Daphne Cheng is a vegan chef by necessity. Now the haute dining darling of New York and Shanghai’s cosmopolitan foodie circles, she became a vegan after reading The China Study, one of the most comprehensive nutrition studies ever performed on the link between diet and disease. Read more “A Day with Daphne Cheng: NYC’s Hottest Vegan Chef Hits Shanghai”
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Inspired by the streets of New York City and the modern women that walk it, sportswear brand Caraa is breaking down the boundaries of function and fashion. Read more “Caraa: The Luxury Gym Bag For The Modern Woman”
Inspired by her Indian roots, Megan Kothari is saving the art of traditional jewelry making from its extinction. Her brand AARYAH, also the Sanskrit word for rare, inspires confidence on the New York streets. Read more “Meet Megan of AARYAH: Tribal Indian Jewelry With A Modern Twist”
Long before there were “influencers” and Instagram became a lens via which to peer into their respective personal spaces, Coveteur.com was capturing unfiltered, behind-the-scenes glimpses into fashion-industry personalities around the world, many of them unknown (and often unrecognized) at the time – stylists, makeup artists and designers – all tastemakers in their own right.
Hailed as one of the original Malaysian restaurants to receive a Michelin Star in New York City, LAUT prides itself on a reasonable price-point, authentic flavors and preserving the integrity of the cuisines it serves. With a focus on bringing the best recipes, dishes and flavors from South East Asia ranging from Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Peranakan, each plate is recreated from scratch with regionally authentic spices and the freshest ingredients. We caught up with Salil Mehta, owner of the outpost to learn more about the beginnings of the establishment and his recommendations for first-timers.
What was your vision for LAUT when the restaurant first opened?
Salil Mehta: LAUT opened right after my first son was born in 2010 June. A very memorable time for me for obvious reasons.
Can you share a few of LAUT’s signature dishes that you would recommend to a first-time visitor?
Salil Mehta: Our first signature dish is our Roti. The Rotis are a must try for a first time visitor and it’s hand made fresh for every order. Dip it into our homemade curry sauce and munch! Another would be our version of the famous Singapore chili crab. Our interpretation is that we have made the dish with soft shell crabs and the crab absorbs more of the chilli gravy as well.
LAUT features a flavor palette of spicy and tart, yet powerfully savory notes native to South Asian food, what specific cuisine(s) do you pull inspiration from?
Salil Mehta: Malaysian food is as diverse as South East Asia and the destination is a melting-pot of ethnicities. Cultures ranging from Chinese, Indian, Malay, Peranakan (Straits Chinese community) to Eurasian/Portuguese influences are evident in Malaysian cuisine and at Laut we take inspiration from local ingredients as well try to “localize” the cuisine
What do you think is so unique about Malaysian cuisine?
Salil Mehta: The amalgamation of so many flavors – subtle and robust at the same time. Many settlers and immigrants left their mark in Malaysian cuisine and the use of various ingredients makes it a very special type of food culture and cuisine.
What are a few of the more adventurous dishes at LAUT that are you would recommend to the experiential eater?
Salil Mehta: For a new experience try the Penang Asam Laksa. It hits every flavor from sweet, sour, savory,spicy and umami all in one bowl of natural goodness of a sardine broth and no oil. For the Assam Laksa, all ingredients, are put in a pot and brewed overnight.
Visit LAUT at 15 East 17th Street, New York NY 10003 (b/n 5th and Broadway; map); 212-206-8989; lautnyc.com.
Sunny, colorful places with bountiful flora and fauna. The sun-worshipping allure of the West Coast and the storied tapestries of the South. Faraway and exotic lands such as the African Savannah.
Located in SoHo New York, the critically acclaimed nail studio Paintbox has caught the attention of many notable stars and bloggers. After a decade in the fashion and beauty industry as an editor, founder Eleanor Langston ventured out and created her own business. Paintbox has been featured in top tier magazines gaining the likes of Cosmopolitan, Elle and Harpers Bazaar. With over 50k in Instagram followers Paint-box continues to grow their fan base and clientele with high quality content. From it girls like Dakota Fanning to Style Bubbles own Susanne Lau, their modern yet sophisticated aesthetic appeals to just about anyone. With over 20 nail art designs inspired by runway trends Paintbox has opened the door of creativity and making there mark in the beauty industry. We caught up with Susanne to learn more about the blossoming brand below:
After years in the beauty and fashion industry what inspired you to venture out and start your own business?
Since starting Paintbox, the brand’s social media accounts have grown rapidly, and you just recently hit over 50k on your Instagram– how do you best interact with your clients/ future clients?
What separates Paintbox from other competitors?
What has been your biggest challenges and accomplishments since starting your own company?
Our biggest challenge is shooting our level of imagery at an ambitious fast pace with a lean team. We’re all hands on deck, and we shoot incredible amounts of content in a short time frame with a tight budget. Our biggest accomplishments are working with incredible brands like Nike, Glossier, Aether, Lyst, Maiyet, etc on important collaborations and growing a team of top-notch manicurists that inspire me daily. Also, positive client feedback is always so rewarding and flattering!
