Monday, June 30, 2008

Exhale's Downward Dog Days of Summer

Does sitting in Hampton traffic make you hotter than an August afternoon? And does slipping into that little two piece make you more anxious than Woody Allen? Well, maybe its time to transform your mind and your body before hitting the beaches this season. Body beautiful and piece of mind are both what you get when you participate in Exhale's transformational mind body classes!

First time mind body class guests (or those who haven’t taken a class in 6 months), are welcome to enjoy one month of unlimited mind body classes:
$75 30 Days Unlimited Yoga
$150 30 Days Unlimited Yoga, Core Energy Flow® + Core Fusion®
*Offer expires 9/1/08. Valid for first time guests or those that have not taken a mind body class in the past 6 months. Offer not valid at our Bridgehampton location or for online redemption.

Flavors of Chile - Restaurant Week

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Free Concert - Yerba Buena and Si-Se on July 10th

July 10th - Yerba Buena featuring Ce Ce Diamantes

Back by popular demand both Yerba Buena and Si-Se return to Pier 54. Known as New York's Latin-Groove Funk Collective, Yerba Buena has received critical acclaim and a Grammy Award nomination. Together with Si-Se's mix of electronic, jazz, and Latin, both bands will create a RiverRocks Celebracion not to be missed. Also featured is D.J. Nicodemus.

When Jul 10, 2008 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Thursday)

Pier 54 at Fourteenth Street
New York, New York

ELSA & FRED at the Angelika Film Center

(Marcos Carnevale, Argentina/Spain, 2005, 108 min. In Spanish with English subtiltes)
Cast: China Zorrilla, Manuel Alexandre, Blanca Portillo, Roberto Carnaghi
Argentinean filmmaker Marcos Carnevale directs ELSA AND FRED, an uplifting tale of two completely different people who yearn for the same thing as they approach the end of their lives: one last chance to find happiness. Together they discover it’s never too late for dreams to come true or fall in love.

Angelika Film Center
18 West Houston at Mercer Street
(212) 777-FILM
Showtimes: 12pm, 2:35pm, 5:10pm, 7:35pm, 10pm & 12:30am

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

El Museo del Barrio's Summer Nights Concert Series: Women on the Verge continues honoring Latina musicians!

El Museo del Barrio's Summer Nights Concert Series: Women on the Verge continues honoring Latina musicians!

Sofia Tosello
Thursday, June 26th at 7:00PM
1230 Fifth Avenue (@ 104th Street)
New York, NY 10029

Sofia Tosello belongs to an exciting new group of South American artists who blend traditional rhythms with a funky and sophisticated New York sensibility. Hailing from Cordoba, Argentina, Sofia has the unmistakable imprint of the tango, the chacarera and zamba. We also hear reflected in her voice an impressive range of sounds including “world” jazz, bossa nova, and Nueva Trova. Sofia sees herself as a border-crosser, not bound by any one genre.

Chile as in Cuisine

Pomaire is New York City's only authentically Chilean restaurant. It features one of the city's most extensive selections of Chilean wine and offers traditional Chilean fare including empanadas, ceviches, fresh Chilean seafood, and Patagonian steaks.

Seeing that Flavors of Chile Restaurant Week starts June 29th-July 6th, 2008, it is a most auspicious time to visit Pomaire and experience first hand:

Chilean Salmon,Chilean Carica (an exotic fruit),Merken (a Mapuche spice blend made from native smoked chiles),Extra Virgin Olive Oil (original, garlic, and basil),Extra Virgin Avocado Oil,Chilean Farmstead Cheeses,Ulmo Honey,Chilean Grass-Fed Beef,Preserved Clams and Razor Clams, Preserved Figs, Quince, and Myrtle Berries in Syrup,Chilean Wine Vinegars (various flavors)

Pomaire Restaurant

371 W 46th St, NY 10036

Phone: 212-956-3055

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It's Tric-quila, Not Tequila.


It's Tric-quila, Not Tequila.

Mercadito Cantina Opens

You’ve always been a fan of Mexican cuisine.
And in return, Mexican cuisine keeps on loving you back.

