If you’ve ever been to BaoHaus, the casual Taiwanese bun shop in New York’s East Village, you may have noticed Eddie Huang one of the chefs and co-owners, probably freestyling along to the music dressed in renegade street clothes. By looking at him though, you would never guess that this former stand-up comic turn celebrity chef actually practiced corporate law. Huang’s newest venture is his memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, published by Random House. The memoir, entitled the same as his hysterically fun food and travel show produced by Vice, touches on Eddie’s unique views on America, , the culinary world, Asian stereotypes, and basically Eddie’s critiques of everything and everyone he comes in contact with.
Just when Joonbug thought we heard of it all—there's always something new and fun on the horizon! The Drink Hanky is an innovative creation for your beverage of choice from native New Yorker Amanda Bertoncini. The idea originated when Bertoncini (working in the fashion business in NYC) went for a weekend drive with her father to meet her grandparents in Queens, NY for Sunday dinner. They would always stop for coffee on the way. After receiving their drinks from Starbucks, she began to notice her iced coffee was leaking everywhere in her cup holder. The idea came to mind right at that moment! She needed to design a high-end Snuggie type creation for everyone's beverage. Voila, the Drink Hanky was born.
How many times a day do you take out your phone to check the time? If you’re like me, the answer is constantly, almost to the degree of obsession. I like to know what time it is, at all times. Rumor has it that Apple may have the answer for those of us who are time checking obsessed as they are experimenting with a wristwatch computer. Our dreams of Marty McFly’s hoover board from Back to the Future may be a few years off but we can soon be checking our wrists for bits of information just like James Bond and comic book detective Dick Tracy.
The always secretive Apple has dropped hints that they’ve been experimenting with curved glass at their California headquarters. The glass would be capable of curving around a human body. But engineering curved glass that is flexible enough to move along with the unpredictability of the human body was no easy task. After a decade of research, Corning, the maker of the tough Gorilla Glass used on iPhones and iPads, has solved that difficult challenge with the invention of Willow Glass. The Willow Glass is so thin and flexible that it’s able to “flop as easily as a piece of paper in the wind without breaking.” Now that the mystery behind the materials is somewhat uncovered there are a million and one questions that tech nerds and apple-aficionados are dying to have the answers to. Will Siri be included? Could you use the iWatch for directions in real time? Would it be a more technologically-advanced version of Nike’s Fuel Band? Would the watch be synced to an iPhone using Bluetooth making the device completely hands free? And the list goes on and on. Although Google is hot on Apple’s heels with their Google Glasses, Apple’s wristband computer will likely be a cheaper alternative to Google Glasses and will be the best way to deal with competition from other brands such as Google and Samsung. If the technology is available, which we’re sure Apple is very capable of, wearable computers may replace the Smartphone in the next decade or so.
Get it while it's hot! Jetson Bike has launched the Jetson E-Bike, the first eco-friendly and stylish electric bike. Perfect for busybodies, city dwellers, and even towns folk, this bike runs on a high grade rechargable battery -- all you have to do is plug it in, charge it up, and wheels away! The bike has the nice, sleek look of a vespa but is actually environmentally friendly. Probably the best feature of this new bike is that you no longer need to spend half your paycheck on gas and spend half an hour looking for a parking space.
With bikini season coming quicker than you know, it's important to get your body ready to hit the beaches! Your average gym will provide you with enough equipment to turn up the heat, but if you are really looking to rev up your workout, we've got the top classes in the city to get you looking like a model. Check out our favorite classes NYC has to offer!
Barry's Boot Camp: Jog, run, sprint, incline, squat, lift, crunch. You will hear all these words (too many times) at Barry's Boot Camp, and more. You might hate your instructor while you're there (just kidding) but the payoff will be great. Out of all the exercise classes in the city, this has to be one of the best, funnest, yet toughest. Each day of the week targets a different body part, in conjuction with some hardcore cardio. Prepare to get sweaty, burn calories, and wake up sore the next morning. Nothing is more exhilarating than the rush of endorphins and by the end of this one hour class, you will be grinning ear to ear for pushing yourself. Boot camp couldn't have described it any better.
Valentine's Day is fast approaching and you need to narrow down your last-minute gift options. Whether you are looking for something simple 'n' swe et, something to accompany you on vacation, or something that screams committment, we've got a bunch of options to choose from. You can't go wrong with anything from our V-day list!
