ice cream sandwiches, all grown up

July 31st, 2015

August 2nd is perhaps the sweetest day of the year. We’ve got the scoop on where you should be celebrating Ice Cream Sandwich Day (pun intended). Here are our picks for the best childhood favorite revamps.

After work (New York City):
Skip happy hour and satisfy your sweet tooth. As if Shmackary’s cookies weren’t tasty enough on their own, you can amplify your dessert by adding vanilla bean gelato. Choose any two cookies (they have over 65 different flavors) to create the ultimate frozen treat. We suggest one Classic Chocolate Chip and one of their seasonal Blueberry Cobbler cookies- you won’t be disappointed.
Photo Courtesy of Shmackary’s

At the beach (Montauk):
No one feels bikini-ready after a sugar binge. Here’s a way to celebrate and lessen the guilt that your two-piece brings. The Fresh Fruit Ice Cream Sandwich at Harvest on Fort Pond is served with vanilla gelato, hot fudge and raspberry coulis- so not entirely guilt free, but fruit is healthy right?
Photo Courtesy of Yelp(er) Jay G.

At home (your kitchen):
Now this one is definitely not your traditional childhood treat- Cognac-Ice-Cream sandwiches. Inspired by a bakery in San Francisco that refused to separate booze from dessert, this recipe is sure to impress any of your “adult” guests.
Photo Courtesy of The New York Times

In Paradise (Brazil):
Made from cashew nuts of local farms and cacao beans from the garden, UXUA’s homemade ice cream is the center of this savory sweet. When dessert meets innovation, only good things can happen!

runway to the world

July 17th, 2015

After a decades-long hiatus, Men’s Fashion Week returned to the New York runway. A few styles rose to the top of the AMPR list of favorites, probably because we couldn’t help but envision them against the backdrop of the world’s most fashionable travel experiences. Wondering what to pack for a weekend on Nantucket or your next Milan jaunt? Here’s your guide:

Designer: Carlos Campos

A classic look with a contemporary flair. Transition seamlessly from a tour of La Sagrada Familia to dinner at Petit Comité and drinks at El Bar de Majestic.

Designer: Nick Graham

Can you say, Nantucket? The ideal outfit for the land of seafood, sunsets, and seersucker.

Designer: Hvrminn

A suit worthy of the fashion capital that is Milan. A stay at Park Hyatt Milan provides an equally stylish launching point for taking in the sites…and for more shopping.

Designer: Michael Kors

You’ll unquestionably be the most stylish safari-goer in South Africa. The leopard may be the star of andBeyond Exeter River Lodge, but we think you’ll get some admiring looks, too.

Designer: David Hart

Jamaica is calling! The vibrant colors match the spirited sights, smells, and sounds of the island. Sunglasses recommended.

Spotted: Street Style

Granted, they’re not actually runway looks, but Fashion Week attendees/star athletes Victor Cruz and Dwayne Wade look like they stepped off the plane for a Parisian dinner at Le Gabriel. Blue lobster all around, s’il vous plaît!

Photo Credits:
JP Yim/Getty Image, Robin Marchant/Getty Image, Fernanda Calfat/Getty Image, Michael Kors, Mr. Dume, Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

hotels are the new art collectors

May 12th, 2015

The art community is buzzing this week with news of the record-breaking $179.4 million sale of Picasso’s 1955 painting “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” at a Christie’s auction. Alberto Giacometti’s gaunt bronze sculpture, “L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man)” sold for $126 million, an auction high for any sculpture, the same evening.

Tonight, Sotheby’s is putting Roy Lichtenstein’s “The Ring (Engagement)” on the block with the expected price tag of $50 million.

We would be remiss not to address that today’s art collectors are not just anonymous billionaires. Hotels and hospitality brands are in the game as well, in a big way. It’s as though having great art has become the cost of entry in the luxury travel market and with good reason. It’s a major draw in attracting the affluent traveler who is looking for a story to tell about their hotel experience. And because there is so much competition in the space, unfortunately a Botero in the lobby is no longer “special.” Here, we take a look at three outfits that are taking something seemingly mainstay, and making it their own.

London newcomer The Beaumont not only has a culinary pedigree being the first hospitality project from Corbin and King, it also features an inhabitable sculpture created by acclaimed artist Antony Gormley. Titled “ROOM,” it is a distinguishing mark on the hotel’s facade as well as a part of its room inventory. The hotel is also filled with original sketches and paintings by San Francisco-based illustrator John Mattos, who drew 48 black and white cartoons for the hotel’s restaurant.

UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in Trancoso, Brazil is not just a haven for beach-combing “hippies” and celebrities looking to get off the grid. “Artist in Casa” brings a few creatives a year to UXUA where they live shortly and produce objects born of their own creativity from local inspiration and materials. It is a celebration of the destination’s heritage of welcoming outside artistic energies and the works left behind become a part of UXUA’s identity.

Park Hyatt was founded by Jay Pritzker as an extension of his own home and hospitality for visiting friends – and for a place to showcase his art collection. A Richter hung on the wall of his Park Hyatt Chicago’s lobby for decades until it sold for $37 million last year. Park Hyatt hotels are the place for notable museum-worthy pieces, including: Lucio Fontana’s 1984 sculpture “Testa Di Medusa at Park Hyatt Milan; six works by Ed Paschke at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme; and a 570-square-foot mural by Sol LeWitt that the artist painted specially for Park Hyatt Zurich. But where Park Hyatt goes above and beyond in establishing themselves as experts in art, is their publishing of ARTPHAIRE, an online magazine curated in collaboration with Anne Paternak, Tom Sachs, Marco Brambilla, Daniel Libeskind, KAWS, and others.

what we want for valentine’s day

February 13th, 2015

This Valentine’s Day, it’s not only flowers and chocolate on our minds. We want…

A cocktail class at The Brooklyn Kitchen

This colorful book to sit on a coffee table

One of these, in red, to whip around in

An assortment of (one is never enough!) mini cupcakes from this Upper East Side bakery

This personalized bag for traveling

This little gadget for when our hearts get pumping

A bottle (or two or three) of this chilling in the fridge

Kleenex, Maker’s Mark, and this ice cream


Have a good weekend!

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti…and other things

February 10th, 2015

According to an interview appearing this weekend in The New York Times, there’s more to Sophia Loren than just spaghetti. At 80, Italy’s most beloved actress and icon takes issue with an apocryphal quotation long attributed to her (“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti”) finally putting to rest the idea that her life — or anyone’s for that matter – can be summed up so tersely. She wrote a 352-page memoir that was published last year, “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life,” proving that it shouldn’t necessarily be easy or expected to live la vita in 140 characters. “It’s a beautiful, beautiful, wonderful story, full of many things,” she explains to The Times, “many memories, good, bad, because life sometimes is very hard.” And the thread that runs through the story of Sophia Loren is travel. Seeing the world is very important to her. She says, “I’ve been to many festivals to show some films that I made. I’ve been in Russia, I’ve been in Asia. I’ve been everywhere.” But seeing it all isn’t enough for her. What’s more important is sharing those experiences with her family. “I am eager very much to choose, let’s say two weeks, three weeks with my children,” she says. “To go a little bit around and to see like a tourist.” Who knew that Sophia Loren would make a great spokesperson for multi-generational travel?



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