Pop Culture Features

City Life Review: Yerba Buena Latin Restaurant: Perry Street NYC

yerba buena 2This past Sunday I had brunch with the girls at the Latin restaurant Yerba Buena.  We got there around 12:30pm and were seated promptly.  This was much to my surprise since we didn’t have reservations.  The ambiance was chic. Lovely modern décor, mellow tunes such as Tina Turner and Michael Jackson tunes were playing in the background with a diverse crowd.  The waitress was very prompt in taking our drink order. Of course, we went for the one-hour unlimited cocktails. I sipped on a few white sangrias, and a Brazilian Bellini, both of which were very tasty. The sangria was made with grand marnier, lepanto brandy, blackberry brandy, peach liquer and fresh fruit and the bellini was made with  leblon cachaca, passion fruit and sparkling wine. Thirst quencher!

For brunch they had quite a selection, variations of Latin influenced dishes.  I decided on the Pan Dulce, which is the French toast with manchego cheese. I was skeptical at first, cheese and French toast just didn’t sound appetizing, but to my surprise it was delicious. I could have definitely gone for seconds. The food came out pretty quickly once we ordered and the waitress kept the drinks coming. We didn’t even get a chance to finish our glasses before she was over asking if we wanted more.  I am very particular about how my food looks and the presentation was very appealing. yerba buena

My friends and I stayed for almost 3 hours and we had a fabulous time. I definitely plan to go back and try their dinner menu. If you’re ever in the city and looking for a relaxed brunch spot, I would add Yerba Buena to the list.

Check out their website for more information:

http://ybnyc.com/media/yerbabuena.html

*photo credit : beautyandthefeastblog.com / nycgo.com *

Virtuous Magazine: Interview with Author Brittany Davis

brittany davisShe’s an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, a published author, a wife, and most importantly a child of God. I recently had the opportunity of catching up with Brittany Davis, creator of Virtuous Magazine to discuss her book, Style Your Soul: Get Dressed from the Inside Out, her magazine, and upcoming projects.

As a woman, it seems as if we were designed to multi-task and handle everything and Brittany is no stranger to multi-tasking. From writing for her magazine, writing new books, plus public motivational speaking, Brittany knows where her help comes from and she keeps grounded by her faith and trust in God. “I am so passionate about sharing the love of God with others through Virtuous and showing how fulfilling your life can be when it’s dedicated to Him.” With a love for fashion and her faithful love for God, Brittany wondered how she could merge the two passions and with that came, Virtuous Magazine.  Check out the rest of the interview below: Read more

Latitude Bar & Grill Review

latitude bar and grillLooking for a great after work social located in Midtown Manhattan, I suggest you stroll to Latitude Bar & Grill.  Located in Hell’s Kitchen, it has 3 floors to have a drink, grab a bite to eat and two step while you’re at it.

It was a ladies night and my friends and I decided to give it a try. The music was bumping, nice bouncers at the door and the dance floor was packed. We decided to go to the rooftop since it was a nice summer night.  Great view, drinks were flowing and people were mingling.  What I love most about this place is the vibe. It is very welcoming; you can wear your business skirt, or throw on your 4inch heels and glam it up.  The crowd is very mixed and everyone is there just to have a good time.

If you’re looking for a chilled place to mingle, have a good drink and listen to good music, Latitude is the place to go.

Located at 783 8th Avenue (Between 47th & 48th)
New York, NY 10036

*TIP* Order the French Fries, the 3 dipping sauces are DELISH!

Follow @LatitudeNYC

http://www.latitudebarnyc.com/

Slane: Restaurant & Bar Review

slaneLocated in Greenwich Village, Slane Irish Bar has a relaxed with a dab of funk personality. Friday night DJ played all old school R&B, pop and hip hop hits. The crowd loved it. Most people were sitting at the bar and at the tables, but some were on the dance floor jamming. The space isn’t that big so it can get crowded very quickly.  They serve food until 11pm. Of course, I missed the cutoff but the menu looked great.  Ladies night every Thursday 8pm- 11pm; all beer, wine, and well drinks- half price. I must check that out. *Tip* DO NOT DRIVE! Parking is NON-EXISTING.

http://www.slanenyc.com/

102 MacDougal Street NY,NY

212.505.0079 @slanenyc

*Photo courtesy of slanenyc.com*

Hair Gets Kinky: Interview with Natural Hair Blogger Jessica Gray

jess from kinkyTwist outs, braid outs, coils, and puffs, natural hair lingo is rapidly taking over mainstream pop culture topics. From protective styling, hair typing, to product junkies, natural hair is making a comeback, (for those that thought it left).  Within the last few years it seems that more people are embracing their natural tresses and declaring that “I am not my hair” and are boldly rocking their curls, kinks, and coils for the world to see.

I personally discovered Jess’s website when I decided to go natural almost two years ago and I fell in love with how honest and straightforward her website is. If you are newly natural or just looking for great styles and tips on products her website Hair Gets Kinky is the place to go.

LCC had the honor of interviewing the voice behind the blog Hair Gets Kinky and here is her story behind her natural curls:

LCC: Tell us about your natural hair story

JESS: I got my last relaxer shortly after my 13th birthday. There was no natural hair "movement" and it wasn't the hot thing to do. In fact, I was teased when I stopped wearing my hair straight as often. But I was tired of having to get my hair trimmed so often because of breakage and my hair wasn't even bone-straight like I wanted it to be anyway so a relaxer felt like a waste of time. Plus they don't smell too great and really burn! I didn't Big Chop because it never crossed my mind to do so and 13-year-old Jess wasn't cutting off all of her hair anyway. I wore my hair pressed or in braids or twists all through high school until I got more bold and experimental with styles in college. Read more