25th Annual Taste of Tribeca: An Interview with Gigino Trattoria

Taste of Tribeca will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary on Saturday, May 18th from 11:30am-3pm. which will be held on Saturday, May 18. The annual food festival that draws between 3,000-4,000 ticket holders brings together more than 60 of Tribeca’s top chefs and restaurants to benefit arts and enrichment programs at local public schools PS 150 and PS 234. Ticket holders are entitled to six tastes and two pours on the Beer & Cider Tour.

In anticipation of this Saturday’s event, I sat down with Gigino Trattoria’s Special Events Manager, Julia Barker.

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Grand Lafayette Melbourne

Grand Lafayette, located at 9 Clifton Street in Melbourne, Victoria, is a colorful, out-of-the-box restaurant open for brunch and all-you-can-eat Japanese fusion dinner for just $32.80 per person (AUD). Prepare your Instagram account, because it will be soon explode with sensational, bright, cheerful dishes that are just as delicious to eat as they are to photograph. From a Rose Raindrop Cake, Chicken & Waffles, and Rainbow Lattes, to their freak shakes and monster shakes, it is the ultimate ‘flatlay’ party.

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Mode Kitchen & Bar at Four Seasons Sydney

Mode Kitchen & Bar, located inside Four Seasons Hotel Sydney on the ground floor, within walking distance to City Quay, is a contemporary Australian restaurant and bar known for their signature steaks and famous Australian dishes such as Coorong Pippies that are similar to mussels and clams here in the United States, as well as Flinders lamb and Tasmanian Kangaroo. The décor is 1920’s inspired, with brown and orange tones, creating a handsome dining scene that is perfect for a night out with friends, co-workers, or a significant other. The restaurant is also family-friendly.


Their menu changes every quarter, with current South Australian promotions available until May. To start, we were recommended specific cocktails to start based upon the dishes we chose to order. Our first selection was the Ginger Royale. Champagne and Gin lovers will appreciate the Ginger Royale ($20), made with West Winds Sabre Gin from Western Australia. Our second was the Lady in White, one of their native inspired cocktails. Made with Archie Rose Dry Gin, Lemon Myrtle & Finger Lime ($25).

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Om Nom Kitchen at Adelphi Hotel Melbourne

Who knew works of art could taste as good as they look? When it comes to layers of distinguished flavor, a palette of decadent, intriguing ingredients, combined with a sexy, bubbly atmosphere, Om Nom Kitchen on Flinders Lane in Melbourne’s Central Business District has hit a home run. Om Nom Kitchen is set inside Adelphi Hotel, which is known as the world’s first dessert hotel, with their kitchen centering all dishes around dessert. At the helm of this creative masterpiece is Executive Chef Jo Ward, whose background includes working alongside award-winning chefs in Michelin-starred restaurants.

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Long Chim Melbourne at Crown Resorts

Long Chim is a popular modern Thai restaurant situated on the Yarra Promenade in Melbourne, adjacent to where the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival took place a week prior. Conceptualized by Australian Chef David Thompson, who is internationally known for his Thai cooking skills, Long Chim opened its Melbourne location in January 2017. The atmosphere is ideal for those who want to take in plenty of relaxation after a busy day, by taking in the South Bank riverside views, or prefer a spicy and diverse meal before a late night out at Crown Resorts (stay for the nightly gas brigades show)!

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2019 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

The 2019 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show presented by Lawn Solutions Australia, took place from Wednesday, March 27th to Sunday, March 31st at the Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens in Melbourne, Victoria. This is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest garden event with over 103,000 attendees.

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Behind the Scenes at Barton G Miami

Barton G, which has locations in both Miami Beach and Los Angeles, offers anything but an ordinary dining experience. The restaurant’s out-of-the-box dishes tickle your imagination and push the limits of what a typical meal “should be.” Each drink, appetizer, entree, and dessert is crafted with a fun twist; not only is the food itself delectable, but the way meals are presented are extravagant productions of their own.