For the Simple Gifter: Guys, give your girl something hot to wear on your night out, like this flirty Dexter Dress ($260) in vibrant red by Rae Francis. Not up to the challenge? Give your gal something she can snuggle up to you in, like this popular Christopher Fischer Fox Intarsia sweater ($298), seen on plenty of celebs. You can pick one up at any Christopher Fischer retail locations, listed here.
New York area foodies and cooks are in for a treat! Chefday, a Brooklyn-based start-up, delivers pre-measured, fresh ingredients right to your doorstep in order to cook custom recipes designed by NYC restaurant chefs. Seriously, why hasn't anyone come up with this idea sooner?
Some of the city's finest chefs have created recipe designed just for you! All recipes come with a video of the chef in action, cooking your meal. The videos even pause to wait for you at the end of each step. Your fresh ingredients also come with a recipe card. Each recipe allows you to choose different serving sizes, so whether you're cooking for two or eight, they've got you covered. The freshest ingredients are picked from the chef's food suppliers and your food can be delivered between 3-5pm or 7-9pm on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday at your office or home.
Whether you've got a lover or a friend you can take a romantic getaway or staycay to celebrate your love. From New York City to California and all the way to the Caribbean, we've got eight naughty 'n' nice options for you to choose from. Enjoy!
Hotel El Convento: Located in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, this small luxury hotel is offering a Romantic Memories Package starting at $250 a night. The package includes deluxe accommodations, complimentary reception serving daily wine and hors d'oeuvres at La Veranda Terrace, a signature tote bag, bottle of champagne, rose petal turndown, and chocolate covered strawberries. Do with them what you will.
The first look at this video may come as shocking and mostly, not one bit believeable. However, it is legit! The video captures rare feats by people from around the world and you'll instantly be glued to the screen wondering, "Is this for real?!"
It's real alright and the backround song plays well into the flow of things. Titled "Levitate," by English dance-punk band Hadouken!. It's a cool way to get a song out there, especially behind a video like this. Check out their sounds here and you can grab the song on iTunes here.
The Long Island legend, YouTube sensation, and GrooveFox radio host, Vinny the Chin, is now starring in his own movie. The film documents his daily life, clubbing and winter rituals as he preps to party in the Hamptons on Memorial Day Weekend. Vinny will be on the move from New York to Miami as too! Included in the film are his visits with Cocaine Cowboy star Mickey Munday and date night with video vixen Tammy Torres.
Additionally, Vinny is offering 10% of all sales that come from you spreading the word. You can check out the movie, soundtrack and help share the word here! The movie also comes with an original house music soundtrack with titles including "Stomp the Deck (STD)," "Pop Your Pecs," and "Today is Not Your Day." Sounds like it could double as the soundtrack to The Jersey Shore with all of it's fistpump worthiness!
Why did you want to initially cater Shindig towards books and authors? Books are a love of mine and the publishing industry is so in need of new solutions. While there are many recommendation engines out there telling you might like this because you bought that, there are few tools available to generate authentic excitement for a new author's works and among those few tools, none more powerful than the word of mouth elicited from fans who have just had a unique interaction with the author. For authors who want more time available to do what they do best, write, Shindig is an important way to enable them to use the time they have available to reach fans in the most effective way possible. For readers who want access to authors who never are available enough anyway, Shindig offers an amazing new opportunity to actually have a meaningful exchange with someone whose work moves you.
Are there plans in the future to expand the platform for different audiences or larger audiences? Shindig is really its own medium; one part TV show, one part radio call in, one part online lounge/mixer/networking event. We already have personalities doing talk shows on Shindig and developing audiences for themselves, we have DJ's doing online nightclubs and we have magazines, radio stations, recording artists and others experimenting with the platform. We also think that Shindig can provide the best dynamics for online classrooms where not only can the professor call students to answer questions but where the students can talk privately to one another. The uses for Shindig are really for a limitless array of group activities.
What do you think is the coolest/best feature of Shindig? The best feature of Shindig is FREEDOM. You are in control of who you talk with and are not held captive in conversations where you are forced to sit through conversations that don't concern you or talk over others to attempt to control the flow. Shindig's multiple levels of conversation and the freedom to intuitively more conversation to conversation takes the chains off of video chat.