Wagamama is making great waves again with a new summer menu

*All Photos by Ria Osbourne

 

Today, wagamama is introducing new flavorful dishes to its menu to kick off the summer. I’m so excited about them! The dishes will be available exclusively at all 5 of its US locations in NY and Boston. With positive reception for its popular ramen bowls, the restaurant is offering two summer bowls inspired by the poke trend and a ryokucha (green tea) noodle teppanyaki. Avant Gard’n—a vegan barbequed seitan dish co-created with chef Gaz Oakley —is back on the menu by popular demand. The U.S. wagamamas are also shaking up their dessert menus by featuring more Asian-inspired flavors and launching a refreshing matcha juice.

The new summer bowls and noodle dish have wholesome ingredients that nourish the body and soul. Nama spicy tuna has sliced, marinated and lightly seared tuna, served on a bed of brown rice with tomatoes, cucumber, and edamame. It also has radish with goma (sesame seed) seaweed, pickles, and a spicy mayo and miso dressing. The tofu bowl has shichimi spice-coated tofu on a bed of brown rice with tomatoes, cucumber, edamame, and radish. It also has goma seaweed, pickles and a ponzu and miso dressing. The new teppanyaki has ryokucha soba noodles in a dashi and soy-based tsuyu sauce with two fillets of miso-glazed cod, stir-fired bok choy, snowpeas, red peppers and scallions. It has a sweet miso dressing and garnished with fresh ginger, chili and cilantro.

In addition to these savory dishes, wagamama will be offering some delightful desserts. These include a matcha cheesecake with ginger ice cream and a lemon tart with a berry compote, topped with a sprig of mint. Ginger ice cream with caramel sauce, dairy and vegan versions of coconut ice cream will also be available. The new matcha juice has a mix of matcha, apple, pineapple and mint.

So whether you’re looking for spicy, lighter fare or sweet and refreshing options, wagamama’s summer menu will satisfy your cravings. The restaurant is known for focusing on good change. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

Tribeca Film Festival: A round-up of invigorating events

 

Tribeca Film Festival, an annual celebration of independent film, is always an exciting time of the year in the city! So I was so excited to attend a couple of events for it a few weeks ago. Many of the films hosted swanky after-parties for their casts and invited guests. Here are the ones I checked out!

First up was the after-party for Blow The Man Down at District Social. Attendees included Margo Martindale, Morgan Saylor, Sophie Lowe, Will Brittain, Skipp Sudduth, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Marceline Hugot.  Next up was the after-party for The Place of No Words which was also held at District Social. Guests included Nicole Elizabeth Berger, Eric Olsen, Sarah Wright Olsen, Phoebe Tonkin, Bodhi Palmer. I also went to the after-party for Lucky Grandma hosted by AT&T Untold Stories at Mission Chinese. Guests included Tsai Chin, Corey Ha, Michael Tow, Woody Fu, Wai Ching Ho, Clem Cheung, Yan Xi.

Another set of events that I checked out fell under the Supper Suite series. All of the events took place at Ainsworth East Village. I went to the after-party for The Short History of the Long Road. Guests included Sabrina Carpenter, Maggie Stiff, and Danny Trejo. I also went to the after-party for Buffaloed. Guest included Zoey Deutsch, Judy, Greer, and Jermaine Fowler.

Lastly, I stopped by Stella Artois Film Studio. Over the course of 3 days, the lounge hosted panels, receptions, and entertainment. It was a great space that offered guests Stella Artois mixed cocktails, small bites, and inspirational perspectives.

What an entertaining line-up of events. Looking forward to next year’s event lineup for Tribeca Film Festival

SHOWFIELDS: A uniquely designed retail concept

           

Photo by: SHOWFIELDS

Photo by: SHOWFIELDS

SHOWFIELDS, a new store with a rotating curation of brands and experiences, invited me to check out its new style and design floor. The store carries popular wellness, home, and design-focused brands in a venue that acts as an art space, a community platform, and a retail environment. It’s an impressive space with brands such as Kala, Saint James, Daniel Wellington for Klarna, CREAGH, and MONOGRAM. Each brand has a customized pop-up space within SHOWFIELDS where consumers can truly interact with and experience its products. CEO & co-founder Tal Zvi Nathanel developed the retail concept with his business partners to provide an inspiring environment where brands can choose how they connect with consumers.

