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Class Pass isn’t the only fitness app in town now

August 3rd, 2015 No Comments


We all want to be in shape, but making it fit into our schedule and budget isn’t always easy.  For the past few weeks, while I’ve been absent from the blog, I’ve felt that same pressure you do, and I teach 5 classes a week!  Being super busy with two clients, running the studio, and traveling, my weight-training fell to the waist-side along with my blogging.  Oh the guilt that set in!

ClassPass has been the best game in town to satisfy the budget issue.  With a $99/month membership, you can go to participating studios in any city and attend classes they post on CP up to three visits a month.  If you want to go to a class that’s not posted, or you want to go more often, you have to pay the normal rate.

These two new fitness apps/programs are filling in two HUGE holes in the ClassPass system. You’ll see that Wildfire goes after the fitness fanatic, the other goes after the sporadic.

The drawback for all three is that not all studios participate.  For example, if you want to go to SoulCycle, which is super exclusive, you have to book directly through them.

Finally, both are fairly new to the market and therefore not widely available. Keep an eye out when they touch down in your city.


Wildfire gives you unlimited classes in the studios on their roster for $149/month.  So if you wanted to RYDE 3 times a week, go to a bootcamp once a week, and do yoga once a week, maybe throw in a barre class, you’re getting over  $100/week of classes for about $27.





ZenRez is for the person who can’t plan ahead, just needs to get into a class NOW.  Find last minute classes in your area with availability and book a spot for a fraction of the price.   I’m not putting RYDE4 on ZenRez simply because our classes are already HALF of what most studios in the are charge.

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Men and women can get hooked on Miansai

September 2nd, 2014 No Comments

Miansai bracelets

Welcome back from vacation MTM readers!  It’s been a lot of work (on a new venture) and a lot of play in Montauk.  One of the things I brought home with me from the East coast was my first piece from Miansai, a jewelry collection of wrap bracelets, metal bangles, and necklaces for both men and women.



Two years ago I ran into the line as it was growing up in Saturdays SoHo store.  My bf had read about them in GQ and insisted on picking up a bracelet while in NYC.  As we were choosing one, I thought to myself, “I like this for me.”   The brand has blown up in NYC, opened their own storefront on Crosby in SoHo, and even had a pop up airstream at Navy Beach, which is where I ran into them again.

Miansai Airstream Montauk Navy Beach

My friends and I browsed all of the pieces.  Prices for bracelets start at $55. So many options between the different color bands (leather, python, or rope), dipped metals (gold, rose gold, or silver), and clasps (hook, anchor, loop).  They give you the opportunity to mix in a little color to your everyday wrist wraps.


I also love the bangles.  Substantial and heavy, they look good solo on your wrist or in your favorite group of bracelets.  Other accessories include a new line of watches (starting at $495) and canvas shoes called Saludos.


In the end, my friends bought bracelets and I went with a gold anchor pendant on a sterling silver chain.  I haven’t taken it off since!

 Mary Rambin wearing Miansai

What I love about their designs is that they’re simple yet noteworthy.  They draw attention and respect without bling or a high price.

Shop on Miansai.com  and follow them on Instagram @Miansai.

Visit the store at 33 Crosby, NY NY.

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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.



    What you’re getting: A Jester King seasonal
    What you’re getting: The Dealer’s Choice

Cambridge, MA

    What you’re getting: A VFW Old Fashioned

Charleston, NC

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


    What you’re getting: Fernet & Cola
    What you’re getting: Poipu Beach Boogie Board; a Treasure Chest (if you’re a baller and/or shot-caller)
    What you’re getting: Dusek Punch



Las Vegas

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

Los Angeles

    What you’re getting: A delicious gin cocktail
    What you’re getting: Any drink on their extensive list; the Toucan Sam if they’ve got it


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


    What you’re getting: The Pain Killer




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

New Orleans

New York

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



San Diego

San Francisco

    What you’re getting: Eye of the Tiger
    What you’re getting: A crazy sour beer you’ve never heard of


Washington DC

    What you’re getting: The Daily Punch
    What you’re getting: James & the Giant; the Stroppy pale ale


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Check out your new favorite taco, NYC.

November 7th, 2013 No Comments

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You will find it here:

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Specifically at 141 Second Ave between St. Mark’s and 9th.  You know, where tons of great chefs are opening up their casual counterparts.  In this grab-n-go taqueria, you’ll find these guys (Chef on the left, my long time friend Otto on the right):

Otto and Chef Jose

Serving up this seeming simple but blow your mind flavorful menu (click to enlarge):

Ottos Tacos Menu


Don’t get dressed up or wear heels cause you’re walking in starving and taking tacos out to devour.  There are a few seats, but I expect once word gets out, they’ll fill up fast.

When you go, tell Otto I sent you and give hime a big hug for me!

Very proud of you my man.

Mary Rambin Otto's Tacos

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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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YSL’s new SoHo “boutique”

June 11th, 2013 No Comments


Last week YSL opened the doors to its new block wide boutique on Green Street in SoHo.  Unfortunately I rolled up to inspect the space after it closed, but my instincts tell me we’re not missing anything.

The walls are lined with bags we’ve seen.  There isn’t a big selection of clothing…. And don’t get me started on their shoes and bags. Both have gone the way of closet “staples” instead of jaw-droppers.  I used to wear new YSL pieces with pride, now I don’t really consider the brand much anymore.

After Stefano Pilati was fired as creative director (and soon found a home at Zegna), Heidi Slimane was promoted to the position.  The fact that he was previously the head of menswear doesn’t give me hope he’ll bring glamour back to the brand.

We shall see my fashionista friends…

Next time you’re in SoHo I would think the new Kirna Zabete that every press outlet is raving about would be a better destination for you.


