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COROLLA HATCHBACK

By Alexandria Baiz × Vaughn Lowery

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback makes a design comeback, leaving a lasting impression with innovative upgrades and engineering. SE base model starts at $21,000 and the XSE somewhere in the ballpark of $24,000. Our midnight black souped-up model’s MSRP is around $27,000 and is fully stocked with 18-inch wheels alongside a massive back spoiler to add drama. With every pen stroke, the architects produced a dynamic, athletic yet sophisticated vehicle. The world’s best-selling car just got remixed. So, we promptly accepted the manufacturer’s offer to road trip it to Vegas to check out our favorite pop stars Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, and Pitbull at the JBL Fest hosted by special guest Quincy Jones.

Different from former models, this version possesses a longer wheelbase. The black mesh honeycomb grille, emphasizes the evolution of the Corolla and its increased width. To provide better forward visibility, the hood is constructed to sit two inches lower than earlier. The rounded physique makes a simple, yet powerful three-dimensional landscape that is comfortable and pleasing to drive. Moreover, the interior quality is more delicate and stylish. The XSE stitching on dash and door is bold and fashion-forward. Thus, when we pulled up to the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino all eyes were on us. Furthermore, the hatchback has technologically advanced features: three-door Smart Key system; Apple CarPlay; Amazon’s Alexa and 8-inch touch display screen. Other amenities include an 8-speaker JBL audio system (excellent for fist-pumping), 2 USB ports and a single-zone automatic climate control; a leather shift knob and paddle shifters behind the steering rack.

The Safety Sense 2.0 includes pre-collision warning with pedestrian, cyclist and roadside detection as well as dynamic cruise control and lane departure alerts. Alarms are popular amongst users, who enjoy a visual alert on infotainment screen and then a ringing alert if detection becomes more fatal. Seats empower comfort with updated cushioning which minimizes fatigue and also are great for cornering while in Sport Mode. Ideal access to the steering wheel, pedals, and gear shift are available with power adjustable seat.

The new fuel-efficient TNGA 2.0 liter four-cylinder, six-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) makes it easier to maneuver on highways. The CVT (continuously variable transmission) at an additional $1,100 includes more power and miles per gallon. The CVT simplifies the stop and go action, boosts fuel economy and makes blind spot monitoring available.

While both SE and XSE receive LED headlamps/taillights, chrome rear diffuser, and alloy wheels, the XSE is more distinctive. The SE sports 16-inch wheels while XSE rocks 18-inch wheels (with a 33 mpg). Additional features include LED fog lights; chrome grille surround and Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS). AFS matches the vehicle velocity and steering angle for the correct distribution of light – great for some of the darker strips in downtown Las Vegas. Behind the steering wheel, a 7-inch TFT Multi-Information Display (MID) which displays vehicle information, turn-by-turn navigation, and various vehicle settings: Lane Departure Alert, Lane Tracing Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, and Blind Spot Monitor.

The sport-tuned suspension paired with rallycross looks and Toyota technology makes the Corolla Hatchback perfect for buyers seeking an easy, affordable drive.

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CAAFD Collective Showcases

CAAFD, The Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers, brought some of the best rising and emerging designers from around the globe to the fashion capital of the world for a spectacularly received set of Spring/Summer 19 Collective Showcases. CAAFD, in collaboration with iFashion Network, presented this Collective Showcase at both the renowned Pier 59 venue as well as the world famous Industria venue on September 10th, 2018.

The Pier 59 collective showcase’s lineup proved a thunderous occasion with designers and brands MOUTON BLANC, Zabetta Couture, Ayni and Thunyatorn, and the Industria collective showcase featured designers and brands Helena Bajaj-Larsen, Yufash, Sania Studio and Patricia Wijaya, both of which mark yet another successful and couldn’t be missed continuation of CAAFD’s long running series of NYFW showcases. Those in attendance were thrilled with the offerings, including several well-known models such as Madeline Stuart and actors including Mario Van Peebles.

The Pier59 showcase came first and began with a performance by Myles C.O Gittens with a fusion violin performance that quickly got the attention of the audience before Designer Hakuyo Miya’s brand MOUTON BLANC started the fashion portion of the show off with an unforgettable experience, courtesy of the Japanese designer’s second showcase on a CAAFD sponsored showcase. Miya’s collection for this follow-up appearance exhibited his trademark fantasy stylings mixed with an elegance that showcased both his Japanese heritage as well as his experiences in Paris. Colors on display were incredibly sophisticated, with bright whites and the occasional darker colors put to good use.

