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Healthy New York: Best Vegan and Plant-Based Restaurants To Try in 2021

This story was written for Hobnobmag.com. New York is back and eating healthier.  New Yorkers are having a love affair with meatless options, and the trend is likely to continue. We have no doubt that 2021 will be a year of more plant-based restaurant openings. In fact, one of the city’s most renowned and upscale restaurants, Eleven Madison Park, re-opened this June with a shocking announcement. They will serve an all plant-based menu. Owner and Chef Daniel Humm said on Instagram: “When we began to think about reopening EMP, we realized that not only has the world changed, but so have we.”  Consuming less meat is better for our health and the health of the planet and it seems the hospitality industry is getting the message. As we get back out there this summer, we will continue to discover fun places with vegan-friendly menus. Thinking of giving it a try yourself? Discover our list of must-try restaurants we love and continue to frequent.  Jajaja Jajaja will make you forget meat ever existed. With four Jajaja …

Model, Anastasia Vakula, Is On A Mission Towards Environmental Activism

Even though Anastasia Vakula appears in magazines like L’officiel, Elle, Martha Stewart and The Knot, you might notice that a good portion of her social media content focuses on environmental issues. As a model with a substantial following Anastasia is in a unique position to do some good for planet health. “I believe that there are more and more models leaving behind the standard glamour pack in order to make a difference. Being a model means having a lot of attention and it is very important to understand that we have the power to use this attention in the ‘right’ way.” – Anastasia Vakula Vakula’s quest towards environmental activism started when she and fiancé went on a trip to the island of Kauai. Kauai opened her eyes to the environmental issues that face Hawaii. “We were surfing and I saw a longboarder hauling plastic trash out of the ocean,” said Vakula. “He paddled back and forth from the waves to the beach with trash on his surfboard.” She mentioned that the surfer said to her and …

Easter Bathing: Slovak Easter Traditions To Help You Stay Healthy All Year

In Slovakia, Easter signals a lot more than the resurrection of Jesus. It is a day that symbolizes re-birth, fertility, and the welcoming of spring with health in mind. As is the case with a lot of Catholic holidays, Easter is a mix of christian and pagan traditions. Looking at the Slovak tradition of bathing in cold water and whipping/or spanking of women with branches on Easter, one cannot help but think of these rituals as something nature-worshipping celts and pagans might have done. It is these traditions that make Slovakia and Czech Republic special. I know what you are thinking. Whipping? Bathing? Allow me to explain. Here is how Slovaks and Czechs celebrate Easter. While Good Friday and Easter Sunday says Easter to most of the world, in Slovakia the celebration continues on Monday. Monday after Easter Sunday is a national holiday, and it is purely reserved for eating and socializing. Artisanal eggs get displayed on trees, in vases, and around the home. Carefully arranged plates of cheeses, sandwiches, ham, sweets, and more, await …

Talking Art and Career with Street and Graffiti Artist, Elle Street Art

A new mural was going up in my neighborhood. It was colorful, timely, and drew a crowd. The mural was of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the artist was Elle Street Art. I stood on the sidewalk with my East Village neighbors, we cheered on the artist, and some discussed the mural in detail. There were a lot of conflicting ideas. While Ruth Bader Ginsburg is at the center of the mural, there are quite a few symbols around her. It is a hopeful feast for the eyes. To clear things up, Elle was quick to explain the mural on her Instagram. The flowers to the bottom left are Black Eyed Susans, which represent justice. Above that is the Brooklyn Bridge, signifying Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s childhood borough. Above her head are hits of a crown composed of her many collars. This is also a gentle nod to Biggie, the namesake of her nickname Notorious RBG. The justice of the Supreme Court seemed to enjoy the nickname. To the right of the justice’s heads is the turquoise …

Book Reviews: Your Ultimate Guides To Natural Living, Better Self-Care & Self-Sufficiency

The Women’s Heritage Sourcebook by Lauren Malloy, Ashley Moore, Emma Rollin Moore & Audria Culaciati The Women’s Heritage Sourcebook could not have come into our lives at a better time. Whether you recently embraced gardening, tried new recipes, or attempted and succeeded at canning – know that you are not alone in learning to be more self-reliant. Why look into this sourcebook? Firstly, this is more than a book. It is a guide and a valuable resource that was birthed out of a combined effort between four authors. Secondly, their shared affinity for skills and crafts, that have been around for centuries, has helped create the ultimate guide to homesteading for your every day life. The way the sourcebook displays recipes makes it easy to learn valuable life skills: preserving, making homemade tomato sauce, botanical cocktails, lacto-fermentation, raising chickens, herbalism, DIY beauty and a lot more. Share this sourcebook and their recipes with the women and men in your life because you will never regret learning to be more self-sufficient. You will likely cherish this sourcebook so …

Celebrity Photographer Timothy White Speaks On Being Part of History & The Morrison Hotel Gallery Endless Summer Exhibition

If you find your walls lack art, here is your chance to nab internationally recognized photography, representing the best of the best in music and Hollywood culture. Morrison Hotel Gallery’s web-exclusive Endless Summer Exhibition shows a collection of photos that capture famous musicians and actors enjoying an effortless summer. One of the gallery’s partners and curators is Timothy White. Timothy White is a well-known award-winning photographer. He is one of the world’s most sought-after photographers, and for a good reason. He started his career in the early 1980s and since then, he has photographed some of the most recognized faces in the world. Photography captures a moment in history, and therefore nostalgia. Timothy White has been a big part of that history. Read our Q & A with Timothy White to find out more. Cultivated: When did you first decide to join the Morrison Hotel Gallery as a partner/co-owner and why was it important to you?   TW: I joined with my partners about 10 years ago after curating a number of shows with other photographers. …

