Pizzeria Stella

Steeelllllllaaaaaa! No, not talking streetcars here, just exclaiming the love Philadelphia has for the new hotspot, Pizzeria Stella. Pizzeria Stella is the newest Stephen Starr gem with a boisterous and family-friendly atmosphere. The menu is limited, but if you’re in search of seriously yummy thiPicture 7n-crust pizzas with a nice house red wine, you’re in luck.

The pizza bar is a fantastic place to sit with two or three people and watch the chefs do their work. When visiting with four or more, grab a table and order family style, because there is no way to choose which toppings you’d like.

The margherita pizza, loaded with fresh basil and just the right amount of cheese, is a fantastic place to start. More adventurous diners should try their feature “tartufo” pizza, made with black truffles, fontina, parmesan, and topped with a fried egg. End your meal with the secret family recipe house-made gelato, everything from olive oil to chocolate, and presto, you’re good to go!

Rebecca Taylor

The Premier choice for girls in New York City for her flirty and girly designs. This season Taylor did not disappoint and filled her catwalk with an array of beautiful dresses with a touch of Bohemian rhapsody. The sheer pink dress with little motifs stood out from the collection and will be a breath of fresh air to Fall’s subdued palette. Here are some of our favorite looks from the collection.
With her feminine lines and sophisticated simplicity, Rebbeca Taylor has a captive audience at her flagship store in New York’s trendy Nolita district. Known for her feminine frocks, the New Zealand-born designer dresses A-list Hollywood stars such as Cameron Diaz and Ashley Judd.

Only at Chadwicks… Happy Hour Everyday!

This popular neighborhood saloon since 1967 offers a sense of ease and genuineness for its loyal patrons. Unlike other restaurant chains, Chadwick’s allure lies in its ability to provide the same high quality food and sincere service ever since its opening.

For seven days a week, and on Tuesdays from 4pm till close, Chadwicks in Georgetown offers Happy Hour for beer, wine, margaritas, and even wings.These Happy Hour specials are favorites with professionals and students alike.

What’s not to like? Even on Saturdays and Sundays Chadwicks features a champagne breakfast of unlimited bubbly and massive burritos. Visit chadwicksrestaurants.com for more information.

Shhh… Dining customers can ask for discounted movie tickets to the Georgetown AMC Loews theatre next door that are only $7.50

Rock it Out at Tattoo Bar

As one of the most unique bars in DC, Tattoo Bar is small, but intimately claustrophobic and extremely edgy.

With a hip, rock-n-roll theme, the Tattoo Bar is an interesting amalgamation of a bar and a nightclub sporting a mix of rock and roll and some house music.

Like stepping into a tattoo parlor, Tattoo Bar gives off a badass and sexily forbidden vibe. Decked out with black leather banquettes, dark light fixtures, tribal tattoo patterns, the “ghost rider,” and pictures of heavily inked individuals, this bar is definitely one of a kind. Visit tattoobardc.com for more information.

DC’s only Presidential Museum – Woodrow Wilson House

The Woodrow Wilson House is a national historic landmark and house museum that tells of President Wilson’s Washington Years from 1912-1924. Through informative guided tours and exhibitions, this museum promotes awareness of his celebrated life and ideals for the future as a world statesmen.

Through visiting his house on S Street, NW, the Woodrow Wilson House allows visitors to peek into the private life of the twentieth century political icon.

After a walk through the house, one can truly reflect on President Wilson’s accomplishments not only as a revered world leader who sought peace through finding the League of Nations, but also as a down-to-earth husband and loving father.

Pretty in Pink’s Hot Dogs

From Celine Dion to Snoop Dogg, everyone’s favorite hot dogs seem to be Pink.

Though the actual color of the dog isn’t that pretty shade, Paul Pink who started his first hotdog stand in 1939 is the reason people wait in hour long lines for the delicious dogs.

If you ever pass by Pink’s, you’ll probably notice the crowds hovering around the hotdog stand waiting to place an order. With famous options such as the Bacon Chili Cheese Dog or Chili Cheese Dog, anyone who’s anyone will tell you the line is worth the wait. Though original options definitely make a splash, offerings such as the Guacamole Hotdog or The Three Dog Night, featuring three hot dogs wrapped in a tortilla with bacon and cheese, are all becoming favorites to Angelinos.

With great tasting hotdogs and prices to match, people from all over the world venture to Pink’s not only for the food but also for the experience. There is truly something about waiting in line and calling out an order that makes the experience rather than breaks it. Similar to the long lines, parking can be just as difficult.

If you truly want a Pink’s experience, it wouldn’t be the same without the difficulty of parking and the long, long lines.

All for a Pink.

