30 August 2005

Hip Products: Australian Organics Shampoo

I recently ordered Australian Organics shampoo and conditioner as the premise seemed good (organic ingredients), the price was right ($4.99) and it seemed to be made in Australia, and I like supporting Aussie products. After a few weeks using them, I am blown away by how great these products are. The packaging is stylish, my hair feels great and smells delicious. I've since found this product on the WWF Earthly Goods Online store with this description: "A Gold Star product! This hydra stabilising shampoo is for Normal hair. It is pure and natural being made from certified organic plant extracts. Free from animal ingredients, animal testing and no Sodium Lauyrl Sulphates. Wonderful perfume created by essential oils." Highly recommended!

Image: WWF Earthly Goods

24 August 2005

Hip Products: Health Magazine

I have a lot of favourite magazines, but one that I recently discovered that I Just love, is Health Magazine. This is a Time Inc. magazine, based in Alabama and published monthly - currently issue 19 is available. I am impressed with the quality of the photos, paper, and the relevancy of the ads to the target market. The editorial is fun to read and in small easy-to-digest bites and they feature some interesting articles, such as how to host a wine tasting party, which I would love to try. It's not too serious, and I feel like I'm squarely in the target market. I hope it does well!

Image: Time Inc.

23 August 2005

Cool Events: Illy comes to Soho

I am more than excited about the new temporary Galleria illy cafe that is opening September 15th on West Broadway in Soho. This is a marketing exercise to increase awareness of illy coffee, in much the same way that Target opened a temporary store in Times Square. They are offering a range of coffee, desserts, classes, tastings, art and what I am truly excited about - espresso-making tuition from some of the world's best baristas. Three cheers to Ruby's on Mulberry St who already serves illy coffee and makes a fabulous latte. I am hoping that the Galleria is a small step towards increasing the quality of espressos in New York, and I will be there for all the classes to pick up tips!

Update 21st September 2005: Great overview of the cafe and images on BizBash New York.

Image: BizBash New York

12 August 2005

Beyond Good & Evil 7th Best GameCube Game Ever

I was particularly proud this week to see that GameSpy.com has awarded cult favourite game Beyond Good and Evil 7th best GameCube Game ever! I worked on BG&E when I was with Ubisoft in 2003 and it is still the best game I have played. Filmmaker Peter Jackson loved the game so much that he sought out the creator Michel Ancel (also the original creator of Rayman) to make the King Kong videogame of his new highly anticipated movie, due out at the end of this year. There is something very cinematic about Ancel's work - he's able to truly tell a story and keep you immersed with both the characters and the design. You can still buy BG&E at GameStop.com and EBGames.com and Amazon.com.

Image: Ubisoft

6 August 2005

Food Trends August 2004 - Middle Eastern Flavours

Following in the boom of Persian/Middle Eastern and North African food and flavours in Australia, I'm seeing them start to appear in the US. Cousous has been popular for some time, and pomegrates have been hugely popular for the past 2 years. However, now you can buy preserved lemons at Whole Foods, and at least 2 recipes in the latest Cooking Light magazine call for pomegranate molasses. Next I'm expecting fiery harissa paste, dukkah and tagine-everything, that is widely available in Australia.

For more food trends, see my article 2006 US Food Trends on Squidoo.

Image: FotoosVanRobin on Flickr

5 August 2005

Hip Products: The Urbz - Sims in the City

My favourite game at the moment is without a doubt The Urbz - Sims in the City for the Nintendo DS. Highly addictive and very well done. I'm pretty close to finishing it; hope I do before Nintendogs comes out on August 22nd!

Image: Nintendo

3 August 2005

My Favourite Places in the Noho, NYC Area

  • Alleva Dairy - the oldest Italian dairy for great prosciutto, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, etc.
  • Ruby's and Eight Mile Creek - Australian food (and great coffee!)
  • The Met - our local (tiny) grocery store
  • Cafe Gitane - Morroccan-styled casual food with Nolita scene
  • Cafe Habana - fun cuban food both from the restaurant and the takeout shop next door
  • Ciao Bella - expensive but yummy ice cream/gelato
  • Mottsu - for the early bird sushi dinner; great prices and lovely small tasty bites
  • Rice - for easy takeaway food
  • Public - for a fancy drink
  • Bread - for good sandwiches and a scene
  • Cowboy Boot Repair - for reliable well-done shoe repair
  • Cafe Colonial - for the Portugese bread and brunches
  • Cafe el Portal - for the best Mexican food I have found in NYC, the great prices and excellent margheritas
  • Pet Planet - for the only pet food store in our area that stores our Nutro dog food
  • The Young Designer's Market - for great designs from emerging designers
  • Pravda - for fancy vodka
  • Edge*NYC - for a fancier version of the Young Designer's Market and the headquarters of Nature vs Future clothing label.
  • Chinatown - for the extremely inexpensive seafood.
  • Dean and Deluca - for amazing gourmet groceries; and just to dream.

1 August 2005

Hip Products: Acai

Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is my favourite beverage du jour. Made from an Amazon palmberry, acai is credited as a Superfood. These benefits are noted on the Sambazon website:

"A remarkable concentration of antioxidants, to help combat premature aging, with 10-30 times the anthocyanins (purple colored antioxidants) of red wine. A synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols, to help promote cardiovascular system and digestive tract health. An almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration."

We love a packet of frozen Sambazon Acai blended with a cup of soy milk and a banana for a great breakfast pick-me-up (particularly with the infused guarana!).

For more food trends, see my article on 2006 US Food Trends on Squidoo.

Image: Brazil Explore
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