In addition to getting a look at the store’s newly designed floor, SHOWFIELDS hosted a fashion panel that discussed the future of fashion and design in the digital age. It also focused on the evolution of retail. The talk included:

  • Sarah Creagh, CEO and Creative Director of CREAGH
  • Rebecca Migirov, Founder and CEO of Kala
  • Amy Hufft, VP of Brand at Shopify
  • Babba (Canales) Rivera, Founder of BY BABBA
  • Moderated by Katie Hunt, Cofounder & Chief Revenue Officer of SHOWFIELDS

I really enjoyed the discussion and took away some valuable insights. The key one being that retail is not dead- people will always want to experience the brand and its products in person. Retail just has to continue to adapt to the everchanging shopping landscape and incorporate the relevant technology platforms. I love that SHOWFIELDS embraces new brands that are innovatively leading the way with technology and consumer understanding!

I have to share my favorite elements at SHOWFIELDS! There’s an artsy slide that takes you from the 3rd floor to the 1st floor. All of the artwork in the space is also incredible, with Kelly Dabbah’s exhibit as one of my favorites. Nuria has a superbly created room with its entire product line on display. I also love the rooms created by Saint James and Quip, which are so innovative and welcoming. If you haven’t been to SHOWFIELDS yet, what are you waiting for. This is one retail experience you’ll surely remember and rave about!

LOOT 2019: Innovative jewelry takes the spotlight

Earlier this month, I attended the 19th edition of LOOT 2019 at The Museum of Arts and Design. LOOT is an annual exhibit and sale of innovative and contemporary jewelry from established and emerging jewelry artists. This year’s event showcased 55 designers from 18 countries. They included Paolo Costagli New York, Sebastian Schildt, Selvaggia Armani, Joo Hyung Park, Agustina Ros, Sarah Pulvertaft, and many more. These designers used a variety of materials such as metal, pearls, plastic, glass, leather, wood, and beads. The event also honored 2 outstanding individuals in the jewelry industry. This year’s honorees were Adria de Haume and Josie Natori. It’s truly a remarkable showcase of inventive jewelry designers.

I must highlight my favorite designers from the evening. Everything that Sebastian Schildt creates is remarkable. He had his fringe pieces on display in an array of vibrant colors. Alina Alamorean also had a eclectic collection of jewelry on display, especially the colorful necklace she was wearing. Ute Decker’s jewelry was also extraordinary with detailed gold pieces. Heng Lee also had some beautiful floral-oriented jewelry in splendid colors. There was such a great assortment of jewelry to browse and purchase at the event.

LOOT 2019 took place over the course of 4 days and a percentage of the proceeds went to benefiting the museum. What a beautifully artistic evening!

The Perfect Provenance fashion preview: A blend of elevated pieces

Photo by: The Perfect Provenance

Recently, The Perfect Provenance, a unique luxury lifestyle retail concept based in Greenwich, Connecticut, hosted a spring fashion preview at FANCY in Soho. It has a wide variety of fashion, accessories, and home décor from around the world. FANCY’s flagship store now sells a curated range of men’s and women’s fashion, jewelry, the brand’s signature candles, and handbags from The Perfect Provenance. Many of the items are also available on FANCY.com. The collection is fun, elevated chic, and perfect for the warm seasons. FANCY provides an incredible space in Soho for customers to feel and experience The Perfect Provenance’s products.

I think that the luxury lifestyle retailer does a great job at showcasing an eclectic blend of fashion and accessories. My favorites pieces are a Floral Trouser by Blumarine, a Le Cabriolet by Perrin Paris Gloria V Neck in Navy & Orange, and a Have Fun Sweater by Blugirl. I also loved the Brass Bangle with Diamond by The Caliber Collection. The signature candles smell amazing with these scents: Sunshine Limone, Prosperite, and Fir Goodness Sake. I’m impressed with everything Perfect Provenance does!

