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La Pizza & La Pasta: Calzone Night by Cinthia Contreras

History. Like their Italian cousin pizza, calzoni (plural of calzone) originated in Naples, Italy during the 18th century. Translated to "pant leg" or "trouser," the calzone's original purpose was to serve as a "walk around pizza." This Italian style turnover is created by folding a full size pizza in half.

 Mmm I didn’t know this until our nice waiter informed us.

 That night I had to forget the diet and calories and enjoy the incredibly delicious Piccantello and Monfortese, OMG and it worth every calorie.

 Located in New York's Flatiron district, La Pizza & La Pasta features two of the best-loved Italian dishes: Napoli-style pizza and artisanal pasta. Enjoy our seasonal selection just steps away from our expert pasta chefs and dough-slinging pizzaioli (pizza makers).

PICCANTELLO

PICCANTELLO

Piccantello:

Neapolitan Spicy Salame, San Marzano, Tomato, Mozzarella di Bufala. Mike’s Hot Honey.

Monfortese:

Folded pizza finished with Buffalo Mozzarella, Arugula, Cherry Tomatoes, Prosciutto do Parma DOP, Grana Padano DOP.

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And the desserts,.. The Tiramisú is homemade and the gelato a must try.

 

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SUMMER BROADWAY by Cinthia Contreras

This summer I have been investing some time hanging out in Broadway enjoying musicals, I never though I was going to relate the word enjoyment with musicals and being sitting down for hours but its actually a nice way to spend your time.


 Pretty Woman: The Musical

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FINAL SUMMER ON BROADWAY!PERFORMANCES THROUGH AUGUST 18.

LOCATION: Nederlander Theater, 208 West 41th st, New York, NY.

So far my favorite! This musical is sexy, fun and with a beautiful wardrobe selection.

 

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SAMANTHA BARKS

VIVIAN WARD

Samantha Barks garnered rave reviews and acclaim for her performance as Éponine in Universal’s film adaptation of Les Misérables, directed by Tom Hooper starring alongside Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, and Anne Hathaway.

 

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ANDY KARL

EDWARD LEWIS

Andy Karl most recently won the Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, and earned his third Tony Award nomination for his starring role in Broadway’s Groundhog Day. Since then he has filmed the lead role in the independent film, “Faraway Eyes,”

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ORFEH

KIT

Orfeh was last on Broadway as Paulette in Legally Blonde: The Musical for which she was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

 

Oklahoma: The Musical

This is a very American style musical, I kept having issues keeping up but it has some interesting dream sequences.

 LOCATION: Circle in the square theatre, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY.

Over 75 years after Rodgers & Hammerstein reinvented the American musical, this is OKLAHOMA! As you’ve never seen or heard it before – reimagined for the 21st century. Stripped down to reveal the darker psychological truths at its core, Daniel Fish’s production tells a story of a community circling its wagons against an outsider, and the violence of the frontier that shaped America. Upending the sunny romance of a farmer and a cowpoke, this Oklahoma! Allows the classic musical – and our country – to be seen in a whole new light. Funny and sexy, dark and terrifying, “this is the OKLAHOMA! That was there all along.” (New York Magazine)

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Be More Chill

This musical is very young; if you are my age you might not enjoy it as much.

LOCATION: Lyceum Theatre, 149 W 45thst, New York, NY 10036

 It’s about your atypical love triangle- between a guy, a girl and the supercomputer inside the guy’s head that tells him what to do; the guy is desperate to fit in. The girl’s dream is to stand out. And the supercomputer just wants to take over the world! The New Yorker raves, “If you fed Dear Evan Hansen to the Little Shop of Horrors plant, you would get BE MORE CHILL. “With a Tony Award- nominated score bursting with addictively catchy earworms, BE MORE CHILL is the mind-bendingly fun hit about the competing voices in all of our heads.

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Scarpetta NYC Brunch by Cinthia Contreras

Tuna ‘Susci’

Tuna ‘Susci’

A new brunch is in town and with guess what?! live music to make it even more fun and relaxing.

The delicious food accompanied with the sweet voices of the singers are just going to make your Sunday better and get you ready for Monday.

The menu have a wide selection of vegetarian dishes and toasts, to please every palate.

Personally I started with the Honey, ricotta and toasted almonds toast and the Tuna “Susci”, for main course I had the Beet Mezzaluna paired with their Sauvignon Blanc, I must say my favorite and to finish a bowl of Fruits Macedonia.


 

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VOLEZ VOGUEZ VOYAGEZ: LOUIS VUITTON by Cinthia Contreras

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Lines and cold weather are two things I don't like and try to skip but sometimes you have to make an exception and Louis Vuitton exhibition: Volez Voguez Voyagez happen to be one of those rare occasions where I stayed in line under a 40 Fahrenheit temperature. If you go, make sure to make a reservation and with a tour guide, so you can take full advantage and don't a detail or important piece of information, also go early because they close the exhibition once the clock hit 7 PM with the people inside, shouting to go back the next day (like people don't have anything to do with their lives). 

The exhibition retraces the adventure of the house of Louis Vuitton from 1854 to the present. A story told through the portraits of its founders, as well as those who today are inventing the Louis Vuitton of tomorrow.

This historic journey, designed by Robert Carsen, is divided into ten chapters, one of which is entirely devoted to United States of America and New York City. The tours open with the most symbolic object of the House: the trunk, a model fashioned with contemporary flair, embodying the iconic hallmarks and bold spirit of Louis Vuitton. The exhibition features objects and documents from the Louis Vuitton heritage archives, as well as select articles on loan from the Palais Galliera and the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. The exhibition concludes with a display devoted to the savoir-faire of the artisans in Louis Vuitton workshops.

You would think, well I thought that this exhibition was going to be a shallow display of pretty items, but no, it actually is thorough and meticulous research of the brand, its creator and even his genealogical tree.

It took two years to curate this exhibition and it resulted in two floors and 16 rooms of the most impressive trunks and travel gear. Each room is a travel in time, showcasing the evolution of the brand along with the different vehicles that humans have invented.  

Another detail that caught my attention and the tour girl insisted in sharing was the deep connection Louis Vuitton had with his customers, he would not only sent mini trunks with white flowers to his clients as a gift during special occasions but he also conducted questionnaires to learn how to improve his globally known brand.

Spooners if you are in town you should visit this exhibition!

The Great Gatsby Party Returns! by Cinthia Contreras

In December 2015, The Great Gatsby Party® transformed the gilded halls of New York City’s Capitale for the very first time. Nearly 2,000 guests turned up for the sold-out event, outfitted in the fashion of the Roaring Twenties--flapper dresses, silk gloves, tuxedos, top hats--to revel the night away under swinging aerialists and the glitter of disco balls. This year, by popular demand, the Great Gatsby Party returns for a two-night affair of the booze, fanfare, and decadence that so defined Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel. 

The Preparation

This year I decided not to do my own hair and make up guided by youtube jaja I opted to look for a spot where I could have those very important details in a Gatsby theme party done! So one of my food blog publicist recommended this newly open nice hair salon called The Club Dominik lead by master hairstylist Dominik Mager in Harlem, that has a bar and have make up services available! PERFECT! 

For my look since I have a fashion blog I didn't want to look like a had a costume on, so I chose a sequin gold dress with nude stilettos. For hair and make up I went for a "I can go anywhere like this" but with that magic Gatsby vibe.