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Holiday Survival Guide: Best New Bars of 2013

December 15th, 2013 No Comments

Mary Rambin Drinking a Beer

When I go home over the holidays, I like to try the new hot spots all of my friends have been raving about. Thrillist just posted this list that includes bars from all over the country.  They rarely lead me astray, so if you see your city, give their rec a shot!

Click here to read the full article with descriptions of each place.

Atlanta

Austin

  • CRAFT PRIDE
    What you’re getting: A Jester King seasonal
  • WHISLER’S
    What you’re getting: The Dealer’s Choice

Cambridge, MA

  • BEAT HÔTEL
    What you’re getting: A VFW Old Fashioned

Charleston, NC

THE RAREBIT
What you’re getting: Moscow Mule with homemade Sweatman’s ginger beer

Chicago

  • BILLY SUNDAY
    What you’re getting: Fernet & Cola
  • THREE DOTS AND A DASH
    What you’re getting: Poipu Beach Boogie Board; a Treasure Chest (if you’re a baller and/or shot-caller)
  • PUNCH HOUSE
    What you’re getting: Dusek Punch

Dallas

Houston

Las Vegas

  • VELVETEEN RABBIT
    What you’re getting: The Crucifix in a Deathhand; the Burning Bush

Los Angeles

  • NO VACANCY
    What you’re getting: A delicious gin cocktail
  • HONEYCUT
    What you’re getting: Any drink on their extensive list; the Toucan Sam if they’ve got it

Louisville

  • EL CAMINO
    What you’re getting: Whatever sweet tiki drink Susie Hoyt wants to make you

Miami

  • DROGERIE
    What you’re getting: The Pain Killer

Milwaukee

Minneapolis

Nashville

  • PINEWOOD SOCIAL
    What you’re getting: The Honesty of Constant Human Error

New Orleans

New York

  • TØRST
    What you’re getting: A beer you’ve never heard of before that’s probably been barrel-aged
  • DEAD RABBIT
    What you’re getting: Morning Reviver
  • AMERICAN WHISKEY
    What you’re getting: Remember the Maine

Oakland

Portland

San Diego

San Francisco

  • TRICK DOG
    What you’re getting: Eye of the Tiger
  • MIKKELLER BAR
    What you’re getting: A crazy sour beer you’ve never heard of

Seattle

Washington DC

  • 2 BIRDS 1 STONE
    What you’re getting: The Daily Punch
  • BLUEJACKET
    What you’re getting: James & the Giant; the Stroppy pale ale

 

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“Where should we go for dinner tonight?”

September 13th, 2013 No Comments

Thrillist iPhone App

 

When the questions arises, I can NEVER think of the places on my wish list or Eater’s hit list.  No more guessing or driving around in circles with the new Thrillist iPhone app.  

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My workout regimen is based on location, location, location.

April 15th, 2013 6 Comments

Mary Rambin exercise 2013

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As a matter of fact I have!  But that could have been 3 years ago…after so many years of blogging I lose track :)

If you’ve been following me through those years, you know I’ve moved a handful of times – New York, LA, Houston, Mexico, Atlanta.  As much as I would like to take my workout with me as I bounce around, I can’t because of the facilities and studios specific to each city.   In some ways that’s good so I don’t get burned out and my body doesn’t become accustomed to a routine.  As we all know, one of the most important parts of changing our bodies and getting stronger is challenging your body.

The basis of my workout is always the same:  cardio, weights/strength, aerobic/zone 3 heart rate/fat burning days, yoga.  How I accomplish those things is based on where I am and my heart rate goal for the day (cardio = zone 4-5 for 1 hour, fat burn = zone 3 1 hour).  Here is an approximate breakdown of what I do where.  If you click the links, you’ll get more details on what my workouts entail.

