wadsworth Avenue, Apt. 44
New York, NY 10040
Directions by train: #1 to 191st Street. Elevator to street.
For more info visit: www.martinezgallery.com
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero, the chefs behind Tia Pol and El Quinto Pino have gone solo. Say hello to their new casa at Txikito. The restaurant, pronounced chee-KEE-toe, means “little” in Basque. And with only 28 seats, it is little. Thankfully, authentic Basque-style tapas and a solid cocktail menu are worth the wait.
240 Ninth Avenue (between 24th & 25th Streets)
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The Flatiron favorite gets some much-needed extra capacity with this downtown sister location. We recommend settling in at the chef's bar where you can admire the kitchen at work and take in the new brunch menu, including Revuelto Pinoxco and Huevos y Bistec. (That's steak & eggs, for the uni-lingual.)
171 Spring St (between Thompson and W. Broadway)
This new spot from the fine folks behind El Quinto Pino boasts the same small-scale pleasures as its predecessors, including small pours of wine, mini-beers (called Zuritos), ten seats at the bar and handheld Basque tapas like Txitxiki, a crispy chorizo-hash sandwich. As for pronouncing it...your guess is as good as ours.
240 9th Ave (between 24th and 25th St)
20-Cent Breakfast at Casa Havana
You've probably never stopped by this Chelsea Cuban spot, but we're putting it on your radar just in case: two eggs, bacon and coffee for 20 cents. We recommend tipping at least a quarter.
Available every day, 7-11am
190 8th Ave (between 19th and 20th St)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Brenda and I have been on the phone non- stop vetting each others food or rather non-food choices today. For example "Does a cup of spinach artichoke cheddar soup from Hale and Hearty count as a good choice?" "Should I have a Vanilla Latte, you know, as my last hurrah?"
All I can say is "que vaina!!!"
UPDATE: We just picked up the juices at the Blueprint Cleanse Warehouse in Chelsea. Must say they are extremely organized. 1 bag that includes 6 clearly labeled juices per day. I am reading and memorizing the little cute cheat sheet they included. Is that not a good sign?
Saturday, November 8, 2008
MARATHON OF MUSIC AND DANCE
Starting this coming Monday Brenda and I are embarking on a 5 day Renovation BluePrintCleanse. YIKES!!!! Do any of you want to join? It will be fun after you get over the part of no Meat, cheese, bread (all white processed foods), alcohol, coffee, candy, sweets. Really it will.
We will be reporting daily- -seeing that we wont be doing much else. This decision to cleanse made me realize how big a part of your life food is, everything from thinking about your next meal to going out for dinner and drinks with friends. Oh dear, what have I gotten myself into :)
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Source: Sephora's Beauty and The Blog
If you live in NYC and you like to indulge in the occasional (ok, i admit it, biweekly) mani/pedi, then you surely know and love the fabulous Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa. Jin Soon has long been a fixture on the editorial nail scene in addition to owning three totally zen salons.
Lucky for us, she's teaming up with NARS, during the month of November, to reward customers with their own NARS Nail Polish when they receive a manicure or pedicure in one of ten NARS shades. Sounds like a pretty good excuse to book an appointment if we do say so.
Can't make it to NYC? Shop the NARS shades on sephora.com from the comfort of your couch!
It's no secret that we HEART Patricia Moreno and Sati Life. Read of the many reasons below. Join the I Love My Body group on Facebook to receive inspiring daily messages.
There is nothing more difficult than changing your habits. Everyday we
choose things out of a habit and even if that habit is no longer good
for us we still can't seem to break it.
When you are ready to change your lifestyle, lose weight, feel better,
increase you energy, feel sexy in your body, feel proud of yourself you
are going to have to change your habits if the habits you are not living
are not giving you the results you want. When you are changing your
habits you will feel uncomfortable that is normal. To upgrade your
Take a look today at some of the habits you have that no longer serve
your intention of feeling better.
1. what food choices are you making out of habit
2. what exercise habits do you have
3. what beliefs do you have (like its to hard, i can't do it)
What new habits can you start developing today. Instead of focusing on
changing your old habits just replace them with new and improved habits.
It takes time to build new habits, about 30 days but after that it will
be who you are.
Today practice some new habits
1. start a habit of mindful eating
2. don't eat unless you are hungry no matter what
3. stop when you are satisfied NOT stuffed
4. eat foods that you are proud of eating
5. write down what you eat and really pay attention
5. start seeing yourself as someone who does workout regularly
6. encourage yourself instead of discourage yourself
7. make feeling great today a priority, don't give in to old habits
Friends I have received so many grateful emails from you that this is
making a difference and I am so happy. Keep me posted I love the feed
back, it helps me to know it makes a difference.
If it is making a difference for you invite a friend to join.
For more info, dvd's, events, information go to Satilife.com
One day at a time!
