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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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New York Central at the Grand Hyatt New York Debuts Wine Dinners & Chef’s Table Series
December 18, 2015 at 2:50 pm 0
New York Central at the Grand Hyatt New York recently debuted their new Wine Dinners & Chef’s Table series. We recently attended the unforgettable dinner, which featured a menu of fresh, seasonal dishes prepared by Chef Daron Lee, along with carefully selected wine pairings by the restaurant’s wine experts Nicolas Prieto and Javier Labrada. Chef Lee’s passion for cooking began at an early age and was further cultivated during his time at the French Culinary Institute. Having held positions in renowned restaurants such as The Dining Room at The Modern, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the Four Seasons Hotel, Scarpetta and Villard Michel Richard at The New York Palace Hotel, Lee brings his incredible culinary talent and expertise to each dish he creates. The evening began with a mouthwatering amuse bouche of Hamachi ‘crunchy roll,’ toasted quinoa, pickled black radish and grapefruit. Next was the Roast Beets: smoked goat cheese, pistachio and blood orange; served with Domaine de la Perriere, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Sancerre. Followed by Foie Gras a la Plancha: rutabaga, dates and vanilla; served with Domaine Auther, Gewürztraminer, 2012, Alsace. Lardo Wrapped Monkfish: smoked fennel, salsify and sherry vinegar; served with Jane's Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2013, Russian River. Beer Braised Pork Belly: kabocha puree, brussels sprouts, tamarind ginger jus; served with Symmetry Meritage, Red Wine Blend, 2012, Alexander Valley. And for dessert, an apple quince crumble with nutmeg streusel, toasted marshmallow, grapefruit sorbet and quince chips. After our heavenly dinner, guests were treated to an exclusive tour of the roof with an amazing view of the Chrysler Building. New York Central features an open kitchen surrounded by a wall of windows overlooking New York City and is connected to Grand Central Station. For reservations call 646-213-6865 and for more visit: http://grandnewyork.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/NewYorkCentral.html            
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Peapod by Stop & Shop and Barilla Launch Pasta Meal Kits in New York City
November 5, 2015 at 10:55 pm 0
We attended a delicious luncheon this afternoon hosted by Peapod.com and Barilla where they unveiled their new pasta meal kits and we got the first taste!

SC Culinary Suite

Fall inspired menu by Barilla’s Chef Lorenzo Boni The first course was a light vegan salad with fennel, orange, cucumber and grape tomatoes. Next Chef Lorenzo Boni demonstrated how to make Farfalle with Roasted Butternut Squash, one of the four easy to make pasta meal kits by Barilla, followed by Marsala Zabaglione with mixed berries for dessert.
Executive Chef Lorenzo Boni of Barilla

Executive Chef Lorenzo Boni of Barilla

The pasta meal kits contain pre-measured ingredients to make dinner in less than 30 minutes. The kits are between $15.99-$23.99 and serve 4-6 people – which averages less than $5 per serving. Each pasta meal kit is complete with recipes, nutrition facts, fresh ingredients and all vegetables are prewashed measured and cut – which saves a lot of time in the kitchen. Other meals available include: Tortellini Soup, Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Spaghetti and Baked Rotini. To order your meal kit visit: www.peapod.com  

Farfalle with Roasted Butternut Squash

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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