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CityBrunch Launches new Bottomless Brunch App in NYC

How many weekend hours do you spend trying to find the perfect bottomless brunch place for you and your friends?

What if there was a way to find the hottest and best deals all in one place? CityBrunch offers you just that.

The app just completed beta testing and has now launched in one of the biggest brunch meccas in the world, NYC.  Soon, it will look to expand to other major cities. But for now, only those in NYC will be able to reap its benefits.

Here’s what CityBrunch offers via its description in the Apple iTunes store:

CityBrunch connects you to the best bottomless brunches in your city and offers special promotions for brunch.

CityBrunch allows you to see the details of the bottomless deal, cuisine type, location, phone number, and menu of your favorite bottomless brunch restaurants in your city.

Use CityBrunch to plan your weekend and finally enjoy boozy brunch, your way.

I’ve been fortunate enough to be a beta tester on the product and I have to say, it certainly does offer a lot at only $.99. In the app you can search by cuisine type, bottomless brunch deal and even neighborhood so that you don’t have to wander too far from your bed. It’s a handy little app that could very easily serve all your brunch needs.

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In the future, the app will likely continue to build on its easy to use interface and offer more features as time goes on. Additionally, I’ve talked with its creator and they hope to launch an app soon for Android devices.

To download the app, via the App Store. Additionally, you may follow CityBrunch on Facebook as well.

Happy eating and maybe I’ll see you at brunch! 😉

 

A Reflection on Friday, January 20, 2017

I’m not sure what to write today as I know so many of us are feeling so many different emotions.  I’m with you. While we certainly have some challenges to face in the coming days, months, and years here in the States I also have to say that I am encouraged by the intelligent and cogent discourse that I have witnessed, and been a part of,  recently about our political system.

In some ways I am not surprised by the current dynamics of our country and the labeling of some rights as irresponsible “special interests”. It’s been coming for a while. I did, like many of you, feel shocked on November 8. It was a tough night. After watching interviews and confirmation hearings recently, I’m still in awe of the status of our country and what has come to be known as generally acceptable or tolerable from our representatives.

We are all responsible for what happens next. Continue to fight for what’s right and stay involved. If you haven’t been involved, get involved. And most of all, RESIST.

 

Photo credit: Library of Congress
Artist: Charles T Webber

Soothe App Launches in NYC! A Review

There are apps for everything these days, from talking with a therapist to ordering groceries online, whatever you need to take care of pretty much has an app for your convenience.  Enter Soothe, a new app launching in early November 2015 in New York City to help bring you in-home or office massages at your whim.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

Here are what the Soothe app folks promise:

Soothe (www.soothe.com) is a same-day, massage-on-demand service available in 14 cities across the country with over 1800 licensed massage therapists. Soothe delivers a licensed, vetted, certified massage therapist to your home, office or hotel room, with as little as 60 minutes advance notice. Services include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Couples massage, in treatment lengths of 60-90-120 minutes for a fixed fee that includes gratuity and taxes ($99-$139-$169). Their hours are 8 am – midnight daily. People can book 24-7 via the iOS or Android app, online, or via the toll-free number during business hours. It’s consistently received 5-star reviews. Soothe is already available in Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Los Angeles/OC, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, San Diego, Austin, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Washington, D.C., and Seattle.

This past week I had the chance to try out Soothe and had a great experience!  I made my appointment via the app on my iPad the day before for an after work stress break.  Set up was super easy and I was able to choose between a Swedish, Deep Tissue or Couples Massage. I opted for the Swedish one hour massage and got my confirmation. I was all set.

The day of my appointment I received a confirmation from Soothe that Michael would be my massage therapist and would arrive at our scheduled time. I was a little nervous having an at-home massage (after all it was a stranger I was letting in) BUT my therapist was so professional and personable.  He even recommended a few ways to stretch my back and neck after sitting at my desk for hours every day.  After my hour was up, I felt amazingly relaxed and slept very well that night.  And I didn’t even have to leave my apartment or put on anything other than lounge wear.  It was amazing! I will definitely be using Soothe to book again.

I had a great experience and if my trial was any reflection of the types of professionals that Soothe offers, then I’m sure that everyone will be making a lot of reservations via the Soothe app (available in the iTunes store) when it launches in NYC on November 3.  And exclusively for MANE MAN readers, I have partnered with Soothe to offer $30 off your first massage when you use the code MANEMAN30.  Try it out for yourself!

 

Disclosure: The experience described in this post was provided courtesy of Soothe.  No further compensation was provided. All opinions listed herein are mine and have not been influenced in any way by the folks at Soothe.

