Row, Row, Row, Your Body Into Shape

July 18, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas and Elyse Tirrell

In our continued search for the hottest and best workouts in New York City, a few weeks ago we signed up for a class at CityRow in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan. A fifty-minute rowing class? We were intrigued and a bit scared, quite frankly.

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Burn Baby Burn...Calories, That Is!

June 13, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

Rolling Stone magazine named it the "hot" exercise of 1993 and indoor cycling has maintained its status as one of the most popular group classes at fitness clubs all around the world. I, personally, have been taking Spin classes since 1994 (ummm, I started when I was 10, I swear) when it arrived at my local Equinox in NYC. From the moment I adjusted my seat and handle bars and started pedaling, I was immediately addicted!. Fast forward 21 years, and indoor cycling continues to be more popular than ever and is still a big part of my workout routine (I take classes 3 to 4 times a week.) I am happy to say, it still challenges me and keeps me fit and I love it just as much today as I did the first time I tried it!

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Yo, Title Boxing Club!

May 4, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

Have you seen many out of shape boxers? I haven’t. So, a few weeks ago, I, along with my colleague and fellow B-Teamer, Elyse, headed over to Title Boxing Club located in Hell’s Kitchen to take a boxing class and what we got.well,.pardon the pun…was one Hell of a workout!

Of all sports, boxing is one of the most physically demanding. It requires a blend of power, speed, balance and focus combined with excellent overall conditioning that results in a body that is lean and sculpted. .

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I believe I can FLY...Barre

April 14, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas and Elyse Tirrell

A few weeks ago, we decided to give FlyBarre a try. We arrived at FlyBarre’s Flatiron location on 21st Street in Manhattan dressed in our workout clothes and ready for the challenge… Or were we?

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A Passover Dessert Different from All Others

March 30, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

Most of us are lucky if we have one set of parents that love us unconditionally. I am fortunate to have two: my biological parents, Rose and George Banyas, and my surrogate parents, Barry and Sheryl Zukofsky. Rose and George are Christian, so with them I celebrate Christmas and Easter. Barry and Sheryl are Jewish, and with them I celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah and Passover. In other words, my year is filled with great food and very special family gatherings. I am very lucky indeed!

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Get Fit While You Sit!

March 5, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

I am in love, some may even say obsessed, with a chair. Yes, a chair. However, you won’t find this particular chair at your local furniture store or online at Pottery Barn. This chair wasn’t designed for kicking back and relaxing – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. This chair was created to tone and strengthen almost every muscle in your body, and enhance posture and balance too!

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In Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Heaven at Mast Brothers

February 13, 2015 | Posted by The B-Team

Here's what we knew about Mast Brothers before visiting their Brooklyn headquarters: their bean-to-bar chocolate tasted great, their packaging was the slickest in town, and they had beards.

Here's what we know after spending an afternoon watching them roast and winnow cocoa beans, grind them into chocolate, brew the nibs in a siphon to make chocolate tea, and be generally obsessed with all things cacao: these guys are changing the chocolate game -- and the revolution is delicious.

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New York's Finest (Gifts, That Is)

December 5, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

There are gorgeous artisan and handmade products coming out of every city in the good ol' USA...but we decided to play favorites this year and feature gift picks from our home state, the one and only New York! There's something for everyone on our list below, which highlights beautiful, small-batch products from across the state. Happy gifting!

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Apples, Bar Americain-Style

November 24, 2014 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell

Before I was lucky enough to work out of Bobby’s office with my fellow B-Teamers, I was running the front door at his restaurant, Bar Americain, on West 52nd Street in New York City. I got to know the food really well, and of course had MANY favorite items on the Amercain brasserie-style menu. I often go back to eat those perfect mussels in a green chile broth (and will always order extra bread just for dipping), and the crab coconut cocktail. YUM! But I digress…Today I need to tell you about an incredible Bar Americain salad whose recipe I “stole” to contribute to my family Thanksgiving dinner last year.

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The True Spirit of Thanksgiving

November 16, 2014 | Posted by Sally Jackson

Thanksgiving: we talk a lot of turkey (or not), but it’s not just about the food. Thanksgiving is about showing gratitude for our good fortune -- and while one way to do that may be over a feast with our family, another is by extending a hand to those who may be less fortunate than we. Why not then take some time this holiday season to express our thanks by volunteering and spreading goodwill?

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Harlem's Tortilla Headquarters: Hot Bread Kitchen

October 24, 2014 | Posted by The B-Team

You could call Harlem's Hot Bread Kitchen the United Nations of Bread. The bakery and incubator of women-run food businesses produces 35 types of bread, from za'atar flatbread and challah to dense German rye and Moroccan m’smen. We visited its East Harlem headquarters early one morning with one particular product in our sights: freshly made corn tortillas. (It is Taco Month, after all.)

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Fitwalker - Not Your Run-Of-The-Mill Workout

July 28, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas and Elyse Tirrell

Is there anything more boring than walking or running on a treadmill…or as we like to refer to it..the dreadmill! Endless hours of staring at a wall or worse..staring at yourself in a mirror while you listen to your favorite playlist for the hundredth time! We have found a new class that takes your basic gym treadmill and gives it an Extreme Makeover.. Say hello to Fitwalker!

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Walk Tracker, My Digital Coach

July 10, 2014 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell

As a New Yorker, my main form of transportation is often my own two feet! Health and fitness are important to me, so I love that I live in a city where getting around is also a way to help me stay fit. There's a great mobile app that I use regularly to keep track of all my city walking and my workouts too.

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Shake Shack: A Little Place Where We Can Get Together

June 28, 2014 | Posted by The B-Team

While San Francisco may be In-N-Out obsessed, New York City is Shack (not Shaq) obsessed. The Shake Shack is a modern day 'roadside' burger stand serving delicious burgers, fries and frozen custard and come rain or come shine New Yorker's (who hate to wait for anything) wait in line for hours to get their burger fix.

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June 24, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas and Elyse Tirrell

In order to eat as many burgers as we want during burger month on, we really have to pump up our workout last week we headed over to The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers to check out the ViPR/TRX Fusion class. We are so glad we did..not just because we can eat more Crunch Burgers but because it is an amazing workout that you will definitely want to check out!!

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Uber Saves the Day

June 20, 2014 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell

As Bobby’s personal assistant, I’m often on the go! Uber is an app that’s proven to be an easy, fast, and convenient way to get me where I need to be… and quickly.

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Citymeals on-Wheels 29th Annual Chefs' Tribute

June 11, 2014 | Posted by Bobby Flay

My fellow chefs and I came together for Summer by the Sea: The 29th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals-on-Wheels on Monday June 9 under the stars at Rockefeller Center in NYC..

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ABC Kitchen: A Stop in Our Vegetable Quest

May 27, 2014 | Posted by The B-Team

Bobby recently sent us to ABC Kitchen – it’s a place he loves and he wanted us to try some of the vegetable dishes there (it's vegetable month here on, you know).

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On the Menu at GATO

May 14, 2014 | Posted by Bobby Flay

Since May is Vegetable Month on, and I'm in the GATO kitchen every single night, why not highlight a few more vegetarian-friendly dishes available on our Mediterranean-inspired menu.

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We Love Citi Bike

May 12, 2014 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell

Whether you are a New Yorker, or even just visiting, Citi Bike is something you should absolutely try. Not only is it an adventurous way to explore the city, it’s also a fantastic way to sneak exercise into your day.

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