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LUIS D. ORTIZ
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MAN OF TOMORROW
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DAVID PAUL KAY
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
here are some amazing magazines out there that take us deep into one topic. Running, fishing, or computer science – even the more recognizable men’s magazines of today really just hit on one or two categories, like fashion and grooming or entrepreneurship and technology. Entrepreneur Magazine just did an entire re-design of their product to attract a more diverse readership, to be fair – I love it. It’s human to want to create something that connects people, to tell these stories, share our experience of life with one another. Man Of Metropolis magazine is a platform or content hub for something that I hope can disrupt magazines today. We just need some time (and advertisers) to actually do it. Today’s man is more than a single category. We (I and a select few of amazing people who have supported it) made a magazine, and we have set out to hit a lot of categories for today’s man – let’s call it the modern man, yeah that sounds cooler, right?
The modern man works, a lot; but that is not who he is or all he is. He’s more than a simple statistic. He most likely has two forms of income, juggles life and dadhood and still finds time to enjoy his motorcycle. He’s probably a comic book geek (like me), a wine lover and semi-semi-semi pro-soccer player (not me at all). Chances are he is a co-founder of a new app “just about to launch…” You get my point right, I could go on and on – don’t worry, I wont. Men do not belong in a box or category, like we often find ourselves. I know women hate this too. Men’s lives are more fluid, more open, and more exciting then ever. Technology, cultural shifts in society have each played a major role in the changing face of man; but let’s make one thing clear; we are men of action and we can’t give outside sources all the credit to where we have come today. We want to be more. We want to break through barriers set by others, and by ourselves. We want to achieve more than the men before us, we want our children to learn from us, not
the guy running for the highest office in the land or worse the rapper who seemingly has everything but still lacks the basic understanding of what the word humble means. We are living in a time where the ground underneath us is shifting rapidly. Some things are incredibly beautiful and empowering for all mankind, and some are just plain scary. I know you agree. Speaking of mankind…yeah we know it’s called Man Of Metropolis, but this magazine is for your friend, lover, girlfriend, husband, and wife too. In our second issue we introduce you to The Rebels & Rising Stars of 2016. These men are entrepreneurs, fathers, artists, community organizers, and fighters; including the ultimate Rebel Olympian Cullen Jones, the first African-American Swimmer to represent USA Swimming and bring home the gold. Welcome to Man Of Metropolis Magazine - Man Elevated. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Follow Donald on Instagram @drawbertson BY SETH TRAVIS
Robertson‘s drawings and constructions cull from a deep understanding of color and fashion, as much as his cheeky sense of humor and sharp wit. A father of five, Robertson observes his youngest children’s negotiations with the world around them, citing this as inspiration for his art practice, while inviting us into his world by documenting these personal moments on his Instagram feed. Robertson has received international attention for his interactions with social media and was nominated by the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) as “Instagrammer of the year.” His work remains hyper self-aware, as he uses Instagram like a medium; collecting, cataloging, and reacting to images he finds there. It is no coincidence then, that Robertson posts images of his resulting work to the same site that inspires so much of it.
A career artist, Robertson has worked in the cosmetics and fashion industry, beginning in Toronto alongside the founders of MAC Cosmetics, and most recently in creative development at the Esteé Lauder Companies. He also launched American Marie Claire before redesigning American Glamour with Condé Nast and Hearst. He sits down with Seth Travis to discuss his life, family, and ambition to work with Pharrell.
"I'M VERY PROUD OF MY GOOGLE SEARCH" Ok -- let’s talk about your greatest work -- your family. A lot of our readers, including me have to know how you managed such a beautiful crew -and how do you manage the everyday of it all? We can tell it is a fun and happy environment -- any tips for dads and future dads? You gotta make enough money so you can get help so the whole thing can seem happy. There are a lot of people who are running the show. Staff up! Twins are a nightmare, but you get in it and survive. We moved to California so we don’t have to deal with socks, shoes, and coats – just simplify everything.
onald, it is no secret that you have taken the art & fashion world by storm via Instagram -- but we also know after some research that you have worked in the creative industry for years. How has social media changed how you approach your work? It has given control back to people who normally have to rely on the print industry to communicate a message. Now, I can talk to Jeremy Scott on Instagram, share ideas and go back and forth. It is much easier than in the late 1980’s where you would have to try to get someone on the phone. Social media has really taken all the walls down. You post so much incredible content -- where do you find all the inspiration? I’m not really into doing one thing and setting it up in a gallery. I kind of like how one thing leads to another. I limit myself to paint and gaffers tape and the possibilities with those two mediums. I just sorta react to all the trends. Perfect example Kate Shown from Chanel I follow her on Instagram, today I decided I am going to start painting families in their matching pajamas on pizza boxes, and I started with my friend Ann Waterman who I knew when she was working with Michael Kors, and then Kate has already re-grammed it; then it becomes this thing. So just this morning I worked on a secret bag line project, these portraits on pizza boxes, and let one thing dry and I work another thing – and then I’ll do another thing. One thing just leads to another. It’s perfect for me, gallery space is ridiculous and I get to show it all on Instagram. I’m very proud of my Google search. Before I was on Instagram it was blank. #GoogleMe How did you get started in the creative industry? I got booted out of Art School – for trying to organize
a fine art gallery. I thought we could sell this stuff, then we could get money and we could eat. We won’t be so broke. So I left art school quickly and started working. I started doing videos for MTV because I could storyboard, and it was easy for me to pitch ideas. Then I ran into these guys who were starting this makeup brand called, MAC accidentally. We did this whole illustrated thing for the brand. That ended up putting me into the beauty industry, which is a great place to be, because it is so recession proof. So I needed to get my green card so I started working for magazines, I worked my way up to a pretty successful career in Conde Nast. I got to meet a lot of great kooky people as the “invisible guy” Creative Director. The magazine industry was taking a turn, and I was watching circulation dwindle, so I went back to Estee Lauder who had bought MAC. I ended up back in the beauty industry – it is very healthy farmland. Beauty is something that will never go away. Being at Lauder again was like being at Global College, because print was very North American, and Estee Lauder is a global brand. I spent a lot of time in Asia, a lot of time in Europe and got a new appreciation of the global perspective. I would react to things that were now, and my timing was lucky. I think it’s working in an industry where there are a healthy farmland and a healthy career progression, that is in prestige beauty. If you are a finance guy, architect, someone who looks to be super successful, then work in prestige beauty. Women and men will go without food, but they’ll still buy products. What has kept you successful during all the changes with tech, creative, and the challenges of staying fresh or relevant in a very disposable industry? I just like making stuff. We all make stuff in my family. I get off on people who make stuff. Designers don’t come from a special planet. Designers just decided to put their label on something. There is no magic there, they just decided to do it.
When you are not being a dad, husband, and creative -- where do you go to recharge, or unwind? Oh, I never unwind. My idea of a golf course is a giant white piece of paper. I don’t need to unwind. It is no secret you like Pharrell. I am actually a big fan of him myself. If you could do a project with him, what would it be and why? I have this thing I am dying to do. Disney owns Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio Days, and the character is dormant right now. If you make Jiminy Cricket molado color, he full on looks and sounds like Pharrell. I want to remake something with Pharrell and Jiminy Cricket as a modern day Disney character. It would do really well.
BRENDAN FALLIS READING THE ROOM, STYLE AND BALANCE BY SETH TRAVIS
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ver the last few years Brendan Fallis has provided music for some of the most high-profile events and campaigns around the globe for clients such as Absolut, Balmain, Louis Vuitton, and Redbull. He gained worldwide attention from both the music and fashion industries for his production abilities when he created a track, “Day and All Night,” using Kate Moss’ vocals for Stuart Weitzman’s Fall 2013 campaign. Brendan is an entrepreneur too, He acts as a partner at talent management firm Pre.veyor and two start-ups NMRKT, an e-commerce site for blogs and magazines, and Rentcheck, New York City’s premier rating system for landlords and buildings. Interviewing Brendan, we covered a lot of ground; including life as a DJ, the business side of things, Kygo, men’s fashion, owning one’s vices and finding balance through it all. Brendan started out doing club gigs for nearly three years playing 6-7 nights a week, then moved to corporate gigs and private parties, including Brands like Adidas, Chanel, and Original Penguin to name a few. One of his major highlights was a gig he nabbed for Paris Fashion week where the room was jampacked with the Kardashians, Kanye West and the who’s who of fashion and entertainment. Not every gig is celebrity driven, but each is unique for Brendan like Djing for a yoga event at Miami’s South Beach Wine & Food Fest, or booking Art Basel in Hong Kong. If you want to see Brendan spin, then you
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need to book him. His schedule and performances typically are not ticketed events like producer-DJ’s of the world. Though Fallis mentions studio time, and some interesting projects in the works during our interview. The industry is full of hustlers, as technology allows many people to try their shot at being a DJ. The question is how do you get noticed and, more importantly, book gigs and turn yourself into a Brad. Brendan told us it is about always having a humble attitude, and if they say ‘no’, it is about perspective saying; “at least I’m on their radar, and learned something in the process.”Brendan approaches his work in a very down to earth way, adding “half of business is learning it and pretending to be it until you actually just know it.” “If I look back when I am 50, I want to wear timeless items," said Fallis. He likes to stick to the basics and replaces cheaper basics with better-made basics as he travels and finds more success in his career. Some of his style staples include white, blue, and grey oxfords, and well-tailored jeans and khakis. Fallis stresses to men, “get it tailored.” When discussing a great pair of jeans or khakis, “you don’t have to spend years finding the perfect brand, it costs 5-30 bucks to upgrade your pants to something you will wear for years.” His style is classic head to toe right down to his Basic white Common Projects sneakers. Brenda’s final words on his inspiration for looking classic and cool includes a shout out to style icons who have a timeless look because they wore the basics well. When asked about
why guys dress for the gym, Fallis answers by saying “Brands like Under Armour make guys suit up and say ‘This gear makes me stronger.’ Agreeing Brendan exclaims “getting into the right gear before hitting the gym makes me feel like ‘bad- ass ninja” Though his workout armour runs the gamut it usually includes dri-fit workout tees, tights in the winter months, and always a thick hooded sweatshirt with the occasional hat. And what does DJ Brendan Fallis put in his ears while at the gym? Brendan has become close with the Master & Dynamic headphones brand, he loves the quality of sound and fit. He adds; “for me it’s a lot about style too.” Brendan tells us the nightlife in Brooklyn inspires him. He heads out late and likes to hit up the most obscure places in the city and while traveling the world; stressing the experiences are important to him, and he won’t find these in church on Sunday. “I have my vices. We’re human right and I live in NYC.” He explains that his job allows him to see the world and balances the late nights and vices with fitness and healthy eating habits which are not a far stretch for the one-time professional skier. He gives a lot of credit to Instagram sighting how his fitness posts boosted his personal brand and uniquely connected him with fans and followers, finding his natural passion for staying active motivated others, and their stories, in turn, keep Fallis going. Fulfillment and balance are key stresses Fallis, but he isn’t ashamed to admit he’s still human; “...I’m not going to not eat truffle French fries, there pretty damn good.”
