Friday, August 22, 2008

The Weekly Romp: Hook-Up Manners, Love In The Stratosphere, & Relationship Milestones

One of our new favorite sites, the Frisky put out a newsletter today that led us to pop open a bottle of bubbly and debate amongst ourselves. Enjoy...

Leaving the bathroom door open is just the beginning...

Miss Manners has rules when it comes to casual sex, too.

Don't worry, humping behind a waterfall is hardly off-limits if you're 30-plus

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Intermix Fans Rejoice, Intermix Sample Sale

Intermix fans rejoice, all the lables you have been lusting for will be yours for the taking.

Intermix Sample Sale
Tuesday, August 26
Wednesday, August 27
Thursday, August 28

9am – 8pm daily
110 West 19th Street
(Between 6th & 7th Avenues)
New York, NY

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hispanics Bringing Good Food to the Hamptons

Hamptons: In tomorrow's Times: One great result of "the rising Hispanic population on the East End — great new Latin American restaurants." So think twice before you cancel next year's summer shares. [Diner's Journal/NYT]

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Mind Your Manor


Spanish Luxury in Incan Capital

In a rush to scramble up the famous temple at Machu Picchu, most travelers cruise right through Cusco, the gateway city to all things Inca.

This simply leaves more luxury for you...

Cusco's first boutique hotel, La Casona Inkaterra, takes a few lessons from the conquistadores—the masters of Old World luxury in New World beauty. Just opened a few steps from Cusco's central square, La Casona is a renovated colonial manor—one of the first Spanish buildings on the Incan capital's soil. And while its eleven rooms wrap around an original courtyard built more than 400 years ago, its iPod docks and heated floors are distinctly 21st-century.

From your colonial mansion, you'll explore the Sacsayhuaman Inca fortress (putting in face time with the Sun God), drop in on the local shaman and river-raft down the Sacred Valley, winding through the towering peaks of the Andes. Or get up above those mountains with a visit to the adrenaline-boosting, Indiana Jones-style Q'eswachaka hanging bridge.

And if you just have to get your picture taken peering down on the Lost City, you can always pop over to Inkaterra's Machu Picchu resort for the night.

Then again, you've never been one for the beaten path.

La Casona Inkaterra,
Plaza Nazarenas 113
Cusco, Peru

Friday, August 15, 2008


Aug 23, 2008
7 PM & 10 PM

In celebration of his August 11th appearance on Emeril Live, Native Bahian chef Jorge Lima will be whipping up three courses of colorful traditional fare to complement the world-class Brazilian musicians Dende & The Hahahas. And to complement your choice of feijoada, strip steak or ginger lime snapper will be a refreshing authentic summer cocktail (think caipirango with strawberry vodka).
To reserve call 212-243-4940 and mention "Zagat Presents" ($55 for three courses, a cocktail and entertainment, tax and tip not included).
204 Varick St. (Houston St.)

Now Open: Rosa Chá


High-fashion swimwear from the bikini capital of the world has come to Soho: Last weekend, Brazilian brand Rosa Chá opened at 460 West Broadway. Designer Amir Slama is known for treating the humble two-piece like it's high art (also for hanging out with noted bikini-wearer Naomi Campbell, who tends to appear in his runway shows.) New Yorkers have been able to get his bathing suits around town for a while, but this is the first stand-alone store to open in the city.

The 1,400-square-foot space was designed by the same team who did restaurants Stanton Social, Quality Meats, and Public. They took an unusually non-sunny approach, turning the space into a dark, gold-toned grotto rather than a pastel Hamptons wonderland. The shop carries bathing suits for men and women, plus towels, totes, and cover-ups, should the Brazilian-ness of your suit prove a bit to much for the walk back to the car.

460 West Broadway

TONIGHT - Cielo Abierto: Viva Cuba!

Cielo Abierto: Viva Cuba!
Friday, August 15th

Take the whole family and a few chairs to an El Museo del Barrio–sponsored outdoor screening in a community garden.

First up is the seven-minute silent film Emilia, about a very loved 6-year-old. Next, witness the 80-minute Cuban comedy Viva Cuba! The plot: Despite their feuding families, best friends Malu and Jorgito take a “rollicking odyssey” across Cuba in search of Malu’s father.

In Spanish with subtitles.

Rodale Pleasant Park Community Garden
437 E. 114th St.
New York, NY 10029
nr. First Ave.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Gio Ponti's Latin Landmark

When Armando and Ana Luisa Planchart commissioned the Italian design maestro Gio Ponti to design their Caracan hilltop home, his attention to detail was supreme. Their home reflects the luxury of this private commission. Click here to read on.

Villa Planchart is open by appointment only.

T: +58 212 991 2973

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bajofondo - Free Performance on Friday, Aug 15th at 7pm

We are giddy with excitement!!! Bajofondo, our newly discovered band will be performing at Central Park's Summer Stage this Friday, August 15th at 7pm!

Bajofondo will be joined by Osunlade. It promises to sultry Latin evening indeed.

South American beats from Argentina and Uruguay mixed with house, trip-hop, and lounge sensibilities: Bajofondo & Osunlade
Friday, August 15, 2008
From 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Central Park SummerStage

Monday, August 11, 2008

CINE FEST PETROBRAS BRAZIL-Central Park Summerstage and Tribeca Cinemas-8/11-8/17

CINE FEST PETROBRAS BRAZIL-Central Park Summerstage and Tribeca Cinemas-8/11-8/17

Hosted by some of the most renowned venues in town, such as the Central Park, The United Nations Building and the Tribeca Cinemas, it encompasses an outdoor movie screening, competitive screenings, networking meetings, in addition concerts with brazilian artists.

Champagne and Aphrodisiacs This Tuesday!

Please join our querida friends, Elizabeth Webb of as we help host the fiercely fabulous Lauren Frances, author and founder of The Institute for Romantic Research for a fabulously fun and decadent evening at Kiki De Montparnasse in Soho.

Celebrate your romantic imagination and embrace your fantasies. Enjoy a champagne and aphrodisiac affair and an exclusive instruments of pleasure salon.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

HBO Latino Te Invita/HBO Latino Invites You

Capadocia is set in a fictional women's prison in Mexico City. Corruption runs rampant as prison rights attorney Teresa Lagos (Dolores Heredia) fights for a humane rehabilitation program, while corporate shill Federico Marquez (Juan Manuel Bernal) schemes to privatize the prison and use the women as cheap manual labor.

Ripe Tomatoes
Photo by Mikkel Vang

Tomato season is finally upon us! Deeply flavorful, these fresh-off-the-vine beauties stand out with just sea salt and olive oil, and sing in light summer meals. Culinary guru Susan Spungen shares her favorite tomato-centric recipes.

Meal Ideas At A Glance

Pan con Tomate
Warm Caprese Salad
Frittata with Tomatoes and Leeks
Pasta with Raw Tomato Sauce
Gazpacho Bloody Marys

BTW: The best-quality tomatoes come from local sources like farmers markets and food co-ops. To find one near you, visit

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Leblon Fresh Fruit Caipirinhas

Strawberry & Basil Caipirinha

2 oz. Leblon Cachaça
3 strawberries
3 basil leaves - torn
¼ lime
2 tsp superfine sugar or 1 oz simple syrup

Muddle the lime, strawberries, basil and sugar in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add Leblon Cachaça. Shake vigorously. Serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a strawberry and a basil leaf.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle
Sambazon packs the punch in a can

Sambazon's Amazon Energy
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