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Potatopia; Potatoes A Side Dish? No Way!

Trekking our way through familiar streets of the West Village has never been met with the appetite for a potato loaded menu, but there we were. Potatopia, pronounced  pota • topia, welcomed us with zigzag prints, modern art, and of course, a few delicious takes on serving up the spud. New York is jam-packed with fine eateries and the New Jersey native restaurant has become a fast casual food sensation in NYC topped with organic and gourmet dishes.  Allen Dikker, founder of Potatopia, has garnered attention from BuzzFeed, The New York Times, and Thrillist. He took some time out from his busy schedule to give us the back story. YHM: What makes Potatopia a New York must-try? Allen Dikker: Potatopia offers something for everyone –including adults, kids, carnivores, vegetarians, and even gluten-free eaters. Potatopia’s menu features customizable options, including ten different potato styles and premium toppings, which include oven-roasted chicken, marinated sirloin steak, BBQ pulled pork, vegetarian chili, a variety of vegetables and more, as well as signature items, such as Curly Sue and I Think Therefore I Yam. YHM: How do you and your staff come up …

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Vinyl Revival: Return of the Record Player

When was the last time you bought a CD? After the advent of streaming programs like Spotify.com or Pandora.com, can you even remember the last time you downloaded an album? It’s no secret CD sales have been steadily declining, even long before people started downloading or streaming music, and it doesn’t look like things are going to get any better for the compact disc industry. Digital ownership has quickly become the norm for music lovers. However, there’s one market slowly (very slowly) creeping back with rising sales. And it’s nothing new to consider. Much like your parents and their parents before them, if one wanted to own high quality music, you got a record player and you got some records for it. While still much of a niche market, and likely to continue to be one for the time being, there is something not only retro or vintage about vinyls, but also very special about listening to music from one. Nowadays, listening to music isn’t much of an experience; you don’t even have to buy …

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The BuzzBug; All Access to the Celeb Lifestyle

Social media has us glued to our smart phones for fashion inspiration, commenting ‘lol’ on every hilarious yet meaningful meme, and of course the big one – the complete authority to stalk learn more about our favorite stars. Our generation is in awe of the celebrity lifestyle from what they ate for breakfast to the amazing New Year’s Eve Dubai getaway with pals, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and more buzz worthy celebs. Ricki Berger, Seventeen magazine’s Photo Researcher & Production Coordinator, has launched a fierce product that will give you the all-access pass you need to stay up-to-date on your favorite stars’ moves. The BuzzBug is an effortless site for being in-the-know because of the brilliant and pop culture driven woman behind it. We caught up with Berger to get all the deets. YHM: Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process for The BuzzBug? Ricki Berger: I created this website because I work at Seventeen magazine and I do a lot of celebrity photo research. So I thought to myself from …

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The Girl Who Made It: The Rise of Tori Kelly

If you watched the 9th season of American Idol, you might have missed Tori Kelly. Eliminated before the show went to air, 16-year-old Kelly sang her heart out for the judges of American Idol, failing to impress Simon Cowell (shocking), while leaving a good impression on the other three to get her into the next round. Not too shabby for a girl who had already been on a record label at 12. In the 5 years since then, Kelly’s arguably become bigger and better than any singing competition show would have made her. She accomplished all of this with her one true desire: making real music the way she wanted. Her cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ About You” got her massive attention from the public, and she would go on to gain over a million YouTube subscribers, as well as the attention of the record label Capitol Records. It would not be wrong to say Kelly is now more than ready to make her mark on music, but in reality, the 22-year-old has been doing this …

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Transcending Airwaves with Georgette Pierre

It’s funny, if you ask someone what the “American Dream” was, most of them would likely either tell you its having a family, a good job, and a place to call your own or just the simple fact that it doesn’t exist, it’s dead, gone the way of the dodo, so to speak. But then, there are others you’ll meet, who will tell you about a new American Dream, specifically their American Dream. They’ll be the first ones to tell you it isn’t easy and it isn’t handed to you. The struggle itself, the journey, is what ends up being important, essentially making how you got where you are all the more important. Georgette Pierre, writer and radio/TV personality, spoke to YHM about her own journey to achieving her American Dream, the merit in hard work and sacrifice, as well as her own ideas on pop culture, New York, and just enjoying life. YHM: You’ve come quite a long way in your career, interviewing people like Common, working with MTV, hosting your own radio show…what …

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The Woman Behind Crave.it; New York City’s Authentic Italian Café

Starting your own business isn’t easy. Starting your own business in a foreign country is a whole different ball park. Yegide Matthews, Creative Director, and I had the opportunity to sit down with Selvaggia Pizzetti, owner of Crave.it in New York City. We learned how she managed to create a successful business in one of the toughest cities in the world. Crave.it is a contemporary gelato-café, Italian bakery, and lounge. They serve gelato, specialty coffee drinks, Italian pastries, and savory dishes. Selvaggia and her team were kind enough to let us take a few treats home and try a few dishes off their menu after the interview. The food was displayed so beautifully and Crave.it clearly understands the concept: You eat with your eyes first.  YHM: The previous general manager pointed out that there are differences between Italian pastries and other countries’ pastries. What are some of the major differences? Selvaggia Pizzetti: Italian pastries are not too sweet. There is a very little amount of butter used so they’re very light. They usually use very old fashion ingredients. With Italian …