Following that came Zabetta Couture with designer Ruth Zabetta, who also made her second appearance at a CAAFD sponsored showcase. Zabetta Couture showcased the same drive and passion as the previous season’s showcase, and once again made her modern lines and cuts accentuate the feminine silhouettes of each model. This collection was decidedly summer inspired with bright greens and leaf designs on the pieces, with large hats adding to the looks.

Next came an intermission from traditional Korean musician gamin playing a piri, leading into designer duo Ayni’s debut CAAFD sponsored showcase. Ayni’s dedication to ancient traditions with modern sensibilities and environmentally sustainable practices left the audience in awe with the sheer beauty of their pieces. Featuring sheer materials and swimsuit inspired cuts, Ayni’s collection evoked the warmer months. The main colors utilized were reds, yellows and blues.

Finishing off this showcase was also a debut on a CAAFD sponsored showcase, this time for the Thai designer Thunyatorn. Much like Ayni’s collection that showcased heritage and tradition, Thunyatorn also made genius use of her Thai heritage in her pieces, which brought something the majority of the audience had never experienced before. Thunyatorn made quite an impression with gold headpieces on each model, featuring animals in 3D designs, which perfectly complemented the dark colors and cuts of the dresses, which all meshed incredibly well with each other.

Later in the day came the Industria collective showcase, which kicked off with an impressive introduction performance by musician Yoav Shemmesh, featuring the musician on a keytar and launchpad device which provided the rhythm sections for his playing. Following the performance was the first designer for this showcase, Helena Bajaj-Larsen. Featuring striking colors that remained consistent with through each design. Each piece featured unique designs, with no one inspiration, there were bits and pieces from various different countries and regions represented.

Following that came Estonian born designer Kadri Klampe with her Yufash brand. This collection featured extremely unique cuts and sheer materials, creating an entirely unique look. Yufash played with colors and designs throughout each piece, featuring almost glitch-like patterns.

Next came an intermission played by Yoav Shemmesh once again who played a custom CAAFD inspired piece which thrilled the audience goers, which led into Sania Studio and designer Sania Maskatiya with her Pakistani influences clear in her collection. The cuts in this collection remained modern, but the designs and colors were clearly inspired by Pakistan influences.

Finishing this showcase came Patricia Wijaya, a graduate of the Academy of Arts, who closed NYFW with a bang. This showcase left New York City awed with an extraordinarily unique collection featuring fantastical inspired cuts and eye catching headwear. This collection had an underlying dark color palette, with dark blue and golds represented heavily to great effect. The shoes for this collection were provided by Cava Prive and jewelry was done by Dale Beevers

Hakuyo Miya is a Japanese designer who has studied at the Atelier Chardon Savard in Paris. His work with MOUTON BLANC is known for its fantasy style elements, as he does a beautiful job combining real world with fairy tales. Miya’s fiery designs combine color, texture and culture into beautiful and elegant pieces, and has previously made an appearance on CAAFD sponsored showcases. His designs are known for the innovative lines and cuts as well as having an aspect of modernism throughout the collections.

Designer Ruth Zabetta was raised in both Spain and the Dominican Republic giving her a unique cultural background for her beautiful collection. Zabetta Couture is known for modern lines and cuts showcased throughout the collections, and this year is no different. Her modern but feminine collection does an exquisite job of creating beautiful silhouettes consistently though all the pieces. Zabetta’s collection is created for the modern but feminine woman and inspired by years of culture and design.

Ayni’s name, which is derived from a Peruvian turn of phrase meaning “today for you, tomorrow for me,” gives a look into the design process for the design duo, composed of Danish Laerke, and Adriana from Peru. Through Ayni, the duo make good on their name by making the brand focused on honoring ancient traditions, utilizing local materials and altering the production model to promote environmental sustainability. One of Ayni’s main goals is to combine ethics and aesthetics in a way that benefits the environment, but still remaining fashionable by using high quality elements such as luxurious baby alpaca fur and Pima cotton.