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2016 GOLDEN GLOBE STAND OUT STYLE Michael Fassbender embodied the perfect gentleman in Tom Ford. Bryshere Y. Gray earned double the style points with his double-breasted jacket, superbly tailored by DSquared2 and this awesome pose.
2016 ACADEMY AWARDS BLACK TIE HEROES Just weeks from the worldwide release of Batman V Superman; Henry Cavill channels the Man of Steel in a velvet tux jacket and bowtie. Ryan Gosling closed out the 2016 award season perfectly in a classic shawl collar tuxedo jacket and white silk bowtie.
2016 AWARD SEASON RED CARPET ROYALTY I love a power couple; and John Legend & Chrissy Teigen brought the style power to the red carpet at the 2016 Oscar red carpet. The always-handsome Legend wore Paul Smith and wife Tiegen glowed in a lace Marchesa gown. Chris Evans is dashing in black tux and beard. We like clean cut on the red carpet, but Captain American can do no wrong when he suits up. Ryan Gosling & Brad Pitt presented at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards in well executed Black Tie; Gosling in a white dinner jacket; and Pitt in a Navy tuxedo.
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LAUREN CONRAD WANTS TO SAVE THE SEA TURTLES
Fishing nets used to catch some of our favorite seafood catch, injure and kill thousands of sea turtles every year. For species like the Kempâ€™s Ridley, extinction is too close for the government to ignore the problem. Stand with Lauren and Oceana. Help save sea turtles at www.oceana.org/saveseaturtles
he Condos name is synonymous with the word blacksmith. Since 1976, the Condos family has crafted hand-made furniture in their Sydney workshop. Harrison and Nicholas’ passion for design, detail, and architecture, drove them to grow their father’s company, Tecno Furniture, with an export arm; Harbour Outdoor. The intricate details of metalwork and craftsmanship have been carefully passed down from one generation to the next.
learned early on that it is not easy, but the rewards come with hard work…
Harbour Outdoor is a family business, and as a result, our company is rich in history. Our father, Jim Condos, has been designing and handcrafting furniture in his Sydney workshop since 1976, so it was at a very early age that we were introduced to the design world and taught the importance of detail and quality when it comes to creating durable furniture. Our father taught us everything we know in the art of metal craftsmanship and construction of furniture, and it was through our upbringing that we developed a real passion for design and architecture that inspired us to endeavor into creating our own brand.
There are certainly some key ingredients to building a successful luxury furniture usiness, but the number onefocus always has to be the product. Without quality product, your brand has nothing to stand on. It’s also important to find your niche, and don’t be afraid to be specific. There’s no point in trying to diversify too quickly if you haven’t found our target following. Surrounding yourself with a great team and making use of various experts who know their fields can really help you grow your business. Lastly, keep an eye on your manufacturing process, every step of the way, to ensure you’re delivering up to your standard. The more involved you are with all the integral elements of the business, the more rewarding the process is going to be for you!
You are based in LA now; how has the U.S. impacted or changed your point of view in what you do for Harbour Outdoor?
There is a lot of focus on design and art it seems, more so than ten years ago -- what sets Harbour Outdoor apart from other brands in this market?
After researching the American market, we identified a gap in the outdoor furniture market for a new, modern, affordable, well-designed lifestyle brand with origins distinct from America or Europe. We love that we have that point of difference, and even though we’re based in LA, our Australian roots influence everything we do for Harbour Outdoor. From finding design inspiration to choosing a final name for our collections, it all comes back to where we grew up. Having said that, some of our most amazing projects and collaborations have taken place right here in the U.S. For example furnishing the Hollywood Bowl and working with influential designers including Thom Felicia, Jonathan Adler and Restoration Hardware to name a few. In that sense coming to the U.S. has had a major impact on our brand, as it’s allowed us to work on an international stage. We’ve also had to become a lot more competitive as a result of being based in the U.S, but that’s really given us the opportunity to understand how we fit into the various niche markets here, which has helped us tailor a different approach for each region.
We put a lot of energy into the attention to detail in our furniture. It’s the little things you wouldn’t necessarily notice but are imperative to the piece, such as the particular way the slats of a chair are connected to the frame, or the shape of a chair arm. It’s all the finer details that separate our furniture from the others and define the pieces as true highquality, luxury outdoor furniture. Harbour Outdoor is a lifestyle brand, steeped in a culture that promotes the Australian way of life. This includes our love of the outdoors, travel, nature, modern design and life on the harbour, all expressed through each and every single furniture collection. Our signature aesthetic is fresh, light, modern, coastal, luxe‐inspired and stems from generations of Australian design. Our customers are not only attracted to our style, but it's also the underlying Australian story of our family history and the craftsmanship.
We understand design is a part of your heritage --Tell us what it is like building a business and a brand inspired by generations before you?
Our men’s magazine focuses on all men and even women; we want to explore inspiring and informative content. For our reader who wants to build a business like Harbour Outdoor; can you offer some advice? Ex: “Be prepared for… or, “I
Ralph Lauren has said the movies inspire him; what inspires you as a designer? We take our inspiration from the various elements of Australia’s incredible coastline, where the natural beauty of the rugged landscape meets with the clean, minimalist lines of modern coastal architecture. Our pieces are designed to withstand the intense weather that Australia experiences, which is what makes it so special and unique.
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We know the modern man loves to travel; tell us your inspirational summer getaway? We have two all time favorite spots that we love to escape to when we get the chance. The first is the Greek island of Mykonos, where we love to hang out at Scorpios and unwind. The design aesthetic there is so simple yet so luxe, and it attracts a really laidback, fun crowd. We particularly love the minimalist design and the colors of the architecture in the Greek Islands - blue and white are Harbour Outdoor’s brand colors, so we’re inspired when we're there. Our other ultimate summer escape is to Halcyon House, a boutique hotel in Cabarita Beach on Australia’s east coast. Again, the decor and design are incredible, and the surrounding area is some of Australia’s most beautiful coastline. The restaurant also serves some of the best modern Australian fare around.
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LUIS D. ORTIZ STAR OF MILLION DOLLAR LISTINGÂ NEW YORK BY SETH TRAVIS
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uis D. Ortiz grew up in city of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico with his mother, father, and twin brother, Daniel. Before joining the real estate industry, Ortiz studied film direction at New York’s Film Academy completing the Director’s Program in 2006. During these years he directed and produced many music videos and short films. Working on such projects allowed Ortiz the opportunity to travel to many cities in Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, and the U.S. Following years of studying film Luis found another platform to shine, real estate. Ortiz has been working as a real estate broker in New York City for more than seven years now representing some of the most aspiring developments downtown, such as Cipriani Residences, The Setai, and The District. Ortiz became Vice President of Keller Williams NYC before joining New York’s #1 real estate brokerage, Douglas Elliman where he started his own real estate group; Ortiz & Co. Luis has become one of the most well known brokers in the city. His work ethic and quick success have given him the privilege of working with New York City’s biggest developers. His success in business is closely tied to his trademark charisma where his contagious energy can be seen on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York show it is felt across his social media handles including Instagram and Snapchat. We love your film background - you are a true creative soul and entrepreneur; that is a rare breed. Tell us more about who the Luis the creative is? I am an artist in a suit. I don’t wear suits because it is part of the job, I wear them because I like to. I have always liked to create. My biggest fascination has been story telling. I have taken the approach from film, to selling real estate. I try to take a product and create a story around it for the buyer. It helps me justify specific value. I take this into my personal life. If you know me I like to share stories with my friends and it is one of the pleasures I get in life.
You post a lot of really inspiring content on social - you smile is electric - where do you get the inspiration and energy from? It is one of our favorite things about you?
there is a confidence level you get. You are welcome in the industry.
When I was studying film, I met this guy named Marco Antonio Martinez. It was only when we were on set with this one guy; when we worked on his set we could work 24, 48 hours without sleeping, eating showering. I never understood why – so I started spending time with him a lot. At age 2 he said he saw Good Fellas, and grew up in Texas was obsessed with films. He really grew up with film, s he was passionate about. His passion for film made me realize I needed to know myself more to know what I was passionate about. You can not truly be passionate about something if you do not know who are you – and you want it to come from within. So I started to really explore, myself. Once I started to get to know myself, I was able to become authentically confident. I started to evolve and become genuinely happy. I became open to revaluating myself, which we should do as people. You see, everyone on this planet has the ability inside of him or her to be great – they just don’t know it yet. My instragm and other platforms, I always try to inspire people to get to know themselves, and that everyone has the ability to be great. “The reason I am who I am today has everything to do with the fact that I took my time to get to know myself ”
I really like the Alchemist and the story behind it was the treasure was the journey not the trophy. My assistant gave me the book The Secret, and I know who Tony Robbins is.I surround myself with people who share ideas with me that I adopt. When you are surrounded with people that are forward thinkers you do not deal with toxic ideas or drama.