What are some of your favorite nail designs thus far?
My top three of all time would be: In Great Shape (graphic shapes with negative space), Shade Shifter (classic red ombre), and Heat Index (oil slick foil atop a neutral color).
How would you describe Paintbox in three words to someone who wasn’t familiar with your brand?
Modern, curated, high-design.
Do you plan on expanding in the near future?
We want to be very strategic about our growth and aim to place as few and as meaningful of bets as possible.
The ’90s were a time of upbeat, party-ready hip-hop and R&B the likes of which the world had never seen. Tapping into that era of music, with a spin of modern-day electronic dance music is New York’s very own singer and producer duo, ASTR. Fresh off the release of their latest EP Homecoming, Zoe Silverman (singer) and Adam Pallin (producer) have made an imprint on the scene with their pulsating eerie-sexy hits like “Activate Me“ and the more recent single “Bleeding Love.” Peep our quickie Q&A below with the guy and gal twosome on their journey to trip-hop history.
Why as a band is ASTR drawn towards the dark, noir-esque aspects of music?
What is it specifically about ’90s-era dance music, or ’90s music in general, that speaks to ASTR?
Adam, what’s your favorite film score from the ’60s or ’70s?
Zoe, what was the most memorable moment you had when traveling the world?
On the last day of the Misfit Toy Tour, we went with an incredible fan to a tattoo shop to watch her get an ASTR tat. It was super special and meaningful to see the music have an impact on others.
In a city where you can find Ethiopian, Mexican, Chinese and Thai all on the same block, there is no shortage of incredible cuisine waiting to be discovered. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, we have compiled a list of our favorite Asian-inspired meals steeped in authentic flavors that won’t break the bank.
Chomp Chomp. 7 Cornelia Street, NY | Tucked away in the far north, lies Chomp Chomp food centre which is highly regarded as the best hawker centre in Singapore. Drawing inspiration from ‘hawker street food,’ Chef Simpson Wong brings his ode to the food vendors from his homeland into his new restaurant. From traditional Sarawak Laska with prawns, chicken, tofu puffs, eggs and noodles in spicy coconut broth to Hah Zheung Gai featuring shrimp chicken wings, celery and crispy garlic, his concoctions do not disappoint. Learn more at chompchompnyctest.com.
Baohaus. 238 East 14th St, NY | Brought to prominence following a feature on Anthony Bourdain’s show “The Layover” in 2011, Baohaus has now become a staple of the East Village. Its infamous Chairman Bao pork bun with braised all natural Berkshire pork belly served with relish, crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar, and cilantro runs for $4.05 and trust us, you won’t be able to order just one! We also highly recommend trying the Birdhaus Bao bun with all natural fried chicken brined 24 hours, served with salt, lemon-garlic aioli, crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar, and cilantro if you are inclined. Learn more about their catering and delivery options at baohausnyc.com.
Yakiniku Futago. 37 West 17th Street, NY | First established in Tokyo in 2010, this Japanese style BBQ restaurant offers a selection of the best quality meats including high-end Wagyu beef imported straight from its motherland. The menu is completed by a selection of delicious Japanese shochus served straight up or in cocktails, wines, and sparkling sakes. The New York restaurant is the flagship of North America with thirty locations worldwide in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Hawaii. Book your reservation now to experience Futago at opentable.com.
Pok Pok. 117 Columbia St, Brooklyn| Now a household name, Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok offers a seal of authenticity and taste in Northern Thai cooking. This no-frills, no-reservations waterfront restaurant located in Red Hook, Brooklyn is worth the trek for its Vietnamese fish sauce wings and Cha Cha “La Vong,” a Vietnamese catfish marinated in turmeric with sour sticky rice, scallions and dill. View the full menu at pokpokny.com.
Casey Weldon’s work has meme-level appeal without sacrificing substance. Even after repeated encounters with his pieces you will find yourself noticing something new each time. Whether it’s an element you overlooked or a more nuanced interpretation of “what it all means,” you will never walk away empty handed. He aims to channel the infinitely “reeseable” quality of Wes Anderson’s movies by emulating his devotion to detail. Casey strives to invite his viewers into an active experience rather than a passive reception of his art by making it inherently immersive instead of just something pretty and appealing to hang on the wall.
Casey’s talent for combining meaning with mass intrigue is truly impressive. Even behind his now famous feline portraits, (think: cats with a few more eyes than you’re used to) there are comments to be made and questions to be asked and pondered. Perhaps, for example: “When did cats begin ruling the internet?” or “What is it about the web that triggers this sort of obsession in the first place?” After all, just as these are not your run of the mill cat pictures, Casey Weldon is not your run of the mill artist. Read on to see for yourself why you need to keep an eye on this one.