Thunyatorn is the brainchild of Thunyatorn Ng, a designer originally hailing from Thailand. Starting in bridal makeup and hairstyling in 2009 when she moved to New York City, she later became the first Thai fashion designer to present during New York Fashion Week. After noticing a demand for traditional authentic Thai styled clothing, Thunyatorn took things into her own hands and spent years researching Thai styles and influences, which she has incorporated into her collections. Through her work, Thunyatorn seeks to popularize authentic Thai clothing across the U.S. by combining its traditional beauty with modern stylings.

Designer Helena Bajaj-Larsen is Half-Indian, Half-Norwegian yet Parisian born and bred, 23-year old designer Helena-Bajaj Larsen is a recent graduate of Parsons School of Design and launched her label just six months ago. She specializes in hand-painted textiles which she creates herself – works of abstract art on fabric, blending her love of textile craftsmanship with her training in fashion design. She draws inspiration from her nomadic lifestyle across various countries and cultures to form breathtaking collections using her one-of-a-kind fabrics as well as stunning sculptural jewelry pieces.

“A Yufash woman doesn’t follow trends; she sets them.” The brand has been worn by members of Little Mix and Billie Lourd in the hit tv series Scream Queens, and Yufash was also featured in an international edition of Marie Claire. Yufash is a unique and forward-thinking brand made for the confident and powerful women of the world, with all garments fabricated in England. The brand was founded in 2015 and since has skyrocketed in popularity. “We as a brand are so excited and honored to have been selected to work the CAAFD, and we look forward to our presentation,” – Kadri Klampe, the Estonian-born founder and designer of Yufash.

Designer Sania Maskatiya and Sania Studio’s designs are marked by their ornate and regal inspirations, which masterfully highlight feminine silhouettes. The designs are inspired by the beauty of nature and the environment while still being modern and classic. The collection will include only high luxe fabrics cut and draped in a luxurious design. The design house engages in some of the best craftsmanship in Pakistan, coming from generations of artisans who have specialized and perfected their craft. The brand is known for including rich textiles, fabric design and embroidery within their pieces. Sania Maskatiya has quickly become Pakistan’s most lauded designer and most prized fashion export.

Patricia Wijaya started her label in 2016 after graduating Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The label first released a Prêt-A-Couture line in Jakarta, which focused on telling a story and showcasing innovation throughout. This years collection is inspired by both fairytales and technology, and showcases a Cinderella like aesthetic in the future. For this collection, Wijaya created what has been described by early viewers as an exquisite collection of a modern day fairytale for the equally modern woman.

About CAAFD:
Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers, [CAAFD] is a non-profit organization founded through a collaborative effort by a few key pioneers in the fashion industry with the ambitious goal of promoting designers who aspire to expand their brand awareness and do business in the United States. CAAFD educates, promotes and empowers aspiring designers and fashion professionals in gaining a foothold in the fashion business, giving them every opportunity to become the renowned designer they yearn to be. More information can be found at: http://www.caafd.org

About iFashion Network:
iFashion Network is an online portal for everything new and groundbreaking in fashion. It is a global fashion hub, providing articles on designers, events, menswear, women’s wear, shopping, trends, and all the behind the scenes info you could ever want, delivered by unique personalities who know the fashion world inside and out. iFashion Network also boasts several industry leading original fashion-focused internet television shows. More information can be found at: http://www.ifashionnetwork.com

Rolex × Monterey Car Week

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Presented by Rolex Fast Facts:

  • 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick claimed the Best In Show Award at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
  • Other finalists for Best In Show were a 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Town Limousine owned by the Lehrman Collection of Palm Beach, Florida; and a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni Fastback Coupé owned by Robert Kudela of Chropyne, Czech Republic.
  • David was awarded a steel and yellow gold Rolex Datejust 41.
  • “This car is one of only five built and it has recently been completely restored, taking a huge amount of effort and dedication from all those involved,” said Sydorick. “It feels great to win at Pebble Beach today and receive a Rolex watch, I look forward to wearing it proudly.”
  • Rolex has been a sponsor of the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance since 1997 and the Tour d’ Elegance in 2007.
  • 234 cars participated in this year’s show.
  • Following the judging, nine-time Le Mans winner and Rolex testimonee Tom Kristensen said: “The collection of historic automobiles and world-renowned concept cars at Pebble Beach creates an event like no other. It has been a privilege to be part of the judging team, and to get so close to these amazing machines and meet their owners. The Best of Show Award represents excellence and timeless elegance – values that I closely identify with Rolex – while recognizing and preserving the greatest cars in the world. This event is an absolute must for all car lovers.”
  • Cars competed in 27 judged classes as well as for four Elegance awards and 22 special awards.
  • Other show highlights included a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Windovers Limousine owned by His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singhji of Marwar-Jodhpur, Jodhpur, India, that won the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy and a 1937 Cadillac Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet owned by Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky, which won its class and the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible Elegance Award.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Fast Facts:

  • 551 genuine and period-correct competition cars competed.
  • Nissan, and its US predecessor Datsun, was celebrated throughout the event, as the brand became the first Japanese manufacturer to be honored at the Reunion.
  • Since 2001, Rolex has partnered in this cornerstone event during Monterey Car Week, united by values of tradition and innovation that have shaped the watchmaking and automotive worlds.
  • During Picnic in the Paddock, legends of the sport, Sir Jackie Stewart, fellow Rolex Testimonee Tom Kristensen and FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Mika Häkkinen, recounted motoring anecdotes that will live long in the memories of those who attended.
  • Rolex Testimonee Sir Jackie Stewart first competed at Laguna Seca in 1965 and this year celebrates a 50-year partnership with the Swiss watch brand. The Scottish legend said: “It is an honor to witness these incredible motor racing cars compete as they were built to; from the early 20th Century right the way through to the 1990s, they truly tell the story of the heritage and evolution in our sport. The highest standards of precision and engineering on show link Rolex and the Reunion, while underlining Rolex’s commitment to motor sport globally.”
  • Nissan’s long-term involvement in motor sport was exhibited, from the 1971 Datsun 510, to the Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo – the 1994 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA winner – and the 2019 Formula E Nissan racing car.
  • Notable Nissan drivers and team owners were present, including John Morton, Peter Brock and Steve Millen, along with comedian Adam Carolla who drove his 300ZX Turbo formerly owned by Paul Newman.
  • Meanwhile, legendary chassis from Lotus, Lola, McLaren, AAR and Surtees formed part of the 50th anniversary of Formula 5000.

Hello Kitty Wines

Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty, announces the expansion of their popular Hello Kitty Wines portfolio.The highly sought-after wine collection now includes two new varietals, and the complete line-up is widely distributed across more grocery stores and retailers in the U.S. market. The wines are also available online at hellokittywines.com and can be shipped to 45 states across the country.

Debuting this Summer are new varietals of Hello Kitty Prosecco and Hello Kitty Pinot Grigio, joining the exclusive range of Sanrio’s wines, now totaling seven different varieties. The complete wine portfolio includes an award-winning Pinot Noir (recipient of the prestigious Vinitaly 5 Star Wines award in 2017 and rated 90 points by James Suckling), a “Sweet Pink” blend, Sparkling Rosé, Pinot Nero Vinified in White, as well as a special edition Sparkling Rosé with limited edition packaging. The timely Summer release of the new Prosecco and Pinot Grigio gives adult fans a reason to enjoy light and refreshing wines with Hello Kitty all season long.

The distribution of Hello Kitty Wines currently includes grocery chains and specialty wine retailers across the country. Supermarkets include Albertsons, Pavilions and Vons locations in California, Safeway in California and Hawaii, as well as Japanese specialty markets Mitsuwa Marketplace, Marukai and Nijiya Market. All Whole Foods locations in Oregon will begin to carry Hello Kitty Wines as of early October 2018.

Among the specialty retail locations selling Hello Kitty Wine are BevMo, Total Wine & More in California and Nevada, Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods in Texas, plus hundreds of independent wine stores around the country.

Fans can stay up-to-date on where they can find Hello Kitty Wine in their local area by visiting hellokittywines.com.

About Sanrio®
Sanrio is the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, who is gearing up for her 45th Anniversary in 2019. Home to many endearing characters including Chococat® My Melody®, Badtz-Maru® and Keroppi®, Sanrio was founded on the ‘small gift, big smile®’ philosophy – that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. Since 1960, this philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of unique products and experiences. Today, more than 50,000 Hello Kitty-branded items are available in over 130 countries and upwards of 15,000 U.S. retail locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 35 Sanrio boutiques. For more information please visit www.sanrio.com and www.facebook.com/hellokitty.

