Sunday, May 11, 2014

Weekend Series: Pop Up Flea

Yes, we all love the weekend. And at times there’s nothing more refreshing, than a men's pop up shop. It’s unexpected, it’s unconventional, and extremely personal. For the most part a brand is well a brand, however, when you get the opportunity to meet the people who work within/for the brand. It adds another layer to the brand’s story, it strengthens your connection with the brand.

What I've grown to love about these up-and-coming menswear brands, is the refinement in the details. Nothing overtly showy, often a dash of prep, with functionality being the true selling point. There's nothing more disappointing than flash with no functionality. This partly contributes to my lack of allure for streetwear, it can super flashy with lack of focus or purpose in my opinion. 

All in All, I saw some pretty cool-ish, met some ambitious folks.  And re-engaged my passion for menswear, I would say it was a solid weekend. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Must Have Sneaker for this Spring/Summer..

After a long winter, and a spring that's been on consistent delay. Perhaps it's safe to say, that spring is here and summer may be closer than you think.  Which means it's time to reassess your sneaker situation, and find something that makes sense for the season.

Yes desert boots are cool, but when it's 70-80 degrees outside, you're gonna need a sneaker that matches the rest of your attire. Therefore, behold the classic/essential kicks below: 

(Nike for J.Crew KillShot 2) 

Find these bad boy at J.Crew for about $70.  Keep it tailored. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weekend Series: Mimi's Hummus (Ditmas Park, Brooklyn)

Over the past two years, I have to admit that Brooklyn has become my second home. For a number of reasons obviously, but if I had to narrow it down to three things, I would have to say:

1. I find it rather cool that such a large amount of people with good taste, great style, and strong opinons live within one borough.  I mean the other 4 boroughs are cool, but we all know, it's nothing like BK.

2. Coffee shops galore, all within two or three blocks of each other, a coffee lovers wet dream (too much?)

3. When your favorite restaurant is booked, you wander down the street and find another.

Which is why I choose to write this post, see finding something good to eat in NJ is a hassle. We're surrounded by a string of chain restaurants, which is cool every now and again. However I feel Saturday brunch or dinner, should be reserved for something invorigating, a break from the norm is the goal.

After utter disgust at the fact, that I couldn't eat at my "new" favorite restaurant in Ditmas Park.  I began to my stroll back down Cortelyou Road, and noticed a restaurant dedicated to hummus.  Even though I felt it was strange, I was still curious to see, how a restaurant dedicated to hummus kept the lights on?

Shortly after placing my order, and receiving my dish below - The Filo. I began to understand that you could indeed keep the lights on, serving hummus. The combination of ground beef and spices/ beet salad and green tahini, could very well keep people coming back.

The setting was intimate, with no more than 5-6 tables, this is a place you take that someone you're trying to impress, but in a more genuine way. No bottle service, no $100 entrees, just good food and good vibes.

Mimi's Hummus
1209 Cortelyou Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 284-4444

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Culture: The Rise of the Barista and the Power Kettle - V60

Going from an individual who utterly despised coffee, to now some what of a coffee enthusiast, has even been a shock to me. I think it has something to with our generations' obsession with coffee shops, and soon to be legal, pot shops. Or maybe its the constant flow of information at our fingertips that won't allows us to unplug, therefore a healthy stimulant like coffee seems like smart decision. Well, whatever it is, I'm with it.

With the ever-growing popularity of Starbucks, and it's creative, yet sugar filled coffee menu bringing in the more-pretenious coffee consumer.  A number of local shops sprinkled throughout the United States have decided to focus on a more niche audience, individuals who are anti-big chain and coffee enthusiast, yes, but not snobbish. Unfortunately as more attention has been paid to quality and taste. Companies with no real brand identity like Folgers for example, have disappeared from the millennial cosciounes. Plus that's what our parents drank back in the day, therefore we definitely can't drink that.

Our generation wants the best coffee beans, brewed at the perfect temperature, perfected by the best barista. Hence the importance of the barista in today's world, trust me, nothing can mess up your day quicker than a nasty cup of coffee. We should respect the Barista, and the tools that only a true enthusiast would possess.

The Power Kettle V-60 has changed the way I brew coffee forever, the taste is unmatched and the process of taking your time with making your cup of coffee versus a drip machine, has left me totally against my once beloved Mr. Coffee brewer.

Hario V60 Buono Power Kettle, $84.95

For the folks who never have a minute, relax, and take your time in the morning. At least for your coffee's sake. Your tastebuds will appreciate your effort.

Until next time..