Since last night, Brazil is now also spelled with an S in NYC, thanks to Macy’s. BraSil, as in its written in its native Portuguese, is the latest theme endorsed by the mega department store, which is paying tribute to its design and culture with the campaign “Brasil: a Magical Journey”. The launch party was last night, filled with clichés, such as semi-naked samba dancers wearing feathers on tiaras, overly sweet caipirinhas, and even parrot clad ladies prancing about on stilts. Yes, stuff you see “everyday” in real Brasil… In any case, the vibe was fun and positive. Especially because all funds raised by the silent auction went towards BrazilFoundation. Bebel Gilberto ad Sergio Mendez sang a couple of classic tunes, which set the party mode and lifted the spirits of the 500 or so guests hanging around store’s the 9th floor.
To stock up on Brazilian goods or Brasil-inspired fashion, visit Macy's The Magic of Brasil site
Red Farm529 Hudson Street by Charles Street
If you haven’t done so, you’ve got to go see Cindy Sherman’s show at the MoMA. Thirty years of self-transformation captured on film and printed in large prints, reveal the artist exposing strong ideologies, or just plain fun ideas, throughout times.
Some personas may look uncannily similar to some visitors around you, especially in the room that portrays “high society ladies” with obvious “work” done…
It is extremely forbidden to take photos of the exhibit, but my courageous friend MZ took a few shots with her iphone and let me share them here…
If you haven’t made a reservation at The Modern (MoMA’s classy delicious restaurant), I suggest the Café 2 on the second floor for delicious italian Panini, salumi and artisanal cheeses. Wine also available…
February 26–June 11, 2012
Pulqueria is on my favorites to-go to places. It has all those ingredients that make a bar and restaurant alluring. It’s located in an improbable neighborhood (Chinatown), on a desert street (Doyers), and has no sign (I know, typical New Yorker hot spot, but I fell for it nonetheless). It’s in a basement, but doesn’t feel stuffy. In the contrary: the ambiance has a genuine tropical flair with its thatch roof, colorful tiled floor and spacious dining room. I like the bar area the best, where the DJ turns alternative tunes on his mac from the corner of the counter, while patrons sip a Sol beer, fresh margueritas, or fancy concoctions of jicama and mezcal (Pulqueria is owned by the same owners of the mixologists haven Apotheke, - which is pretty much next door.) The food is really good.
The ubiquitous guacamole at this Mexican joint is an indication of what comes next: spicy and garlicky, not for the mild taste buds. Viva Pulqueria!
FYI, Pulque = the sap of the agave plant when distilled is called mezcal, and if fermented its called pulque.
Here’s a super well edited video (by GloboMaestro), where the The Bowery Hotel’s concierge, Laura Cooper Brown, tours the “secret” Mexican bar/restaurant.
11 Doyers Street