New York

  • SoulCycle – 3 days a week = cardio
  • Blink/Equinox – 2 days a week = weights + zone 3
  • Yoga – 1 day a week (haven’t found a studio here yet)

To answer Jaclyn’s question, SoulCycle isn’t enough FOR ME because it misses 2 major muscle groups (chest and back) during the arm segment and doesn’t allow for building muscle with heavy weights.  However, the arm section is amazing to tone your shoulders, biceps, and triceps.

Los Angeles

  • SoulCycle – 2 days a week= cardio
  • Runyon Canyon – 2 days a week = 1 day cardio, 1 day zone 3
  • Equinox – weights or group fitness classes (they have THE BEST!), 1 day yoga

**I still haven’t figured out my scheduling of these yet.

Houston

Atlanta

Mexico

  • My beach workouts – 3 days a week = 1 day cardio, 2 day zone 3
  • Gym – 2-3 days a week = weights + cardio
  • P90x – weights, resistance bands, 1 days a week = weights
  • Yoga DVD (haven’t found a favorite yet)

Traveling

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Prepping your face for wedding season

March 6th, 2013 2 Comments

Dr. Angela Sturm O'Brien Wedding

My beautiful and talented client – Dr. Angela Sturm O’Brien – a plastic surgeon in Houston (yep, that’s her right there), just wrote a post on timing your facial treatments in preparation for a wedding/big event.  She went through my 3 month social media training program and I have to say, I’m so proud of her content.  Her blog is informative, educational, and entertaining!  Check it out here.  She writes everything you’ve ever wondered (in other words, the truth) about non-surgical treatments (Botox v. Dysport, Fraxel, lip injections, laser hair removal, Thermage), plastic surgery (her own nose job),  great products, etc. You can see the video we made to demonstrate her botox techniques here.

Keep up with her latest posts on twitter, facebookPinterest, and tumblr.

Without further ado, her post:

Timing Facial Treatments For The Big Day!

I frequently get asked “I have “X” weeks/months until the big event.  What can I do?”  Just like planning the event itself, you will want to allot time for any of the rare, but possible things to happen.  Planning ahead pays off in beauty, as well as weddings! Here is a timeline to help you decide what is the best way for you to “freshen up.”

Days to weeks before the event

Soft tissue fillers, like Restylane, Juvaderm, Radiesse, Belotero, have immediate effects.  You will be able to see softening of lines before you leave the office!  Keep in mind that you will probably swell the next day and even with the most meticulous injection techniques bruising can occur!  You should allow 7-10 days before an event to let any bruising subside, should it happen.

One month

Botox/Dysport take 3-7 days to take effect.  Just like the soft tissue fillers, bruising can occur and can take 7-10 days to resolve.  Because you will want to look your absolute best, you may want to allow 3-4 weeks before the event in case a touch up is needed.  Botox/Dysport lasts about 3 months, so you want to make sure you don’t wait too long after the injection or it can start to “wear out”.

Three months

Facelift surgery, laser resurfacing or skin-tightening treatments, like Ultherapy, can be considered at this point!  We always tell our patients that the downtime with a facelift is about 2 weeks or 4 weeks for an event.  Personally, I would allow 2-3 months if it is a once in a lifetime event, just to be safe.  This way, most of the swelling and all of the bruising has resolved.  The incisions should be difficult to see already!  Other procedures can be combined with a facelift, like an eyelift, browlift or laser resurfacing!

For people who prefer a noninvasive method, skin tightening treatments, like Ultherapy, are available.  These depend on the creation of new collagen.  Therefore, they improve over a period of months.  Generally, the effect peaks at 3-6 months.  So, you want to plan for at least this amount of time after the procedure before showing off your new look!

Beyond 3 months

With more than 3 months of recovery time, in most cases, you will be in the clear for most facial rejuvenation procedures.  When considering rhinoplasty, you want to wait at least 3 months.  Ninety percent of swelling resolves in 3 months, but the remainder persists for a year.  So, you are not at your final result until a year later, but (with most people) you should be ok to take pictures at about 6 months.

Planning makes for beautiful weddings and faces!  Any of these options can be combined and work best tailored to the needs of each patient!

