SUPERBOWL SCENE & BE SEEN

SCENE & BE SEEN. NYC has the best nightlife in the country and don’t expect the week leading up to the SuperBowl to be any different. The SuperBowl festivities are only the pre-show to New York Fashion Week that will take place the weeks following and nightclubs plan on showing you a great time. The game is expected to bring 400,000 people to the New York area, with many bars poised to make the Big Apple extra juicy. No matter where you are staying, Times Square to Mid-town to Hoboken, there will be something going on. Most of Hollywood’s hottest will be in attendance. Want to know where they will be? From Shape & Men’s Fitness to GQ to Maxim, you can party with the stars.

"I think it will be the busiest weekend of the past 10 years," said Paul Goldstein, a partner in the Strategic Group, which owns several prestigious nightclubs and restaurants. The parties range from celebrity-only affairs to $100 afternoon brunches. Owners expect the Meatpacking District and the West Village to be packed with long limousines and red carpets.

Here’s the Inside scoop:

  • Thursday January 30th: Anheuser-Busch will get the party started. They have transformed a Norwegian cruiseline into the ultra-football destination. Not only will it serve as a hotel, but with 22 bars on board, it’s a guaranteed good time. This massive boat will be a rockin’ on the dock from Thursday to Sunday.
  • Friday January 31st: Cipriani will be venue of choice for Shape and Men’s Fitness magazines big bash. This is the first time these publications are getting into the mix and they are doing it up BIG. Music performances by New York natives, include Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Marc Anthony, what’s not to love. With recent covers from Dallas Buyer’s Club Matthew McConaughey, Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr., and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello, there will be plenty of eye candy, so ladies, come hungry. The Cipriani’s ticket, which includes food, drink, a fashion show and entertainment, won’t come cheap, prices start at $2,500.
  • GQ will host a gathering at the Standard Hotel near the High Line. With over 300 celebrities already confirmed to attend, this promises to be quite the sexy party to be at. Style and dress code is strictly enforced, so ladies this is the night you should channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw.
  • Feb. 1st, DirecTV is planning two super-sized Super Bowl soirees starting with a beach-themed bash the afternoon following their annual Celebrity Beach Bowl, that will be open to the public. Followed by an invite-only sophisticated celeb-only event that evening.

Other media groups getting into the mix, are Maxim who will hold their perennial party sponsored by Patron Tequila.

Don’t have tickets to the big game, don’t worry, here are some top notch venues to catch your fellow football fanatics.

  • TAO Downtown, is bringing in 100-inch TV screens to capture the essence of the fun. (This is the place where a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue costs $800.)
  • Dream Downtown, promises to have Super Bowl-themed décor and bringing “to be announced” performers for a Sunset Saturday fest. (To reserve a table, be prepared to shell out some major paper, they cost up to $20,000.)
  • Marquee, a tiered electronic dance music club, is bringing in EDM star Tiesto and a floor-to-ceiling LED screen for your viewing pleasure.

For the rest of the activites centered around SuperBowl XLVIII, including “SuperBowl village”, check out www.superbowl.com.

(Check out more of my “Ladies Lounge” piece in several publications in the NY/NJ area during SuperBowl week!)

START SPREADING THE NEWS, …SUPERBOWL XLVIII

All eyes are on MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey for the greatest sport known to mankind, football, it only means one thing, SuperBowl XLVIII is upon us. Think about it, the world’s greatest teams who have been battling it out all season in one of the sexiest cities- NYC, it’s sure to be a scorching hot time. Here’s the play by play on what to wear, where to go, and how to survive in the city that never sleeps.

 This SuperBowl is so historic it will take two states to host it. Two states, twice the fun! This is the first time that a SuperBowl is held outdoors in a wintery climate. A far cry from the warmth of New Orleans, Dallas, or Tampa, but don’t let the frigid temperatures scare you away. NY is a chic destination for those who love fashion, food, and football. There’s plenty of heat in the ‘concrete jungle’.

WHAT TO WEAR: Team Colors, check! Go for layers. There is nothing sexy about being miserable in freezing weather. Not sure what to wear? Here’s a quick style guide that is sure to keep you looking cool, but keeping you cozy during the big day.

 1. MAD-HATTER.  Think of it as your helmet to protect you against the brutal cold temperatures. (Style tip: Ladies, choose a cute beanie in your team’s colors to show your support. This is the time where braided pigtails will always get you a few looks and guaranteed first down.)      

2. WRAP IT UP. Ha! Everyone knows good protection is key for any quarterback to not get sacked. Use the scarf to sack away any chance of getting sick while you are enjoying all the pre-game festivities!

3. Hi-FIVE. Don’t miss out on a high five during the big game, just because you can’t feel your frozen fingers! Prevent frostbite by using Isotoner gloves.