You work in an intense industry -- and deal with very important clients; tell us what you do to prepare for a showing? Walk us through the business/preparation of being an Agent at New York's #1 real estate firm Douglas Elliman? You have to know your market. You have to know the developers, the architects, and the locations. You need to know the trends. All of these things are drivers. You must have experience, with experience comes credibility, with credibility comes relationships, and relationships unlocks doors. Once you do all that,
What books do you read?
Best part about your job? Most challenging part? I never considered this as my job, it is my life. As long as it keeps me inspired I will want to do it. As soon as that changes I will no longer do it. The most important part of my life is being able to live it, learning a lot about myself. Then the job or what I do become an instrument to allow myself to grow. Real Estate has taught me a lot about presentation and integrity. Self-discipline has been a major lesson, it has taught me you have to do it yourself. Most challenging is allowing your job to not define you. I don’t want my job to define who I am. What do you like to do for fun? I am a thinker, I enjoy talking to people. I like the beach; I like to stare at the sun till I can’t feel my face anymore. I love the movies and I love popcorn at the movies. I love photography – and I don’t have a blog or anywhere where I can show it but I should. What do men want to read these days? I always like Biography movies, and follow a lot of accounts on Instagram for inspiration it would be cool to combine success stories with style in the magazine. I would also like to read something on art younger to the point make it exciting -I’m an art lover. 47
A SLICE, W THE BRICKELL SCOOP, AND A NEW COMMUNITY ORGANIZER BY SETH TRAVIS
e sat down for a slice of pizza, or two or three (who’s counting) at our favorite new joint Harry’s Pizza in Coconut Grove, FL with Elliot Machado and aside from his fantastic look, what is more impressive is his passion for the community in Brickell, the downtown business district of Miami. Elliot talks a lot about loving people, connecting in a real way, and growing The Brickell Scoop into something that is self-sustaining. I had the pleasure of watching Elliot in action at The Brickell Scoop, the people he and this social club attract are authentic, smart, and open. I think it is safe to say, The Brickell Scoop is here to stay and grow. The 29 year old Elliot was born in LA and raised in Minneapolis, arriving in Miami over a decade ago. Before he took the Miami real estate industry by storm, Elliot worked with a Minneapolisbased company developing high rises now familiar to the Miami skyline. The experience shaped his passion for all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. Elliot worked for four years as a real estate agent for a boutique firm and then later transitioned to ONE Sotheby’s. Tell us about The Brickell Scoop. The Brickell Scoop is a Miami social club created with my business partner, Joseph Zichelle. The Brickell neighborhood in downtown Miami is arguably one of the hottest locations in South Florida right now, boasting a host of brand new luxury high-rise condominiums, a thriving foodie scene, and soon to be world class shopping and entertainment within Brickell City Center. Joseph and I perceived this as a unique opportunity to cultivate a community of ‘Brickellites’ through social media by keeping fans updated on the people, places, and things everyone needs to know to navigate the good life in Brickell. With this goal in mind, we used the platform to connect fans with Brickell venues by hosting two monthly social events. They included happy hour, health and fitness, shopping, and other communityfriendly gatherings to bring together real people that live, work, and play here. This social aspect gives us the opportunity to reach people we would never get the chance to meet. The friendly and professional reputation of The Brickell Scoop has created quite the stir in the Miami social scene, inspiring brands like CitiBank to align with the group in sponsoring most of the events. We are proud of the momentum we have, and this is just the beginning. Ok, we want to learn more about this guy Elliot. You have an infectious personality and an incredible heart, that is clear to us. What are your hobbies? Playing the ukulele and jamming with friends. Watching standup comedy, golf, and ping-pong. Vices? Old Fashions, a unique pair of Gucci loafers, Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked Ice Cream, Fifa 16, my cute baby nieces Lela Zenida and Demi Rose. What do you think men today want to see in a men’s lifestyle magazine?
I would like to see weekend getaway tips for guys, tips on finding the one! It would be cool to get some fashion tips on refreshing the man’s closet too.
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’m lucky I knew what I wanted to do quite young,” says Jonathan Keltz, the New York-born, Canadian-raised actor, “I started auditioning when I was 16 years old – it was something I was completely committed to.” Known for his role as Ari Gold’s assistant Jake Steinberg in the HBO series Entourage, Jonathan’s seen his share of behavior comparable with the fictional foul-mouthed Hollywood agent. Entourage created a hyper-reality. There are definitely big personalities out there.” He’s fortunately managed to avoid the Ari Gold’s in real life. “I do me – I show up
to do my job. It’s an industry where the main thing as an actor is, you have so little control – I try to do the best I can do with the things I can control.” An actor’s ability comes from the connectivity between body and mind. Jonathan stays attuned with a regiment of cardio, weight training, and hot yoga. “Exercise is something I am mentally addicted to – I don’t feel right when I’m not doing something physically active on a regular basis.” With such an active lifestyle, Jonathan feels indulgences are earned rather than cheats. “I have a soft spot for both Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s, but my go to is sour watermelon candy.”
Jonathan’s talent and drive keep him active in the industry. He’s currently producing a show in Canada, where he splits his time with Los Angeles. As an actor, his two major inspirations offer insight into his ambitions both on and off screen. “I was always a huge Paul Newman and Robert Redford fan,” he says. “Just the way Newman moved through the industry; did it his way and at the same time created an institution like Newman’s Own – contributing million dollars to various charities.” He continues, “Redford created Sundance - an institution that educates and provides for young filmmakers. I would love to be able to tackle all sides of the industry, and follow in those footsteps.” 49
BOOKT USING TECHNOLOGY TO SOLVE A PROBLEM IN THEIR BUSINESS BY SETH TRAVIS
he new app Bookt is poised to revolutionize the modeling industry. It streamlines communications to allow a single point of contact between models and agents, containing all necessary information in one easy-to-use place. Designed for integrated use as both a mobile app for talent and a web portal and mobile app for agents, Bookt is a new type of collaboration platform designed to fill functional gaps in agency operations. Founded in November 2014 by several industry veterans, Bookt has been developing their namesake app for over a year, and it is available now just in time for Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week. Bookt compiles information and conversations in one easy place, allowing talents and agents an easier form of communication to ensure efficiency. The talent app interfaces with all existing charting systems, automatically organizes castings, appointments, manages expenses, provides directions, and even estimates casting wait times. The system notifies agents when talents view castings and arrive at their jobs. It also includes Agency Chat, creating a single access point for both talent and agent with a comprehensive messaging solution. Bookt’s founders — models Ryan Koning, Ryan Taylor, and Joey Kirchner, and entrepreneur Chris Mirabile — are uniquely suited to enter this field given their previous experiences. Ryan Koning is a retired US Army Sergeant and an Iraqi War veteran, currently enrolled in the prestigious computer science program at Columbia University in New York. Ryan Taylor is a recent graduate of the University of California Los Angeles, and has modeled with Calvin Klein, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent. Joey Kirchner has modeled for eleven years, working for Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, and Givenchy. Chris Mirabile is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business and the entrepreneur behind the geosocial network Hotlist.
The team came together when they realized that existing standalone tools were insufficient to meet the growing needs of agents and talents. Agents often struggle to use multiple tools to organize and schedule, while talents can often miss notifications and require scheduling and directional assistance. Bookt is the first system which addresses communication, expensing, and calendars for both, making the business of modeling easy. Mobile App (Free) —— —— —— ——
Collects & Organizes ALL Castings – No more missed castings in busy inboxes. One-touch Directions – Walking, driving and subway directions. Casting Wait Times – Models can better plan their day. Automatic Departure Reminders – No more forgotten castings, with in-app, email and text message reminder options.
Agent Mobile & Web App (Free & Premium versions) —— GPS Arrival Notifications – Know when your talent arrives. —— Late Notifications – Know when talent won’t get there on time, and quickly see who's close enough to replace them. —— Read Receipts – Know when Talent has viewed an event, even if they don't RSVP. —— Enterprise Chat – Facebook-style chat with your fellow agents and talent.
DAVID PAUL KAY ARTIST ON THE RISE BY SETH TRAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANK LOUIS
avid Paul Kay is a New York-based contemporary artist born in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. David came to the United States in 2008 and started developing his black and white signature style. David sees exteriors transformed. Using vibrant lines, he converts walls, paper, sneakers, even human beings into kinetic surfaces. His work is simple yet complex, and the detail is beyond cerebral - it’s genius. He is responsible for numerous large scale murals throughout NYC including a rooftop mural “HK52” in Hell’s Kitchen, a 5000+ square foot display in Chelsea at G Lounge & Gallery, and recently the rooftop of TWO12, a luxury condo complex in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. David has participated in numerous group exhibitions in New York City, has donated several pieces to charity events and recently showed at Art Basel with Cadillac and IVY. He also has shown his work in an emerging artist showcase in Dubai. David Paul's work is assiduously collected in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. David is currently collaborating with prestigious luxury brands and will soon launch a private collection. David’s work will be on display at Public Factory, a gallery SoHo, New York on April 7. For more information visit PublicFactory.com. The artist is represented by Galerie-Kontakthof in Paris, France.
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JONATHAN BENNET WORKS A LOT HE STARS IN HIS OWN SHOW CUPCAKE WARS ON FOOD NETWORK AND IN SERIES FOR MTV & VH1
n Hollywood, your friends become your family,” Ohio-born actor Jonathan Bennett says as he runs lines for a friend’s upcoming audition, “that’s what’s really important for me.” In between shooting Cake Wars on Food Network and Awkward on MTV, Jonathan describes life as a working LA actor. “You’re going to bed at 9 to get up for a shoot at 4 AM,” he says. His schedule is that of one of Hollywood’s most successful rising stars, a position he’s worked for with a combination of confidence, talent, and effortless charisma. With his breakout role in (is it too early to say iconic?), Mean Girls as Aaron Samuels, Jonathan’s
BY CORY TALLMAN meteoric career as an actor is unsurprising to those close to him. He balances his considerable success with an attuned personal awareness and positive outlook – which he attributes foremost to his late father. “He had such a great attitude towards life,” says Jonathan, “When he got brain cancer, he said to me, ‘well I’m not dying tomorrow, let's go to lunch.’” When he’s not shooting his various projects, including the newest season of “Hit the Floor” he joins his friends for an unlikely getaway. “I love Grand Isle, Louisiana,” he says, “every 4th of July it’s tradition to go down to the bayou with all my actor friends for games, tubing and skiing. At the end of the weekend, we have these massive Olympics – it’s so much fun.”
