Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Great last-minute ideas

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but it’s not too late to find the perfect gift! I love romantic gifts, but I’m also loving functional and fun ones. Here’s my list of favorite gifting ideas for the special day:

 

Ruffino– Whether you get a bottle or two of the brand’s Pinot Grigio or it’s Sparkling Rosé, you just can’t go wrong with this idea. Ruffino is known for its high quality, balanced wines. Go a step, further and make a fun cocktail! Try the RUFFINO Strawberry Sparkler:

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ part sugar
  • ½ part water
  • 1 ripe strawberries
  • ½ part basil leaves, torn
  • 1/8 part lime juice
  • 1 part Ruffino Sparkling Rosé, chilled
  • Basil leaves and strawberries, to garnish

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a small saucepan bring the sugar and water to a boil, cook 2 minutes. Crush the strawberries well with the bottom of a jar or your hands. Add the basil and strawberries to the hot sugar syrup, cover and let cool at least 30 mins. Strain the syrup and add the lime juice. Add 1 ounce of strawberry syrup to a coupe or wine glass. Top with Ruffino Sparkling Rosé. Garnish with basil leaves andsome sliced fresh strawberries if desired. TIPS: Strain and refrigerate the covered syrup up to 1 week. Try this breezy cocktail with raspberries or other seasonal soft fruit in place of the strawberries.

 

Mod Sélection Rosé– This champagne has elegance and class written all over it. It is one of the few champagnes that’s produced by the rare saignée method. The avant garde bottle design is absolutely beautiful and the taste has a nice balance of nectar and red fruits. It’s perfect for the wine aficionado!

Kim Crawford Wines The brand’s entire line of wines are wonderful. If you’re looking to gift a nice bottle of white wine, I’d recommend the Sauvingnon Blanc which is crisp and refreshing. You can even make a creative cocktail with it called The Kim Crawford Cupid:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 oz Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • ¾ oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tbsp simple syrup
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice
  • Crème de Cassis
  • Sage leaves and grapefruit for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS:

Mix Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, simple syrup and grapefruit juice in a shaker or mixing glass with ice. Strain over ice into serving glass and fill with sparkling water. Top with a splash of crème de cassis and garnish with sage leaves and grapefruit twist. Makes 1 cocktail.

 

Man Crates– This brand has a great assortment of perfect gifts for the special man in your life. Choose from coveted ideas such as the Beer Enthusiast Crate, the Hot And Spicy Crate, the Salami Bouquet, and so much more. Each curated gift has been designed to be unique and meaningful for your man. What a clever concept!

Which idea is your favorite? Here’s to a fabulous Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

wagamama Murray Hill: A new restaurant with a lot of vibrant flavors

*All photos by: Danielle Adams

I’m thrilled to share that wagamama, an Asian fusion casual eatery, is opening its 3rd location in Murray Hill on February 6. The UK-based brand offers an assortment of Asian inspired dishes with a twist. Think Chicken Katsu curry, Duck Donburi, Tofu Ramen, and much more. It follows an egalitarian “Bowl to Soul” idea: wholesome, fresh food and a welcoming environment to fill up the body as well as the soul. In honor of this new location, wagamama will feature an exclusive dish, Hot Chicken Katsu curry, at the Murry Hill locale only for a limited time. Also, the first 50 customers on opening day will get a free Hot or Regular Chicken Katsu curry.

In addition to its meat dishes, wagamama Murray Hill will offer a new vegan menu. Its opening coincides with Veganuary, a UK campaign that started in 2014 to motivate people to eat more plant-based food. Veganuary goes from January 7 to February 28. The restaurant will also feature a limited edition vegan dish, Avant Gard’n, a coconut and sriracha vegan ‘egg,’ paired with barbeque-glazed seitan and a few sides. wagamama’s Executive Chef Steve Mangleshot and trailblazing UK vegan chef Gaz Oakley co-created the dish. It will be available for 4 weeks starting January 28 at all its NYC and Boston locations. It’s nice to see that there are so many options here for vegans and meat lovers alike!

Last night, I had the chance to try the food at a media opening dinner. The Avant Gard’n is delicious! It is such a flavorful, colorful dish with healthy ingredients. I also enjoyed the Hot Chicken Katsu curry that has the perfect amount of spiciness. Additionally, the chicken is tender and goes well with the rice and curry sauce. My other favorite items included Vegetable Tempura, Chicken Gyoza, Tofu Ramen, Chicken Pad Thai, and Banana Katsu for dessert.

On top of its food, wagamama has a new cocktail menu. Drink options such as a Lychee Martini and Yuzu Collins will satisfy guests. Mocktails such as Elderflower + Ginger and Cranberry + Blossom will also be available. Such a fascinating mix of flavors!

Plus, wagamama’s restaurant design in Murray Hill is very inviting. Hanging lights and exposed brick walls welcome guests. There’s also a vibrant graffiti mural by London-based street artist Woskerski and chic wood seating. The modern décor pairs well with the Asian fusion cocktails and dishes. Be sure to check out this invigorating hotspot!