Case in point: the soon-to-open Mercadito Cantina in Alphabet City. Cantina replicates the food and feel of the classic Mexican taqueria without neglecting the neighborhood’s penchant for nightlife. Start your evening at the salsa bar, offering eight guacs and ten salsas featuring ingredients from local organic and green markets.

Then it’s time for tacos and heartier fare: try one of the eight new, exotic tacos never tasted at any of Cantina’s sister establishments, or indulge yourself in grass-fed skirt steak, barbacoa chicken, or pork-belly carnitas. But the highlight of the night could be… Tric-quila™ - a sake-based, brewed Tequila substitute that might just fool your seasoned and refined margarita palate.

And don’t worry about getting there late - Mercadito Cantina is open till 1 a.m.

Perfect for fueling your post revelry recovery.

Mercadito Cantina opens Monday (June 30th).

Mercadito Cantina
172 Avenue B (between 10th & 11th Streets)
Tel: (212) 388-1750

Friday, June 20, 2008

Oh Coqui!

This bohemian beachfront resort's collection of signature scents-among them Agave and Agua de la Reina- is based on the recipes formulated by Franciscan monks sent to colonize the Yucatàn Peninsula by the queen of Spain over 400 years ago. The fragrances are incorporated into bath and beauty must-haves such as creams, massage oils, and linen sprays, making it easy to enjoy the aroma of your vacation long after the memories have faded.


Just in case you are curious as to what we listen to on Friday afternoons in the Casa Naranja office..

Cabas who arrived at CN via Colombia

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Mojito Mojo

It’s summertime, and the living’s easy. So,why not make it even more relaxed by snagging this fabulous 10 CANE limited edition Mojito Kit? Hints of mint, sugar cane, and lime juice mixed with Moët Hennessey’s premium rum is our favorite way to unwind. And you know all those chic affairs you’ll be going to? 10 CANE’s Mojito Kit makes the perfect gift. In fact, we like to think of it as the gift that keeps on giving.
THE DETAILS: $34.99 (includes 750ml bottle of 10 CANE Premium Rum and Stirrings Mix), found at a liquor store near you!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Meet Me In Mexico - Week 4

Want to win a trip for two to Mexico?
Do you really want to? Of course you do.
So, go ahead, enter. What are you waiting for?
To play the Meet Me in Mexico contest, head on over to and guess the destination in the photo for your chance to win now. Then return each week where a new photo will be posted for additional chances to win. Each correct answer every week will enter you in a pool where a winner will be chosen at random at the end of the promotion.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

TONIGHT -The Lucía Pulido Ensemble, part of El Museo's Summer Nights Concert Series


as part of El Museo's Summer Nights Concert Series, Women on the Verge.

"Lucía Pulido has mined the musical traditions of her native Colombia and other Latin American countries in an ongoing search for a distinct, experimental sound. With a background in Colombian music, jazz, and the "Nueva Canción"(New Song) genre, Lucia is now developing an experimental project based on Latin American traditional songs with Argentinean guitarist Fernando Tarrés; and a new project titled "América Contemporánea – um Outro Centro" with Brazilian pianist Benjamim Taubkin.

Admission: FREE. Will take place at El Museo's courtyard.
1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street
New York, NY 10029

Wax Brazilian: Best Bars for Cachaça

Source: SHECKY'S

145 Ave. C (@ 9th St.)
East Village 212.505.6559
At this beach-themed Alphabet City pan-Latin restaurant, fresh fruit cachaça cocktails like the Kiwirinha (cachaça, kiwi, and sugar) and the Nuevo Mojito (cachaça, passion fruit, mint, lime, sugar, and soda) will have you feeling miles from the concrete jungle. Every first and third Sunday, Sagatiba brand cachaça heats the place up with live Brazilian forró music and drink specials.