For Jonathan, living fulfilled begins with keeping out the dispensable. “I tried for 30 years, but there are three things I can’t stand: Reading novels, yoga, and green tea.” Keeping out nonessentials extends to the skin level too. “I don’t think I’ve worn underwear in 12 years - in fact I get yelled at by wardrobe because I never do.” Instead, he finds long hikes, cycling and escapes into nature key. “When my dad was passing away, I asked him what would you change in your life, and he said ‘work less, be in nature more,’” for Jonathan, who’s roster of projects keeps him eternally on the move, it serves both as goal and personal mantra.
RYAN SHEAR REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER PLAYS IN HIS OWN BACKYARD BY SETH TRAVIS
yan Shear calls Coconut Grove his home. The grove as ‘grovites’ call it is a small bay town lined with sailboats, small shops and known worldwide for the Coconut Grove Art Festival. Shear grew up in an age where there were penny beers in the Grove and Spots like the Tavern & Green Street Café that made it a unique place adjacent to downtown Miami. Times have changed and new developments are popping up all over this ‘west village’ town. Look up as you drive Bayshore Drive and witness five new towers climbing the skies including the Grove at Grand Bay and the Park Grove development project. When asked how he feels about his old neighborhood changing he answered, "this is great, obviously speaking as developer, as much as you want to preserve the Grove, you can’t preserve everything.” The good change happening includes Harry’s Pizza a local spot for organic and fresh made pizza’s, which is received happily by the community rather than a commercial pizzeria company and helps maintain the spirit of the town just miles from the neon lights of South Beach. Shear started out in business and marketing for real estate in your average cubicle wasteland. Six months in he realized he had to get out. Shear reached out to his father who was a real estate attorney back in Miami and he called one day and said; “I don’t care if I clean toilets, make a call for me and connect me with a real developer.” He landed a low-level analyst job immediately. Then the market crashed in 2009. Being single and a ‘24 year old kid’ with no family were driving forces behind keeping his job during the downturn. Shear found himself managing a sight on Miami beach where no one closed on properties, and Ryan lived in a four million dollar ocean front condo unit on a mattress while running the asset for the company, and that was how he cut his teeth in his new real estate developer career.
Fast forward to 2016; Ryan Shear’s first boss is his business partner and is currently managing five development projects. In Miami, Shear and his business partner at PMG are focused on water. Everything they built is on the water or overlooking the water, including Sunny Isles, Aventura, Brickell, and Hollywood. They paid almost double for Echo Brickell for the view and knew there would be no risk with neighbors blocking the views of new buyers. Shear promises “Echo Brickell will be THE most luxurious building in Brickell.” We believe him. After all Ryan Shear isn’t new to the neighborhood and he’s playing in his own backyard.
The architecture and real estate circles alike could call Shear’s Echo Brickell the new crown jewel of Miami high-rise living. Conceptual design is lead by Carlos Ott and interior concept design by Yoo Studio. Echo Brickell includes a vanishingedge pool and panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, Key Biscayne, and Miami Beach and includes four hot tubs and a spacious bathing deck overlooking the spectacular Brickell skyline. Also included is a state-of-the-art 4,000 square foot fitness center and spa resort experience. Experience more of ECHO BRICKELL: www.echobrickell.com
OBJECTS OF DESIRE BY SETH TRAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY BY POLO SIVORI
alt Grace Vintage, based in the Wynwood Art District is just steps from downtown Miami. Owner and Founder Bill Goldstein is in the business of selling objects of desire in this one of a kind art gallery concept store. The showroom is made up of an extensive collection of guitars and amplifiers in addition to a gorgeous collection of rare cars that includes a Signal Orange Porsche 911 Carrera and a Silver Dino Ferarri. Goldstein possesses an extensive background in business and marketing where he owned and operated a creative agency in Miami. The agency later peaked the interest of a well know IT firm who came calling with a serious offer to acquire the business. After entertaining the opportunity with his business partner they were acquired by Sapient in 2003. Several years later Goldstein left the world of Sapient to become the worldwide creative director of Celebrity Cruise Line for nearly three years before finally setting out on his own, where the gallery concept emerged. The name, Walt Grace Vintage, came to Goldstein one day from a John Mayer song and it’s worth mentioning Mayer is arguably one of the most talented guitarists in music today. With the song as inspiration for the Gallery name and a deep love for 6-strings and hot rods, this newly minted concept was born. Goldstein admits he became a collector of early vintage guitars when he was eight years old. His interest became an obsession when he laid his eyes on his first Les Paul at a KISS concert. Cars are especially appealing to young boys. Growing up Goldstein says, “kids everywhere grew up with posters of Ferrari Testarossas and the Porsche 911s posted on their walls, and now they can park one inside their garage!” The guitars and cars are made famous by design and not usually previously owned pieces from a celebrity collector. The term ‘mint condition’ comes to mind when entering the space, each piece hand selected by professional art curators and collectors. In addition to the collection of cars and guitars, Walt Grace Vintage also sells traditional art and made Wynwood the obvious choice for Goldstein to set up shop.
KATHLEEN ROBERTSON COURTESY OF COLLIN AND JESSICA STARK
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BY CORY TALLMAN
or me there’s a lot of coverage for women in front of the camera – I’m interested in women who are in jobs we don’t necessarily think of,” says actress, writer, producer, and activist Kathleen Robertson. A dynamic force both in Hollywood and her native Canada, Kathleen – who’s entering the 3rd season of her hit show Murder In The First, sees acting as just one avenue for her creative energy. “Each season feels like a new show, it feels very much like starting a new project each time.” That search for reinvention remains active in Kathleen’s life – it’s the creative engine that has pushed her career forward from an early age. “I always knew from a really young age,” she says, “I can remember being six years old and saying – yeah I’m going to be an actor and move to Los Angeles, everybody thought I was crazy. I did some stuff in Toronto,” she continues, “it has a great
industry, tons of features and television shows filmed there. By the time I moved to Los Angeles I already had a lot of experience.” Her arrival in LA quickly landed a role on the show that defined both the decade and the image of her freshly adopted home. “My first big American job was Beverly Hills, 90210 – I had no idea what I was getting into, how big it was – and then it became this huge thing.” Kathleen’s career over the decades continues with a range of uniquely crafted, emotionally nuanced performances. Writing remains a focus for her as well, with her adaptation of the infamous Kenneth Anger book, Hollywood Babylon in works with ER, The West Wing, and Shameless producer John Wells.
encourage our youth, especially women to want to be smart and have a great education and push through boundaries. So much focus is placed on the way we look and things that are insignificant in the scheme of things – I’m interested in that other space.” Kathleen works directly with Step Up – an organization empowering young girls to succeed in roles that were previously closed to most women. For Kathleen, achievement in the entertainment world rests on an understanding of its limitations. “I’ve always been sensitive to reality – and Hollywood is not reality.” Her understanding of what’s meaningful, her core values and a personally gauged sense of worth – these are her measurements of true, personal success.
Her passion for expanding women’s roles in the larger world fits in line with Kathleen’s multifaceted approach to Hollywood. “I think it’s important to
COURTESY OF NETWORK: ”MURDER IN THE FIRST” TNT NETWORK STARS KATHLEEN ROBERTSON & TAYE DIGGS
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CULLEN JONES BEFORE HE HEADS TO RIO, THE 2-TIME OLYMPIC SWIMMER TALKS ABOUT FAMILY, DRIVE, AND BEING A REBEL IN HIS OWN SPORT OF SWIMMING.
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lympic swimming champion and world record-holder Cullen Jones is no stranger to success. The Bronxborn, New Jersey raised swimmer has raked in an extraordinary four Olympic medals (2 gold) and holds the world record (4×100-meter freestyle relay) in swimming. But for the 6’5”, fashionable Cullen, striving for more is his personal mantra. “My mom instilled in me at a young age – “if you want something in life you work for it – and once you get that goal, you reset it.” It puts me on this path of always being hungry, never complacent.” He continues, “So after the 2008 Olympics, I said to my coach, “More.” And we went to London and got three more medals – my coach looked at me said, “More?” I said “More”, and now we are training for Rio.” Cullen’s drive keeps him focused, but hardly distant. The world-class Olympian divides his time training over 30 hours a week – and the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make A Splash Tour, which strives to teach over one million children to swim a year. “The Swimming Association approached me and put the drowning statistics in front of me and knowing that I was almost a part of that statistic, I felt like since I have a heart of service this [was] my way of giving back to a sport that has given me so much.” Jones, who nearly died from drowning when he 36 was five years old, sees a critical need for water-safety education. “My parents took me to Dorney Water
Park in Pennsylvania – they made me promise to hold on to the inner tube when I went on the water rides there. When I hit the pool on the biggest ride there, I flipped upside down and wasn’t strong enough to pull myself up.” He continues, “They ended up pulling me out and giving me full resuscitation.”
held it against me when I wanted to be a swimmer. He came to every practice – he was that Bobby Fisher dad.” Jones continues, “I remember his last words – when I got the A time to qualify for the Junior Olympics, he said, “Oh my God, he did it.” He’s still with me; I know he’s always watching.”
70% of African-American children have little or no swimming ability. For Cullen, who is the first AfricanAmerican to hold a world record in swimming, it’s vital to address water-safety as an issue.