5 Seconds of Summer Premiere of “YOUNGBLOOD” Video

Open up your YouTube app because the heartthrob boy band 5 Seconds of Summer just released their video for new song Youngblood.

The track has a relentless thumping rhythm where the members are shown to switch from a delicate verses to a booming chorus that will have you singing at the top of your lungs. Their new song is a mixture between pop and EDM–getting the best of both worlds.

Their new album is out now on Capitol Records. The video, directed by Frank Borin, was filmed in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Tokyo. Check out this masterpiece of a video right here.

Not only do the band members find Japan aesthetically pleasing, but it has a much deeper meaning to them spiritually:

“There are many wonderful, interesting, and captivating subcultures all over the world. In every corner of this earth there are groups of inventors, visionaries, thrill seekers, and boundary pushers…The Japanese Rockabilly culture is that of a renaissance and a beautiful flare of passion for everything old and new and that makes this particular subculture so interesting and amazing to us. We hope you enjoy this video. Thank you for allowing us to be explorative with the concepts we choose to visually express our songs to you. Thank you to everyone that brought this video to life,” says the band’s vocal artist and drummer, Ashton Irwin.

Along with Irwin, the video’s director, Borin, shares:

“About 10 years ago I was shooting in Tokyo and was walking through Yoyogi park when I came upon this huge group of Japanese rockabilly guys and girls. Every Sunday, they were dressed to the nines in full rockabilly gear, doing their hair out in public, taping up their decades old boots, and dancing the day away to 50’s music blasting on their boombox. Flash forward to 10 years later, 5SOS was releasing Youngblood and the band and I were collaborating on another video together. The band were really into the ideas of highlighting the rockabilly crew and we hung out with them for a couple days. They took us around Tokyo and gave us a peak into their world which really lent itself to the spirit of the song and ultimately became the video.”

You can order tickets for 5SOS’s Meet You There Tour here as they are on sale now at LiveNation.com. It will be a 25-city North American headline outing that launches August 27 in Toronto, ON. The full itinerary can be found here.

Already, Youngblood is recorded to have debuted as No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. What’s cooler is that 5SOS is now the only band in chart history to see its first three-length studio albums enter the chart at No. 1.

 

A Sinful Meal at Yauatcha

Some meals are sinful. Their decadence almost ensures your glutinous damnation. Each minuscule morsel is ravenously devoured with the same lustful rapture say a night of carnal pleasure on a secluded, moonlit beach delivers. It’s wrong, but desire overcomes your senses and you lose your sense of time, space, and all forms of manners in polite company. That’s what Yauatcha delivers a damning dining experience that’s worth turning over your soul to the devil.

Yauatcha is the creation of Alan Yau, a London-based restauranteur who’s most notable restaurant Hakkasan, has transformed over the years from a Michelin-starred restaurant in London’s chic West End, to a full-blown empire that now includes one of the hottest night clubs in all of Sin City. Yauatcha, however, represents a return to Yau’s roots and heritage and does so with the same exacting nature and attention to detail as his other endeavors. Primarily a Dim Sum restaurant, Yauatcha in Waikiki could perhaps give Yau his next Michelin Star; at least that’s what my taste buds tell me.

As a child, my first experience with dim sum came by way of my extended family. Their recipes were one of my fondest childhood memories and what I looked forward to devouring every time we visited. Chief among those recipes I yearned for was one for Char Siu Bao, a sticky, squishy, sumptuous rice flour dumpling filled with BBQ pork. I could pontificate on this humble little bun for days, but suffice it to say, I judge Dim Sum on their Char Siu Bao. Yauatcha’s did not disappoint.

The three Char Siu Bao buns were like clouds. These little balls of heaven dissolved in my mouth as if they were made of cotton candy. And the BBQ pork is buttery and savory and absolutely mouth-wateringly splendid. I’ve had oodles of Bao before, and as I mentioned earlier, I grew up eating them. These, these perfectly white little bubbles of sweet, sweet pork are on another level. Sorry, Grandma Amy.

