All posts tagged: lifestyle

Editor’s Favorite Places in New York City

Editor’s Note: When I first joined Young Hot & Modern Magazine in 2013, I was a junior at Rutgers University and an intern. Now, I’m the Senior Contributing Editor and starting my post-grad career at Men’s Fitness/Muscle & Fitness/Flex/Muscle & Fitness Hers. It’s amazing how much YHM helped me become a better writer, editor, and feel more comfortable in my skin. I’ll always be grateful for that. YHM has grown so much throughout these past couple of years and has truly made an impact on myself, and the community. The magazine strives to encourage and celebrate women of all backgrounds. You can be an artist, a designer, a musician, or a cook but we all have something in common: we’re following our dreams while trying to be as authentic as possible. We embrace diversity, struggle, and hard work and I truly hope that message comes across. Yegide, the Creative Director and Founder is an awesome colleague and person. She’s not only my “boss” but a close friend whom I trust. Young Hot & Modern Magazine could not be in better hands. Congratulations …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Neckbreakin’ Style (n.); The Fashion Journey

After late nights stalking her on Instagram, Lynn Kim Do, has finally blessed us with the debut video for Neckbreakin’ Style. The modern vintage scenes take us through a perfectly scenic journey of fashion and lifestyle. The clips of suburban walks to city adventures truly rings Neckbreakin’ Style as a platform for more than stylish apparel. It’s about the journey of fashion, what inspires us to be creative and the memories we make in life. Style lives in all of us. So much so that it has opened the doors to many conversations and relationship – beginnings and endings,” NeckbreakinStyle.com. We hope you tag along for another exciting voyage with another talented and inspirational young woman. Lynn Kim Do, thanks for #NECKBRKR. By Heidi M.