221 W. Broadway (Franklin & White Sts.)
TriBeCa 212.925.6969
More than 50 kinds of caipirinhas are available at this Brazilian steakhouse, and some varieties sound more like meals than drinks, like the peanut caipirinha—cachaça, peanut butter, Frangelico, and crème de cacao. Other varieties include coconut, coffee, ginger, carrot, grape, and blackberry. There’s also a long list of specialty cachaças here which can be sipped straight, like GRM or Rochinha.

1022A Lexington Ave. (@ 73rd St.)
Upper East Side 212.879.6190
Why this vivid French-Brazilian restaurant is in the stale Upper East Side is anyone’s guess. Here, cachaça is not only used in cocktails, it’s also used in the food, such as seared foie gras coated in a cachaça-molasses reduction and for dessert, avocado mousse with cocoa nibs and a reduction of cachaça and unrefined sugar. Should you prefer to drink your cachaça, the cocktail menu features drinks like the Ze Do Caixao (cachaça, lime, mint, honey, and cumin seeds) and the Rio 40 (cachaça, Brahma passion fruit, lime, and sugar).

94 Greenwich Ave. (W. 12th & Jane Sts.)
West Village 212.366.6110
The first and only cachaçaria (cachaça specialty bar) in NYC, this intimate Brazilian bistro has more than 20 brands available. Choose from a variety of specialty cocktails like a frozen batida (cachaça, fresh fruit, and cream) or sip the spirit straight with a four-shot flight. The leafy garden out back is the perfect setting for a lazy day of sampling the drink menu.

361 Greenwich St. (Franklin & Harrison Sts.)
TriBeCa 212.334.8087
Even though it’s not a Brazilian joint, this Spanish-Mediterranean tapas eatery serves up the ideal summer drink, the Agua Fresca (cachaça, melon liquor, fresh watermelon, pineapple and lemon juices), as well as a mango “caipajito” among its rum-heavy cocktail menu. Given the romantic candlelit décor, you’ll feel more than relaxed after sipping on a few of these—just don’t fall asleep on the Moroccan pillows lining the banquettes.

~ Selena Ricks

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Running of the Bulls at Sangria 46

This summer, you don't have to travel to Spain to get a taste of the action!

From July 7th thru July 14th Sangria 46 will be offering a special menu in celebration of Pamplona's annual Running of the Bulls.

With flowing Sangria and generous tapas, Sangria 46 will also present a complimentary Toro shot to all diners clad in red and white- colors that traditionally attract a different, much larger Toro.

So grab the bull by the horns and run on over to Sangria 46 to experience all the excitement of Pamplona, either in the festive dining room or al fresco in the garden.

Featured Wine
Sangria Roja
Choice of 2 Tapas
Lamp Chop
Chilled Chorizo
Shrimp al Aijillo
Portobello Mushroom w/Smoked Salmon
Leche Frita
$25 per person (plus tax and gratuity)

Sangria 46
338 W 46th St
Phone: (347) 960-3010

Choo You, Jimmy Choo Sale.

Vampy stilettos and chic flats are 30 percent off at both Jimmy Choo stores.

When: Through 7/20; Mon.–Sat. (10–6); Thurs. (10–7); Sun. (12–5).

Where: 716 Madison Ave., nr. 63rd St. (212-759-7078), and 645 Fifth Ave., nr. 51st St. (212-593-0800).

Friday, June 13, 2008

Lucky Brand Jeans - Twice Yearly Sale: 50% off select items

Feeling Lucky?

It's time once again for the Twice Yearly Sale at Lucky Brand Jeans. Save 50% off select items found in men's, women's, and kid's departments. Pictured is the Lil Maggie Jean, now priced at $49 (reg. $98).

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Meet Me In Mexico - Week 3

Want to win a trip for two to Mexico?
Of course you do. So, go ahead, enter. What are you waiting for?
To play the Meet Me in Mexico contest, head on over to and guess the destination in the photo for your chance to win now. Then return each week where a new photo will be posted for additional chances to win. Each correct answer every week will enter you in a pool where a winner will be chosen at random at the end of the promotion.

