Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Super Value Chilean Cabernet - Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Source: wine.com

Price: $7.99

If you're searching for a solid, every day value in Cabernet Sauvignon for under $10, look no farther. This Cabernet Sauvignon shows why Chile has developed such a reputation for super value red and white wines.

Spends an average of eight months in small French and American oak barrels, resulting in an exceptionally round, mouth-filling wine. Ripe cherry and currant flavors, with a velvety finish. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

"Surprisingly powerful and rich in fruit for its price, this offers black currant and cassis over youthfully rustic tannins. Give it some pork."
-Wines & Spirits "Value Picks"

Your Essential Casa Naranja Super Bowl Dining Guide

Your Essential Casa Naranja Super Bowl Dining Guide

Source: RareDaily.com

RareDaily.com has become Casa Naranja's go-to guide whenever we REALLY want to impress our guys. Their Super Bowl picadera guide scores yet another touchdown at home!

Keep it spicy with the Los Dados Football Playoff Package. $20 per person (4-person minimum) gets you a choice of two starters: deconstructed BBQ Beef Mini Tacos (with queso fresco, handmade corn tortillas, & pico de gallo), Guacamole with chips & salsa, Organic Greens with lime vinaigrette & pickled vegetables, Tamales (chicken, black bean, pork or sweet), choice of two taco fillings, beans and rice, tacos and tortillas, and pico de gallo on the side.

Los Dados, 73 Gansevoort Street (near Washington Street), (646) 810-7290, losdadosmexican.com

A Super’ party calls for super guacamole. Get yours delivered with Rosa Mexicano’s Guac to Go Kit featuring guac’ for 5 (or 10, 15, or 20), homemade tortilla chops, multiple jars of Rosa Mexicano salsas, and fresh corn tortillas. $36.95 to $109.95.
Rosa Mexicano, 9 East 18th Street (near Fifth Avenue), (212) 533-3350, 61 Columbus Avenue (at 62nd Street), (212) 977-7700, and 1063 First Avenue (at 58th Street), (212) 753-7407,

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Woven Clutch

Source: WhoWhatWear.com

6. H&M Woven Clutch ($12.90)
While you’re more than welcome to buy a big-ticket tribal clutch from say, Oscar de la Renta or Fendi, there are also many other options that won’t max out your credit card. This fantastic (seriously, it’s amazing in person) woven clutch won’t be available at your local H&M until mid-February, but a piece with this price is worth the wait.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Ultimate Valentine's Day Dining Guide

Source: RareDaily.com

The Ultimate Valentine's Day Dining Guide

Sure they have awesome fish tacos but Mercadito is so much more. And for V-Day, $60 per person gets you a five-course tasting menu (raw oysters, ceviches, botanas) with margaritas. Yes, with margaritas.

Mercadito, 179 Avenue B (at 11th Street), (212) 529-6490, and Mercadito Grove, 100 7th Avenue South (at Grove Street), (212) 647-0830, mercaditony.com

Hop over to Rayuela where Valentine’s Day begins with a Cava toast, Sopa Amarillo, and your choice of prix-fixe options, including Ribeye a la Parrilla, Bacalao Colorao, Cordero Amoroso, and Paella Para Dos. $75 per person. For reservations, please contact Event Coordinator, Rachel Japko at (212) 253-8840 or rayuela.events@gmail.com.

Rayuela, 165 Allen Street (at Stanton Street), (212) 253-8840, rayuelanyc.com

Suba is going to be special on V-Day. Starting with choices like Atun Crudo (raw Bluefin tuna) or Terrina de Faisan (pheasant and bacon terrine with candied hazelnuts), and Waygu Flatiron steak or Cochino Glaseado en Sidra (apple cider glazed pork). Four-course dinner goes for $95 per person.

Suba, 109 Ludlow Street (between Rivington & Delancey Streets), (212) 982-5714, subanyc.com

Treat someone special to Mandarin Oriental, New York’s Champagne Tasting Menu in the 35th floor Lobby Lounge featuring views of Central Park and the spectacular Manhattan skyline. Decadent caviar, smoked salmon rosettes, and velvety Foie Gras terrines are paired with fine Champagnes. Three-course Champagne Tasting Menu, $195 for two people. For reservations, please call Cleiser Calcines at (212) 805-8234 or email ccalcines@mohg.com.

Mandarin Oriental New York, 80 Columbus Circle, 35th Floor Lobby Lounge, (212) 805-8800, mandarinoriental.com/newyork

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Shakira's just-released video for Hay Amores, her song from the motion picture Love in the Time Of Cholera.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


Source: Urban Daddy


Mercat Opens for Brunch

Morning in NoHo just got a little friendlier, with the impeccable East Village taperia serving up Berkshire pork hash, Iberico ham sandwiches and, naturally, Spanish omelets. They're also now open until 2am on weekend nights, if you're not much of a morning person.

45 Bond (near Lafayette)

You had me at hola

Source: Andrea Strong for Word of Mouse

Toloache is a flowering plant in Mexico, used to make love potions. That must be their secret ingredient, because I've fallen fast and hard for Toloache. It's great for pre-theater, because the dishes are ideal for sharing, making ordering a snap, and they come out faster than you can say speedygonzales.

It's always hectic trying to manage an early dinner in NYC, but their potent, festive margaritas and gracious, on-the-ball staff quickly put me in the right frame of mind to enjoy the evening.

Try one -or all- of their three types of guacamole, along with the best tomato habanero salsa north of Mexicana Mama. Order one of their sassy ceviches, like the shrimp, hamachi, oyster, octopus and avocado. And try standout entrees like the chile-crusted tuna with sautéed corn and chorizo, and the brick-oven roasted suckling pig with a sweet-hot splash of salsa

251 West 50th Street

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Half-Price Jimmy Choos!