For Man of Metropolis’ Rebels & Rising Stars Issue – Cullen’s contemplates the idea of himself as a rebel – his status as a rising star already stamped in Olympic gold. “There weren’t people who looked like me who were swimming,” Cullen says. “In the AfricanAmerican community, basketball, track, football those are your norms – I feel like I was my own rebel because I was doing something different.”
Olympian champions don’t win gold metals with talent alone. Jones’s success in the water involves exceptional levels of focus, discipline, and training. “Every water workout is 2 hours long. I also lift weights three times a week. On my busiest day, I have two water workouts and a lift. That’s around 6 hours of working out in one day.” He continues, “I do watch what I eat, love the green stuff and speak to a nutritionist every three months. But honestly, I don’t calorie count – I find it depressing.” Cullen’s training ramps up going into the Rio games. His third Olympic competition, he remains remarkably calm and relaxed for a man set to represent his county on the world stage. ‘Winning an Olympic gold medal is more than I ever could have imagined.” He continues, “My parents were a big role as to why I’m successful.” He speaks energetically about his mother and father, who passed away from lung cancer when Cullen was 16. “My dad wanted me to be a basketball player – but he never
Cullen continues to sidestep expectations, setting his own standards, only to exceed and push them further. A post-swimming career in fashion comes as no surprise – given his casual yet effortless sense of style. “I would love to be a buyer. I think I have a good sense of what people like to wear and what’s trending.” For Cullen, all options are open; it’s the determination and work that take his talent to the next level. “When it comes to the fourteen-year-old who’s thinking about what to do – I’d love for you to swim,” he pauses, “ but dare to be different.”
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CHRIS RYAN THE STAR OF THE NBC SHOW STRONG TALKS FITNESS, FATHERHOOD, AND MARRIAGE
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hris Ryan is recognized by his good looks and ripped physique, and he has frequented more than an occasional fitness cover. Chances are he is teaching you the proper movements in many of fitness publications on newsstands today. Ryan’s fitness expertise was tapped last fall by iconic brand Ralph Lauren when he became the Brand Ambassador and fitness model for the Polo Tech shirt; a smart shirt that reads biometrics in real time on via a smart phone app. Ryan is not just a fitness model with the agency in New York, Wilhelmina; he is truly the most recognizable and well-respected fitness entrepreneur in the industry. He manages a heavy training schedule with private clients out of New York while taking on some of the most prestigious projects in the fitness industry today and the 35-year-old father and husband is just getting started. Soon he will become a household name when he debuts in the new NBC show, Strong premiering in April. We sat down with Chris to talk, fitness, fatherhood and how marriage made him his best self. You’ve been in every fitness magazine we can think of; what has been the most memorable project in your career as a fitness expert/male model? There are three. 1. Being on Strong the new NBC fitness show from the producers of The Biggest Loser and American Ninja Warrior, and executive produced by Sylvester Stallone was a huge accomplishment. 2. It was an honor to be a part of the Polo Tech project with a global Brand like Ralph Lauren. It wasn’t just about being a model or fitness expert or athlete; it was about being all those things in one big project. You just can’t get any cooler than Ralph Lauren. I grew up with this brand and to work with a new fitness tech product launch was cool. 3. I have done a couple of Men’s Fitness covers over the last few years. These days you only catch big A-list actors on magazine covers; so to be in that era and be included on a cover is a great affirmation to my expertise and I appreciate the support from the guys at Men’s Fitness.
The best advice you can give to our readers about balancing life with health and fitness? I think people get caught up in trying to look like a guy in the magazines no pun intended. You can’t go back to being twenty. You need to be your best self now. Who was your hero growing up? A lot of aspiring trainers and fitness models would say you right now -- when you were 17, who was that for you? I had posters on my wall of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In fact, my middle name is Conan. My dad was a big fan of Arnold and that movie, a lot of people don’t know that. My real heroes were my parents. My dad was a successful dentist and did a lot for my brother and me. Giving us an awesome place to workout, and was before his time with some of the equipment we were using. He would take me to the track; when I was 7 to do sprints. He was my first coach. He sent me down the right road on how to coach. My mom worked five days a week, and she was strong and worked out which was not typical in the 1980’s. She ran 5Ks and did squats; she demonstrated her physical and mental strength to me while growing up. She was an amazing career woman as an attorney and embraced fitness as well. My parents also instilled the importance of education in me growing up first and foremost. Rumor has it you will be featured in a new show on NBC. It’s ten amazing male trainers, with ten women training with us. They are all ages all body types; it ’s a good snapshot of America. We are teaching women how to be strong, after a baby and C-section, or a breakup, or teaching them how to be their best version of themselves.
You're married and a new dad. How do you manage everything -- a 6-pack, your schedule, being a good husband and raising the little guy? Make the most out of 24 hours in a day. I sleep a little less now. Most successful dads I know sleep around 4 or 5 hours a night, sleeping 8 hours is a luxury. I may have several clients back to back, but I make time to spend 20 minutes with my wife Denise and son Achilles and sometimes I work a 16 hour day, but what are you going to do, I’m 35 and I’m supposed to work my ass off for my family aren’t I? Being a husband and father has made me want so much more. When I was single, I didn't have that drive I have now. Now when I get up a 5 AM and it’s snowing outside, all I have to do is look at my boy sleeping his crib with little fire truck pj’s, and I know I need to get out there and work for my family. It’s all about time management. – Best/hardest thing about being an entrepreneur? Same answer. You are your own boss. You have to drive yourself. – Best/Hardest thing about being a dad? When your baby is sleeping and you look at him there is this primal thing going on inside. I’ve learned what unconditional love is with my son. – Best/Hardest thing about being a husband? She is my rock, my biggest supporter in getting me to realize the gifts and potential I have. I really can’t say that is a challenge for me. I love Denise, and she made me whole as a man and helped me grow up a lot in certain ways. ￼￼￼￼￼￼
CHRIS, WIFE DENISE AND SON ACHILLES
ROAD WARRIOR When I am on the road it is all about efficiency; some hotels have amazing gyms while others have very dated ones, but most always have a treadmill and some 50lb Dumbbells. For me it's about hitting it hard for 30 minutes to get my heart rate up and open up my hips and shoulders which can get pretty tight after a long travel day or sleeping in a hotel bed.
Here is one of my favorite go-to workouts: 5 rounds – 1. Treadmill for 1:30 – do these hard at about 85%+ effort; for me this is usually at 12.4mph at 1.5 degree incline 2. 10 Thrusters w/50lb DBs 3. 10 DB RDLs w/50lb DBs 4. 10 DB snatches (5R, 5L alternating) w/50lb DBs 5. 10 Bent over rows w/ 50lb DBs I rest about 1:00 – 2:00 between rounds depending on how hard I want to make it, but make sure to quickly transition between each exercise.
You have all your elements in this workout to get strong and get a great sweat! Just remember to listen to your body and adjust rest and intensity as needed; remember, you are traveling and trying to maintain, not start a whole new cycle so don't worry about not having everything available to you that you normally do. – Chris
HOW TO GET YOUR SIX PACK BACK BY HELEN AGRESTI FOUNDER OF PRO NUTRITION & THE 24_7 DIETITIAN APP
hile your main goal might be to crunch or plank your way to redefining your mid- section, you may want to make eating healthy your first priority to achieving six-pack abs. It is not unusual for men to hit middle-age and notice more weight around their waistlines. This may occur due to a decrease in testosterone levels, poor diet, lack of exercise, or an overall unhealthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, a high amount of belly fat puts men at an increased risk of developing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, colon cancer, and sleep apnea. Below are a few easy ways to stay healthy, battle the bulge and get your six-pack back. Fuel before and after your workout. In other words, do not run on empty. If you don’t fuel your body properly, you are doing a huge disservice to your metabolism. At least an hour before your sweat session, have a small meal or snack. This should contain a mix of a carbohydrate and protein. For example, two slices of toast topped with a thin layer of peanut butter and a sliced banana. Within 40 minutes of exercising it is important to refuel and rebuild your muscles. Consume a meal or snack that provides a complex carbohydrate, lean protein, and good source of fiber. For example, a whole grain wrap layered with 2-3 ounces of all natural turkey breast, three slices of avocado, 1⁄2 cup of dark leafy greens, and one thinly sliced piece of provolone cheese. If you need dressing, try honey Dijon mustard or a balsamic glaze. Add variety to your exercise routine. Planks and push-ups challenge the core, but high-intensity interval training
(HIIT) will strengthen, sculpt, and tone your abs into washboard status. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, you need at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity five days a week and 20 minutes of strength training three times a week to be healthy and to lose weight. Avoid foods that cause inflammation. Processed foods with added sugar are linked to obesity and inflammation. If your diet is high in sugary foods, the lining of your gut with the help of your central nervous system is constantly in repair mode. Over time, this may cause the muscles of the abdominal wall to weaken as well as lessen your chances of defining your six-pack abs. Other inflammation causing foods include: dairy, wheat, and red meat. Be aware. Eat until you are satisfied rather than when you feel full. Making a connection while you are eating with your mind and body is crucial to losing weight around your mid-section. Mindless eating typically takes place when watching television, reading a magazine, or surfing the web. Always sit and enjoy your meal one bite at a time. Sleep well. Not getting enough sleep can slow down your metabolism and lead to an unhealthy cycle of overeating. If you find yourself grazing on packaged foods to stay awake, most likely you are choosing foods high in calorie and low in nutrients. During the work week, set a reminder on your phone an hour before bedtime. Use this time to prepare and organize for the next day. This will lead to a consistent sleep schedule and a stronger and leaner core.
"IF YOU DON’T FUEL YOUR BODY PROPERLY, YOU ARE DOING A HUGE DISSERVICE TO YOUR METABOLISM."
