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Of the best sushi restaurants in New York, Sushi Nakazawa solidifies its place in the Top 3 not just in NY but all of America. Trio of Tuna pictured here.

One of the best sushi restaurants in New York, really in all of America, Sushi Nakazawa is as good as it gets outside of Japan. Helmed by proprietor and Chef Daisuke Nakazawa who will forever be linked to the legendary Jiro Ono, (having worked under Ono for years before moving to the United States), Nakazawa is built for true sushi aficionados, those who understand Edomae sushi. [Read More]

PortaBella Restaurant Carmel - the best Italian restaurant in Carmel, perfect for romantic dinners, family brunch or even friends get togethers. So charming and great food.

As its name suggests, the best Italian restaurant in Carmel features a beautiful wooden door that transports you right into a Snow White fairy tale, complete with adorable flower pots, wrought iron trellises and cobblestone walkway. [Read More]

Farm House Fresh Lip Balms

Finally- a hydrating lip balm that goes on clear, leaves lips moisturized and beautiful for a solid 5 hours, with NO STICKINESS. [Read More]

Banana Turmeric Smoothie- find out why the latest health craze has been focused on turmeric, an ingredient used in ancient Asia.

This Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie is perfect for rushed mornings or an afternoon pick-me-up. I have so many fond childhood memories of my parents getting me all kinds of frosty drinks and treats at various Disney parks around the world that as an adult, I find myself craving those flavors. [Read More]

Skincare from Stem Cells- Stemology's Cell Revive Brightening Serum is my first foray into this lesser known but fantastic skincare brand.

The gist of Stemology’s history is that their Founder, Dr. Hal Simeroth, worked with a friend who used stem cells to deal with post operation blindness. They were astonished that his sight returned completely after just 8 weeks of administering this stem cell therapy, especially considering his 38 year diabetic history. Long story short, Dr. Simeroth worked with an eminent team to apply the same science for skincare. [Read More]

The Best Face Oil Meets Serum for Anti-aging- GM Collin Ceramide Comfort

By now you’ve heard of all the wonders of face oil and why you should incorporate it into your daily skin regimen. I know many of you, especially those with combination/oily skin, are not convinced. I understand completely. [Read More]

Garlic Bulgur with Brussels Sprouts and Tofu- this easy bulgur recipe is great for cleansing post holiday eating or just as vegetarian comfort food.

In recent years I’ve adopted what many call a “part time vegetarian” diet, which essentially means we are eating about half of our meals as vegetarian. This was no big deal for me as my entire life, being part of an Asian family, vegetables were featured prominently in every meal. Once I entered my 30s and focused more on healthy living, adopting the partial vegetarian diet was a natural step. [Read More]

Fun in the Snow at Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe

There are few in the world who don’t dream of owning a winter getaway, the kind that evokes images of cozy log cabins and fireplaces amidst a backdrop of newly fallen snow and forests of majestic trees cradling piles of snowflakes. [Read More]

Restoring balance and beautiful skin with this Tomato Berry Smoothie.

There are few combinations of foods as powerful as that of tomatoes and berries to create smoothies for beautiful skin. [Read More]

Interview with Award-winning author Sweta Vikram.

It was late in 2013 when I was first introduced to award-winning writer Sweta Vikram, by another writer, Monica Bhide, who became someone I consider a dear friend. Monica and I had come to know each other as many of us in the nebulous world of food writers and non-chef chefs do- coming across each other’s works at some industry function and connecting through social media. [Read More]

Easy Breakfast Recipes- Kimchee Fried Eggs

If there are any New Year’s resolutions we should all make, it’s to not skip breakfast. Making breakfast can be very easy and quick with the right recipes, like this Kimchee Fried Eggs I learned on one of my trips to Seoul. [Read More]

Everything you need to know about turmeric- its healing properties, how to cook with it and how it's used in skincare.

Used both in its fresh root form and as a powder, turmeric is revered in Southeast Asia as a multi-functional healer. Beyond its many uses in the kitchen, turmeric is often used in herbal tonic drinks, known to cure different ailments ranging from cancer to indigestion. [Read More]

The Best Hot Chocolate You'll Ever Need- Brandy Hot Chocolate

Here’s my Grandfather’s original recipe that I’ve tweaked over the years- guaranteed to keep family and friends happy and warm over the holidays or any cold day. [Read More]

The Plaza Food Hall- Best Places To Eat New York

There are always exceptions and The Plaza Food Hall in New York’s renowned The Plaza Hotel is such an exception. Unusual in its welcoming layout for anyone from an office worker on a quick lunch to date night to a fun family outing, The Plaza Food Hall truly has something for everyone. The difficult part is deciding what to eat. [Read More]