It’s common knowledge that any amount of money can spin scientific results into desired conclusions. When it comes to studies about drugs or alcohol, readers perk up; because aren’t most Americans waiting for that magic pill that will allow us to eat or drink anything we want and never gain weight or let those recessive genes prevent our goals?
Yes, every week there seems to be some new study telling us that something ridiculous is actually good for you, or there’s been a cure for something and the news never really seems to stick. A couple months ago we reported on a study that claims vodka increases creativity and verbal skills.
What are the first thoughts to go through your head when you see that special someone across dance floor, bar, subway bench, etc.? How their personality may be comparable to yours? What do they think about the book cover you keep flashing upwards toward them? Or are you the kind of mind that wanders straight to the bedroom? The whole process is fun and mysterious, sure, but how often are you wondering about all the sexually transmitted infections they may be harboring?
A new iPhone app called Chec-Mate now allows you to find out if the person you’ve been staring at all night is safe to bring home. For $1.99 all you have to do is register and upload a picture of yourself. You’ll have to bring yourself to a registered screening facility and be cleared ahead of time before Chec-Mate can be fully activated. Soon, all you have to do is find out if the person even has a profile to know what you’re getting yourself into.
As reported, Maritime Hotel’s Hiro Ballroom and Matsuri Shutter restaurant are closing its doors, making way for Marc Packer and Rich Wolfe of the Tao Group to take over. According to Eater, Mr. Packer is looking to open a Tao Downtown restaurant in the Chelsea location, although finer details are scarce for now, don't look for any openings until early 2013.
Amidst reports that he was booted from managing Ludlow Manor, Luc Carl claims he was "used" by the troubled club for free publicity. Ludlow Manor, which opened in November 2011 to mermaids and mullets, has struggled from day one. From opposition of local community board members, to getting its liquor license suspended by the State Liquor Authority just 2 months later, the multi-million dollar venture has been a bust.
The club, which is set to open back up tonight (sans liquor) according to The Lodown, has brought in New York Nightlife Association head, Paul Seres, in an attempt to salvage the tainted venue. And Luc Carl, better known as Lady Gaga's ex, is less than pleased about it. As reported by Steven Kurutz of the New York Times:
Most might not have noticed given its proximity to Burger Royalty otherwise known as Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, but in 2009 a new burger place opened called Fresh & Fast Burgers. It's a small establishment with colors resembling more of a McDonald's instead of a real NYC burger spot. There are no tables, but rather a small counter to sit on to go along with its very simple menu. Despite all of these apparent shortcomings, I visited the place back when it opened and found the burgers to be rather delightful, albeit not anything special. Enter new owner, Heath Wolfson.
Joonbug: Did you ever think Jersey Shore was going to be such a hit?
Vinny Guadagnino: I knew the show would be good because of all of the craziness that was taking place on season one but I had no idea it was going to be a cultural phenomenon. The show didn't even have a title when we filmed it, so we had no idea what it would become.
JB: What's the best and worst part about being on the show?
VG: The worst part is being away from my family and friends for extended periods of time when we film and travel. The best part of the show is all of the opportunities that it has given me in the entertainment industry such as acting and other various projects I get to work on to show the creative side to my personality.
Joonbug: What has been the best part of working on Dancing with the Stars?
Karina Smirnoff: My favorite part of working on the show is to be able to meet amazing celebrities and to choreograph and create amazing dances and stories. I love to how the dances come to life and my favorite is watching celebrities fall in love with their dances and the beautiful art of dance.
JB: Who has been your most compatible dance partner on the show?
KS: I've been on the show since season 3. So I have had a slew of partners who I had a lot in common with and some who were quite different from me. But no matter who my partner has been, we have had the same goal and we're in it as a team. I won with JR, who is absolutely amazing. And I think we were extremely compatible, but I really enjoyed dancing, meeting and becoming best friends with Ralph Macchio. He's like my big brother I never had and his family is my extended family for sure!
JB: What has been your greatest accomplishment as a dancer?
A disgruntled patron who had just been kicked out of the troubled Pit Lounge in the Bronx, shot and killed 26-year-old bouncer and father of 2, Terrance Drayton yesterday around 6am. According to the The Post, The bullet was meant for another bouncer who had just booted the unruly patron but the bullet instead came the window and hit Drayton. A witness told The Post, Terrance “was just standing by the doorway, and, boom, it happened. The shot came through the window — it was meant for the other [bouncer].”
December is here, and with it comes snow, Santa, menorahs, and good holiday cheer! Partake in these fun wintery events that are sure to warm you up and give you something to talk about on your days off by the fire.
The Feast of Seven Fishes - Patsy's Italian Restaurant will be hosting a magnificent Italian feast, running from December 16th- 24th. Derived from their legendary recipes, Patsy's Feast of the Seven Fishes will include a choice of calamari salad or baccala salad, a half-order of linguini with frutti di mare sauce, along with a choice of shrimp scampi, stuffed calamari, shrimp fra diavolo, or tilapia livornese. Dessert takes the feast to another level, with a choice between homemade strufoli (honey balls) or homemade biscotti. The feast will be $59.95/person and it'll be well worth it!
Renowned cocktail expert, Tony Abou Ganim, was winner of Iron Chef America 2007 with Mario Batali, is the National Ambassador of the US Bartenders Guild, and Associate Member of the Museum of the American Cocktail. Obviously a world-class bartending connoisseur, Tony passes on his knowledge to wannabes and drink-lovers alike. Learn how he rose to fame, as well as tips for creating the perfect cocktail!