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How to Find the Perfect Workspace in NYC: Girl with a Hotspot Shares Her Favorite Spots
May 22, 2016 at 4:11 pm 0
Today, we're catching up with Jen Pinto, the creative genius behind the Instagram account, Girl with a Hotspot, where she discovers all the best places in New York City with you guessed it...the best wifi hotspots. She's sharing her favorite spots  in NYC with us - Jen says they must have good wifi, a good workspace and of course good food.

       Ralph's Coffee: 711 5th Ave. NYC      Above the Ralph Lauren flagship store

1. We love your Instagram account, Girl with a Hotspot. Tell us how it started.  I started my own company 3 years ago, JPINTO Consulting, after many years in the fashion industry working at brands such as Nanette Lepore, Prada, Gucci and Calvin Klein. As a Public Relations consultant on the run, I have the freedom to work from anywhere. As I was figuring out where to have a desk for the day on a daily basis, I started to find myself taking snapshots of spots around the city that I wanted to remember to go back to in the future. I started to realize that it was not easy to find the perfect spot that had all the components of a workspace for an entrepreneur on the run…super fast wifi, mello vibe, good coffee and atmosphere and a place to plug in or potentially have a meeting. A lot to consider!! With the growing number of freelancers and startups, I thought it would be helpful to capture the best spots around NYC that didn’t feel like your typical big chain kind of place so started @girlwithahotspot 2. Any tips for people looking for the perfect workspace in New York City (or any city)? The best way to find your hotspot is to understand what is on the agenda for the day. Firstly, I try to base my decision on location and whether I have meetings in a particular neighborhood or where I may need to land. I also like to know if there are other wifi hotspots nearby in case I need a change of scenery. You realize as an independent, that variety during the day is a good thing. Secondly, I like to choose a place that may be good to conduct phone calls or meetings hence, a mello vibe. Lastly, I like to know that I can find a plug if I need one which we know always helps when you are on the run! Though if you are in a bind, always remember that a hotel lobby is always a great move as more often than not, they will have everything you need including free wifi.

         Crave Espresso Bar: 386 Canal St. NYC

3.Where are some of your favorite hotspots in the city? As I am constantly exploring, I find myself saying, “this is my new favorite spot” as there are really so many! If I had to narrow it down, I would say The Marlton Hotel is a great location as it really has it all. Great seating areas, super fast wifi, plugs and a sophisticated atmosphere for a meeting. Other favorites include Ralph’s Coffee in the Ralph Lauren flagship boutique on 5th Avenue, Café Whynot, Joe and the Juice, The Freehold and sitting outside at The Highline Hotel near the Intelligentsia truck now that Spring is finally here :)

