Lebanese-Middle Eastern eatery Balade is a quaint little space that should not be overlooked. Located on 208 1st Avenue, Balade, which means “produce of the highest quality,” offers traditional Lebanese cuisine in an atmosphere true to the Lebanese culture. Balade opened in 2010 by chef and restaurateur Roland Semann, a native of Beirut, Lebanon, with the mission “to introduce Lebanese cuisine to New Yorkers. They serve a variety of small plates and family-size platters — so much so that I’m sure there’s an option for your entire family.

Upon walking into Balade, we (that’s me and my girlfriend) instantly fell…

Tuscany Steakhouse is an elegant eatery located at 117 W. 58th street. The classic American & Italian restaurant, owned by veteran restaurateur Steve Haxhiaj, offers steak & seafood dishes with a quaint, upscale ambiance. Chef Jaime Chabla — who has over 20 years’ experience working in various top kitchens — cooks up Tuscany’s signature dry-aged steaks (such as the porterhouse, New York sirloin, and, of course, filet mignon) that are enough to feed three to four people. …

Australian native Melissa Ambrosini has been inspiring people to be their best selves for quite a while. Beginning her career as a model, TV presenter, actress and professional dancer, Ambrosini shifted to motivational speaking, writing and podcasting. Her health played a major role in her transition. She says, “I was trashing my body,” She states she lives a life of partying, unhealthy eating healthy and poor exercising habits. “I had a very loud inner critic and toxic thoughts in my mind. I did not value sleep or water. I did not value nature or meditation. I did not value many…

Brian Paonessa's need to enriches lives has always been at the forefront of everything he does. He started his career in the fitness industry, helping his clients transform into their healthiest selves, but always felt like life had more in store for him, stating, “I heard a whisper that told me the time to make it happen was now, so I went after it.” Although he worked in gyms and wellness centers in some of New York’s most notable neighborhoods, he wanted to take the next step in the health field; going down the path of becoming a nurse.

He…

PJ Bernstein is a staple in the New York Jewish Deli dining scene. Although it may not get the attention of some more notable counterparts such as Katz’s Delicatessen and 2nd Avenue Deli, PJ Bernstein has been beloved by many New Yorkers since the 1960s, including legendary celebrities Lucille Ball, Liza Minelli and Mayor Ed Koch. Located on 1215 3rd Ave, PJ Bernstein is a multi-generational restaurant now owned and operated by father and son team, Steve and Eugene Slobodski. …

Alfie’s Bar & Kitchen gives off the appearance of one of those places you’d pass right by among the myriad of restaurants in New York’s Theater District, but I can tell you from first-hand experience that you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you do. Located on 53rd and 9th, Alfie’s serves gourmet comfort food, with enough libation options to satisfy the pickiest of drinkers.

Executive Chef-Partner Darren Pettigrew provides Alfie’s customers with a creative menu of comfort cooking that spotlights locally sourced organic ingredients. …

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Florida’s Top Doctor winner, Dr. Tarik Husain, is up there with America’s top plastic surgeons which explains his nickname, “Dr. Miami Beach”. We delve deeper into Husain’s story to find out the varied steps he took along the way to reaching this impressive status.

Husain’s academic journey began with a scholarship in biomedical engineering, before completing his medical training at the University of Southern California (USC). With an impressive academic record and obvious potential, Husain had offers from several prestigious companies when he graduated. He declined, his passion for medicine making the decision for him.

With restaurants opening to 75% indoor capacity and spring in full swing, pretty much everyone will be on the hunt for restaurants that offer quality dining experiences. With many people sharpening up their culinary skills during quarantine, a great dish is no longer enough for serious eaters. I think ramen restaurant Ichiran is a fantastic option for those who are looking for a truly immersive dining experience (and some of the best ramen I’ve possibly ever had).

Even though I’ve slowed down quite a bit on dining out (for obvious reasons), I took this as an opportunity to have a…

With Super Bowl LV just days away, I wanted to share with you some delicious recipes courtesy of PENNE STRAWS by Pasta Snacks, DAH! Yogurt, Candy Pop popcorn, and O’dang Foods that will have you scoring a TOUCHDOWN in the kitchen. Check out these Super Bowl snack ideas that are a must-have to elevate your stay-at-home celebration!

The first must-try snack is PENNE STRAWS by Pasta Snacks and the perfect football-themed recipe is below. This has become a consumer favorite over the last few years, gaining attention as the go-to chip alternative. The delicious taste, perfect crunch, and low-calorie ingredients…

Carlos Lacayo

Music, Art, Fashion and Entertainment Writer from New York City. Follow me on Instagram @litoswaay!

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