Victor Manuelle at Central Park SummerStage on June 15th at 3pm

Sunday, June 15, 2008
From 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Central Park SummerStage

Victor Manuelle is Latin music royalty. The Puerto Rican-born sonero is considered salsa's leading man. With the release of his new album, SOY, Central Park SummerStage will be his first US appearance where he will debut songs from this highly anticipated release.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Reimagining Sangria for the Summer

(Rayuela's Rosada Sangria pictured)

Sangria, once a pedestrian admixture of wine, liquor, and fruit, has taken on a new life this summer. From the dry-sherry sangria at Suba to Eben Freeman’s deep-red-beet version at Tailor, sangria is being reinvented, and re-reinvented, all over town. And as Melissa Hom's photos show, they've only gotten better looking.

El Museo's Free Summer Nights Music Series feat. Marta Gómez & Sofia Koutsovitis

El Museo continues its crowd-pleasing summer music series this year with concerts held every Thursday evening at 7 PM. June 12 through August 14. Women on the Verge, June 12 through July 10, highlights ground-breaking new work by leading Latina singer-songwriters. The series focuses on the growing trend of Latina musicians taking traditional Latin musical forms (cumbias, sones, bambucos, festejos, zambas, landos, etc.) and reinterpreting them with modern twists, from free jazz to indie rock, to create their own inimitable sounds. (Think Julieta Venegas, Shakira, and Andrea Echeverri in their underground days.)

The Summer nights music series will open with Marta Gómez and her quintet who will perform original compositions blending Caribbean and Andean melodies with jazz and pop, taking traditional South American indigenous folk music into a hip new realm. With more than 70 original compositions, Marta explores a wide range of genres, including Colombian cumbias and bambucos, Argentine zambas, Cuban sones and Peruvian landos, adding catchy refrains that reach across language and cultural borders.

Joining Marta will be Sofia Koutsovitis who belongs to a new generation of musicians who imaginatively explore the connection between jazz, contemporary music, and the rich musical traditions of South America. An active vocalist, composer and arranger, her primary musical project to date, the Sofia Koutsovitis Group, is grounded in traditional South American rhythms such as chacarera and zamba from Argentina, Afro-peruvian festejo and lando and various Brazilian genres that merge organically with sophisticated modern harmonies and exploratory improvisations. Renowned jazz artist Danilo Perez praises Sofia for her ability to “combine the best of her Argentine roots with the skills and passion” needed to update these works for a new audience.

El Museo del Barrio Teatro Heckscher 1230 Fifth Avenue

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Yerba Buena Restaurant

The mood and décor at Yerba Buena, “takes its inspiration from old-time Havana.” There’s nothing over-the-top about it; the place thankfully does not look like a movie set. A small, bright white neon sign is planted in the restaurant’s window, and the room is breezy and dark. Diners can check in on the kitchen, which is separated from the dining room with a large glass window.

Patria alum Giovanny Campos and chef Lenis Gonzales are all lit up over their new carribean-latino resto, Yerba Buena, in the East Village. At Yerba Buena, Gonzales is cooking things like braised oxtail with picadillo peppers and rice ($22), and rabbit with oyster mushrooms and mote ($24).

The bartender is Artemio Vasquez, late of PDT and Pegu Club. Cocktails (all $12) are mercifully gimmick-free and classics. The “Dark ‘n Stormy” is strong and garnished with a meaty piece of candied ginger; Pisco Sours are true to recipe, with four basic ingredients.
23 Avenue A. (212) 529-2919

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Brazil's Answer to the Perfect Flip-Flop

Source: NY

The quest for the perfect summer flip-flop can be long and painful—who knew that such an innocent-looking shoe could leave your feet crying for mercy? But Corso Como’s Summer Sandal is heaven-sent. Built in Brazil, these shoes are a step up from the rest of your flip-flop arsenal in that they are padded on the inside and cushioned on the sole. We’re partial to the black patent but would be equally comfortable in the brown, nude, or mint. And in addition to realizing that your feet need support, Corso Como also lends a hand to the environment: It's committed to ensuring the rights of its local workers, its shoe boxes and wrappings are made from recycled materials, and the leathers are dyed with nontoxic vegetable dyes. So now you, and your feet, will be at peace with the Earth.
$98 at
Buy it online

Friday, June 6, 2008

Casa Naranja "Summer Of Love" Giveaway!

