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- Sara Haines and Kelly Harold at Up For Anything3 mths ago
Everyone wants the perfect skin.But what lengths would you go through to get it? The secret of celebrities like Penelope Cruz, Kate Upton and Gisele Bundchen is esthetician Christine Chin. Many people know Chin by her nickname “Mean Christine.” And her painful facials can pack a punch. But despite her “mean” reputation, clients wait up to 3 months for an appointment and travel from as far as China to see her.
We went to visit Chin at her discreet New York City spa. My first impressions were that she seemed nice. Chin explains that although her services may hurt, they have a purpose. And that most facials are relaxing but they do not actually solve the problem. She says that her facials are different. “We analyze your skin and if you have a problem we dig it up.”
She says some of the biggest mistakes people make are not applying sunscreen, leaving on makeup overnight and not using toner. “If you don’t use a toner, it’s like you tell your dentist I don’t use a toothbrush.”
- Kelly Harold at Up For Anything4 mths ago
When most of us take in the great outdoors we think that the green grass and the tall trees are all just a part of the beautiful scenery. But to self-named a backyard is a buffet. “I put wild ingredients into almost everything I cook,” Brill says. “I’m surviving a lot healthier and more fit than my parents’ and my grandparents’ generation.”
Brill has taught cooking classes and has served as a professional caterer. He began foraging for food and adding wild plants to his recipes in 1982. “Unlike a restaurant I can make a new thing every day,” he says. Brill leads tours in New York City area parks that highlight “Wild Edibles.” His app, by the same name, features nearly 200 edible plants.
Brill takes eating organic to a whole new level. He says wild plants offer some of the same vitamins and minerals offered in the best health food stores. So with a pit in my stomach, we set off for a tasting. Instead of reaching for shelves, we hopped fences. We tried a variety of plants and there were some hits and some misses. It turns out a dandelion is not exactly delicious.
- David Fazekas at Up For Anything4 mths ago
It’s something most of us think only the rich and famous can enjoy… lapping in the life of luxury.
Locked behind the walls of one of the world’s most prominent five-star luxury hotels, lies the secret to luxury service. No task is too impossible for The Waldorf Astoria Hotel’s 1,400 employees. If you want a chocolate fountain in your room, you'll get it.
“Luxury is the best. So we’re trying to put the best food, best customers, best atmosphere. That’s how we define luxury,” said David Garcelon, director of culinary at the Waldorf Astoria. “You should be able to ask for just about anything and our motto is the difficult immediately. The impossible will take a few moments longer.”
The hotel’s 120 cooks, 400 waiters and 100 dishwashers are constantly kept busy in the kitchen’s massive New York City block sized area. The hotel serves on average, 600,000 meals a year and they will accommodate you with anything your stomach desires. Chicken fingers and fries? Yep. Lobster tail with white truffles and caviar? You bet. A unicorn burger? That might take a little bit longer.
- Sara Haines at Up For Anything4 mths ago
When a new restaurant in New York City announced that it was going to offer a burger on its menu for $250 and call it the Indulgence Burger, we had to find out what could make a burger so expensive.
So with curiosity and an empty stomach, we visited the inventor of the burger to see for ourselves. Chef Nok of Beer and Buns in Manhattan is not only the creator of the burger; he’s also the only person who’s allowed to make it.
The ingredients are so specialized, it needs to be ordered a day in advance and the restaurant cannot afford to let anyone else cook the burger.
The table of ingredients that Chef Nok has laid out in preparation to make the burger includes: foie gras, beluga caviar, shaved truffle, a freshly ground Kobe beef patty, pancetta, caviar mayonnaise, and heirloom tomatoes.
The ingredients were clearly indulgent, but how does it taste? It was delicious, of course, but with a $250 price tag you better really like burgers.
This isn’t the first restaurant to make a burger into a status symbol; in fact it’s become a bit of a trend. Serendipity 3 in New York sells a similarly indulgent burger for $295, making Chef Nok’s burger the 2nd most expensive in New York.
- Sara Haines at Up For Anything4 mths ago
It’s been around for more than 2,500 years, but meditation is having its moment.
It seems everyone is obsessed with seeking inner calm. Celebrities like Oprah, Russell Simmons, Russell Brand, Jerry Seinfeld and Jennifer Aniston swear by it. Even top CEOs like Rupert Murdoch are doing it.
“What makes it so hot right now is that we are not turning off anything,” said Suze Yalof Schwartz. “We have our iPods with us 24/7. We’ve got our computer. We’ve got information coming in at all times. People want to unplug, they want to decompress.”
Meditation is so hot that Schwartz, who calls herself a spiritual entrepreneur, opened unplug meditation in Los Angeles, a center offering drop-in group classes. So is meditation the new yoga?
“You can’t win at meditation,” Schwartz explained. “People say the only way to do it wrong is to not meditate. So any way that you meditate is a great way. The top three words that come to mind after successful meditation for me are calm, stillness and centered.”