Up next were Yauatcha’s venison puffs. As with all of the restaurant’s servings, they can be shared, although take a bite of any offering and you may wish you had come alone. The venison puffs are a new take on other traditional dim sum, but elevated to a level of refinement I scarcely believe can be pulled off day after day. They’re smoky bite-sized pieces of heaven. The crust is flakier than your mother’s, or grandmothers, lard-baked apple pie. It’s as buttery too. Yauatcha uses clarified butter throughout the cooking process, including in the pastry dough. The chef meticulously applies the butter to the crust layer after layer, letting each seal the smoky meat underneath in a pristine eggshell-like capsule. Cracked open and the meat still steams. We ordered two plates of the venison puffs as there wasn’t enough.

Our waiter Joey, who had been lovely throughout the night, suggested we then try two other dishes, the Jasmine Tea Ribs as well as the Prawn and Crispy Bean Curd. We nodded incessantly to both suggestions; our mouth’s salivating after the beautifully scrumptious dishes prior.

A quick aside, Yauatcha’s wait staff is knowledgeable and passionate about the food. They know how each dish is constructed and how fresh the ingredients are, all of which are practically still mooing, growing, or photosynthesizing. Yauatcha’s staff is exactly how restaurants want their staff to behave and every damn restauranteur needs to take notice of Yauatcha, their execution is perfection distilled.

As for Joey’s suggestions, they couldn’t be any more spot on. The first out were the Jasmine Tea Ribs. AS they come in a half-rack, Joey split up the ribs at the table so as none of the important juices left the plate. However, he could’ve blown on the ribs and they would’ve split, as calling them fall-off-the-bone wouldn’t do these ribs justice. Imagine the finest, most indulgent Swiss chocolate as it melts in your mouth. That’s almost the same texture of the Jasmine Tea Ribs. They almost liquefy, leaving nothing but a spring-cleaning devoured bone that you’ll suck on like a lollipop due to the jasmine smoke permeating the bones themselves. Yauatcha additionally coats the ribs in a sweet, slightly smoky sauce that’ll have you asking where you can buy a bottle of it. Sadly, you can’t.

With my first healthy bite of the Prawn and Crispy Bean Curd, I uttered “Holy Moses!” After hearing my exaltation from across the quiet and reserved room, Joey came over, looked at my face, which surely made my emotions well-known, and told me it was his favorite dish on the menu. I’m not sure how to even describe the dish itself outside of writing how I think my grunts, groans, and moans are spelled. There’s a soft, luscious texture of this dish that makes you think you’re actually eating something much more high-class, something more similar to caviar or a truffled steak. The prawns are crispy, yet the overall texture is soft. The flavors are both bold, yet demure. No ingredient overpowers the others. They brought us eight pieces, I wish it was twelve.

We additionally paired our meal with a 12 year old sake that came in an ingenious glass that featured an ice recess on the outside of the bottle ensuring that the sake was perfectly chilled and water-free, and a glorious Japanese take on a Moscow mule—Virginia Black whiskey, ginger, cardamom, vanilla, lemongrass, lemon and ginger beer. They were everything we could’ve asked for.

Yauatcha’s lineage traces back to Yau’s flagship restaurant in London, where the Yau earned a Michelin star. You might think that some of the first restaurant’s greatness would get lost in transit across the Atlantic, but you’d be dead wrong. Yauatcha in Waikiki deserves every ounce of praise as the flagship location in the West End. Between the lovely wait staff and the knowledge that they bring, and the food they prepare with all the delicacy, precision, and care of a brain surgeon, you’ll have one of the best meals in your life. I know I did.

