Valentine’s Venues – New York’s Top 5 Romantic Restaurants

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Photo Courtesy of: Thomas Stegelman

Just one week away, it can be overwhelming deciding where you and “bae” will cuddle up and dine for V-day. But with no shortage of romantic restaurants in sight, I’ve created a list of the Top 5 most romantic restaurants in all the 212 (or 347, 917, 646… you get the picture). Check out Nikki’s favorite fab five for Tuesday’s dreamy dining destination – Continue reading “Valentine’s Venues – New York’s Top 5 Romantic Restaurants”

Le Diner En Blanc – A Secret Picnic with 5,000 of Your Closest New Yorkers

img_6318What do you get when you invite 5,000 New Yorkers to a fancy picnic at a secret location? Le Diner En Blanc, of course. What started as a small idea, has grown into a world wide phenomenon with waiting lists as long as the circumference of the equator!

In 1988, after being abroad for part of the summer, Francois Pasquier had the grand idea to invite a small group of friends to a fancy fete like they’d never experienced.  He instructed each of them to wear white so they’d be able to find each other in the Parc de Bagatelle in Paris and the first official Dîner en Blanc was born. They loved the idea so much, the following year they decided each person would invite other friends and 25 years later, the event has grown into the global glam picnic it has become, with thousands of people attending, and that many more on a wait list, hoping for their chance at this one-of-a-kind celebration.  Continue reading “Le Diner En Blanc – A Secret Picnic with 5,000 of Your Closest New Yorkers”

Invading Places – When Dashing Dinners Meet Ridiculous Real Estate

DSC_1050What do you get when you mix a remarkable meal with a stranger’s magical maison? PlaceInvaders of course!

PlaceInvaders is a one-of-a-kind secret supper club popping up in random residences across America.

In 2014, Katie Smith-Adair and Hagan Blount, two travel and food enthusiasts, combined their love of these two things launching this special project. Their first takeover was in a small, but stunning taxidermy-filled apartment in New York City’s burgeoning, Lower East Side.

With some trials and tribulations along the way, there was much to be learned, but also many friends and memories to be made. Katie and Hagan have now hosted 111 individual events throughout 12 cities, since, and they aren’t stopping any time soon. Continue reading “Invading Places – When Dashing Dinners Meet Ridiculous Real Estate”

Eating is Knowing – A Feast of New Friends, Food & Fabulousness

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(Photo: Liam Quigley)

When you encounter a night of fabulous food, fun and new friends, it’s pretty much like winning the lottery. But when it’s put together by food design enthusiast Misha Volf and curious chef extraordinaire Aimee Hunter, we’re talking about a whole new level of things!

Upon first learning about this experience and writing about it, I really didn’t know what to expect, I just knew it was going to be an unforgettable night… and that it was. Continue reading “Eating is Knowing – A Feast of New Friends, Food & Fabulousness”