Another look at Rhinoplasty: For a natural looking nose

If you’re looking for a natural looking nose following rhinoplasty, Dr. Shahar is the perfect doctor for this. He will make sure that your nose is in proportion with the rest of your face. Above is another example of a successful procedure. You can see that the nose is sleeker with only the most subtle improvement. Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Shahar today by calling 212-717-4066 or by visiting naturallookinstitute.com. Here are more insights from Natural Look Institute:

ARTISTIC APPROACH TO THE NATURAL LOOKING NOSE
Nose surgery not only reshapes your nose but it also affects the balance of your facial features. Dr. Shahar is an experienced surgeon who has performed hundreds of nose surgery. His artistic approach will help you achieve natural looking results…everyone will notice, but no one will know!! Learn more by
visiting https://www.naturallookinstitute.com/nose-reshaping

Lunchtime Lift: A minimal procedure with lasting results

A lunchtime lift is a great procedure for anyone looking to tighten the facial skin and jawline. As I mentioned in a previous post, Dr. Shahar at Natural Look Institute performs this procedure with artistic precision. It’s a quick procedure that generates amazing results. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 212-717-4066 or by visiting naturallookinstitute.com. Here’s more information:

LUNCHTIME LIFT
This patient (above) had a lunchtime lift, a new technique Dr. Shahar developed that is less invasive with minimal downtime to fit most people’s lifestyle. A short procedure, under local anesthetic with small hidden scars behind the ears. This procedure tightens the underline muscles and excess skin, defines your jawline, improves your neck laxity and overall look. If you are not ready for a facelift this can benefit you. Learn more at naturallookinstitute.com/minifacelift

Secondary Rhinoplasty: A natural and proportional look

Secondary rhinoplasty is one of Dr. Shahar’s specialities at Natural Look Institute. Many of his patients previously had unsuccessful  primary rhinoplasty procedures at other offices. Dr. Shahar applies his experience and artistic craft to the secondary rhinoplasty for impactful results. He ensures that the nose is proportional to the rest of the patient’s facial features. Here is more information:

SECONDARY SURGERIES
A happy patient with natural looking results (photos above). Dr. Shahar is often able to correct challenging mistakes on patients who have had procedures done elsewhere and felt their final results were less than favorable. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 212-717-4066 or by visiting naturallookinstitute.com.

You can see that the secondary surgery has given the patient more balance and a refreshed, natural look.  For optimal results, get in touch with Dr. Shahar at  212-717-4066!

Fat injections: Subtle improvements for a new look

Fat injections are definitely trending in the beauty arena. The treatment entails injecting fat from one part of the body to under the eyes. It opens up the eye area and provides fuller cheeks. Dr. Shahar has a highly regarded reputation for this procedure, as he delivers impressive results. You can schedule your free consultation today by calling 212-717-4066 or by visiting naturallookinstitute.com. Check out more information on the procedure down below:

REFRESH YOUR LOOK WITH A NON-INVASIVE TREATMENT This patient (photos above) had fat injections to eliminate the depression under the eyes and fill up the cheeks to enhance the overall look.  Visit naturallookinstitute.com/minifacelift to learn more.

You can see a subtle yet visible difference in the second photo. Her eyes and cheeks look reawakened. Visit Dr. Shahar for a minimal procedure with maximum results!

ThermiSmooth Face: A procedure for rejuvenated skin

Looking for a way to get tighter facial skin and reduce the signs of aging? ThermiSmooth Face is the perfect option for that. Dr. Shahar at Natural Institute offers this procedure and delivers maximum, visible results. ThermiSmooth Face is a non-invasive treatment for improving the appearance of aging skin. It use radio frequency to heat the skin and stimulate natural production of collagen. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes. You won’t feel any pain and you’ll feel comfortable during the entire session. You’ll leave with tighter, younger-looking skin.

Schedule your free consultation today by calling 212-717-4066 or by visiting naturallookinstitute.com.

Eyebrow Lift procedure: A youthful look

An eyebrow lift is a simple yet effective way to enhance your eyes and get a revitalized look. Dr. Shahar at Natural Look Institute offers this noninvasive procedure. He has given his patients impressive results. They feel refreshed and confident with their rejuvenated appearances. Here’s more information on the procedure:

MAKE YOUR EYES THE CENTER OF ATTENTION THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Reshaping and repositioning your eyebrows can make you look fresher and younger with no downtime. This innovative approach is a new technique created by Dr. Shahar.“I met many women complaining about drooping upper eyelids and Botox alone doesn’t help! I developed a technique that corrects heaviness and sagging of the upper lids and by that creates a powerful enhancement to the eyes.” Learn more by visiting https://www.naturallookinstitute.com/eyebrow-lift. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 212-717-4066 or by visiting naturallookinstitute.com.

Liposuction procedures at Natural Look Institute

A liposuction procedure doesn’t have to be painful or time-consuming. Dr. Shahar at Natural Look Institute performs this procedure with the utmost attention and minimal downtime.  It delivers impressive, lasting results such as the ones revealed in the photos above. You can schedule your free consultation today by calling 212-717-4066 or by visiting naturallookinstitute.com. Here’s more information about the procedure.

LUNCHTIME LIPO.
DON’T LOVE YOUR LOVE HANDLES? Remove them with a simple procedure under local anesthetic. Schedule your free consultation to learn more about liposuction…a minimal procedure with a major effect!! Learn more by visiting this link: https://www.naturallookinstitute.com/liposuction

Rhinoplasty: Natural and balanced results at Natural Look Institute

Dr. Shahar at Natural Look Institute is highly regarded for his procedures on the nose. He ensures that the look is natural and proportional to the rest of your face. You can see subtle yet improved results in the above photos. Here is more insightful information:

RHINOPLASTY WILL BALANCE YOUR FACIAL FEATURES Rhinoplasty surgery not only reshapes the nose but also has a significant effect on the balance of your facial features. Dr. Shahar will analyze your nose and advise you on the best way to correct the imperfection. Learn more by visiting  https://www.naturallookinstitute.com/nose-reshaping or call 212-717-4066 for your free consultation.

 

*Photos courtesy of Natural Look Institute