Help us spread the word about Casa Naranja. Tell your friends about the Casa Naranja newsletter.

Casa Naranja is looking for a few good women, and we think they're your friends. For every person you get to a sign up, we'll give you an opportunity to win a one of the following:
accessories from Laradiva
Eufora Hair Products
Ridiculously Luxe Baby Products and Furniture from Mason + Matisse
Dinner for 4 at It's A Dominican Thing
Dinner for 2 at Meli Melo
Nivea body products program.

The shameless bribery doesn't end there, we have a few other surprises in exchange for your friends, Ipod and Christian Louboutin's anyone?? Not to mention a few others we will announce soon.

All you need to do is tell a friend about Casa Naranja. Each friend you tell is a chance to win. (tell 20 friends, that's 20 chances to win. so why not tell 100?)

Go on.
You deserve it.

Click here to enter to win

*contest ends Saturday, September 6.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Meet Me in Mexico contest!

The balmy weather has,us feeling giddy and generous, as such we present another chance to win a trip to Mexico!

Want to win a trip for two to Mexico? Of course you do so what are you waiting for? To play the Meet Me in Mexico contest, head on over to and guess the destination in the photo for your chance to win now. Then return each week where a new photo will be posted for additional chances to win. Each correct answer every week will enter you in a pool where a winner will be chosen at random at the end of the promotion.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Cinema Tropical presents A PROMISE TO THE DEAD

(New York Premiere)

Dir. Peter Raymont
Canada, 2006, 92 min, Documentary
In English and Spanish with English subtitles

"My first September 11th had been in 1973, when terror was also inflicted on the innocent, when death also rained down from the sky, sending me into exile, making me into the man I have now become." - Ariel Dorfman

On September 11, 1973, Chile's military attacked its government. As the coup took hold, the democratically elected president Salvador Allende called government members to the presidential palace to stand against their attackers, facing certain death. Ariel Dorfman was Allende's cultural advisor, and should have been called too; he later discovered his name had been struck from the list so he could live to tell what happened that day. Three decades later, Dorfman is an internationally respected writer and human rights activist, winner of the Sir Laurence Olivier Award for the play "Death and the Maiden." Filmmaker Peter Raymont travels to Chile with Dorfman in late 2006, at the time when Augusto Pinochet, Allende's overthrower and Dorfman's long-time nemesis, is dying. Raymont follows Dorfman through emotional reunions with his friends and fellow resistors, to personal landmarks that are powerful both emotionally and historically. During the journey they explore exile, memory and the search for justice.
Presented in association with the International Center for Transitional Justice.

OPENING NIGHT: Fri, June 13, 6:30pm. Discussion with Ariel & Rodrigo Dorfman, filmmaker and reception to follow
Wed, June 18, 1:30pm

All screenings at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center

Tickets for the 2008 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival are available at both the Walter Reade Theater box office (212) 875-5600 and online at

Al Fresco - Dining

Source: Citysearch

Living in a city as fabulous as New York sometimes means making sacrifices--like a backyard, for example. But don't cram that grill onto your fire escape just yet: We've scouted out the top spots where you enjoy the city's tastiest fare in the great outdoors