A Hollywood Story, Unwritten STORY BY SETH TRAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID CABRERA
he story I am about to tell you reads like a movie you would see at the Sundance Film Festival; and maybe someday it will. I met Matt in the summer of 2014 when, quiet frankly, I was going through a lot. I had gained about 30 lbs. following the loss of my father combined with a long transitional period including many tough months at work. Inside and out, I was unhappy, angry. I knew I needed an outlet, a safe place where I could tackle my inner demons and get in a good workout. It felt to me I was in the fight for me life. In the Wynwood district of Miami, there is a vivid and colorful Mohammed Ali mural that reminds me of American artist, Leroy Neiman. This is the location of the Matt Baiamonte Boxing Club. I reached out to Matt, the owner, and started up a correspondence, discussing that I really didn’t know anything about boxing, but was willing to give it a try. This was my last shot at fighting through some personal stuff I didn’t think I could manage on my own. Matt then shared his story. Born and raised in New York City, the young Baiamonte saw his father arrested and put in prison for bank robbery. His father was not only breaking the law he was also doing heroine. Following several more incidents with his father and his apparent addiction, Matt left for Florida with his mother and sister in 1985. After a time, Matt wanted to head back to New York and reconnect with his father. As he stepped off the plane, he knew it was the wrong decision. His father’s continued unsafe drug use resulted in his contracting HIV.
"MATT MAKES OUR TRAINING SESSIONS FUN BUT WE WORK OUR BUTTS OFF! HELL OF A COACH AND PERSON." – BRANDEN ALBERT Matt lived with his father in New York until 1989 during the height of the AIDS epidemic, moving to Virginia in hopes his father would get clean. Things didn’t go as planned, his father landing pack in prison, where he eventually died due to AIDS related complications in 1991. Following the passing of his father Matt headed back to Florida and re-joined his sister and mother. When Matt settled into his new home his earth was shattered again with the news that his mother had also contracted HIV due to his father’s drug use. Everything that had happened around Matt growing up had created something inside of him that made him angry and in denial. That is where boxing changed his life. Nate Brown, a friend of Matt’s and Broward County Sheriff who had trained Razor Ruddock convinced him to go to a boxing gym. Over that same period where he sought out the sport, Matt discovered a boxing gym in Hollywood, Florida run by the great Angelo Dundee. While Matt watched his mother fight and later pass away from her battle with AIDS, he began fighting for his own life with the help of two gloves and a ring. Everyday he chose to show up in the ring was another day he won fighting for his life. “I honestly never thought I was gonna make it to 30 years old. I am still in disbelief till this day that I am where I am in life,” says Baiamonte. He added that
his biggest lesson learned was from his boxing mentor Angelo Dundee. "What makes a great trainer? Knowing the individual he's working with, to know what he can get out of the fighter. If you are working with a dummy, you gotta take a dummy stance. If you are working with an intelligent guy, you got to handle the intelligence. If they think they know more then you know you can't teach them.” Matt stressed that another lesson learned during his personal journey and healing process was also from Dundee, ‘It don't cost nothin’ to be nice." Matt Baiamonte embodies this to his core. There is no other trainer like him. He may be rough and raw around the edges, but his heart is pure gold. Matt never left the ring or gave up the fight. He, in fact, became a coach to some of the most well known athletes and actors in the business. Matt Damon started trained by with Matt for the film Invictus, and later for The Adjustment Bureau. Since then, the two Matts have become close friends along with Damon’s wife Lucy and their children. Baiamonte sees them as a family. “Matt Baiamonte is a world class boxing trainer, to be sure. But he also happens to be one of the most flat-out exceptional human beings I've ever come across in any walk of life. In spite of a truly tough road he remains one of the most generous, most honest, kindest people I've ever encountered. He's not a friend, he's another member of my family. I'm so lucky he's in my life," says Damon. Baiamaonte says boxing attracts his clients because the sport offers technique and skill. Training gives the boxer confidence that no other sport can give, and every athlete wants the hand speed, the footwork, along with the general physical conditioning. “It’s the confidence they get that always wins in the end,” says Baiamonte. He has trained major athletes, including Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and DuWayne Wade of the Miami Heat. Brendan Howard, a line backer from the Miami Dolphins says about Baiamonte, “Matt makes our training sessions fun but we work our butts off! Hell of a coach and person.” Heisman Trophy winner, Desmond Howard says about Baiamonte, “Matt has that old school approach which I feel is lacking in most "instructional gyms" these days.” The many years he spent learning from Angelo Dundee shows in his professionalism and integrity. Matt love boxing and approaches it like it's what he was born to do. He's a student of the craft and pays great attention to the detail of the process.
“MATT BAIAMONTE IS A WORLD CLASS BOXING TRAINER, TO BE SURE. BUT HE ALSO HAPPENS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST FLAT-OUT EXCEPTIONAL HUMAN BEINGS I'VE EVER COME ACROSS IN ANY WALK OF LIFE. IN SPITE OF A TRULY TOUGH ROAD HE REMAINS ONE OF THE MOST GENEROUS, MOST HONEST, KINDEST PEOPLE I'VE EVER ENCOUNTERED. HE'S NOT A FRIEND, HE'S ANOTHER MEMBER OF MY FAMILY. I'M SO LUCKY HE'S IN MY LIFE." – MATT DAMON
"MATT HAS THAT OLD SCHOOL APPROACH WHICH I FEEL IS LACKING IN MOST "INSTRUCTIONAL GYMS" THESE DAYS. THE MANY YEARS HE SPENT LEARNING FROM ANGELO DUNDEE SHOWS IN HIS PROFESSIONALISM AND INTEGRITY." – DESMOND HOWARD
MACK Y100 When you’re on the road this summer with your best friends, you need to make sure you have the right songs to make that trip even more memorable. If you remember last year’s song of the summer belonged to break out artist Omi with "Cheerleader.” If you want that must-have song plus some guaranteed road trip success, look no further. Here are Mack’s, “Summer Road Trip Tracks,” in no particular order. The quintessential song of the summer will definitely go to The Chainsmokers with “Don’t Let Me Down.” I’ll be keeping you up to date on air and online @Mackontheradio with your musical essentials. Until then thanks for listening!
SUMMER 2016 FAVORITES
Mike Posner I Took A Pill In Ibiza Twenty One Pilots Ride Zendaya Ft. Chris Brown Something New Jonas Blue Ft. Dakota Fast Car The Chainsmokers Ft. Daya Don’t Let Me Down Avicii Broken Arrows Rihanna Ft. Drake Work
Party Up DMX Shimmy Shimmy Ya O.D.B. Juicy Notorious BIG Can I Get A Jay-Z Poison Bell Biv DeVoe Whatta Man Salt N Peppa Still Not A Playa Big Pun Ms. Jackson Outkast
Get Right Jennifer Lopez How We Do The Game
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OUN AMERICANS STORY BY SETH TRAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY BY HORACIO HAMLET STYLING BY LEX ROBINSON
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BILL ARMSTRONG ILLUSIONS IN COLOR BY CORY TALLMAN
ew-York photographer Bill Armstrong explores the interplay of color and form, emotion and transcendence. For almost twenty years, his “Infinity” series, semi-abstract, de-focused photographs composed of collaged images continues to blur the line between perception and reality. Armstrong composes his images from both the contemporary and classical worlds – fashion magazines, books on architecture and paintings. “The backgrounds include some Dan Flavins, Hudson River School paintings. It’s great having an architecture magazine, an ad, and a painting all mixed together,” he says. His reframing of past masters with present culture illuminates the emotional bridge that spans both.
“I was taking pictures on the street of torn posters, found collages hidden in plain sight – and I shot one of the posters out of focus and it looked really good, and I thought this is a great idea,” he says. Armstrong continues, “My de-focusing is no longer straight photography – I started taking advertising imagery and collaging it and shooting it out of focus. The images appear as if they could exist in the real world – but then you realize there’s something impossible about them – the colors and forms are surreal.” His lush, emotionally rich work stands out for its painterly, uniquely compositional quality. The “Film Noir” series focuses on solitary figures, often including manipulated images from reprinted masters like Whistler and Hopper. Their stationary posture contrasts with the colorful surrounding, while the de-focused camera dissolves the boundaries between background and foreground. It is Armstrong’s ability to re-shape form, color, and texture that imbues his work with a visual depth and dynamism. 93
JETSET SUMMER 2016 ITâ€™S TIME FOR A GETAWAY; BOOK YOUR TRAVEL TO OUR FAVORITE DESTINATIONS
Capri The island off the coast of Naples in Italy is filled with adventure and romance. Start your journey by boat and enjoy the view of the coast -line of Naples. When you arrive to Capri the terrain is rugged and even getting to your destination is a journey, but well worth traveling the winding roads to a land that feels like old-Hollywood has gone Italian. Enjoy delicious cuisine, including Limon cello, and endless flavors of gelato. Take a ride to the top of the island and look over the beautiful turquoise waters below including the amazing rock formation below called, Faraglioni. There is so much to do in Capri you could spend a Summer there enjoying it’s beaches, tours of the Blue Grotto, and of course plenty of fresh pasta. For more information visit: http://www.capri.com
Mykonos The Greek island of Mykonos is a must stop destination for the perfect summer escapade. Call it a big fat Greek vacation or a Mediterranean Cruise Island excursion; Mykonos won’t disappoint. Stay at a boutique hotel, or private residence and lounge in your very own oasis with views of the Aegean Sea that will take your breath away. Enjoy the beaches and beautiful people, and don’t miss out on the charming cafes and local restaurants. If you are a fan of well fans don’t miss the iconic windmills that line the shore of the island. Famed photographer Bruce Weber shot for Calvin Klein at the beautiful Paraportiani Church. Experience the crystal clear waters and famed white architecture at your own pace; share a sunset with a loved one and toast to the night with a glass of Champaign under a starry night sky. Visit www.mykonos.gr to make the most out of your island adventure.
