Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Brooklyn Vegan Restaurant, Maimonide of Brooklyn

Gourmet vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free restaurants are scarce, even in New York City where healthy cuisine is often relegated to crunchy cafes and take-out buffets.  So Maimonide of Brooklyn (525 Atlantic Avenue), is a welcome addition to downtown Brooklyn's food scene.
Called M.O.B. for short, the hip eatery with a live DJ, communal tables, vintage light fixtures, wall art featuring fruits and vegetables used in the menu and poetry by local scribes is the brainchild of Cyril Aouizerate.  The cuisine --  affectionately known as avant-garde vegetarian food for carnivores -- is an inviting and as eclectic as the light-filled space.  Dishes include hearty veggie burgers with kickass homemade ketchup, dried fruit saucissons, vegan chicken nuggets, and open-faced sandwiches that are topped with wholesome ingredients called MOBs.
Scenes from the opening party at Maimonide of Brooklyn./Photos by John Carluccio
M.O.B. founder, Cyril.

Aouizerate, the co-founder of Urbantech and Mama Shelter in France, has combined his love for urban planning, architecture and philosophy in the creative process behind M.O.B. Legendary French chef, Alain Senderens, contributed to the menu with Executive Chef Neal Harden, formerly of Pure Food & Wine.
M.O.B’s design is an homage to '90s hip-hop culture (Afrika Bambaataa was a special guest at the opening party and t-shirts for sale feature the Notorious B.I.G. and She's Gotta Have It-era Spike Lee), Brooklyn and the healthy-living beliefs of the famous Jewish philosopher Maimonides. The arches of the Brooklyn Bridge lend their shape to the doorways and the MOB sandwiches.
Soon the restaurant will expand to include poetry readings, live music and dancing. 

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Shop Spring Styles on Atlanta's Chic Boutique Tour, April 7, 2012!

Photo by RobinLori Photography

Spring is in the air, so it's time to shake off the winter doldrums. While sorting through your warmer weather threads you quickly realize that your spring wardrobe needs a little pick-me-up. Before you embark on a day of crowded mall hopping, get your BFFs together and join Chic Boutique Tour for their Spring Indulgence Shopping Soirée on Saturday, April 7.

But what's a Chic Boutique Tour? Minus the cat fights, imagine stepping into the life of one of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" -- being chauffeured from boutique to boutique, reclining in the comfort of a luxury motor coach, socializing with other women, while being catered to with a delectable lunch and unlimited cocktails. The Spring Indulgence Chic Boutique Tour will begin with a Pink Carpet Social at 11a.m. at Redefined Home, 887 Howell Mill Road, suite 200, Atlanta GA 30318. Guests are escorted to the pink carpet where fashion photographers await their arrival. 
“It’s so much fun, very paparazzi style,” offers Rosalynn Wilson, CEO and Founder. “As they exit the carpet, they’re served their first cocktail of the day."
Typically the tour visits 4-5 boutiques and guests are constantly catered to while on board. "I've spent all winter exploring the boutiques in the city and can't wait to introduce our guests to some very new boutiques in the Atlanta Metro area. For the Spring Indulgence Tour, we're taking guests to London loves MarLo, Pink Sky Boutique, Bombay Gal Butik, Happy Feet Boutique, and Bouchic Boutique."
Chic Boutique Tour guests will receive discounts on their fashion finds from participating boutiques.
Cost: $55 per ticket and $45 per ticket if purchasing two.  Purchase tickets online or by calling 678-719-CHIC.  The Chic Boutique Tour also offers group rates. If you’d like to get a group of friends or a community group/organization together, contact Rosalynn Wilson directly at 678-719-CHIC.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012