The Grill & The Pool

The Grill & The Pool, seemingly nondescript spaces from their names, belie a storied history and a great reinvention. Housed in NYC’s famed (and shuttered) Four Seasons restaurant with its landmarked interior status, the Major Food Group, run by chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone and their partner, Jeff Zalaznick, have taken the NY culinary scene by storm in the last eight years with a whole host of restaurants from Carbone to Parm to Santina to Sadelle’s. Now they’ve turned their attention to taking over the historic space and creating two distinct restaurants: The Grill, which was hailed with a rave three star review from the NY Times for its impeccably executed Continental menu and throwback service; and The Pool, which will focus on seafood in the room that fittingly has the marble pool as its centerpiece. The whole experience evokes another era and the music just as the décor should help transport its guests to a time when martinis were regularly sipped at noon and sumptuous and elegant dining was in vogue. So, dig into that succulent guinea hen with black truffles while you listen to the strains of the following: Nina Simone’s “Work Song,” Mel Tormé’s “Comin’ Home Baby,” Irma Thomas’ “Ruler of My Heart,” Pauline Croze’s “Samba Saravah,” and Stan Getz’s “So Danco Samba.”

 

The Surf Lodge

The Surf Lodge was originally built in 1967 in Montauk, the farthest point of Long Island, NY.  Montauk has always had a more bohemian, fisherman’s vibe than its Hampton cousins and The Surf Lodge definitely projects that sensibility. The rooms have been modernized and have a suitable beachy feel with whitewashed walls, hammocks, bleached floors and private sundecks and water views.  They put on a free weekly concert series in the summer season on the deck with DJs and artists coming through like St. Lucia, The Lemon Twigs, and Bob Moses.  With music a main part of The Surf Lodge’s DNA, getting the right mix going was key.  You can find the likes of The Drums’ “Heart Basel,” Dan Auerbach’s “Shine On Me,” Parcels’ “Overnight,” Twinsmith’s “Boji,” and Lion Babe’s “Hit The Ceiling” playing as you take in the views.

Norman

The brainchild of Nordic culinary entrepreneurs, Claus Meyer and Frederik Berselius, and helmed by Chef Andrew Whitcomb, Norman is an all-day café, bar, and bakery that offers creative and healthy dishes with a Scandinavian twist.  Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in the midst of the warehouse design store/exhibition space, A/D/O, it’s all open plan with communal tables and an earthy yet modern feel.  So, whether you’re stopping by to sip coffee or have a meal or drink at any time of day, you’re likely to catch the following tracks playing overhead: Alma “Chasing Highs,” Blond Ambition “Stupid Boy-Girl,” Blasko “Another Love,” Joe Goddard “Music Is the Answer,” and Kwaye “Cool Kids.”

Freehand – Los Angeles

With hotel properties popping up around the country, Freehand made its LA debut this summer.  Located Downtown in the former Commercial Exchange building, the lobby is striking in its newly revamped take on art deco with a touch of the American Southwest thrown in. The LA location builds upon the hostel-style hotel in Miami with a slew of shared rooms that are well appointed and reasonably priced along with private suites and rooms all decked out with textiles and art by local artists.  If you grab drink at the rooftop bar or hang out in the lobby you’ll be greeted by the following sampling of music: Nick Waterhouse “High Tiding,” Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators “Bad Viberations,” Shintaro Sakamoto “Let’s Dance Raw,” Grace Jones “Feel Up,” and Mark Ronson “Heavy and Rolling.”

Felix Trattoria

A new Italian restaurant in Los Angeles in the midst of Venice’s main hub – Abbot Kinney –offers up ingredients that are farm fresh with a regional and seasonal Italian focus.  This is the brainchild of Janet Zuccarini, the owner of inventive restaurant group, Gusto 54, and chef Evan Funke who studied under the tutelage of Alessandra Spinsi in Bologna, Italy.  Pastas are handmade and labored over lovingly and the hospitality is all warmth at this spot.  You’ll hear a mix of hip hop, R&B, soul and classic rock as you make your way through your meal with the following artists playing: Anderson .Paak “Come Down,” Kingswood “Golden,” “Minke “Gold Angel,” Lady Wray “Smiling,” and Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up.”

Plymouth Miami

The Plymouth Miami is situated right in the heart of South Beach’s Museum Historic District and is a stone’s throw away from the beach, making it perfectly suited to both cultural and leisure activities.  The architecture is Art Moderne and the room renovations combine luxurious amenities with a personal touch.  Luckily, Blue Ribbon Sushi is the main restaurant onsite meaning that you don’t have to go far for a top-notch meal.  Lounge poolside in a cabana or take a breather in the lobby as the following mix of music plays overhead: Yuna’s “Crush,” BJ the Chicago Kid’s “Turnin’ Me Up,” Kehlani’s “Keep On,” Céu’s “A Nave Vai,” and Natalia LaFourcade’s “Tú Sí Sabes Quererme.”

Catalyst International Women’s Day Awards Conference and Dinner

Redefining leadership is the theme of Catalyst’s Awards Conference and we couldn’t agree more with this central tenet and what the organization does as a whole. On a daily basis, Catalyst is working to promote gender equality by focusing on progress for women in the workplace through consulting, executive training sessions, workshops and other invaluable services. The fact that their conference is on International Women’s Day makes their message resonate even more and we’re thrilled to be involved in any way that we can by creating a playlist that complements the day’s schedule and the overall inspiring tone of the event.

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Eataly

Walk into an Eataly in New York, Boston or Chicago and the first impression you will have will be the grand scale of it all. This year marks the 10th anniversary when Italian businessman Oscar Farinetti opened the first Eataly in a former factory in Turin; the first location in the States followed in 2010 under Mario Batali’s tutelage to much acclaim. The stores are structured like markets with every kind of Italian delicacy and ingredient imaginable. You have towering rooms filled with foccacia, fresh pasta, biscotti, meats, olive oils and produce. You have gelato bars and restaurants such as Osteria Valentino, Il Pesce, Le Verdure nestled in the midst of the action at each location that specialize in pizzas or seafood or offer vegetarian fare. It is easy to get lost in the aisles as you ogle all the delicious looking options and hear the accompanying soundtrack with tracks like Ann Peebles’ “Love Played A Game,” Elvis Costello & The Attractions “Every Day I Write The Book,” Electric Guest’s “Back For Me,” Warpaint’s “New Song,” and Charles Bradley’s “Things We Do For Love.”