Love and gratitude,
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Pachanga New York brings you a one of a kind Latin Halloween party this October 31st in Battery Park!
"Get ready to dance the night away in this New York one of a kind water side venue"
on the harbor inside Battery Park
opposite 17 state street
cover: $10 at the door
(For more information visit this link)
As with all such roundups, this list represents only a small sampling of volunteers opportunities in the city, but it should be enough to get you going. It's organized by categories to help you pinpoint your interests, though some organizations cast broader nets than their particular category. Finally, a good place to start is with the 'umbrella' organizations at the bottom of the page, which enable you to choose from among hundreds of volunteer opportunities in the city.
Birch Family Camp
Stray from the Heart
NY Foundation for Senior Citizens
Visiting Nurse Service
NY Restoration Project
GAY AND LESBIAN
Heritage of Pride
Human Rights Campaign
Coalition for the Homeless
Partnership for the Homeless
NY Eye and Ear
NYU Medical Center
God's Love We Deliver
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
NYC Coalition Against Hunger
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Children's Aid Society826NYC
52nd Street Project
I Have a Dream
Kids for Community
National Urban League
NY Youth at Risk
Only Make Believe
MUSEUMS AND CITY INSTITUTIONS
Big Apple Greeters
NY Public Library
Bill of Rights Defense Campaign
Volunteer Referral Center
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Dominican fashion week is here with the nation's best designers putting their talents on display. This is the third year of Dominican Moda with designers Robert Flores, Gutierrez Marcano and Sully Bonnelly opening up festivities. The event will run through next Saturday with 35 scheduled events throughout the week.
For a complete schedule, see www.dominicanamoda.com
Monday, October 13, 2008
Nina Garcia has spoken. We are listening. Who's design can we live with?
Last spring we wrote about the YAZ: Step Up and Go Beyond Contest, a one-of-a-kind design contest aimed at creating a contemporary and fashionable new carrying case for YAZ®
Wait no longer, Yaz, we have a winner!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
"artist on the smoother, sexier side of Iberia’s burgeoning music scene: the keen-eared, classically-trained guitarist/singer Rosalía. Steeped in Spanish folklore, Latin rhythms, and jazz, Rosalía’s guitar lines are lush and sinuous, guiding the listener/vagabond into the most unlikely nooks and crannies of modern Spanish culture. "
This class will take you on a voyage to Argentina, transporting you from north to south so that you can experience various recipes and creations one might find in Gran Chaco, the Pampas, and Patagonia.
Led by native Argentine Sebastian Grimaldi, who has cooked in some of that country’s best restaurants, including his own, you will discover a variety of flavors and methods for preparing meat, poultry and fish, as you make Empanadas Salteñas (meat-filled empanadas from the Salta Province); Empanadas Buenos Aires; Humitas Norteñas (humitas from northern Argentina); Bifes a la Criolla (Beef Creole); Entraña a la Parrilla con Chimichurri (grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce); Guiso de Calabaza, Lentejas, y Chorizo (pumpkin, lentil, and chorizo stew); Lechón Arrollado Azado (roasted pig); Cordero Patagonico (Patagonian lamb); Flan de Dulce de Leche; and Tarantella.
The Institute of Culinary Education
50 West 23rd Street
A film by Santiago Otheguy
Playing at Cinema Village
22 East 12th Street / (212) 924-3363
For tickets and showtimes visit: www.cinemavillage.com
When Rio Paraná joins Río de la Plata, the river splits into several branches forming a complex labyrinth of wetlands known as the Paraná Delta in Northern Argentina. Amongst the meandering canals, the locals navigate in make-shift crafts, with only a few boat-shuttles connecting the delta with the outside world. This enigmatic and mysterious setting is home to Alvaro (Jorge Román), a man who leads a simple, lonely life harvesting reeds and fishing.
The only link between this isolated and boundless territory and the city is the water-taxi “El León.” Its captain, El Turu (Daniel Valenzuela), is a violent and intolerant man who is threatened by Alvaro’s homosexuality and is set on harassing him, only to reveal the desires that underlie his fear.
Santiago Otheguy’s beautiful award-winning feature, is yet another outstanding example of the ravishing nature of Argentinean film.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
In my never ending quest for the freshest and hottest, I, Brenda, am your emissary of adventure. Recently, I pushed myself to my athletic limit during a 3-day sojourn to Nike headquarters in
I have always considered myself athletic -- by that I mean purchasing sneakers and cute workout outfits every 6 weeks so that I can look tip top for my Wii virtual fitness partners! But now after visiting the
Although athletes in
Nike is a corporation that lives and breathes that same vision that we here at Casa Naranja all share. WHAT A TRIP! Stay tuned for the fresh preview of the PHATTEST sneaker/collection I was privy to.