 4. SWEATER WEATHER. Ladies, turtlenecks graced the catwalks last fall, so when in the US Fashion Capital, do as the fashionistas do. More points if you do it in your team’s colors. Fellas, V-necks flatter any body type and make you look instantly sexy. (Style tip: V-neck actually takes off 5 lbs visually, so if you had too much turkey at Christmas, she will still think you have that body you had during the summer.)

 5. WATER-PROOF COAT.  They say they best defense is the best offense, so this coat will serve just that. There’s no say whether it will be a snowy SuperBowl, but atleast you will be able to survive the outside temperatures before cozying up to a cute fan at a local bar.

6. THE SIDELINE SKINNY. Proper football attire is always jeans. Tried and true, denim is the best fabric to guarantee comfort at the games. (Warmth Tip: Opt for a pair of thermals under your jeans to keep your tight end toasty.)

7. BOOT, SCOOT, BOOGEY! Unless you are planning on Ubering or Lyfting it all week, there will be A LOT of walking happening. Boots are the best defense against the icy streets. Ladies, riding boots with great tread are the way to go! (Warm Style Tip: Socks! Yes, keep your toes warm, this will kick off your most memorable week!)

THERE’S A NEW ‘MAN-NING’ IN DENVER

Like I predicted months ago, Peyton Manning will be formally announced within minutes as the new Denver Broncos quarterback. Look at my original predictions,…could Tebow end up in Jax?? Definitely could fill those empty seats in the Jags stadium. Could the ex-Gator head back to the swamps of FL??

THERE’S A NEW ‘MAN-NING’ IN DENVER

Like I predicted months ago, Peyton Manning will be formally announced within minutes as the new Denver Broncos quarterback. Look at my original predictions,…could Tebow end up in Jax?? Definitely could fill those empty seats in the Jags stadium. Could the ex-Gator head back to the swamps of FL??

Parting is such sweet sorrow, as I reported a couple of weeks ago, the chances of Peyton staying in Indy are the same chances as Kim Kardashian admitting her marriage was a fraud. 

Fox News reporting that the Indianapolis Colts will release Peyton Manning on Wednesday. The quarterback that really put Indy back on the map is still quite questionable about his return to the field healthy enough for next season. 

Where does that put Peyton?? Coaches from Miami to Oakland are saying lots of prayers, with billboards in Miami saying “manning to Miami”. 

Where do you think he should go??

Parting is such sweet sorrow, as I reported a couple of weeks ago, the chances of Peyton staying in Indy are the same chances as Kim Kardashian admitting her marriage was a fraud.

Fox News reporting that the Indianapolis Colts will release Peyton Manning on Wednesday. The quarterback that really put Indy back on the map is still quite questionable about his return to the field healthy enough for next season.

Where does that put Peyton?? Coaches from Miami to Oakland are saying lots of prayers, with billboards in Miami saying “manning to Miami”.

Where do you think he should go??

STAND BY YOUR MAN. And that is just what supermodel, Gisele Bundchen is doing. Defending her beloved husband and father of her two year old, New England Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady to the media on Sunday. After a really disappointing loss to the New York Giants, Mrs. Brady was overheard saying, “I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times. My husband cannot f—-king throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.”

A bitter woman? Or is there some truth behind her anger?? Patriots fans saw first hand that Welker missed a key catch that could have definitely changed the outcome of the game for sure. But Hernandez can be blamed too. What about Woodhead? Ochocinco? Could Gronk’s ankle really have been the Patriot’s Achilles heel??

Love it or hate it, the outcome cant be changed. We can play the would’ve, could’ve, should’ve game all the way to kickoff next season, but one thing remains true, the NY Giants are the Super Bowl Champions!

STAND BY YOUR MAN. And that is just what supermodel, Gisele Bundchen is doing. Defending her beloved husband and father of her two year old, New England Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady to the media on Sunday. After a really disappointing loss to the New York Giants, Mrs. Brady was overheard saying, “I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times. My husband cannot f—-king throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.”

A bitter woman? Or is there some truth behind her anger?? Patriots fans saw first hand that Welker missed a key catch that could have definitely changed the outcome of the game for sure. But Hernandez can be blamed too. What about Woodhead? Ochocinco? Could Gronk’s ankle really have been the Patriot’s Achilles heel??

Love it or hate it, the outcome cant be changed. We can play the would’ve, could’ve, should’ve game all the way to kickoff next season, but one thing remains true, the NY Giants are the Super Bowl Champions!

REPEAT!!!!!! You can’t spell ELIte without Eli. NY Giants came to Indy to win! Full team effort led by quarterback, Eli Manning, but supported all the way around the field from Cruz, Manningham, Nicks, Pierre-Paul, and Bradshaw. Beating the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl rematch, 21-17.