Half-Price Jimmy Choos !

While Jimmy Choo's technically aren't of Latin origin, the passion they evoke most certainly is! Well here to double your Choo pleasure we present JC's at half price.....

Hotel Diagonal Barcelona: Extra Strength Motrin for Your Cabin Fever

Hotel Diagonal Barcelona: Extra Strength Motrin for Your Cabin Fever

Suffering from cabin fever? Poor dear. I’ve got just the place to cool that sweaty forehead and stop all of those jerky movements that are starting to freak out your cat: Barcelona’s futuristic and super cool Hotel Diagonal. First of all, the hotel itself is freakishly stunning. Imagine the stark contrast of crisp black and white forming the building’s exterior, while the inside is a striking play on both modern and edgy - minimalism at it’s finest. Everything about it from bar stools, hallways, to its showers are sleek and sophisticated, and nothing like the cabin you’re trapped in. Check out the amazing slideshow and see Hotel Diagonal in all it’s escapist glory!

W Spring Bag Giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of W magazine's official website, http://www.wmagazine.com/, W and Saks.com have a giveaway that you all MUST go enter! They are giving away 4 of the hottest designer bags to one lucky winner — meaning, if you win, you get ALL 4 BAGS!

* Chloé Bay Patent Hobo Bag

* Marc Jacobs Lace Robert Bag

* Dior "Babe" Python East/West Frame Bag

* Jimmy Choo "Pilar" Clutch with Face Design


source: stylehive

Something old, something new, something borrowed... you know the rest, but if you’re going to be superstitious at all, make sure you have something PRONOVIAS. What started as a small family business in Barcelona in 1922 has skyrocketed into the world’s premier source for breathtakingly beautiful wedding gowns. PRONOVIAS creative director Manuel Mota and his design powerhouse research, select, and then create hundreds of new gown styles each year, with one being more luxurious and exquisite than the next.

So whether you covet the delicate draping and princess-like embroidery of a couture gown or the simplicity and classic appeal of a vintage one, Mota and his team will assist you in finding your perfect match (in dress form, of course - you’ve already found the other kind).

The selection is virtually unparalleled, with looks from four different collections: PRONOVIAS, Mota’s own line, PRONOVIAS Vintage, and PRONOVIAS Fiesta, in addition to bridal accessories and featured collections from Elie by Elie Saab and Valentino Sposa.

We’re especially loving the ethereal looks and haute couture fabrics in the first collection, and the way the Mota combines details in new and innovative ways time and time again. Your dream dress already exists, and it’s by PRONOVIAS.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Decade of Rodriguez

A Decade of Rodriguez
After 10 years, there are a multitude of memories, but Narciso Rodriguez limited them to 20, one from each runway collection from Spring 1998 through Fall 2007, to show the line’s signature design elements: architectural seaming, cutout details, and clean lines.

The collection consists of variations on a theme, the color black, which is reinterpreted in cotton poplin, stretch wool, crepe de chine, washed silk satin, and matte jersey. These pieces are identical to the originals and are for sale at Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman beginning mid-January through June. Prices range from $395 to $1,120, with dresses starting at $725 to $1,395.

Salsa Night at Socialista

As if a party at Socialista needs any prefacing!

Starting this Tuesday, professional dancers and caliente salsa band Conjunto Guantanamo add a little sexy to the Socialista lounge with their new weekly Salsa Night.

505 West St (at Jane)

Monday, January 7, 2008

Jazz Up your life with a Brazilian Jazz Sunday Brunch

Jazz Up your life with a Brazilian Jazz Sunday Brunch at Prudence Cafe

when:11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

host: Prudence Cafe

where: 228 W 18TH Street New York,NY 10011 (map)

price: Prefix Brunch $11.95 price, selection of one main dish, plus beverage, taxes not include.

rsvp/contact: email or call 347-886-0602

Besides their famous and glamorous flower arrangements, Prudence Designs & Event has now taken their business into a next level with the introduction of Prudence Cafe. Featuring an array of delectable dishes, they have not only designed a menu that delights their guests palate, but created an atmosphere that is enchanting to their senses, so come and join us!

They are introducing their new Sunday Brunch Menu with our Live Brazilian Music, sitting starts @ 11:30AM, performance from 1 to 5 pm.

Do YOU want to have the PERFECT year?


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Southern Comfort - Yerba Maté

source: Style.com

Guayakí Yerba Maté fair-trade tea-filled gourd, $12, available at http://www.guayaki.com/.

What do native Paraguayan forest people, Argentine cowboys, and Brazilian fashion editors all imbibe to get them through their day? Hint: It's not a grande latte. Take a tip from the South Americans and, instead of coffee or Diet Coke for fuel in the new year, try yerba maté. The powerful potion is a traditional tealike beverage made from the dried leaves of a yerba maté tree—the loose leaves are combined with hot water inside a hollowed-out gourd and drunk through a "bombilla," or filtered straw. Devotees swear by the mineral- and nutrient-packed brew for energy and weight loss. Even better, Guayakí, which sells a wide variety of yerba maté products, is carbon-neutral, solar-powered, and supports a wide range of local programs and projects in the South American rain forests, where the yerba maté tree is grown. Drinking it does a body, and a continent, good.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Casa Naranja Workout Playlist on ITunes

It is now the first week in January; good new is that your Veuve-induced hangover should be easing off just about now; bad news it that if you want to get ready for beach season, time to hit the gym and work that butt off. What better to share with our fellow gym buddies than the Casa Naranja Workout playlist. And even if you don’t make it to the gym, these are some great tunes to listen to while eating cold pizza and swilling a Presidente on those Sundays when you are still in your PJs at noon.