San Francisco The first time I visited the Bay City, I was in awe of the landscape, terrain, and vast array of places to discover. I thought it was the most perfectly designed (almost photoshopped) city I had ever visited. This city has everything, skyscrapers, a port, the ocean, an art district, rolling hills, and a vast multi-cultural experience. Some of my favorite spots include the historic Fisherman’s Warf; be sure to snack on fresh sour dough bread while you’re at it. Pop into the art galleries that line Beach Street and add to your collection. Indulge after a long day sightseeing with an chocolate sundae at Ghirardelli Square, the view is spectacular along the beach overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Checkout www.sanfrancisco.travel for even more San Francisco ideas. You may not end up leaving your heart in San Francisco, but you will fall in love with one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S.
Rio de Janeiro Rio is home to the 2016 Summer Olympics starting August 6. If you haven’t made your arrangements yet, you probably should and if sporting events are not your thing then go for some of the most iconic experiences offered in Rio 365. Stroll along Copacabana beach; visit the world famous Christ The Redeemer statue (which just was fully restored). Nature lovers are sure to enjoy the botanical gardens, and anyone who makes the trek all the way to Rio should plan ahead and enjoy the legendary night-life among the locals. For more information on booking your 2016 Summer Olympics experience visit www.rio2016.com or to plan a visit to Rio checkout www.riodejaneiro.com. Editor's Travel Log by Seth Travis
New York The W New York is in the center of it all, just blocks from Times Square, 5th Avenue, Madison Avenue and Central Park. If you want to experience everything that New York has to offer and are only visiting for a short weekend it is the perfect place to stay. Enjoy a modern hotel experience with amazing grooming lemon sage products by Bliss Spa and a fully stocked bar and snack tray. They even have an emergency bow tie kit just in case your bow tie skills are weak. Don’t want to put miles on your shoes to enjoy a cocktail with friends in the city in the hotel’s chic living room or bar on site. Take in the sexy and cool ambiance that is exclusive to W Hotels and make some new friends who share the same passion for music, fashion, and design too!
Union Square The W Union Square is steps from some amazing and iconic spots in New York and includes one of the best views of One World Trade I’ve ever seen. You will not want to miss the sunrise or sunset from your room. Let’s talk about the lounge and restaurant and staff now. The lounge is bohemian and chic just steps from a very warm and cozy bard and restaurant and the menu is filled with great cocktails, drinks, and the burger is incredible, what can I say -- I’m a burger guy. I will let you in a on a little secret; the W Insider hooked me up with an amazing experience and she made it an exceptional stay. Every W Hotel has a W Insider there to invite you to fun events and make you feel extra comfortable. It is worth saying hi, and telling them what brings you to the city…you never know what you might miss if you don’t ask, right!? More about The W New York & W Union Square here: http://www.whotelsnewyork.com
South Beach One of my favorite W Hotel locations in the country is in Miami. It’s perfectly nestled in between the sandy beaches, nightlife and shopping of Lincoln Road. The W South Beach will keep you coming back for more with gorgeous beaches and turquoise water and VIP lounges and cabanas staffed and ready to cater to your every need. Indulge in private in a balcony suite over-looking the ocean and take in the sights above sea level. Don’t forget the room service, and notify a W Insider to help to make your experience one of a kind. There is more to enjoy at the W South Beach including brunch poolside. Take a dip between sips on your cocktail or soak up the sun after morning spa treatment at Bliss Spa. Finally, don’t forget a reservation at The Dutch; enjoy this casual dining experience with fresh seafood, steak, and dessert offerings and some champagne of course. Cheers! More about The W South Beach here: http://www.wsouthbeach.com
BEST FOOD IN TOWN NEW YORK
by Cessie Cerrato Quality Eats The West Village is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city. The cobblestone streets, quaint cafes and classic brownstones make it the perfect area to people watch, grab some cocktails and feast on some of the city’s best restaurants. Quality Eats, the West Village’s newest hotspot, is the brainchild of Michael Stillman (the guy that brought us Quality Meats and Quality Italian), and it’s an eclectic mix of the trendy, yet seemingly casual steakhouse. Come in for an unusual spin on traditional cocktails and delectable bites. Take a seat at the wooden bar where you’ll sip cocktails and read beautifully hand-carved “quirky” quotes. My drink of choice here is the “Adios” – a deliciously fused cocktail with tequila, tarragon, green chartreuse and my favorite part, (deliciously spicy) habanero cubes. Here’s a twist to the traditional PB&J you used to eat as a kid. Grilled Nueske’s (Applewood) Bacon, which comes smothered with peanut butter and a unique jalapeno jelly, (can you tell I’m into spicy?) If you’re into cheeses, (who isn’t?) check out the grilled Bucheron Cheese with Pear Baguette. Now for the meat, I went with the Long-Bone Short Rib Steak. It’s tasty and succulent with just the right amount of fat. Pair that with a side of the popular Corn Creme Brulee, and you heart will be happy I promise. As for sides, I could’ve ordered them all, (I have a bad habit of eating with my eyes), but I went with the Baked Potato Monkey Bread with a side of scalloped Sunchokes. 19 Greenwich Avenue Ainsworth New York City is full of sports bars. But Ainsworth is by far my first choice when it comes to kicking it, watching the big game, and feasting on traditional “sports bar” food with an upscale twist. If you’re looking for a modern sports bar, with ultra chic décor, yet a kicked-back feel, then Ainsworth is it.
The Ainsworth, managed by well regarded Paige Hospitality group, known for popular spots like Southampton Social Club and The Chester in Meatpacking, has multiple locations in the city, which makes it easy to book a table regardless of where you are. Let me just say; these guys did not skimp on the décor. The feel is old, rustic, yet glamorous. Beautiful pine covers the walls and elegant vintage chandeliers hang from the ceiling. You won’t be eating on just any table; you ’ll be dining in style on lavish oak tables and extremely comfortable, chocolate leather seats. You will not miss a second of the game because the place is decked out with 40 flat-screen HD TVs that feature amber LED lights. A state of the art sound system with a DJ booth, keeps guests jamming in between commercial breaks, spinning the hottest tunes. The menu at Ainsworth makes traditional sports bars look boring. Don’t believe me? Have you ever had a Mac & Cheese Burger? Well these guys perfected it! Yes, you read right, it’s a layer of panko-crusted mac and cheese, a half pound beef patty, layered with another scoop of mac and cheese. Indulge with a side of Blue Cheese & Buffalo Cauliflower, lightly smothered in cheese, grilled scallions, and delicious buffalo sauce. They also serve unique items like Miso Duck Spring Rolls and tiny bite-sized Waffle Pancakes with a Maple Fondue for brunch. If you want to sip cocktails among a trendy crowd while watching a game, Ainsworth does just that, in a cozy yet chic ambiance. The Ainsworth has multiple locations in Chelsea, Midtown, and Gramercy. Café Habana First, I can’t live without Café Habana on a daily basis. Second, it is a place I have deeply rooted in my heart. I am a Miami girl, with a big fat Cuban family and even though I love NYC, there are days I am simply craving some good Cuban food. Authentic Cuban spots are hard to come by in New York. But, Café Habana, located on Prince Street in Nolita is killing the Cuban scene. Café Habana is a dope corner spot that features an extensive mix of Latin inspired, foods. The inspiration behind Café Habana comes from its original spot in downtown Mexico City. Wait, what does Mexico City have to do with Cuba? Well, the owners claim that tons of famous Cuban musicians would gather in Mexico City at Café Habana and exchange stories over their meals - hence the Mexican treats that you’ll
find on the menu. I loved the décor, the second you walk in you feel like you’re at a corner walk-up Cuban café in Miami. The place is decked out with vintage posters of old Cuban films, and artwork from Cuba’s 50’s scene. Head to the bathroom, and you’ll walk through a draped curtain featuring La Virgen de Guadalupe. As a Cuban girl from Miami, I can tell you; this joint is spot on. The “Café Con Leche” is no latte, it’s as legit as the one my abuela makes at home. And their Cuban sandwich is the best I’ve had in NY, eerily identical to the ones you’ll find at the walkup window at Versailles in Miami. The sandwich is stuffed with a generous amount of marinated roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, chipotle mayonnaise and a pickle, on toasted roll (I wish they had Cuban bread though) and is served with hand-cut French fries. Delicioso! They’re also winning at the Sloppy Joe (or as they call it, Sloppy Jose). It’s a BBQ Pork Sandwich with spicy BBQ pulled pork, served with black beans, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato and Chipotle mayonnaise and two fried eggs on top. For the sides, I went with my favorite, Tostones paired with their popular side, the Mexican-Style Grilled Corn, slathered with mayo, Cojita cheese, chili powder, and lime. Make sure you leave room for dessert; their Flan is sheer perfection. 17 Prince Street
by Brandon Lopez Komodo Step into this new, Asian-inspired Miami hotspot and you’re immediately taken by the zen-like interior. But as you hear the great tunes pumping through the speakers; you'll be ready to bust a move or two. Step up to the bar, and sip on some delicious cocktails, like the "Dragon Punch". But if you’re hungry, just head straight to your table and start snacking on the delicious Tuna Pica Tartare. As you make your way down the menu, your eyes will glance at the Chilean Seabass or the Grilled Szechuan Beef, which happen to be some of the restaurant’s top sellers. But whichever you decide on, make sure you leave some room for dessert, because whichever you decide on will leave your tummy feeling full and happy. 801 Brickell Avenue Louie Bossi’s Cross into the 954, and you’ll hear locals and tourists alike buzzing about Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar and Pizzeria. The rustic brick décor at this Ft. Lauderdale hotspot will make you feel like you're in Brooklyn eating at a typical mom and pop Italian restaurant. Regardless what your palate is craving, there’s something on the menu guaranteed to satisfy it. Whether you want to get started with a delicious charcuterie and cheese board, or a traditional Bruschetta with a unique Louie Bossi’s twist, like adding kale and salami, the choice is yours – and will surely leave your taste buds screaming with joy. Pair your antipasti and entrée with a delicious glass of vino from their elaborate wine list, or with a delicious handcrafted cocktail, like the “Arrivederci”. Go ahead and order it because of the name, you know you want to. 1032 East Las Olas Blvd.