Family Dinner at Dominick’s

Stuck in the heart of West Hollywood, Dominick’s is one of the only places in Los Angeles made to feel as though you are dinning at your family’s home for Sunday supper. Though a 2004 renovation took place at the restaurant, executive chefs and co-owners opted to keep the homey vibe by incorporating dark woods and booths to add levels of comfort and style.
With Italian fare offering signature dishes such as a grilled artichoke appetizer and a flourless chocolate cake for dessert, patrons swear by the food, flavor and fun that Dominick’s promises to deliver. Along with the essentials such as homemade fettuccine and grilled chicken paillard, Dominick’s brings in families and friends on their favorite night of the week: Sunday.
Sunday dinners at Dominick’s are one of the most popular nights for the restaurant due to the weekly change of menu, multiple course meal and $15.00 price per person. Offering favorites such as skirt steak and potatoes with a strawberry shortcake dessert, Sunday night supper at Dominick’s is meant for anyone with a true taste for Italian.
Though the food alone is reason enough to visit this Italian stop, Dominick’s offers an extensive wine list for the true vino enthusiast. With a long list of bottles to choose from, many visitors often opt for a $10.00 bottle offered on Sunday nights.
When the food is served and wine is poured, most people try to sneak a peek into the kitchen in hopes of finding an Italian grandmother doing all the cooking. Though you are likely to find chefs Ebbink and Boudet cooking away, we can always dream.

Now that’s amore.

Crumb on Parchment, Bernstein’s latest Design District venture

Design District darling and James-Beard award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein has launched  a new venture in the area and brought her Mom along for the ride. It’s called Crumb on Parchment and is a winner.

Just steps away from her well-known Sra. Martinez, she can shuffle back and forth from one place to the other and not miss a beat. As strange as that may sound it’s true, she is right there in the open area where the sandwiches, soups, sides, everything’s being prepared, alongside her staff working.

Definite must haves are the roasted veggie sandwich with creamy cheese and tasty aioli and the roasted chicken with goat cheese and peaches, each a winner. Tasty couscous or one of their homemade soups like red gazpacho, lentil and chilled cauliflower make great sides. And for dessert, Mom makes a mile-high coconut cake that’s a stunner, moist classic red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting as well as assorted scones and muffins which are perfect for breakfast.

Crumb on Parchment is located at 3930 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 305-572-9444, www.facebook.com/crumbmiami

Classic Carolina Herrera threads at Village of Merrick Park

The Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables is a classy, upscale, chic and elegant shopping venue (this is no mall) and that’s why classic and iconic fashion designer Carolina Herrera chose the venue for her store.

Evoking the Mediterranean feel that makes the Gables unique, Merrick Park is open-air and features lushly landscaped tropical gardens and fountains throughout and is truly a shopping destination. Having the legendary Herrera choose this as the home for one of her stores is the perfect fit.

The store features both men’s and women’s fashions in what could only be described as the fashion designer’s instantly recognizable clean line and timeless look. Fashionistas who need a jolt of that in their closet will certainly find it here. Her signature CH fragrance for women is also available here.

The Village of Merrick Park is located at 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables 305-448-3333 www.villageofmerrickpark.com

Nosh on unique eats and craft beers at The Local

A new incarnation has arrived in Downtown Coral Gables and it’s called The Local Craft Food & Drink, an idea whose time was overdue in the area. At least that’s what the two young owners thought and so they tapped an experienced and equally young chef and created this place.

The menu is a blend of many components, some of which incorporate well known ingredients from the owners Hispanic backgrounds. For example, their unique take on some classic barfood, instead of chicken wings, they’re serving buffalo-style sweetbreads instead with blue cheese and a unique apple, chayote and celery slaw. Chayote? That’s all Hispanic. Those sound perfect too paired with one of their many craft brews. It’s bar food taken up a notch. They’re even serving charcuterie prepared on premises and as many fresh local South Florida ingredients as possible.

Photos by Sebastian Rusk / SocialBuzzTV.com

The Local Craft Food & Drink is located at 150 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables 305-648-5687 www.facebook.com/thelocal150

The New Dream Hotel

The Dream Hotel recently opened its glamorous doors Downtown. The project which took almost five years to complete, and around $280 million had to rise to the standards of the already established places located in close proximity: The Standard and The Gansevoort. But The Dream certainly proves to be a threatening competitor. Last week, I had the privilege to go on a private tour of the entire space, and I was pleasantly surprised, so I’m going to share part of the experience. While walking in the Meatpacking District where it is located, I had no troubles spotting the hotel. The modern architecture is truly unique, entirely made of metal with round windows, and glass doors. Once you step in their shinny lobby, you will immediately feel transported into a futuristic world. Chandeliers, walls entirely made of glass, and the high-end furniture blend in together, creating a superb, modern space.

If you are only visiting the hotel, you can either grab a bite in their restaurant downstairs, or dip into their glass-bottom pool. But if you are too shy to go in for a swim – in fact the glass bottom of the pool is the ceiling of the lobby, just get a ten on their improvised sand. Great opportunity to show off that bikini body. But now let’s talk about my absolute favorite part of the hotel – the stunning PH bar. Located on the top floor, the bar offers amazing views of the city, a modern decor, fun cocktails, and NYC’s best crowd. Even though the bar is meant to be simply an amenity for the hotel’s guests, their parties are populated by a melting pot of socialites, celebrities, financiers, mixed in with the fashion world and the more creative types. So, yes, this is the new hot spot in town, and it is not just a ‘Dream’.