Monday, October 13, 2014

Graceful Services Spa: A Shining Star Of Spa Week

By: Anne M. Raso

Spa Week is coming up October 20-26 and it gives spa lovers all over the country too score their favorite services for a flat 50 dollars. I got my all-time favorite spa treatment, an hour-long hot stone massage at Graceful Services in Manhattan last week. I had never been there before but what a treat it was. If you love the relaxation of this service as much as I do, I strongly suggest you book it at ASAP.
Graceful Services has a homey feeling because it consists of two second floor walkup apartments. There are about a dozen private services rooms and decor is simple. It doesn't have flash but they offer many specials on Group on including couples massage and facials.
I was assigned massage therapist Kim at Graceful Services visit. ‎She is possibly the most attentive masseuse I have ever experienced. Upon entering the simple white-curtained massage room, she asked me if I had any sore spots that day and what sort of pressure I preferred (which is strong). I told her about my right shoulder blade pain from carrying a heavy bag around the streets of Manhattan all day and the general lower back pain I have from time to time. She spent about fifteen minutes in each area kneading out my "knots" and other tension that was there. The massage included wonderful arm, hand and foot rubs--but the best part was the use of the stones, which are put into a tub with hot water to rise to a temperature above 100 degrees. I do not have to tell you that this treatment not only eases sore muscles but lowers one stress level as well.
Kim placed a wet towel over the white sheet that already covered me, and on my lower back went about six stones in a neat pile. They stayed there at least ten minutes and really eased the pain and tension. Kim also glided the stones all over my back and shoulders‎ with Biotone Clear Results Massage Oil, a natural formula featuring Coconut Oil, Jojoba and Aloe Vera, which did not feel oily at all. At the end of my session, Kim wiped me down with a hot terrycloth towel, which felt wonderful. I would strongly suggest that you run, not walk to Graceful Services, to get their hot stone massage. Better yet, book it at and get it for only 50 dollars (the regular price is 80 dollars). I have never been disappointed with any Spa Week Service I have gotten over the years, and many of them have been at less than half of their normal price.

Graceful Services
1095 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Photos courtesy of Spaweek

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Epazote: Your New “Go-To” Mexican Eatery On The Upper East Side!

By: Anne M. Raso

I fell in love with the French-inspired Mexican of Epazote in Yorkville. I like the casual yet dusky atmosphere, complete with Day Of The Dead and rural Mexican colorized photos on the wall and friendly, efficient service, it’s definitely going to be your next “go-to” neighborhood eatery. The prices are right and many of the plates can be shared. They also have the classic guacamole called Guacamole Azteca ($13) made in a mortar and pestle in front of you and to your exact specs, which is the way a lot of people start off their meal. At their recent press tasting, I found the guac chef had over a dozen ingredients he could add to the classic mix of fresh avocado, salt, chopped tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice.

New Season, New Look - Getting Gorgeous at Angelo David Salon

By: Finance Foodie

Besides indulging in a Pumpkin Spiced [insert food /drink item], I can't think of a better way to start the new Fall season than a brand new look. Feeling tired and weighed down by my long lifeless hair that carried me through this summer, I decided this was the best place to start. So this past weekend, I decided to pay a visit to the Angelo David Salon in Midtown to give my look a bit of an update.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Chloe 81: A Superlative “Speakeasy” On The Lower East Side Brings You Back In Time!

By: Anne M. Raso

I’m not sure if it’s because of the success of Boardwalk Empire (set in the Prohibition Era) or just because hipsters need a new retro movement to follow, but bars and restaurants with a 1920’s speakeasy look have taken over the artier neighborhoods of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Chloe 81 is one of these places—it features a lot of pale yellow subway tile and dim lighting, and actually has a semi-secret club room downstairs that features a bar, dancing and a DJ. I went to Chloe 81 for an early dinner because a crowded 11 PM scene with beautiful people is just not my thing at the advanced age of 53, LOL!
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