Finka This ain’t your abuela’s kitchen. While you’ll see many traditional dishes that were once made by your grandmother, Chef Aileen Andrade’s Asian-infused dishes is what sets this restaurant apart from the thousands of Cuban restaurants in South Florida. Once you walk through the doors, you’ll immediately be transported into an old-school, yet somehow hip farm (or finka). While waiting for your table, stop by the bar and grab a "Menta Old Fashioned," it’s a Latin-twist on grandpa’s favorite cocktail. Once you're seated, don’t pass on the Tostones topped with Vaca Frita. You’ll be wishing it were an entrée. Whether you want something from the wok, a freshbaked pizza, or something a little more filling like the Korean Fried Chicken, you’ll fall in love with this spot located in the heart of West Kendall. Make sure you leave space for dessert, you won’t regret it. 14690 SW. 26th Street Bocce Many would describe this Midtown Italian hotspot as, “Molto Bene!” What sets this restaurant apart from many others is the dining experience. Not only can you drop by and grab a drink or a bite to eat, but you can also throw down a very intense game of Bocce. Grab a seat and a board of some of the freshest cheeses and meats the restaurant has to offer. Then fill your belly with some traditional Italian fare, like the Ravioli Di Barbabietola; a house-made beet and goat cheese filled pasta, with some aged balsamic. But no meal is complete without a delicious cocktail. Sip on the “Piccante,” which has bourbon, honey, lemon juice, Tabasco, and paprika, topped with a salt and pepper rim. Once you sit back and sulk on the fact that you just ate your daily calorie allowance in one sitting, knock back a homemade Limoncello, the perfect “digestivi” for after a heavy, yet delicious Italian meal. 3252 NE. 1st Avenue
by Kara Marie Trombetta Chi'Lantro Home of the original Kimchi fries, Chi’lantro is a mouth-watering, Korean-Mexican fusion food truck (though now, brick and mortar locations have been added). This place keeps the menu small, yet anything but predictable. My go-to lunch is the SoyGlazed Chicken Rice Bowl which is piled to the brim with rice, black beans, soy vinaigrette salad, cilantro, onions, cheddar and jack cheese, salsa, sesame seeds, and the most delicious sweet and savory soy-glazed chicken you’ll probably ever eat, all for under $8. Other crowd favorites include the burger, burrito, and quesadilla, all stuffed with the Korean and Mexican ingredients that make Chi’Lantro famous around these parts. 823 Congress Avenue Launderette East Austin’s Launderette gets it’s name because it was once, in fact, a gas station/laundromat, though
you’d never be able to tell by the atmosphere. It’s polished, swanky, and beaming with mid-century modern design that makes you instantly feel cooler. An all-occasion hot-spot, Launderette is ideal for brunch and cocktails in casual attire (what Austin does best), or for a hot date. Every single thing on the menu is to-die-for, or kill for. I have almost killed my husband over the last potato chip with pimento cheese. The fare is categorized as “Gourmet Modern American” and the menu boasts Pei Mussels, Hanger Steak, Whole Branzino, and Fried Oysters. Dessert is an absolute must (shout out to the birthday cake ice cream sandwich), but I can guarantee you’ll need to be rolled out of there. The best method is to order several appetizers for the table and try them all, because I can assure you: they are all spectacular. The cocktail list is artfully crafted and equally impressive. A crowd-pleaser is the "Bird Of Paradise", containing Cazadores Blanco, grapefruit, lime, sea salt, soda, and anise. I have eaten here more than any other restaurant in Austin and have never left disappointed. 2115 Holly Street Vespaio The first time I visited Vespaio on South Congress Avenue, I had a mind-altering, euphoric experience when I slid my fork full of Spaghetti Alla Carbonara into my mouth. “Fine freaking Italian dining at it’s freaking finest” is not their tagline, but it should be. Take an Italian friend with you or pace yourself on the vino so that you can accurately point out the menu items that you can’t pronounce. Vespaio takes massive pride in their dishes as every single ingredient is handmade and/or locally sourced. The chefs butcher their own meat, (how’s that for badass?) From WoodFired Pizza to Veal Saltimbocca, this Italian dining experience will leave you raving (and full). 1610 South Congress Avenue
by Vadim Pogosov Baan Thai You will not find Pad Thai on the menu of this neighborhood gem of a Thai restaurant in Logan Circle. And trust us, that’s a great thing! The authentic Thai menu is not shy on flavor, spice and authenticity. Pay close attention to the specials like the recent Crispy Tilapia salad – lemongrass, cilantro, chili and fresh lime elevate the fish starter to an ecstatic explosion of flavors. Northern Thai cooking is showcased and perfected here often – do not miss the yellow curry with egg noodles, skin-on chicken thigh and pickled cabbage. The balance of textures pairs beautifully with your desired level of heat and will leave you happily slurping the last of the broth from your bowl. Baan Thai also features a full sushi bar with a delectable selection of rolls and sashimi. Local, young denizens of Logan Circle have noticed this spot, as have foodies and you will often find it packed with large groups and a packed private party room located on the upper level. Tommy’s White Lotus is a delightful frozen concoction with a surprisingly sneaky kick – embrace your inner white girl! 1326 14th St. NW, 2nd floor China Chilicano Jose Andres tackles Peruvian! The Spanish-born celebrity chef who is credited with popularizing the small plate dining concept in the United States continues to impress in his adoptive hometown of DC with this vibrant, lively eatery near the Verizon Center. Start out with any of the Pisco options from the cocktail menu – the potent brandy will have you singing along to the eclectically happy selection of South American music. You will be re-thinking what you know of Peruvian eats and that is because modern Peruvian cuisine often reflects the influences of both Chinese and Japanese cooking brought there by emigres from both countries. Ceviche Nikkei, as a starter, is a perfect embodiment of this polyamorous union – bright flavors and delicate textures of the Big eye tuna, soy-cured egg yolk, avocado, jicama and furikake will have you off to a blissful start. Some of the more traditional Peruvian dishes make the most satisfying entrees – Chupe De Cameron, a soup of Pacific Wild Shrimp, Peruvian corn and rice, topped with a poached egg makes for a comfort dish from heaven on a cold DC night. Do not leave without sampling some of the fresh fruit popsicles – a delightfully simple way to end a majestic meal. 418 7th St. NW
The Pig With the recent explosion of the farm-to-table movement, The Pig in trendy Logan neighborhood is a restaurant that manages to stand out. The menu, which changes daily, also utilizes the nose-to-tail concept, which means that in addition to the traditional crowd favorites like pork belly and shoulder, diners can indulge in entrees featuring brain stuffing, face bacon or an entire roasted fried pig head! The stylish restaurant is not just for pork lovers though – the menu often shows versatility with several dishes where local produce plays the star. The company behind The Pig owns a farm and has a daily selection of vegetables providing the chef with the opportunity to wow even a vegan diner on any given night. Do not miss the ‘cheeky’ cocktail menu featuring an 8-week aged Manhattan. Desserts are all made by a seasoned pastry chef with a sophisticated hand – think apple pie with ancho chili, cheddar crust, cayenne caramel and house-made chorizo ice cream. 1320 14th St. NW
LOS ANGELES by Gaby Ortega
I had no idea that moving to Los Angeles would introduce me to an array of AMAZING cuisine. The city is filled with countless options- What’s a girl to do? I had to enlist the help of my LA peeps to truly find the hidden gems. But I also took into account the on-the-go lifestyle that most of us entrepreneurs live and chose some exquisite fast food that is prepared with impeccable ingredients. So here goes something! I just moved to Downtown Los Angeles (#DTLA) so naturally this was my first stop to explore! Grand Central Market has been home to some of LA’s best food vendors for many years now and just recently added a new wave of young and hip names to the list. The busy market attracts thousands of Angelinos for lunch every day. My first shot at the experience introduced me to Eggslut. I have to admit this is the most amazing ALL day gourmet breakfast spot I’ve ever tried. They have put together a menu where eggs are the main staple- yup, breakfast and lunch all served with either scrambled or over easy eggs. The best part of the whole deal, aside from the fast and amiable service, is the brioche bun they use on their sandwiches. OMG, it’s to die for! They also have some salad options if you’re on a carb free diet. Prices are very reasonable averaging $8-12. This is the perfect place for a quick bite before heading to your next meeting. Now, if you are in the mood for a DTLA dinner adventure and you’re craving Mexican I want to introduce you to, B.S. Taqueria. The restaurant is
decorated with traditional Mexican flair radiating a chic/sexy vibe which makes it perfect for a first date! The food is served family style and their tacos are the most sought out. My top favorites are the shrimp
tacos, mushroom and garlic tacos, and the chorizo & papas tacos ( in that order!). They use a special blue corn tortilla imported straight from Mexico that is GMO free. The tortilla is exceptionally soft and warm and is by far the most stand out part of the dish. I also have to rave about their happy hour which is MonFri from 5:30p-7:00pm and offers $6 cocktails and $4 mezcal shots! My favorite is the Pablo B. Pomelo cocktail made with Blanco Tequila, lime, agave, and grapefruit juice. Cheers! Aside from Mexican I am also a huge fan of Asian food and Shophouse Kitchen is a one stop shop inspired by Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore. This fast food establishment was created by the same owners of Chipotle who are committed to serving fresh responsibly sourced ingredients for the healthy consumer. You can build your bowls using the most delicious vegetables, proteins, sauces, and garnishes with either brown rice, jasmine rice or your choice of chilled rice noodles. There is also tofu and other vegan friendly options available. My favorite are the chicken meatballs and their thinly sliced broccoli. The flavors are so amazing but I must warn you it can get pretty spicy, milder options can be requested too. Prices are reasonable averaging $8-$10 per bowl. There you have it, I hope this short list gets you excited about all things LA. The possibilities here are endless and the food is rich and filled with character. For more on my adventures here visit my blog www. gabygoestocali.com
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