Areppas, the Venezuela casual restaurant, opened its new Gramercy location on Tuesday September 24th. It is located at 115 East 23rd Street. The new Gramercy location is 2,240-square feet, with 40 seats and will be open Monday-Friday 10:30am-10:00pm.
Custo Barcelona presented its Insta Glam, fall 2019/winter 2020 collection and gave a preview of its childrenswear line, on Saturday February 9th at the Pier 59 studios in New York City. Natti Natasha, the Latin singer, joined the models at the catwalk to showcase the collection.
HBO Latino hosted an intimate gathering to celebrate and preview the premiere of Gilberto Santa Rosa’s “40 … y Contando” on Thursday September 13th, 2018. The celebration took place at Latin restaurant, Jimmy’s, in Midtown Manhattan.
Guests arrived eagerly on time and filled out the room quickly while sipping piña coladas and Puerto Rican rum. While some iconic salsa anthems blasted on the speakers, fans from all generations gathered and enjoyed.
After a little dancing and the excitement built up, “El Caballero de la Salsa”, the gentleman of salsa, as Gilberto Santa Rosa is known, made his anticipated entrance. With his elegant poise and patient attitude, he took the time to take pictures with fans, friends and family that were enthusiastic to see him.
As soon as he settled in, the crowd gathered to watch the fifteen minute preview of the HBO Latino special that will air on September 14th 2018 at 8 pm. It will also be available on HBO Go and HBO Now.
The clip offered insights into one of the greatest names in the business as well as personal anecdotes of a long and eventful 40 year journey. Everything from Lost in Translation jokes in Japan, to unfaithful husbands begging for his help to gain their wife’s love back, was shown in the video. Laughter filled out the room constantly and everyone cheered in celebration when the preview ended.
“If I were to be born again I would be a singer again,” said Santa Rosa after explaining that he now understood and agreed on why people say that.
Santa Rosa made final remarks thanking all the very diligent and amazing female executives of HBO Latino who planned and organized the event, the Puerto Rican Secretary of State, and assured all his fans that these were the first, but certainly not the last 40 years of his career.
Dan Liu presented his spring/summer 2019 collection on September 11th 2019 at the NYFW: The Shows. The collection’s theme was nowadays Japan.
The theme of the collection was translated well into the everyday pieces. Starting with the opening dance of Kitsune versus Kyou, the struggle of keeping Japanese heritage alive in a modern world was definitely present.
Six styles of white dresses opened the show, which allowed the viewer to appreciate the sharp angles of the geisha-inspired makeup. The purity of the color, could mean the death of old Japanese culture which was reinvented with the following looks.
The seventh look which disrupted the all-white entrance, was a crisp shirt dress with red and blue musical notes adorning the light fabric. The model came out with a lucky cat eye mask, possibly symbolizing a positive new beginning.
The repertoire had a subtle essence of the Japanese subculture of Harajuku. It was applied to the feminine dresses in a way that elevated the clothes. This was seen in small lace details, thin ruffles and pastel color combinations.
Dan Liu succeeded in telling a cohesive story through simple pieces that stood out thanks to the well-made execution and attention to details.
Carolina Herrera presented the ode to her impressive 37-year career and to her success in keeping elegance alive and thriving, at the Museum of Modern Art on February 12th, 2018.
On Tuesday November 7th, we joined Anthony Walkenhorst of Kim Crawford wines for a night of New Zealand wine tasting and Mexican bites at ATLA.
The Mexican sister restaurant of Cosme, ATLA, was the perfect location to try the strong scented wines. From delicate fruity smells to smoky ones, all of the scents created a luring combination.
We started the sensorial tour with a glass of the brand’s favorite, the Sauvignon Blanc while we gazed at the stunning flower arrangements that set the mood for an ethereal evening.
After the Sauvignon Blanc we moved on to the Pinot Noir, which was paired up with ground chorizo sopes with salsa verde. The sopes had a bean puree that sealed all the flavors together.
Next up, was the Chardonnay paired with a tlacoyo, the name comes form the type of dough. It has split pee puree, salsa verde, cream and a generous portion of white shredded cheese on top. The full body wine helped bring out the delicate taste of the salsa verde with the split pee puree.
Another available dish was the mini nopal tostadas, which was paired with the crowd’s favorite, the Sauvignon Blanc, and the top seller of the brand.
An interesting combination was the mini vuelve a la vida tostadas paired with the Rose 2017. The wine was soft and luscious with berry and summery fruit flavors. The vuelve a la vida tostadas had a young yellow tail fluke, octopus, salsa borracha Serrano chiles and cilantro. The salsa borracha or drunk sauce is made with Tequila and chiles for an extra touch of spiciness.
To wrap up the culinary tour, the dessert was a hot chocolate drink with mini marshmallows and a secret ingredient: a touch of the star wine of the night, the Sauvignon Blanc. It was a twist to the vin chaud which many Europeans drink during the winter, but with a genuine Mexican twist that upgraded the drink to what could be the next foodie trend.
On Thursday October 19th, we attended the Daniel E. Straus & CareOne Starry Night Masquerade for Puerto Rico Relief at Skylight Clarkson North in New York City where $4 Million were raised to help the cause. JoJo and Pitbull were the musical performers. Notable guests included Chanel Iman, Danielle Brooks, Joan Smalls, Victor Cruz and Johannes Huebl.
As guests entered the venue, they were greeted by masked models wearing shorts with the Puerto Rican flag printed on them. They set the tone with big trays full of masks so every guest could select the perfect mask to let them enjoy the night and most importantly support Puerto Rico.
Jason Carroll from CNN was co-hosting the night along with Daniel and Lizzie Straus. He spoke of his time in Aguadilla, and the shock of the lack of reach that the resources had in places outside of San Juan.
He went on to introduce Daniel and Lizzie Straus along with the wonderful initiatives that CareOne has funded. The assisted living company from New Jersey has helped not only with Puerto Rico, but with various causes such as Make A Wish, Breast Cancer Foundation, Hurricane Sandy Relief and more.
Once Jojo took the stage as the first performer of the night, she made sure to let guests know how important the event was for her. “Puerto Rico means a lot to me, I went there not for work but because I love it!” said Jojo before gracing the crowd with a throwback favorite, Leave (Get Out).
After warming up with Jojo, Pitbull took over the stage with his recognizable Latin flare and a set of vivacious dancers. But before the fun and the dancing began, Pitbull made a point to share his reason to be part of the event. “To help those that are really in need.”
The night peaked when the Miami native sang Timber, a crowd favorite, and the sign that everyone was having a wonderful time. He went on to perform I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho), Echa Pa’lla (Manos Pa’rriba), Fireball, Hotel Room Service and ended the evening with Give Me Everything.
The perfect closure to the night was to hear the father daughter duo, Daniel and Lizzie Straus announce that they had raised over four million dollars for Puerto Rico.
On September 18th we attended A Discussion on French and American Fashion, Regards Croisés, at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
The 18th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference kicked off with a Venezuelan showcase at SOB’S in New a York City on July 11th. The opening event supported by Broadcast Music Inc., set the tone for what to expect in the following five days. It was a night filled with fresh interpretations of classic Latin music genres.
Diane Von Furstenberg and husband Barry Diller hosted a screening of the French film “Cezanne et Moi” at the Whitby Hotel in New York City on Wednesday March 22nd 2017.