4.29.2013

High Standards . . .

Last night a bunch of us went out for a fun, festive, family dinner at Socarrat East. As the daughter of a Spanish (and foodie) father, you can imagine how seriously I take my tapas. Honestly, there are few restaurants around the city that I find worthy of the "authentic Spanish" label. Socarrat is certainly one of them. Not only is the food fantastic, but the atmosphere is super lively with just the right amount of cool. If you love paella and sangria, then you have to give it a try - be sure to order the alcachofas fritas and the patatas bravas. You'll never look at an artichoke or potato the same way again.



Check out the other Socarrat restaurants La Nacional (a total dive, but truly the best paella you'll ever taste) and La Churrreria (your perfect post for chocolate, fried, sugar-coated deliciousness). 

4.26.2013

Here Comes the Sun . . .

There's nothing better than looking at your weekend forecast on a Friday morning and seeing bright yellow suns straight across. NYC looks like it's going to have it's fair share of great weather this weekend, which I couldn't be happier about! After a lingering winter I know this means everybody is going to be out and about, soaking up as much sun as possible. 

I hate to admit it but I was never the best when it came to sun care in years past. Since I've started on my new medications I've had to be extra careful about catching too many rays - so now I always make sure to slap on some sunscreen before laying out. And really, it's so much better for your skin in the long run, I don't know what I was thinking before. My all time favorite SPF is Kiehl's Super Fluid. It's weightless and non greasy, super protective (five different sun filters!), and rubs on smoothly. Inside tip: shake well before using, those five filters settle out when the bottle has been sitting. 
Available at department stores and all Kiehl's shops. 
Order online HERE.


For those of you in New York, check out Guest of a Guest's guide Where to Sunbathe in NYC: Seven Secret Outdoor Spots to Soak Up the Sun ...in case you don't feel like running into every single person you know at Sheep's Meadow.

Just don't forget to lather on some UV Defense before going out.

Happy Sunning! 

4.25.2013

Remember Me . . . ?


Don't blame you if you don't. I know it's been a while. 

I hope you're all well and happy and loving every minute of this beautiful (though at times chilly) spring! I'm coming up on the one year anniversary of my bypass surgery (May 21st) and felt that it was only appropriate that I start blogging again. My life has gotten SO much better since the procedure that I feel it my civic duty to blog about it. TEASING! But in all seriousness, I do miss it. As I'm sure you all know, stuff always gets in the way. 
I'm going to try to not let that happen again. 
So, hello! I'm back. 

A few things to cover...

First item of business: A Quick Catch Up. We haven't talked since Thanksgiving, what's happened since then? So much. All good things: my first white Christmas, baby sister's debut at the Waldorf, a new man (his name is Scott, he's a Texan), concerts, parties, Santa Barbara, Dallas, London, the Cotton Bowl, too many dinners out, Cindy Sherman (for the second time), fun with friends, rooftop drinks, family time, walks in the park, pastries, Broadway shows (some good, some not), iced lattes, sartorial indulgences, just signed another year on my lease with my angel of a roommate...I could go on, but you get the gist. The best part, not a single health scare! 

Which leads me to the next item: A Health Update. This is an important one. Last we left off my doctors were thinking I had a rare autoimmune disease that pretty much nobody had ever heard of. A lot of progress has been made since. As it turns out, I actually don't have a rare disease but rather a rare gene that causes the build up in the arteries of my heart. The good news, they have found a miraculous medicine that seems to have stopped the progression of this disorder (not sure if it's reversed it, but going to the NIH in June for testing that will shed more light on that). The great news, I feel healthier than I have in years. It's incredible! I'm beyond grateful and only hope that the discovery of this gene (and cure!) will help future patients down the road. 

Finally, my last little point on the agenda: A Mini Makeover. For the blog that is. I've taken some time to reorganize the layout a bit - not much - but enough to make it a little easier to follow and focus my posts. All posts will be filed under one of five different categories:

FOOD and DRINK
Restaurants, recipes, bars, cocktails, street eats, etc.

HEALTH
This is a new addition to the blog, but having gone through what I have, I think it only makes sense to include tips and tricks that I follow to keep up with my health.

LIFESTYLE
Design, decor, fashion, beauty, styling, etc. 

NYC and TRAVEL
New York City and other travel sights, stays, adventures, experiences, etc. 

TINI NOTES
Life updates, thoughts, musings, fun finds, etc. 


Let me know what you think of the new layout! 
Hope you like. 

xox
Tini