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Find new group fitness classes around you in one click.

May 14th, 2012 2 Comments

I am a HUGE fan of group fitness classes these days because I just can’t motivate myself to go to the gym.  I never thought I would feel that way, but here I am, looking for excuses every day.  So, to combat this and get in a solid 1 hour workout, I carve out the time in my schedule for my trainer or a class.

GoRecess.com is a new site that instantly locateds the kind of workout you’re looking for near you.  You put in the type of exercise – yoga, cardio, bootcamp, spinning, etc – your location, and the radius you are willing to drive (or even better jog or bike!).  GoRecess then creates a detailed list like you see above.  Such a great concept because I’m always looking for a way to change up my workout.

Also, most studios will offer their first class for free, so if you’re on a tight budget, you can jump around for a while while you save up some cash and settle on your favorite.

If you’re in one of the cities I frequent, I reccommend these studios and gyms:

New York:

Los Angeles:

  • Soul Cycle – just opened in WeHo!
  • Equinox – group classes are totally worth the membership
  • UpDog Fitness – for spinning and yoga.  Take classes from Colin and Reilly.  Meredith for yoga.
  • Fitness Factory – “garage” style hideout where celebs train. Sam Upton is the best!

Houston:

Atlanta:

Austin:

I know I’m missing some; I can’t hit them all!  Please share your favorites in the comments below.  If you use GoRecess.com, let us know if you were pleased with the class you attend.

(P.S. Sorry for the blurry picture.  PC’s just don’t have the same quality of screen grab as a Mac.  I’ll replace it tomorrow!)

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Feast your eyes

May 3rd, 2012 1 Comment

I’ve never seen peaches look so good!  Case and point I need to hit up the farmer’s market more often instead of Whole Foods.

I’m a proud consultant at this moment, seeing my client, Roots Bistro Houston, incorporating blogging into their daily routine.  Check out their tumblr here. Now if I could JUST get Chef German to write down some recipes, we’d really be in business.  Although I can’t blame him, nor do I want to hinder his momentum in opening up a full-fledged juice bar – Houston’s FIRST to my knowledge – next door to the bistro!

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Houston, grab this Groupon and save $257 on the best yoga in town.

April 23rd, 2012 2 Comments

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I have no idea why Joy has decided to offer this STEAL Groupon at Joy Yoga Center.  All of the classes I attend are always full.  I took Jessica’s class for the first time yesterday.  Amazing.  A really interesting flow sequence!  Plus, her playlist sounded like she ripped it from my Rdio.

The deal is: 25 yoga classes for $25

You’re saving $257 dollars.  That’s pretty unbelievable!  My favorite instructors at Joy are Stacey Ramsower, Susan Underwood, Natalie Maisel. and of course Joy.  You really can’t go wrong with anyone.  Happy downward dogging!

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Looking to cleanse before summer?

April 19th, 2012 No Comments

Hi Beth, here’s my post which will tell you and link you to all you need to know about cleansing!  I also suggest this post which answers reader concerns.

The biggest thing you need to know is NOT to freak out when you feel hungry.  Just drink more juice and you’ll find it’s more filling than you expect.

Start easting vegetarian two days before the cleanse.  Schedule a colonic for day 3 (Libbe or gravity machines are the best).  After the cleanse, try to eat raw and vegan for the first day, and then vegetarian for two days afterwards.  And stay away from processed sugars!

BluePrintCleanse is generally the best for new cleansers.  If you’re in NYC, I also love Organic Avenue because it’s a lot more hearty.  Those in LA have the pleasure of the RedCarpetCleanse which has the best juices in my opinion.  Read here for more on each.  Recently, local cleanses are popping up.  In Atlanta, you can try Arden’s Garden, which is amazingly cheap for the good quality of the juice.  Houstonians can try Snap Kitchen, but I don’t like their juice line up (too much fruit, not enough veg.)

Let me know if you have any more questions!

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