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My Flight with JetBlue from New York to Los Angeles

For my first visit to Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim in early March, I had the pleasure of flying with JetBlue from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) round-trip, nonstop. During this trip, I not only became more acquainted with their economy amenities and perks for long haul flights, I also was introduced to JetBlue Mint, a premium service offered by the airline on some flights between the west and east coasts of the contiguous United States, Central America, and the Caribbean.

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Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub at Equinox Spa Brickell, Miami

During the South Beach Wine and Food Festival or SOBEWFF, I had the pleasure of visiting Equinox Spa at Four Seasons Brickell Miami. Located within a twenty minute driving distance from Miami Beach, I was treated to an exclusive, luxurious spa treatment, the Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub with ‘Esti’ Elena Rubezhnaya. This treatment perfectly complimented that weekend’s wine and food tastings all across Miami-Dade County from ‘Yappy Hour’ to Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach.

The Crushed Cabernet Service was the centerpiece of Valentine’s Month as well as the Wine & Food Festival. The treatment lasts approximately forty-five minutes. Caudalie beauty products, including the scrub, are available for sale at The Spa’s gift shop. Created by Mathilde Thomas and originally from Paris, Caudalie is the creator of the Vinotherapie Spa. I had the luxury of trying their Vine Body Butter, the softest and most hydrating body butter I have ever tried. It was used to soften my hands and feet after the scrub and I cannot stop thinking about it. Elena also spoke very highly of the Body Butter. If you want to spoil your skin with the best of the best, look no further than Caudalie’s Vine Body Butter.

After the Scrub, I felt relaxed, rejuvenated, and very calm, especially after a very busy back-to-back schedule for previous two days. It was an ideal way to wrap up my time in Miami; I cannot wait to return to Equinox Spa.

When you arrive, you have your own lockers to store your personal items and belongings and are provided with a warm bathrobe and waterproof slip-ons. You are welcome to use the steam room and or sauna before or after your treatment. In the lounge as you wait for your Spa experience, there is calming music, an essential oil humidifier, coffee table books, hot tea, water, and a variety of chocolates, candies, and dried fruit for your enjoyment.

For the month of March, Brickell and all five Equinox Florida spas in Equinox are gearing up for green facials in honor of St. Patrick’s Month. Caudalie has an amazing green line to service both men and women, perfect for a couples day or any celebration throughout the month.

Images courtesy of Caudalie / Equinox Spa

The Spa is available for non-members and those who book a spa service have access to the fitness center and its amenities. The Spa at Equinox is open seven days a week, Monday-Friday 9am-8pm, and Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm.

https://www.equinox.com/clubs/florida/brickell // 305-533-1199

Sugar Factory Miami Beach

On Ocean Drive in Miami Beach is Sugar Factory, the internationally recognizable American brasserie and dessert café. This hotspot is known for its over the top, whimsical drinks, entrees, and sweets, including their celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops. With locations in some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, including Dubai, Bahrain, Las Vegas, New York City, and Orlando, Sugar Factory has grown to be a top destination to throw an over-the-top birthday bash and treat your friends to a one-of-a-kind, luxurious experience.

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Malibu Farm Miami Beach

At Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc in Miami Beach is Malibu Farm, the South Florida outpost of Helene Henderson’s California restaurant that boasts farm-to-table dining served in the epitome of coastal luxury. Guests will discover satisfying, fresh dishes made with organic and locally sourced ingredients.

Serving dinner seven days a week, as well as offering lunch and Sunday brunch service, Malibu Farm’s beach casual vibe is the perfect escape for a California-inspired meal with your significant other, friends, or with the family.

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Must Have Snacks for Spring Break Travel

Keep your unhealthy cravings at a minimum with these five super delicious, better-for-you snacks that are a must have when traveling long or short distances for spring break. If you are heading to Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, you will have the opportunity to meet each of the following brands in person.

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