The Park Website
118 10th Ave, New York, NY Taxi garage-turned-restaurant boasts visual thrills and modern American fare that doesn't need a tune-up.
Sushi Samba 7 Website
87 7th Ave S, New York, NY Seviche, caipirinhas and a roof deck to make you swoon.
Paradou Website
8 Little West 12th St, New York, NY A hidden French find where wine carafes and irresistible crepes draw a fun crowd.
246 10th Ave, New York, NY Neighborhood Italian spot boasts simple, well-executed fare and one of Chelsea's best gardens.
20 Cornelia St, New York, NY A miniaturized downtown restaurant that serves flashy "Mom" food of outsized flavor.
La Bottega Website
363 W 16th St, New York, NY Brasserie looks and well-executed Italian eats at the Maritime Hotel.
I Coppi
432 E 9th St, New York, NY An unassuming, casual place whose food is gutsier than its setting suggests.
302 Bleecker St, New York, NY A sleek Indian bistro that boasts a charming garden.
Shake Shack
Madison Square Park, New York, NY The ultimate outdoor burger haven in Madison Square Park.
Mermaid Inn
96 2nd Ave, New York, NY A breezy East Village fish house worth waiting in line for.
El Rey Del Sol
232 W 14th St, New York, NY Cuervo-fueled Mexican cantina brims with kitschy character.
Liberty View
21 S End Ave, New York, NY A little piece of Chinatown on the Hudson.
190 1st Ave, New York, NY A bistro grows in the East Village, and sprouts a tranquil, leafy back garden.

321 W 46th St, New York, NY The stately doyen of Manhattan Italian restaurants.
Boat Basin Cafe
W 79th St, New York, NY Seasonal outdoor dining spot where the views and the pub-grub eats just don't get any better.
The Sea Grill
19 W 49th St, New York, NY One of the city's best seafood restaurants in a quintessential New York setting.
45 Tudor City Pl, New York, NY Tudor City standout keeps a stiff upper lip, thanks to Michael White's subtly innovative Italian cuisine.
Pampano Website
209 E 49th St, New York, NY Fish so fresh and flavors so pure in a setting so lovely that you can nearly feel the gulf breeze in your hair.
SheepMeadow Cafe
Central Park W, New York, NY Charcoal-grilled delights in the heart of Central Park.
476 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY "Come! Sit! Stay!" is the motto at this casual, canine-obsessed, and constantly crowded eatery.
Hudson Beach Cafe
W 105th St at Riverside Park, New York, NY Split-level outdoor restaurant in Riverside Park offers views of the New Jersey shoreline.
Hudson River Cafe
697 W 133rd St, New York, NY A large, lively patio and a diverse New American menu attract a gaggle of pretty people in far-west Harlem.

Brooklyn and Queens
Lamb & Jaffy
1073 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY A homey Greenpoint oasis for far-reaching New American cooking.
432 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY Creative (yet inexpensive) American fare draws young Brooklynites to this casual date spot.
The Grocery
288 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY Cozy Smith Street pioneer draws crowds with a market-fresh American menu.
Robin des Bois
195 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY An Edenic backyard, charmingly ramshackle dining room and bistro classics draw diners to this Smith Street pioneer.
246 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY Comfortable elegance, seasoned ownership and delectable cuisine infuse this Fort Greene bistro with both joie and vivre.
Convivium Osteria
68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY Mediterranean cuisines converge on the Slope, hog jowls and all.
269 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY Just off Smith Street, a cozy Mexican cantina drawing the Brooklyn crowds.
187 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY From a hidden rooftop in Carroll Gardens comes an inspired Mexican menu and sweeping skyline views.
My Moon Website
184 N 10th St, Brooklyn, NY One small step for industrial chic in Williamsburg, one giant space for Turkish cuisine.
70 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY Homemade pastas (and great prices) are well-worth the hike to outer Williamsburg.
Harry's At Water Taxi Beach Website
2-01 Borden Ave, Long Island City, NY Beach bar party along the East River.
Bohemian Hall Beer Garden Website
29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, NY The last of its kind, this old Astoria landmark beer garden soldiers on.
The Creek and the Cave
10-93 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY Queens bar scene with Cal-Mex cuisine, live music and a chill outdoor patio.
50-12 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY A sunny Parisian bistro brightens Long Island City.

Movies with a View

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Meet Me in Mexico contest!

Want to win a trip for two to Mexico? Of course you do so what are you waiting for? To play the Meet Me in Mexico contest, head on over to and guess the destination in the photo for your chance to win now. Then return each week where a new photo will be posted for additional chances to win. Each correct answer every week will enter you in a pool where a winner will be chosen at random at the end of the promotion.