Joe and the Juice - 43 W 42nd St. NYC

For more hotspots in NYC and beyond, follow Jen on Instagram @girlwithahotspot     
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3 Ways A Pour Over Coffee Will Improve Your Life
May 9, 2016 at 12:00 am 0
coffee-1495712 A great morning coffee routine can set a positive tone for the entire day. If your day is started with dread, worry and doubt. It would make sense that your day will continue to follow that pattern. If we start the day with gratitude, accomplishment and positivity, it would make sense that our day would continue to follow that pattern. So, given the choice of your days being filled with dread, worry and doubt, or your day being filled with gratitude, accomplishment and positivity; which would you choose? I’ve used many different methods to make my coffee over the years. A Mr. Coffee, Keurig Machine, French Press and recently I’ve been using the pour over method. I use a Hario grinder to manually grind my beans, then I boil water, prepare the filter and beans in the pour over dripper, then pour over the water. The important thing here is that I prepare my coffee this way because it takes time. I use this time to prime my brain for positive thinking. Step 1. Get the positivity ball rolling. While grinding the beans I will say out loud 3 things that are awesome about me. These don’t have to be big. Such as, “I’m awesome because I’ve found the cure for cancer.” Though if that it is, you then say it loud and proud! For me they’re usually simpler. For example. “I am an awesome friend.” “I am awesome at making pancakes.” “I am awesome with excel.” This kind self-talk is a great way to shift your mindset into one of positivity. We can actually shape the perspective with which our mind’s eye sees. Makes sense, right? If I’m consistently telling myself negative things like “I’m not good enough," “I’m terrible at excel,” then guess what? I will manifest those negative thoughts and I won’t be good enough. If your excel skills need improving try telling yourself, “I am awesome at seeking out instruction to improve my excel skills.” Now you’re putting your mind on a path toward positive action. Step 2. Practice gratitude. While I’m waiting for the water to boil I will write in a gratitude journal. I use the “Five Minute Journal” by Alex Ikonn; UJ Ramdas. Practicing gratitude allows us to celebrate the present and block out negative emotions that can destroy our happiness like envy, regret, resentment. You can’t be grateful and have envy at the same time. Leading scientific gratitude researcher, Robbert Emmons has studied thousands of people that keep a daily gratitude journal and has found they report a host of benefits: Physical • Stronger immune systems • Less bothered by aches and pains • Lower blood pressure • Exercise more and take better care of their health • Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking Psychological • Higher levels of positive emotions • More alert, alive, and awake • More joy and pleasure • More optimism and happiness Social • More helpful, generous, and compassionate • More forgiving • More outgoing • Feel less lonely and isolated Step 3. The pour. Now that the water has boiled it’s ready to pour over the coffee beans and create that delicious cup of coffee. The water must be poured slowly and while doing this I can set my positive intention for the day. Dr. Deepak Chopra says, “An intention is a directed impulse of consciousness that contains the seed form of that which you aim to create. Like real seeds, intentions can’t grow if you hold on to them. Only when you release your intentions into the fertile depths of your consciousness can they grow and flourish.” An intention should be upbeat and positive. It should also be kept in the present tense and be focused on the short term. Some examples of intentions are: • I will invite peace into my life. • I will lead by example. • I will improve the conversations I’m involved in. • I will be the love I want in my life. • I will embrace the differences in everyone. • I will be open to success. Having a morning coffee routine simply gives you the opportunity to focus your mind toward positivity, replace any negative thoughts and feelings with gratitude and set your intention for the day. When you do these things consistently, your life will improve and so will the taste of your coffee. About the Author: Andy Bates is a self development coach who helps people live a life of clarity about what they desire and then empowers them in going after it. He helps people to see opportunities, instead of problems and works with them to lead happier and more successful lives. Prior to coaching, Andy spent over ten years as the owner of a successful entertainment production company. Today Andy offers a wide range of coaching programs and services - from individual coaching, to seminars and keynote speeches. To contact Andy, please visit his coaching website at www.TheOptimalU.com.
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Say Hello To Your New Corner Coffee Shop…Your MAILBOX
September 29, 2015 at 7:25 pm 3
As we celebrate #nationalcoffeeday today, there’s a cool buzz surrounding a hot new trend in coffee stirring up the way we drink our morning brew. As cold-brew coffee continues to grow in popularity, there are a few innovative companies roasting up this next big trend in coffee: DIY cold brew coffee kits, which has the potential to be a game changer in the way we order our morning coffee. This new trend vows: No more waiting in long lines at the corner coffee shop. No more dealing with indignant baristas. No more over-paying at the coffee pump. It’s literally as simple as - click and brew. DIY Cold Brew Kits Are Coffee’s Next Big Roast “It’s like having your own personal barista in the comfort of your own home or office who gets your order right – every time!” said Marc Turkowitz, Founder of ReallyCoolCoffee. “Who doesn’t like the sound of that?” 4-Pouch-Makes-40-60-cups-1200w Two burgeoning players in the do-it-yourself cold brew “coffeesphere” creating DIY kits are ReallyCoolCoffee and Grady’s Cold Brew. Simply place the order online and have it delivered straight to your mailbox. ReallyCoolCoffee is brewing up the coffee hack of the 21st century. What began as a campaign on Kickstarter has turned into a fully funded coffee start-up. ReallyCoolCoffee delivers DIY cold brew coffee goodness straight to your doorstep. In two easy steps you have a perfectly brewed cup of joe. First, you submerge the cold-brew coffee filter bags into water. Let steep for 12-18 hours. And then remove the bags and enjoy fresh cold-brew coffee all week. It’s smooth and not bitter like most coffee. And ReallyCoolCoffee is the official coffee for Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf on NBC. What’s not really cool about that? Grady’s Cold Brew, another company vying for your coffee attention offers a cold brew coffee concentrate or bean bags so you can make your own cold-brew coffee 24/7. Grady’s Cold Brew is a New Orleans-style coffee, which simply means it’s roasted with chicory. It’s brewed and bottled by hand in Brooklyn, NY. "Grady's Cold Brew Bean Bags are a DIY kit that lets anyone make a week’s worth of cold-brewed iced coffee fresh at home,” said Grady Laird, President and Co-founder of Grady's Cold Brew.” Can_12cups_lid I found both ReallyCoolCoffee and Grady’s Cold Brew to be a huge time and money saver. As an avid coffee enthusiast and a young woman living in New York City, I’m always looking for ways to save money, especially on everyday items. Using these DIY cold brew kits at home is sure to save you a considerable amount of money. The Suite & Savory staff took the time to do the math for you based on the assumption that you are like us and order coffee 7 days a week (at the minimum). Illustrated here using ReallyCoolCoffee: 8-pack = coffee for 8 weeks = $49 = 80-120 cups of coffee vs. Traditional coffee shop Coffee for 8 weeks = approx. $3 a cup = 56 cups of coffee = $168 cost-per-cup-comparison As you can see, that’s a significant savings and you don’t even need to curb your caffeine habit just think of how you’re going to spend that extra money you’ll be saving. To Get Brewing visit: www.reallycoolcoffee.com www.gradyscoldbrew.com
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5 Reasons You Should Try Nitro Coffee This Summer
July 22, 2015 at 11:52 am 0
  photo-144The latest trend in coffee is literally exploding across the nation. This summer’s coffee craze is nitro-cold brew and two places in NYC brewing up the best in nitro on tap: Stumptown Coffee Roasters located in the Ace Hotel and in the West Village and Brooklyn Roasting Company in the Flatiron District. Eat Up New York has blown the lid off the top reasons to try nitro coffee this summer - that is if you can handle the caffeine buzz.
  1. First off, it looks like a delicious ice-cold beer.
  1. The taste is a lot smoother, richer and less bitter than regular coffee.
  1. And since the taste is so smooth, there is really no need to add in any extra milk, soy milk or sugar.
  1. If you’re lucky enough to find nitro coffee in a coffee shop, it will always be on tap.
  1. Nitro coffee is made with actual nitrogen, which makes the coffee creamy-like and frothy.