New York’s Art On Full Display: Talking With Moi One, A French Graffiti Artist Based In New York City

With New York businesses closed, the gates are down. The only upside to the pandemic lock down is endless street, graffiti and mural art exploration. We start to notice details we might have missed during the busyness of the hussle. The quietness of the city displays artwork like a gallery would, and I can’t get enough. On one of my most recent mental health neighborhood walks, I became attached to one particular mural. The artwork is located on St. Marks Street, known for its history of influential musicians and artists. It gets a lot of notice from locals and visitors alike. The artist is Moi One, and the artwork is called “Sympathy For The Devil”. The French artist agreed to doing an interview, and for me, that kind of willingness to be vulnerable makes his art even more powerful. In today’s climate of uncertainty we are yearning for more color and inspiration. We draw strength from escape, and art provides exactly that. Cultivated: Tell me more about your upbringing and how your life became immersed …

The Artist, The Writer & The Bavarian Philospher: Talking With Beatrix Ost

Was it the hair, the style, the otherworldliness, or the art? Beatirix Ost caught my eye and I had questions. This artist likes to wear many hats, but my admiration is not necessarily for the art (although it reflects everything she is), but for her ability to live a genuinely unapologetic life. Beatrix Ost (@beatrixost on Instagram) is an old world individual, one that does not conform to trends or society pressure. That being said, her wisdom and style seem to transcend all that. I image her fan demographic ranges in age. While I admit, I have not read any of her books, it is on my to do list. Her latest book, “The Philosopher’s Style”, further explores her artwork and storytelling abilities. As an artist and writer, who grew up in Central Europe, I feel that I can connect with Beatrix. Truthfully, I am inspired by a fellow old soul. The takeaway? Dare to be authentic, explore all of your artistic abilities, and never mind your age. There is much to be learned from …

Makeup Museum To Open In New York City

New York’s 2020 newest cultural institution will be all about the significance of makeup. The first ever Makeup Museum is ready to open its doors to beauty lovers everywhere, and its debut exhibit is called “Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America“. We like to believe this was the height of glamour. The museum will be located in the meatpacking district at 94 Gansevoort St. Support for the museum shows how the beauty community is coming together and they want everyone to be a part of it. The first exhibit is set to open in May 2020, but tickets go on sale in March 2020. To find out more, visit the museums’s website. “The Makeup Museum is a critical institution for the cultural landscape in New York, and globally, because makeup has a 10,000-year history. Spanning from the ancient Egyptians with the coal eyeliner that they used to Kabuki and Geisha makeup in Japan, all the way to drag makeup and the influence that it has today on pop culture. There is so much that the Makeup …

Hôtel Plaza Athénée: A Refuge For Elegance

This story was written in collaboration with and for Hobnob Magazine. Photography by Ellen Swandiak. For full story, click on the link. Hôtel Plaza Athénée is one of the most well-known hotels in the world, but unless you are looking for it or taking a walk on 64th street, you might not be aware of its exact location. The quiet upper east side area allows for the hotel’s privacy and this makes it the ideal hideaway. The remarkable hotel has a rich history, serving visitors since 1984. One of their most frequent and notable guests was Diana, Princess of Wales. Famous for their tasteful interiors and boutique feel, this upscale location has longevity that never goes out of style. Our editors attended an exclusive event that allowed for a tour of all the hotel offerings, including the esteemed Valmont Spa. The event served as a reveal to their hotel rooms and restaurant re-design and upgrades. Arabelle Restaurant’s surreal sky ceiling will have you mesmerized, while bites of food from a menu created by Chef Oliver …

Affordable Art Fair: Where Contemporary Art Thrives

New York’s Affordable Art Fair holds a special place in my heart. It is one of the first art fairs I attended as a Fine Arts student. Engulfing myself into what the fair had to offer opened my eyes to a larger contemporary art community and creativity from around the world. The fair is known for celebrating and creating a platform for living artists, while being accessible to all types of art aficionados. Buying and seeing exciting artwork from around the world has never been easier. Whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned collector, you will find that the energy and selection at this fair is diverse, fun, engaging and sophisticated. The Affordable Art Fair happens twice a year, but each time it feels shiny and new. This time the fair celebrates its 27th year. The 2019 Spring Edition, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, welcomed 16,000 visitors. Showing no signs of stopping, the spring’s fair has resulted in record-breaking 2,000 works sold for a total of $4.4m. The fair has become one …

Free Humanity Takes On Social Manipulation

There is art that is simply beautiful and then there is art that makes you think and feel. Free Humanity has managed to combine beauty with emotionally provoking colors and messages. Although I have never met the artist in person, I find myself admiring his graceful effort to wake humanity out of social manipulation. The artist is clearly an observer of the human condition and sensitive to issues that effect the lives of the 99%. While moving and beautiful, this is more than art. It represents altruism and it is not for everyone. The Los Angeles based artist behind Free Humanity stays anonymous to most people. You might recognize some of his vibrant murals, incorporating his favorite icons (Mother Teresa, Frida Kahlo and Audrey Hepburn) and lotus symbols. Whether he plants the tiniest of seeds or fails to move us, he has been giving it a real effort for the last 11 years with no signs of stopping. As an artist myself, I empathize with his struggles to balance art and life. If you follow …