Spring Hair and loving BBraxton

Every year, like everyone else, I tend to do a little Spring cleaning but mine usually comes in the form of a haircut.  As the weather gets a little warmer and the humidity increases each day, I just can’t tolerate a huge fro in the heat.  I’m still convinced that wearing a fro makes me feel five degrees hotter than everyone else, but who knows really.

So a little over a week ago, I posted this gem on Instagram:

Like I’m always on the hunt for the “perfect” grooming products, I’m also looking for the perfect barber shop or salon to call home. After living in NYC for several years, I still haven’t found a place that I feel super comfortable in.  I hate to say this, but barbershops aren’t always the most comfortable environments because conversations tend to turn very graphic and unprofessional pretty quickly so that usually disrupts my peaceful grooming time.

BBraxton: Exceptional Grooming. For Exceptional Men.
BBraxton: Exceptional Grooming. For Exceptional Men.

Well, for my latest cut I finally made my way to BBraxton in East Harlem and was not disappointed.  It’s a great, professional, super clean environment with very professional barbers and stylists.  And, it only costs a few bucks more which is well worth it for the atmosphere.  It’s nice to see someone taking men’s grooming seriously.  The downside is I literally got into the shop days before it was going out of business. The shop closed at the end of April 2014 but when I spoke to the owner Brenda Braxton briefly  it was clear that she’s committed to finding a new location for BBraxton which I would gladly patronize.  She’s a  lovely woman and was nothing but courteous, warm and professional. Plus, the music was great too!

Hopefully it won’t be too long before BBraxton is up and running in a new spot.  I would definitely like to take advantage of some of their other services (massages, manicures, etc.) and introduce some of my friends to the shop too.  Only time will tell, but I will be keeping up with BBraxton on Twitter and Instagram in the meantime.

Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a free haircut

Valery Joseph Salon NYC
Receive a free haircut when you donate to Locks of Love at the Valery Joseph salon in NYC this October.

Hi ladies and gents!  If you didn’t know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Many of us have been affected by breast cancer, either directly or indirectly, and I think it’s important to acknowledge the women who have battled cancer and help spread the word about prevention.  Here are a few general facts about breast cancer via the Susan G. Komen website:

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women
  • Breast cancer also affects men and is expected to reach 2,240 new cases in 2013
  • Estimates claim that there will be about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer in U.S. women in 2013
  • There is a higher rate of survival with early detection via mammograms
  • Changes in the look or feel of breasts are the most common symptoms of breast cancer

What can you do about this?  Well for one, it’s important to conduct regular self exams on a monthly basis.  Additionally, you can raise money for breast cancer research and donate to Susan G. Komen or a host of other breast cancer initiatives. Men, you can support the women in your lives to be diligent about getting checked or even offer your own hands on assistance in checking if it’s that kind of relationship.

If you are in NYC this October you can also visit the Valery Joseph Salon in Manhattan (only offered at the 1044 Madison Avenue location) on Sundays or Wednesdays and donate hair to Locks of Love. In return you get a free haircut from their experienced stylists, which isn’t a bad trade-off!  Keep in mind to donate to Locks of Love you must have 10 inches of hair to donate which is a lot, but in my opinion well worth the risk to help someone in need.

Come meet me at Skyroom September 11!

Hi all, if you haven’t heard yet, yours truly will be a part of the Follicle film celebration on September 11 from 7-11 PM at NYC hot-spot Skyroom!  Hopefully I’ll get to meet many of you, share some cocktails and plenty of laughs while we gaze at all the fantastic fros and natural hair around.

We will all be in good company as Karen Tappin of Karen’s Body Beautiful joins us along with Cassidy Blackwell of Natural Selection blog and the ever-hilarious and super talented actress and comedienne Kim Coles!

Oh and did I mention there are awesome giveaways and goodie bags for the first 200 people to attend? ABSOLUTELY!  See the invite below for deets and don’t forget to visit http://follicle-efbevent.eventbrite.com/ to get your tickets ahead of time ($10 + fees for early bird tix or $15 at the door).  I’ll see you there!

Follicle flyer

 

There’s a Time and a Place for some Sazón flavor!

 

Mofongo ropa vieja from Sazón.  Delicious!
Mofongo ropa vieja from Sazón. Delicious!

A few years ago I was on the hunt for a great Puerto Rican restaurant in the city to enjoy my birthday celebration. I was happy to stumble upon Sazón, a Latin American restaurant in the fashionable Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan.

Celebrating my birthday at Sazón has always been a good time, from the super large portions to the delicious, and potent, mojitos. One of my favorite dishes, the pernil (or roast pork) is as someone said on Yelp, “the size of a small couch” and trust me, this is only a small exaggeration. The tables are large enough for family gatherings or a small army of your closet friends and loved ones.

