All posts tagged: new york

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 …

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 …

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 …

Spilling the Beans with Keen Malasarte

In one of his most well-known poems, T.S. Eliot wrote, “I have measured my life in coffee spoons.” It’s no secret the warm relationship writers and coffee share, all you need to do is poke your head in your local coffee shop and observe just how many people there are writing in notebooks or on laptops. I  had the opportunity to speak with the creator of A Cup of Keen, Keen Malasarte, a writer and avid coffee lover herself, about that special relationship as well as her own writing, and the inspiring spirit of New York. YHM: Let’s start with you. Who is Keen Malasarte? KM: Well, I’m a student, I go to Bergen College, I’m an aspiring writer, but I want to be an educator. I don’t know, it’s interesting you ask me that, because nowadays I feel like everyone’s still trying to find out who they are or what makes you different than anyone else, I mean how do I categorize myself, you know? YHM: What is it that made you want to …

MIMU MAXI: Finding Style in Modesty

In a time where people on television and in magazines are often overly exposed, it comes as a refresher to see people covering up rather than dressing down. Mimi Hecht and Mushky Notik, two sisters-in-law, have made that easier with their modest and stylish fashion company, MIMU MAXI “I think the notion of modest fashion is the idea of modesty not being about hiding yourself but about empowering yourself and not about having to give into society’s standard of what’s fashionable,” says Hecht. In August of 2013, after being dissatisfied with the clothing available to fit their Orthodox Jewish standards of modesty – covered collarbones, elbows and knees – the two Brooklyn-based designers put their idea of clothing that is both modest and fashionable into action. The name MIMU MAXI is a combination of the first two letters of both of their names and maxi from a maxi skirt; which was their first design. But now the name means something different to them. “We’re not just doing maxi skirts anymore. Our overall collection incorporates tops, skirts …