Sunday, November 30, 2008

Onishi Gallery‏ Opening reception

Onishi Gallery is proud to present Emi Uchida in a solo show, Trace. In this exhibition, Uchida presents a new body of art in which she builds on the beautiful colors in her former work by adding charcoal lines on top of her colorful oil paintings. Her paintings use fresh and transparent colors echoing watercolor. Her process of laying lines is a way of finding herself through her paintings, which represent both her body and her soul.

Whether Uchida’s charcoal lines are thick, thin, quick, slow, strong or delicate, each stroke makes her aware of the passage of time and the singularity of each moment. Uchida considers her lines a trace of both herself and time; each line on the canvas is different and is impossible to replicate. When Uchida’s lines are piled on each canvas, they merge into one unified plane.

Emi Uchida Trace
December 4 – 23, 2008

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 4, 6-8 pm

Onishi Gallery
521 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
T. 212.695.8035
F. 212.695.8036
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

11/26 Artcards Announces: pre launch party‏

New York pre launch party

You and your guests are invited to a special pre launch party in New York to celebrate the occasion of the 4th edition of the PooL Art Fair.

Hosted by: Frere Independent High Life NY M The New York Art World Artcards White Box,

Wednesday, November 26, 8pm - midnight

Click to RSVP

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Having lunch at the first USDA Certified Organic restaurant in New York and the nation's first restaurant to use 100% USDA Certified organic ingredients can be a unique experience. Because not only the food but everything is organic, even the waiters uniforms and the paper mats on the tables. The only thing that is not organic is the water which is nonetheless purified through a top-notch purification system that takes out metals and toxins, but retains the good minerals and is offered free to the customers. Food is bought from local producers from the New York area while the restaurant stays open from 8am to midnight.

I tried the Risotto, refreshing and simple, a warm taste in a cold day, made only with mushrooms and parsley. The gluten-free penne with pesto and ricotta cheese was made from rice rather than wheat, another tasty dish with a more alternative approach for demanding dieters. Finally, I tasted the newly made quiche with tomato, mozzarella and basil, extremely light with minimum oils and a thin crust which made it an ideal lunch choice. I couldn't leave without giving a go to the natural fruit blends. I first tried the yellow Suave made with peaches, orange juice, agave and ice and I sipped the Rojo made with strawberries, orange juice, agave and ice, both full with vitamins A, B and fibers. Have a drink like this a day and you won't need supplements again!

While enjoying my green lunch, I noticed that this organic eatery is particularly popular with mothers and toddles due to the natural, organic ingredients and the quiet, relaxing environment. I learned that Gustorganics offers fresh baby meals daily, a nice surprise a mother wouldn't say no to.

Just before leaving the elegant restaurant at the corner of 6th Avenue and 14th Street, and with a final glance at the printed with soy ink brown paper menu, I made a stop at the price list: the experience does not come cheap but with the exceptional quality, the service and the environment, you will break even.
519 Avenue of the Americas @ 14th street - New York - 212.242.5800

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

La Maison Du chocolat opening photos

Have a look at the pictures to witness that good quality chocolate is never out of fashion: Director of Creation and chocolate/pastry chef Gilles Marchal is preparing his gorgeous cups of bittersweet pleasure, guests are waiting to enter the store in Wall Street, and more guests are just enjoying themselves with prosecco, canapés and of course chocolates and macarons!

Well done Maison Du Chocolat! We love you!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Eye On The Strand Photo Contest Party

Eye On The Strand Photo Contest Launch Party,

7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (at 12th Street) 2nd floor

Art Department (212) 473-1452 FREE

The Strand Bookstore, a New York institution since 1927, has one of the largest, most comprehensive collections of photography books in the world. The Strand has partnered with Aperture and Pratt Institute Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS), to host a photography contest, Eye on the Strand. Amateur and professional photographers alike from all over the world are invited to submit their photo representations of the Strand Bookstore for a chance to win an afternoon with internationally-renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark, a collection of fifty photobooks published by Aperture, and more. A group exhibit Pratt CCPS Gallery in the summer of 2009 will include all of the winning images.

Aperture, Pratt, and the Strand will host a reception with Aperture photographers at the Strand Bookstore to celebrate their work and launch the contest. Aperture artists scheduled to attend, sign their books, and mingle with fans include Catherine Chalmers, Michal Chelbin, Donna Ferrato, Paul Fusco, Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz, Stephen Shames, and Hank Willis Thomas, among others.