FANCY’s flagship store is located at 57 Bond Street. It will continue to carry The Perfect Provenance’s products for a long time. Be sure to check this wonderful space out!

Dessert Goals: A sweet-toothed paradise

I attended Dessert Goals a couple of weeks ago, and what a sweet adventure it was! The Spring 2019 edition marked the sweet festival’s 6th activation and took place at Sound Studios in Long Island City. It featured a wide assortment of dessert vendors selling chocolate, ice cream, marshmallows, peanut butter cups, cakes, and more. Vendors included Stax Ice Cream, Squish Marshmallow, Matcha n’ More, ROYCE’ Chocolate, Eight Turn Crepe, and 17 other delightful vendors. Desserts ranged from around $5 to $12 each. This fest’s theme was Party Animal and all of the vendors created some amazing and colorful desserts. Some vendors even had animal-inspired confections. Dessert Goals was certainly a sweet aficionado’s dream with a good mix of treats!

In addition to the desserts, guests enjoyed other activations at the event. There was an Instagram Garden everyone could pose in that had custom backdrops. Guests also had access to a complimentary candy bar by Sour Punch and Red Vines. Pop Chips also was on hand giving out savory snacks. In addition, Boxed Water, Sparkling Ice, and Harmless Harvest offered guests free beverages. My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream gave free mochi treats as well.

Dessert Goals proved to be an invigorating, sugar-filled adventure! My favorite dessert was a donut ice cream sandwich from Stax Ice Cream- such a sweet combination! I also enjoyed the matcha chocolate from Royce Chocolate- the perfect amount of sweetness! I’m so glad that I could check the festival out. It allowed guests to sample and purchase a great assortment of desserts from locally based vendors. Looking forward to seeing what’s planned for next year!

DIFFA hosts a meaningful evening: Dining By Design

Recently, I attended a cocktail party for DIFFA: Dining By Design. DIFFA is a national foundation that has funded early initiatives and a wide range of programs. It also actively supports programs aimed at protecting the legal rights and security of people living with HIV/AIDS. Dining By Design is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers that features a variety of dining installations displayed for 5 days. Designers, manufacturers, ad creative individuals come together to produce these incredible installations. This year’s theme was unity, which was fitting both in creating the displays as well as bringing people together in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

All of the installations were remarkable, but I want to highlight my favorites. I loved the Mckenzie Liautaud and Robert Verdi installation that was inspired by the river and sea. It had a great mix of pearls, crystal, and silver. I also enjoyed the Rockwell Group creation that paid homage to James McNeil Whistler’s “The Peacock Room.” The installation featured a custom made peacock-feather tablecloth and a digital wallcovering that made for an exotic, beautiful space. Lastly, the Patrick Mele for Benjamin Moore installation was remarkable. It had a mix of pinks, gold, cream, and silver, a beautiful chandelier, and an elegant vibe all around.

In addition to the installations, the event also hosted a silent auction. The auction included items such as an pillows, artwork, lamps,  armchairs, and travel packages. The event raised around $800,000 to benefit DIFFA’s initiatives for HIV/AIDS. What a worthy cause and memorable evening!

 

Blink Fitness launches innovative elements for its members

Recently, Blink Fitness, a top value-based gym, celebrated a few exciting launches at an event in Midtown West. The first launch is a patented Personalized Mobile Companion. It’s a technology that delivers a personalized feed of daily content that spans a variety of healthy living topics. This customized feed helps Blink members reach their specific goals with exercise tips, nutrition advice, and ways to recharge. The Personalized Mobile Companion is available within the Blink app. The second launch is a apparel line with MSX by Michael Strahan. The activewear line is unisex, size-inclusive, and stylish. It also has no-chafe seams, auto-lock zippers, UV protection, and Quick-Dri Stretch Technology. The line is exclusively available at Blink locations nationwide.