To the Coughlin haters, one Chris Brown song comes to mind, “Look at (him) now!” Manning not only celebrates his second Super Bowl win (1 more than his brother Peyton), but also named MVP! Congrats to the Mara and Tisch family!

REPEAT!!!!!! You can’t spell ELIte without Eli. NY Giants came to Indy to win! Full team effort led by quarterback, Eli Manning, but supported all the way around the field from Cruz, Manningham, Nicks, Pierre-Paul, and Bradshaw. Beating the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl rematch, 21-17.

To the Coughlin haters, one Chris Brown song comes to mind, “Look at (him) now!” Manning not only celebrates his second Super Bowl win (1 more than his brother Peyton), but also named MVP! Congrats to the Mara and Tisch family!

SIX IN THE CITY of CANTON. 

Six football legends are inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Jack Butler who waited over four decades to be inducted, got choked up when he heard the news. Congrats to Class of 2012’s new class:

-Jack Butler CB (Steelers)
-Dermontti Dawson C (Steelers)
-Curtis Martin RB (Jets/Patriots)
-Cortez Kennedy DT (Seahawks)
-Willie Roaf T (Chiefs/Saints)
-Chris Dolman DE/LB (Detroit Lions)

See you this summer in Canton!!

SIX IN THE CITY of CANTON.

Six football legends are inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Jack Butler who waited over four decades to be inducted, got choked up when he heard the news. Congrats to Class of 2012’s new class:

-Jack Butler CB (Steelers)
-Dermontti Dawson C (Steelers)
-Curtis Martin RB (Jets/Patriots)
-Cortez Kennedy DT (Seahawks)
-Willie Roaf T (Chiefs/Saints)
-Chris Dolman DE/LB (Detroit Lions)

See you this summer in Canton!!

Neighborhood Tastes of Indy
Football fans everywhere are visiting the cityfor the Super Bowl, well here are a few places to eat that the locals visit. Being hungry is easy. But finding exactly what you’re craving can be a bit more difficult. In a city that offers it all, we’re happy to help you find a solution.

South Broad Ripple:

Broad Ripple is known for its bustling nightlife, but what really sets it apart from other areas is its eclectic dining locations. Some of the best chefs in town have set up camp in this up-and-coming, hip area of town. From local, fresh items at Recess to distinctive pantry necessities at Taste, South Broad Ripple — “SoBro” — has it all. 

Fletcher Place:

Fletcher Place, just blocks south of the downtown area, is a quaint neighborhood which is home to all things original. It’s also home to some unique restaurants that every visitor would appreciate. From elegant rooftop dining at Dunaway’s to authentic Turkish cuisine at The Bosphorus to fresh brewed coffee and treats at Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company, Fletcher Place is a cozy area of town that’s sure to warm you up with its charmâ[8364]¦ and its cuisine.

Stadium District:

Downtown is known for its variety of attractions, shopping and also its food options. But one area that is particularly special is the Stadium District — just steps from Lucas Oil Stadium. Looking for Kosher style foods? Check out Shapiro’s Delicatessen. Or perhaps it’s a gyro you’re craving? Greek Islands is your place. Or maybe you just need a big platter of authentic spaghetti and meat-ah-balls — Iozzo’s back courtyard is what we suggest. Whatever you’re looking for, this particular hot spot is one of our finest.

Northside:

Northside dining provides a varied array of dining selections. From fine dining to quick eats, this area offers up a platter of choices. Grab lunch with friends at McAlister’s and guzzle down their famous iced tea. Enjoy a long evening at Sullivan’s steak house where the wine selection is superb. Or just relax and enjoy food and entertainment at Lulu’s. Whatever you’re craving, the northside of Indianapolis has something for all. —Tom Ferrara (Guest Blogger)

Neighborhood Tastes of Indy

Football fans everywhere are visiting the cityfor the Super Bowl, well here are a few places to eat that the locals visit. Being hungry is easy. But finding exactly what you’re craving can be a bit more difficult. In a city that offers it all, we’re happy to help you find a solution.

South Broad Ripple:

Broad Ripple is known for its bustling nightlife, but what really sets it apart from other areas is its eclectic dining locations. Some of the best chefs in town have set up camp in this up-and-coming, hip area of town. From local, fresh items at Recess to distinctive pantry necessities at Taste, South Broad Ripple — “SoBro” — has it all.

Fletcher Place:

Fletcher Place, just blocks south of the downtown area, is a quaint neighborhood which is home to all things original. It’s also home to some unique restaurants that every visitor would appreciate. From elegant rooftop dining at Dunaway’s to authentic Turkish cuisine at The Bosphorus to fresh brewed coffee and treats at Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company, Fletcher Place is a cozy area of town that’s sure to warm you up with its charmâ[8364]¦ and its cuisine.