Veteran US Diplomat Fears for Missing & Displaced Immigrant Children

Former U.S. Ambassador of Senegal Harriet L. Elam-Thomas, who currently sits on the advisory board of the University of Central Florida‘s The Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery program, is concerned about the welfare of approximately 1,500 missing immigrant children, as well as the most recent group separated from their parents at the border.
As someone who has personally witnessed human trafficking, I know how crucial it is for us to police the police, says Elam-Thomas. What is the vetting process for those responsible for these children? Who is accountable for keeping track of them? There needs to be a thorough investigation into their safety, and the loopholes that make children vulnerable in a foreign country with no parent to protect them.
A Career Minister, with 42 years in the U.S. Department of Americas Foreign Service serving in France, Turkey, Greece and Africa, the former Ambassador is heartbroken by the inhumane treatment of immigrant families seeking asylum.
My heart is heavy, my soul is troubled and my faith in my country is being tested each and every day. Where is our conscience? Where is our sense of justice? Where are our morals? Where are we?
Historically, America has a different approach to non-Western or Eastern European refugees or laborers attempting to immigrate to the U.S. The Polish, Irish, Lithuanians, and other white immigrants had the privilege to acquire ambiguous last names and assimilate into society. Black, brown and yellow people cannot hide or become invisible.
Despite our frequent condemnations of other nations human rights violations, our history of human rights violations is not one for which we can be proud. A country that was founded on slavery, racism and unequal treatment of others is repeating the ugly history we would like to forget. I still remember images of children torn from their mothers’ arms and sold at the slave markets. The new Smithsonian Museum – The National Museum of African American History and Culture begins with that sobering history. Scores of people of all races visit there on a daily basis (8,000 per day). Sadly, our current Administration continues to be insensitive to the suffering of innocent children. I doubt the toddlers,orthose young teenagers seeking asylum with their parents, are members of M-13.
From 1942-1945, the U.S. Government instituted laws to intern Japanese citizens after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese internment camps have come to be considered one of the most atrocious violations of American civil rights in the 20th century.
Until the presidents recent executive order, America was guilty, yet again, of manifesting the total opposite of the values that supposedly sets America apart from so many other governments. I cannot imagine being abroad and trying to explain the U.S. Government policy to foreign audiences this past month, or year.
Silence is consent. The unanimous outrage of so many citizens sparked change. We all must continue to use our voices and speak out against the atrocities happening on American soil.
Ambassador Harriet L. Elam-Thomas is Director of the University of Central Florida Diplomacy Program and author ofDiversifying Diplomacy: My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar.” Elam-Thomas’ stellar career with the U.S. Department of America’s Foreign Service spanned forty-two years, during which time President Bill Clinton appointed her to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal
The retired Ambassador will be in New York City from
June 25-July 2, 2018, to launch an initiative titled,
“CIVILITY STRATEGIES: HEALING APPROACHES THAT UNITE PEOPLE AND STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY.

PARTY AND SUSHI

by Vaughn Lowery

Vincent Myrha and his team over at Party & Sushi are phenomenal. They purchase fresh fish daily from the market early in the morning and effortlessly prepare it right in front of you, fabricating a top notch sushi restaurant atmosphere. We experienced so much merriment as they made-to-order all types of rolls, sashimi, vegetable as well as shrimp tempura (w/ small portable fryer). Everyone at our editorial photo shoot was impressed, including the featured celebrity. And on top of that, Vincent and his team are extremely gifted and entertaining. An excellent idea for house parties, trunk shows and receptions.

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HAYLEY KIYOKO x FUSE

Hayley Kiyoko premiered yesteday on Fuse, FM and the Fuse social and digital platforms. An unapologetic artist who doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind, singer-songwriter-actress Kiyoko made a ton of buzz with her recent debut release Expectations and her rise to pop stardom continues to climb. For four weeks, Fuse and FM will run her electrifying music video and go-to anthem “Curious,” as well as exclusive interviews and content featuring Kiyoko.

 

Up first is a new episode of Rant and Rave, which premiered yesterday on the Fuse YouTube channel as part of the Fuse First coverage. Hilariously going off and dropping the F-bomb, Kiyoko lets us in what makes her rant and rave and shares her hope for a progressive day where America will have an all-women cast on tv series The Bachelor. Kiyoko has dreams of being a bachelorette on the show with twenty-six women to choose from. Watch the Aries queen share her thoughts on equal pay, Coachella, online dating and more. 

 

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My heart beat with anticipation as the plane broke through the clouds as we approached Narita International Airport. The 22nd stop on my international checklist couldn’t have looked more picturesque from this view. Upon arrival, I advanced to customs where I was corralled through a maze-like queue I would liken to the old school snake game. Shortly after, I approached an automated kiosk attended by a customs official, who surprised at my stature jokingly remarked that the machine was made for Asians. Passport in hand, I stepped up to the counter at the final checkpoint and receive my stamp to enter Japan. With a quick smile and gesture to pass the attendant said “Arigatou! Welcome to Tokyo!”