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Alert: East Coast Queen Rocks Out West Hollywood

May 13th, 2013 No Comments

Janet Fitzgerald SoulCycle

Ok LA, get ready for a treat.  It’s better than a green juice.  Better than a 10 minute hand stand.  Seriously, Janet Fitzgerald is one of the Queen bees up here in NYC rocking out the SoulCycle studios.   She kicks my butt on an doff the bike and all I have to say is “More, please!”  Not to mention, people pay $80 bucks a pop to ride with her for 45 minutes.

Her mixes are a little rock, a little dubstep, a little remix, and A LOT sexy.  I didn’t even realize a jog could be sexy until I took her class.

So whip up your green protein smoothie and then get on your computer  to book a bike with her in West Hollywood.  You really need to click at 12pm PST today.  Otherwise I’m sure the bikes will be gone.*  You can sign up for:

  • Friday May 17th at 11:30am
  • Saturday May 18th at 9:30am & 10:45am
  • Sunday May 19th at 9:30a

Do it, rock it, love it.  Thank me later.

*If the classes are sold out, you can always get on the waitlist and show up.  They usually get a good number of people in to ride.  I do it all the time!

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Are new, trendy NYC restaurants worth the $$

April 25th, 2013 No Comments

Eleven Madison Park Tasting Menu Vegetarian

You look at a dish like this and you’re thinking “Absolutely!”

Well, there’s more than meets the eye in this case.

The mushroom delishiousness you see before you was created by Chef Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park, one of New York’s FINEST restaurants.  Every single bite in his tasting menu BLEW MY MIND, as I expected it would and the price tag would suggest it should. Let’s see another plate shall we?

Eleven Madison Park Tasting Menu Carrots

Fresh ground raw carrots with flavors on the side.  They suggest you mix them all in.  Here you see the waiter grinding the carrots in a meat grinder at our table.  Such a unique presentation.  And each course delivered more of a production!

Eleven Madison Park Tasting Menu 3

After 8 or so courses, I  understand why EMP (as the foodies call it) is an NYC institution.  The vaulted, yellow-lit dining room is beyond stuffy, but I forgave that after I could not stop raving about the second course.

However, such overwhelming satisfaction was not the case with my experience at Humm’s new-ish, trendy outpost – The NoMad – where his famous $80 roasted chicken left me bored and hitting the door without dessert.  As many foodies tell me, I’m crazy for making this claim (the chicken made Jerry Seinfeld cry apparently), but my taste buds, my money, my disappointment.

So how do you know if you the restaurant everyone is talking about is worth fighting for a reservation, possibly sitting down at a ridiculous hour (6:30pm or 10pm), and then paying what seems like an arm and a leg for your dinner?  The answer is:  you just don’t know.  What I can give you is your best bet: follow the restauranteur/hospitality group you love, not just the chef.

In my recent travels and current stint in NYC, I’ve tried a handful of new restaurants, all of which received winning reviews from either publications or my foodie friends.  Some lived up to their accolades, others did not.  What I should have used to decipher whether or not I should go after the referral was their previous venues.  You’ll see how the role of the hospitality group plays out in my personal winners and losers below.

ABC Kitchen – Winner

Just like the NoMad, everyone and their mother can’t get enough of Jean-Georges‘ Chelsea restaurant helmed by Chef Dan Kluger.  JG is a bit of unique case because he’s a chef and restauranteur.

I’ve eaten at ABC twice now and cannot wait until my next visit!  Kluger delivers the freshest farm-to-table food in Manhattan in the most delightful way.  His food is intricate without being unapproachable.  Coupled with the beautifully-appointed dining room, dim lighting (a must for me!), creative wine list, and celeb scene, ABC Kitchen makes for the perfect NYC dining experience.

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Even the chocolate chip cookies were so unique I ordered another plate to take home!

AG Kitchen – Loser

AG Kitchen tacos

I hate wasting my time to write about this new Upper West Side taco, burger, pub, diner, whatever they want to call it.  But I will just to warn you, DON’T GO!  A friend referred me so we went last week for a quick bite.  The service was slow, the staff uninformed about the preparations, the food itself was overcooked and cold, and the drinks were hardly existant because the bartender rarely came around to ask us what we wanted or needed. And we were sitting at the bar!  It was so bad I felt the need to speak with the manager (very politely) at which point she insisted we not go elsewhere, but instead we should stay and she would send us out a bunch of food.  At this point, we’re starving, so we stayed and waited for what seemed like forever before this buffet of bites came out.  Honestly, it was just as bad as the first round we had ordered.  I really wanted to like it because she was so nice, but bottom line, the food was terrible.

Saxon + Parole – Winner

Saxon + Parole

This East Village hot spot is everything I want in a New York City dining experience:  interesting decor, a variety of food at a range of prices, a moderate-sized bar with interesting bartenders serving up inventive cocktails, and a lively, intimate scene.  I usually prefer to eat at the bar by myself or with one other person instead of the dining room, so the bar is a big deal for me.

Saxon + Parole Bar

When I found out that the venue was opened by the same hospitality group as one of my favorite spots Public, it made sense why I liked it so much.  They have the formula down!  And most importantly, the food is solid.

Fish at Saxon + Parole


John Dory – Loser

As a person who doesn’t like The Breslin due to it’s very pork-centric menu, I should have known that an oyster bar/raw fish restaurant opened by the same chef would probably not be a place I would want to eat.  I like fish, but usually not raw.  And I hate oysters and lobster.  I’m not sure why we walked in and sat down….probably had something to do with the young crowd inside and the variety of beers on tap.

If you like all of those things, I suggest you go.  However, I caution you, the prices seem high for the small slivers of fish that are put down in front of you.

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(Full disclosure: no media rates were extended for these reviews.  John Dory photos not mine, click the image to link to the original source.)

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