Stadium District:

Downtown is known for its variety of attractions, shopping and also its food options. But one area that is particularly special is the Stadium District — just steps from Lucas Oil Stadium. Looking for Kosher style foods? Check out Shapiro’s Delicatessen. Or perhaps it’s a gyro you’re craving? Greek Islands is your place. Or maybe you just need a big platter of authentic spaghetti and meat-ah-balls — Iozzo’s back courtyard is what we suggest. Whatever you’re looking for, this particular hot spot is one of our finest.

Northside:

Northside dining provides a varied array of dining selections. From fine dining to quick eats, this area offers up a platter of choices. Grab lunch with friends at McAlister’s and guzzle down their famous iced tea. Enjoy a long evening at Sullivan’s steak house where the wine selection is superb. Or just relax and enjoy food and entertainment at Lulu’s. Whatever you’re craving, the northside of Indianapolis has something for all. —Tom Ferrara (Guest Blogger)

NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER SHOOTER
2 1/2 pounds small hard-shell clams, such as Manila
1 medium yellow onion, small dice, peel and scraps reserved
1 medium celery stalk, small dice, peel and scraps reserved
1 medium carrot, small dice, peel and scraps reserved
1 1/2 cups water
3 ounces smoked bacon, small dice (about 1/2 cup)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 medium red potatoes, medium dice, reserved in cold water
1 cup bottled clam juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 medium bay leaf
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, minced
Rinse clams under running water, discarding any that are open or have broken shells. Combine peels and scraps of onion, celery, and carrot with clams in a Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed pot with a tightfitting lid. Add 1/2 cup of the water, cover the pot, and cook over high heat until most of the clams have opened, about 10 minutes.
Drain clams in a cheesecloth-lined mesh strainer set over a large bowl, reserving the liquid. When the clams are cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the shells and reserve it, discarding any clams that did not fully open. Discard the clam shells and vegetable peels and coarsely chop the clam meat (you should have about 1 cup). Measure the reserved clam cooking liquid; you should have about 2 cups. If you have less, add enough water to equal 2 cups. Set aside.
Rinse out the Dutch oven or large pot, dry it, and return it to the stove over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until the fat is rendered and the bacon is beginning to crisp, about 6 minutes. Add diced onion, celery, and carrot and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook until just soft, about 2 minutes more.
Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until flour is no longer raw tasting, about 2 minutes.
Stir in wine and cook until mixture begins to thicken, about 1 minute. Drain reserved potatoes and add to mixture. Add reserved clam cooking liquid, bottled clam juice, thyme, bay leaf, chopped clam meat, and remaining 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.
Stir in cream and parsley. Let cool slightly.
Pulse 5-8 times in a food processor so that the soup is minced, but that the potatoes and clam don’t lose their texture completely.
Pour into shot glasses and top with crispy bacon pieces.
Serve and enjoy!

NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER SHOOTER

  • 2 1/2 pounds small hard-shell clams, such as Manila
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small dice, peel and scraps reserved
  • 1 medium celery stalk, small dice, peel and scraps reserved
  • 1 medium carrot, small dice, peel and scraps reserved
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 ounces smoked bacon, small dice (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 medium red potatoes, medium dice, reserved in cold water
  • 1 cup bottled clam juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 medium bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, minced
  1. Rinse clams under running water, discarding any that are open or have broken shells. Combine peels and scraps of onion, celery, and carrot with clams in a Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed pot with a tightfitting lid. Add 1/2 cup of the water, cover the pot, and cook over high heat until most of the clams have opened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain clams in a cheesecloth-lined mesh strainer set over a large bowl, reserving the liquid. When the clams are cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the shells and reserve it, discarding any clams that did not fully open. Discard the clam shells and vegetable peels and coarsely chop the clam meat (you should have about 1 cup). Measure the reserved clam cooking liquid; you should have about 2 cups. If you have less, add enough water to equal 2 cups. Set aside.
  3. Rinse out the Dutch oven or large pot, dry it, and return it to the stove over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until the fat is rendered and the bacon is beginning to crisp, about 6 minutes. Add diced onion, celery, and carrot and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook until just soft, about 2 minutes more.
  4. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until flour is no longer raw tasting, about 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in wine and cook until mixture begins to thicken, about 1 minute. Drain reserved potatoes and add to mixture. Add reserved clam cooking liquid, bottled clam juice, thyme, bay leaf, chopped clam meat, and remaining 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.
  6. Stir in cream and parsley. Let cool slightly.
  7. Pulse 5-8 times in a food processor so that the soup is minced, but that the potatoes and clam don’t lose their texture completely.
  8. Pour into shot glasses and top with crispy bacon pieces.
  9. Serve and enjoy!