My first morning in Tokyo started like any other. I woke up early, ready to seize the day. I lifted the curtain and popped out of my sleeping quarters to head for the showers. At 9 hours, an ultra-modern take on the traditional Japanese capsule hotel, living out of a locker for 4 nights somehow felt super trendy and posh. Exceptionally clean facilities, private bathrooms and showers and a super sleek, minimalist design explained the “Fabulous” rating on my booking website. As always, I strove to tour like a local, having accommodations that were authentically Japanese was paramount.

When exiting my hotel in Shinjuku I was quickly swept into the cadence of the crowd outside. The city has a true rhythm, a viable beat that you either get on or awkwardly exist outside of. Luckily my cultural metronome was in tune and I set out ready to embrace my week as a Tokyoite. Here’s the TEA on Tokyo.

Tour

Among the many quirky shops and unconventional things to pursue in the city, there are the famous cat cafes. They’re literally all over Tokyo and are just what they seem to be. I dropped into Calico Cat cafe in Shinjuku. I spent some quality time with my feline friends while enjoying a traditional Japanese milk tea with boba. At 1000 yen per hour it’s a welcome escape from the bustle of the city that won’t break the bank.
A visit to the tallest tower in the world will give you vertigo if nothing else. The Tokyo Skytree, standing at 350 meters, gives one incredible view of the city while providing equally heightening entertainment and shopping. The attraction starts with a massive shopping mall, chock full of retail and restaurants, (Tokyo Skytree town) to engorge the senses before leading to the attraction. After purchasing my ticket at the will call, I was ushered into a massive elevator that ascends the height of the tower in under a minute (your ears will pop). The top platform features a cinema, photo booth and of course the resident gift shop; however the real treat is the view. At night the metropolis is an endless sea of light rippling in all directions. For the more courageous, there is a portion of the floor that has a glass bottom. Don’t look down!

Eat
One of my favorite Japanese snacks and the ultimate street food in Japan, is takoyaki. The ball of dough is filled with grilled octopus and is fried to a crisp golden brown on the outside, leaving the inside a nice gooey consistency. Topped with a sweet soy sauce, mayo and bonito (fish) flakes, this makes the perfect snack if you’re in a hurry. It’s sold practically everywhere (convenience stores, street vendors, restaurants) however the perfect stop for me was Gindaco Takoyaki. A causal chain found all over Tokyo. Here they specialize in the treat and make them to order with a number of toppings and flavors. I stumbled upon the location in Kabukicho and spent a moment enjoying a Japanese highball (beer infused with liquor) while watching the busy square outside.

A trip to Tokyo without sushi? Unheard of. Although a novelty in the states, conveyor belt sushi restaurants are definitely worth a visit in Tokyo. I dined at Smart Sushi at the Shinjuku JR station and had a phenomenal experience. Have your pick of fresh sushi as it goes round on the belt or select made to order hot and cold dishes (and sake of course) from the tablet at your seat. I couldn’t help but think about the efficiency of the whole experience. Is this the future of dining?
Adventure
From Shinjuku Station I took the Keiko Highway bus towards the Fuji Five Lakes region and Kawaguchiko. The two hour ride is quite scenic, taking you west of Tokyo. It’s just the right distance for a perfect day trip. Buses are outfitted with WiFi and in-seat power outlets making for a comfy ride. As I left the city behind, I traded the tall compact skyscrapers of Tokyo for wide open spaces and countryside homes. On approaching to the final bus stop, the topography changed significantly as the mountains jut out before you and the winding roads lead into the small town before Fujikawaguchiko.

The snow capped peak of Mt. Fuji commands the skyline above Kawaguchiko Station, which is the closest one can get to Japan’s majestic active volcano during the off season. The terrain is only safe for driving and climbing during July/August; however the view from here is unparalleled on a clear day. The station was packed with tourists and locals alike, perusing the shops and attached cafe; while the train yard is full of photographers admiring the vintage trains and snapping away at Fuji-san. I ventured across the street to a very unassuming traditional Japanese restaurant, which is aptly named as such. While enjoying a fantastic Katsudon, I gazed out the window at the beauty that is Japan’s tallest mountain.
As I boarded the Narita Express train from Shinjuku, I longed for so many of the other fascinating experiences one can enjoy in the land of the rising sun. I assured myself that four nights in Tokyo could not have been better spent. The T, E and A of my trip made for some lasting memories and affirmed my return trip to Japan in the near future. Until the next chapter…
Arigatō gozaimasu!
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