The Eye on the Strand photo contest will run from November 6, 2008, through February 27, 2009.

Opening of "Askew" at Soho D & H Gallery‏

Opening reception November 20th
7:30 -9pm
bar by Zygo Vodka
Soho D & H Gallery
155 spring st. 4th FL
btwn Wooster & w. Broadway

Fiorentina De Basi shows her adoration for street art through mixed media photography. Putting together unlikely images commenting on society through urban goggles if you will. Her works are inspired by other artist she calls revolutionaries, to whom she pays homage in the series. Join us in the opening reception of "ASKEW".

There will be a celebration for her 5 museum tour after the reception at Boucarou where there will be a show of digital projections of her work. Complimentary drinks & Dinner menu available. 10pm, 64 E 1st St (1st & 1st)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Celebrate the Macallan

Celebrate the Macallan
You and a guest are cordially invited to join us for a tasting of the World’s Most Precious Whisky - The Macallan. At this private event, you’ll discover the heritage and traditionof several of The Macallan’s finest single malts. We look forward to sharing an evening with you. Please click below to learn more and find an event in your area.

Independent Retail Week ----New York

November 17–23, 2008 invites you to shop, indulge and be pampered.
Some of New York City's best independent stores in fashion, beauty and accessories offer you selected services and products at 20% discount.
- Find the perfect outfit for your office Holiday party
- Pick up cool gifts for friends
- Be beautiful with make-up, hair and massage
- Enjoy cocktails with friends

Go on spoil yourself!
Join us for the Kick Off Party on November 15th 12pm – 5pm
For more information visit or contact

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New York Girl Style

Celebrate Star Designer 2008: Dana Maxx‏
November 13th at 7pm

at Nikki Midtown, 151 5oth street

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Brooks Brothers event ---New York

La Maison Du chocolate opening --- New York

Geoffroy d'Anglejan, President and Chief Executive Officer and
Gilles Marchal, Pâtissier-Chocolatier, Creative Director
request the honor of your company
to the opening of La Maison du Chocolat Wall Street
Wednesday, the 12th of November 2008
From 6:00 to 8:00 PM

La Maison du Chocolat
63 Wall Street
New York City


Shop for a cause ----New York

Party with NYLON & Burton in NYC

Monday, November 10, 2008

Rizzoli New York reception and book signing

Rizzoli New York and Gagosian Gallery cordially invite you to a cocktail reception and booksigning in honor of CECILY BROWN

Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Rizzoli Bookstore, 31 West 57th Street, New York City Between 5th and 6th Avenues

For more information please visit:

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Tastings New York

Attending the "Tastings" Food Festival this year was a fun event and definitely, particularly delicious. Merged with the Chocolate show and with the not obviously present Tea and Coffee festival (I didn't see any coffee company exhibiting with the exception of the Starbucks energy drink), the tasting experience included salt, sugar, alcohol and also design water (!). I had plenty of samples from New York restaurants, new products, dessert treats, plenty of chocolate and enough wine but here are the "stops" that will remember from this weekend:

- The colorful, veggie chips: amazing taste combined with a colorful presence, excellent for parties as it matches the colors with crispy bites!
- The favorite, now, Belgian waffles, Wafels and Dinges, despite the long line (and the rude people waiting), waffles came here and will stay for a while in New York
- Various new nut butters that mix nuts with spices and herbs (like coriander with hazelnut and almond butter from Marilyn's Nut Butters)
- The mini pumpkin cheese cake offered by the Tavern on the Green restaurant, buttery but not fatty, a well-deserved dessert or just a fun bite
- The design water bar (read next posting)

As for the chocolate show, I would make a note for:

- the chocolate dipped chip by Divalicious, an amazing for a first timer taste despite the guarantee for higher cholesterol levels
- a rich but nutty chocolate brand (Berkshire Bark) for those who love nuts and chocolate. Try the Midnight Harvest, a combination of Belgian dark chocolate, roasted almonds and hazelnuts, dried cranberries and fresh orange zest, a Real Poem of taste!
- the arrogant presence of the World Famous Chocolates but without samples (I really wanted to try the famous Callebaut, which actually did during the wine and chocolate pairing seminar).

With my stomach full and my taste satisfied, I have to say that Food Festivals are indeed an invitation for the senses but a challenge for moderation. Despite my good intentions, I can't still manage moderation - maybe this will be my goal for the next Tastings festival. Who knows, I may succeed!

Thursday, November 06, 2008