Monday
May052014

Bethenny Frankel's Skinny Girl Cinco de Mayo

Bethenny Frankel gifted the New York media with an early Cinco de Mayo this year. Last Saturday, May 3rd, she hosted a Cinco de Mayo party to officially launch Skinny Girl's two new margarita flavors: Sweet A’ Rita and Sparkling Margarita. I spent much of the party sipping on a cocktail that was 50/50 mix of each. They are both really good. I like Skinny Girl. It's a great product and brand targeted towards a specific clientele. Bethenny knows what that those ladies want and she delivers with a product that is easy, and fun, to drink. Skinny Girl cocktails were being mixed, too. And wine was on offer. But this afternoon was really all about the 'rita, so I kept it true to he party.

The party was at La Cenita Steak, the Meatpacking District's must visit spot this summer when their lower level lounge opens up.

 

Bethenny hamming it up in the photo booth.

It kind of turned into Bravo central for a minute. The Million Dollar Listing boys were there. Well, the two that matter, at least (Luis and Ryan OF COURSE).

And an Atlanta Housewives diva sashayed across the dance floor, but not before he stopped for  selfie with me. Bevy Smith was there, too, and rumor had it Andy Cohen was going to show, but he was busy walking for Revlon's cancer walk.

 

It was a super fun event and Frankel herself looked like she let loose a little since "day drinking is fun!" "Thank you for celebrating Skinny Girl, since I am going to be a Fat Old Girl soon," she joked.

She was gracious and posed with anyone who asked her for a photo and took time out to thank everyone and talk to whoever decided they needed to tell her how much RHONY sucks without her.

By 4pm, everyone stumbled out of there and high tailed it to the nearest diner (literally, Diner) for salvation food. It was kind of dangerous plowing us all with that much tequila-based booze that early in the day with hardly any food, but it was a Cinco celebration Skinny Girl-style.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Apr302014

The ONE Group Throws Asellina an Anniversary Party

The Gansevoort Park Hotel's rustic Italian restaurant Asellina is celebrating its third year in business. And to celebrate, they've gotten a makeover of sorts. The resto gets its name from a legendary tavern turned brothel in Pompeii. It honors the old country with traditional touches to a menu by Executive Chef Andrea Montobbio. Specialties include house-made pastas, antipasti and rustic flat bread pizzas with toppings like parsnips brown butter with brussels hash and prosciutto with black truffle and a farmer's egg.

This is a ONE Group property. So, like its sister restaurants STK and Bagatelle, the vibe here is fun. A high-energy DJ is on hand every night to turn things up in a room decked out with concrete tiled floors, copper tone sky-high ceilings,  Italian cowhide carpets and and leather-coated walls.

A series of bottle top artwork hangs above plush couches in the dining room and a neon sign reminds you that there is nothing quite like the  NY nightlife.  If you're thinking of trying for a cozy night by a fire, they can make that happen, too. Just check out the den. Your drinks are hand-delivered from the brick bar up front.

Last night's party was a wall-to-wall celebration. Celebs including Selita Ebanks, David Spade, Stephen Baldwin, and Vincent Piazza were on hand to party and chow down on Chef Montobbio's food. Vincent Piazza, a regular at Asellina, was having a romantic dinner with his girlfriend. The cute couple seemed to be focused on just each other tuning out the party around them. Stephen Baldwin joined the festivities with Jay Galvin, one of The ONE Groups regulars. Stephen Baldwin sipped non alcoholic beer and commented that he loved the food, saying he would be back for dinner. David Spade joined the fun at Selita Ebanks and her party later in the evening (she was drinking champs, natch) and ordered a Belvedere and diet coke.

The music was the kind you just want to get up and dance to, and the DJ/production duo The Jane Doze actually encouraged diners to put down their forks and do so if the mood struck. And, yes, the mood struck pretty much the entire dining room. So, if you like your pasta a la party, this is the restaurant for you.



Asellina

420 Park Avenue South
at 29th
New York, NY 10016
212-317-2908

Wednesday
Apr302014

Blake Lively's Chocolate Mint Julep

There is no better way to celebrate the Kentucky Derby than with the race's signature drink, the Mint Julep. At NYC's Abe and Arthur, the cocktail is given a makeover with the addition of rich chocolate.

It's a favorite of celebs like Blake Lively and Nicole Ritchie and is pretty simple to make at home.


INGREDIENTS
• 1 oz. simple syrup
• 2 oz. Woodford Reserve bourbon
• 2 bunches fresh mint
• 3 shakes Fee Brothers chocolate bitters
DIRECTIONS
Pinch one bunch of mint and rub around the glass's rim before placing it in the bottom. Add simple syrup. Gently pat the mint with the fat end of muddler. Add bourbon, chocolate bitters and crushed ice. Stir. Add more crushed ice to fill the cup and garnish with a bunch of mint and short straw. Serve in a julep tin.

Monday
Mar172014

Kim Kardashian's Soul Food Mac and Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

4 Cups dry elbow macaroni
2 Cups milk
1 lb Velveeta, cut into cubes
2 Cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
2 Cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 tsp Lawry’s Garlic Salt
1 tsp Lawry’s Seasoning
Fresh ground pepper
Salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta according to directions and drain. Place in large mixing bowl.

Heat milk in large saucepan, add butter and cheeses. Stir until melted. Add seasonings.

Pour over pasta and stir to mix.Pour mixture into prepared rectangular baking dish.

Sprinkle with additional shredded cheese.Bake 30 minutes or until bubbling and brown.

Monday
Mar172014

Kim Kardashian's Green Smoothie Recipe

The Kim Kardashian Favorite: The Green Smoothie

 

Kim Kardashian is known for her killer figure, which she can thank her good genes for. To maintain it, however, she has to keep up her fitness and diet plan. When she's hitting the gym hard, this is one of her favorite green smoothie recipes to help fuel her fire.

  • Provided by: Harley Pasternak

    Ingredients  

  • 2 cups spinach leaves, packed
  • 1 ripe pear, unpeeled and chopped
  • 15 red or green grapes
  • 3/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbps chopped avocado
  • 1-2 tbps fresh lime juice

Directions

Blend and serve.