Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Serving Up Smiles and Good Eats with enCourage Kids Foundation

By: Finance Foodie

The other night, I had the honor of attending Serving Up Smiles, benefiting the enCourage Kids Foundation. Held at Chelsea Piers’ breathtaking new venue Current, this event “served up” lots of smiles (and food) from a whole host of awesome restaurants and food purveyors from the New York City area.
Hands down, my favorite sweet treat that evening was the cinnamon ice cream and snickerdoodle cookie sandwich from Melt Bakery. These bite sized morsels of goodness had me coming back for seconds (actually thirds!)
Melt Bakery
Not far behind in second place (Sweet>Savory in my book) was coconut panna cotta with chocolate coconut  ice cream pop from Bryant Park Grill.  I love a good combo of coconut and chocolate- and extra points for the super cute presentation.
Bryant Park Grill
I can't forget about the savory - the duck confit bun from the (aptly named) Buns Bar really blew me away.  This fun take on the old Chinese classic was really cool. Plus the duck was so tender and actually paired really well with the soft and fluffy bun.
Buns Bar
The chilled shrimp ceviche with avocado mousse from El Toro Blanco was also another standout. The generously sized shrimp were nice and plump and the tortilla chips served as an excellent edible scooper. Overall, a nice and refreshing dish.
El Toro Blanco
As they say, a good party is never short on alcohol - which meant this party was great! From the Tito's Bar to the Disaronno Stone Sour cocktails sprinkled in with a plethora of wine, this was definitely a festive event.
On a more serious note, while the food and drink were fun and fantastic, the purpose of this night was to raise money for the enCourage Kids Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing one-of-a-kind experiences for kids facing chronic / life threatening health issues. Since starting 31 years ago, this foundation has awarded over $14 million for over 800 unique programs to make the hospital a little less scary for these youngsters. To learn more about this organization, please visit www.encourage-kids.org.

Photos: A. Loanzon

Monday, October 24, 2016

Gwen Stefani back again on "The Voice"

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Gwen Stefani is going to be a judge on "The Voice" for the third time now. She has also been on the show twice as an adviser. The last time she appeared was in season 10 when she appeared as an adviser. After season ten she took a break from the show to go on tour. She is touring North America. Her tour is titled, "This is what the truth feels like".

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec Celebrates a Small Business Revolution

By: Finance Foodie

The other day, I had the honor of attending a special press screening of the new 8 part mini-series Small Business Revolution, which showcases the transformation of Wabash, Indiana through its small businesses.  The online series, available to view now at smallbusinessrevolution.org and set to stream on Hulu beginning October 21, is hosted by the esteemed Shark Tank investor and son of immigrant factory worker Robert Herjavec and the affable Amanda Brinkman of Deluxe Corporation. As the Mister and I are big Shark Tank fans (we DVR every episode!), I obviously had to attend and check it out.
Robert Herjavec and Amanda Brinkman

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Midsummer’s Weigh-In with Beets BLU Scale

By: Finance Foodie

As The Mister and I enjoy our summer cuisine largely consisting of juicy burgers, hearty BBQ and fruity frozen cocktails, I am constantly reminding myself about maintaining an active, balanced and healthy lifestyle.

And despite the humid weather, I am still determined to get my 10,000 steps in as part of my daily routine. While I can easily track my daily steps on my phone, I have no idea if I am actually maintaining weight or not. As such, I decided to try the Beets BLU Bluetooth Scale that can not only monitor our daily weight progression but the scale can also upload our data via Bluetooth to our phones for easy access and tracking!

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