But, by far, the best part of the Sazón experience is the festive atmosphere. Cocktails flow liberally and there’s always blaring Latin music that’s guaranteed to make you wiggle in your chair. At least, I know I always do.  If you’re not actually Puerto Rican, the staff will definitely make you feel like you’re in a quaint family restaurant in the heart of Old San Juan, even with the ton of space that Sazón offers.

And if the festive atmosphere of the dining room isn’t enough, there is also a cavernous basement lounge downstairs that takes that festive Puerto Rican energy into overdrive. Packed with couches, loud music and cocktail service, the lounge adds to the celebratory atmosphere and legacy that patrons have grown accustomed to. It’s almost as if the restaurant has an actual club of its own for some late night festivities. You can just hang out and enjoy some cocktails or dance the night away if you’d like. It’s definitely an awesome time.

One of the greatest things about Sazón is that it really is a place that you create memories. And isn’t that what tradition is really about?  I’ve personally been a few times and enjoyed both the music and more than my share of cocktails. It’s nice enough to warrant a celebration for any occasion but without the pretense that would keep locals and families away for a delicious dinner any day of the week. As it was opening back in 2009, the owner Genaro Morales wanted to bring some Old San Juan flair to the trendy Tribeca neighborhood and I personally think Sazón is a success of blending the two, offering a Nuevo Latino flavor to the downtown area.

Sazón has certainly carved out quite the reputation in the neighborhood. It’s the perfect place to enjoy drinks whether it’s with Mount Gay Rum or anything else. The bar is perfect for enjoying a Mount Gay Black and Stormy (one of my personal favorites) or even one of their classic mojitos. The great thing is that the bar is always stocked and there is certainly something for everyone. I would highly recommend it to anyone in the area looking for a brash place to celebrate a fun occasion. This place definitely has a lot of charm.  And trust me, if there is a time and place for a fiesta of some sort, Sazón on a Saturday night is certainly it. Who knows, maybe I’ll even see you there!

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Improv Everywhere’s Texting and Walking Service

Living in NYC is hard y’all.  I mean sometimes you find yourself walking around and having to reply to your friends’ text messages at the same time.  I kid, of course! But what if you actually had a “seeing eye person” who could lead you around safely while you sent texts to your heart’s content?  For a good laugh, check out this Improv Everywhere skit from You Tube.  What’s my favorite part? It would probably be when the two “seeing eye” people cross each other’s paths in the cross walk and one has a line of like 7 people.  Hilarious.  Check it out!

911: Never Forget

Photos from the 911 Memorial
Photos from the 911 Memorial

Given the news coverage lately, my mind has recently taken a trip down memory lane in remembering some of those newsworthy moments that had me glued to my television screen.  This past week it was the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.  Way before that it was the O.J. Simpson trial.  And then there was 911.

I had the recent chance to check out the 911 memorial for the first time and it is a great tribute to all those lost and those who served that day. The fountains were beautiful, albeit slightly tainted due to some idiot throwing a ball in one, and stand where the two towers once did.  The experience of being there was both comforting and somber for me, but then again I had no personal connection to those who lost their lives that day.  Visiting is certainly an honor and a nice way to pay tribute to the spirit of rebuilding NYC.

Logistics wise, if you are interested in viewing the site, you have to reserve a ticket in advance which will basically give you an appointment to enter the site. Security is tight (like almost airport tight) so come prepared to temporarily surrender your belongings while you go through metal detectors.  Even with an appointment the wait is long, so still be sure to bring some patience with you too (also, visit a bathroom before hand, OK?).  I thought the experience was absolutely worth it and it certainly won’t be something that I’ll forget any time soon.  For more information, visit 911memorial.org.

NYC Restaurant Week!

By far one of my favorite things about living in NY is the variety of cultures and food in one (relatively small) area.  On top of that, there is Restaurant Week that basically enables my indulging even further.  Hey, I’m not complaining!

So far (this Restaurant Week) I’ve only been able to check out Kittichai but I’m looking to indulge into some other places soon!  The prix fixe lunch ($25) provides you with a three course meal with one appetizer, one entrée and dessert.  For the entrée, I had the hanger steak which was tasty if not a little chewy and for dessert I had the trio of ice cream.  Make sure you eat the maple ice cream…it was AMAZING!  But by far the best item from my meal was the Thai Spice Butternut Squash Soup.   It was velvety creamy, spicy and so delicious that I took a picture. I can’t reasonably go back this week…can I?!

Thai Spice Butternut Squash Soup