I had a chance to test out the Personalized Mobile Companion at the event, and I have to say it’s impressive! I found out some of the best workout moves to do when you only have 5 minutes as well as fun, nutritional ways to incorporate more vegetables into your everyday life. In addition, I got to check out the MSX by Michael Strahan x Blink Fitness line, and it is fabulous! The line consists of cozy sweats, stylish hoodies, lightweight t-shirts, and other trendy and affordable pieces. Every piece is functional and easy to wear!

Blink Fitness has truly found innovative ways to go beyond the gym and interconnect healthy topics and into its member’s regimens. It also has rolled out the perfect activewear line to meet the various style preferences of its members. Congratulations to Blink Fitness on these amazing launches!

The Vision Council Press Preview: A fantastic display of Spring ’19 Trends

 

Last month, The Vision Council hosted a press preview at Gramercy Park Hotel’s Terrace. The event kicked off the annual Vision Expo, which took place the next day at Javits Center. Some of the Vision Council members and Vision Expo exhibitors showcased their eyewear collections, sharing informative insights at the intimate event. That list included Modern Optical, Allure Eyewear, Classique Eyewear, Luxxotica, Marchon Eyewear, Match Eyewear, LaFont Paris, and Altair Eyewear. It also included Marcolin, Modo Eyewear, Smith, Safilo, Kazoku Lunettes, Zeiss, and more. Guests posed at a floral Vision Council and Vison Expo step and repeat with  props to get the perfect photo.

The event was quite insightful and entertaining, featuring a number of  Spring 2019 trends that I loved. My favorite trends included the big geometric frames, intricate detailing, eccentric aviator frames, demurred cateye frames, and lots of mirrored sunglasses. I love a good aviator but I’m drawn to creative innovations as well. Lafont Paris has a lot of frames that are lined with a beautiful floral style detailing. I’m also amazed with the variety of stylish eyeglasses that these brands developed. For example, Altair Eyewear collaborated with Lisa Loeb and her collection of glasses is outstanding. The glasses have her signature cateye style and the stems have a guitar pick shape for a unique touch!

All in all, the Vision Council Press Preview did a great job at showcasing an incredible lineup of brands with innovative trends. It was an eyewear aficionado’s dream in a perfectly chosen venue. Cheers to creative vision, hot trends and stylish eyewear!

 

Hudson Yards: A remarkable new retail and culinary hub

A couple of weeks ago, The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards had its grand opening party to celebrate its innovative space. Neiman Marcus, one of the largest stores in the venue with 3 floors, had a special VIP hour. Guests got an early peek at the beautiful store setup. The store has a spacious beauty department, shoe salon, gourmet food section, and apparel departments. In the latter area, Charli XX and Liza Minelli were the evening’s surprise performers. Guests enjoyed the performances and both danced and sang along to the artist’s popular tunes. Neiman Marcus is truly an impressive luxury retailer at Hudson Yards.

The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards is also the new home to 130 retail, food, and art destinations on 8 floors. They include Dylan’s Candy Bar, Sephora, Molton Brown, UNIQLO, Queensyard, Shake Shack, Avant Gallery, and more. A Residential Gallery is located on Level 1, and guests can request tours there of 15 Hudson Yards and 35 Hudson Yards, both high-end luxury residential buildings. Also, currently 4 of the floors house HY x OFFTHEWALL, large-scale interactive displays and murals from 13 artists. My favorite installation is called I WAS HERE, and it features interactive sequin tapestry that viewers can play with and admire.

The grand opening evening for the venue was very entertaining. It included store activations such as live painting, monogramming, and photo ops. The event also featured dancing troupes such as Industrial Rhythm, a drumline band called Brooklyn United, and other special performances throughout the shopping destination. DJ Paul Sevigny also played a variety of hits all night long. I’m amazed by how much there is to see and do at Hudson Yards. I haven’t climbed The Vessel yet, though I definitely want to. I hear that it is an incredible experience climbing 154 interconnected flights of stairs and taking in the view. Definitely check out this unparalleled collection of experiences!