We recently met with father & son team Dr. Steve Okrahvi and Michael Okrahvi, at Emergency Medical Care also known as EMC.
EMC provides efficient urgent care to neighbors in Tribeca, Battery Park City, and Hell’s Kitchen, 24 hours a day. The best part about EMC is the short wait. You’re guaranteed to see a doctor in 15 minutes. Compare that to the average 4-hour wait in the emergency room.
We have the same resources as an ER. We take care of all emergencies.
But while speed and efficiency is a definitive benefit, equally noteworthy is Dr. Okhravi’s approach to healthcare as it relates to his neighborhood, Tribeca.
The mission is to provide quality care you can trust. This is not about becoming a mega-center. This is for the neighborhood.
Dr. Steve Okrahvi
We’re excited to partner with EMC and help spread the word about their services to the neighborhood. As a local family-run business who truly cares about providing qualified and compassionate care to neighbors, we highly recommend them!
In the coming weeks, we’ll be releasing short video clips of our conversation with EMC. We hope you check back regularly to learn more about them. And if you’d like to participate in our discussion with EMC just use Twitter #ERAlternative. You could also email me at email@example.com - I would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas!
Our recent event on Saturday, May 4th at the Washington Jefferson Hotel was a celebration of moms and all that they do for us. Our afternoon was filled with great conversation, petit fours, and some pampering.
Stephanie Dua, founder & CEO of Homer graced us with her presence as moderator. Homer is a handcrafted early learning experience focused on building literacy for 3 to 9 year olds through a beautiful cutting-edge app for iPad. Stay tuned for their release in the coming weeks!
Our discussion focused on how moms raise their family while still pursuing their professional aspirations. As Pam Kirkbride from Triple Threat Mommy put it:
The question of the century is: How do you do it all and not feel guilty?
One of our featured moms, Debbie Silverstein, General Manager of the Washington Jefferson Hotel, had a great response.
You have to define what your ‘all’ is and it has to be realistic.
A couple of other interesting comments on guilt. We love that the conversation was happening online too!
So what’s the the takeaway? From a banging mom, who’s raising a gentleman, taking the MCATs and living a full NYC life:
So in a nutshell, moms do it all. That’s no secret. But while moms readily gave their opinion on how they manage everything & multi-task, the hardest question was surprisingly:
If you could have 15 minutes of alone time each day - what would you do?
The room fell silent. The reality is, moms are so busy running around and taking care of business, they seldom have a minute to themselves, let alone 15! One mom joked that she would just breathe!
Needless to say, it was a real pleasure for us to pamper moms for a few minutes with a manicure, facial, and of course some champagne!
But why stop there? Let’s continue the celebration because every mom deserves some pampering. So we’re very excited to say that we will be giving away one night to the Washington Jefferson Hotel!
We’re all about connecting people with recommendations from their friends and other locals. Because it’s the recommendation from people you trust that matter most. You would never hire your babysitter or nanny from Craig’s List - but you would ask another mom, a neighbor, or a friend for a recommendation. The point is:
It takes a village to raise a child. Recommend the people and businesses you trust on Romio for a chance to win a free night at the WJ Hotel!
Lastly, we want to give a BIG THANK YOU to the following local businesses who were a part of our event. We hope you enjoyed the services, treats, and little gifts and recommend them on Romio so others can find them too!
Milk Sugar Love Thank you for the delicious pastries! Just listing every thing you served makes our mouth water, but here it goes anyway!
mini red velvet cupcakes mini chocolate raspberry cupcakes salted caramel macarons dark chocolate and elderflower ganache chocolates lemon meringue tarts
Our giftbag contributors:
S.W. Basics. They’re like a skincare bakery! We hope everyone enjoys the exfoliant! It’s all natural with organic oat flour, organic almond flour, and sea salt. Please recommend them on Romio!
Essence of Vali specializes in creating all natural products that promote health & well-being. I’m sure moms will love the peaceful sleep they fall into after using the soothing mist & oil
Little Duck Organics creates Happy Snacks that are 100% Organic, Kosher, Gluten-Free & Non-GMO verified. Kids love them!
Chelsea Piers. If you haven’t been to Chelsea Piers, we highly recommend it! Just use the Multi-Sport Passport they contributed to our giftbag and check out their facility with your little ones - for free! The passport gives you access to
Day pass to Health Club & Sports Center
Toddler Adventure Center
Thank you again to everyone who attended and participated in our event! We hope your Mother’s Day was filled with love, laugher, and no laundry!
For New York Burger Week, we were invited by our local burger expert, Burger Conquest, to attend the off-menu burger bash at Park Slope’s 67 Burger this past Sunday. It was $45 for two people and included 4 different off-menu burger creations from Chef Jeff Maslanka, an order of fries, and 2 draft beers from Empire Brewing Company (brewed locally in Brooklyn!). We were absolutely stuffed to say the least, but our bellies were happier than ever from the all the delicious burgers!
(67 Burger is located at 234 Flatbush Avenue by the Barclays Center)
When we arrived around noon, we were immediately greeted by a batch of delicious fries and a beer of our choice from Empire Brewing Company. When we saw who was serving us our drinks, we immediately recognized it was none other than McKenzie Mahoney of MMM Guide!
(From L-R: Empire Brewing Company Rep, Burger Conquest, Chef Jeff Maslanka)
The Burger Menu consisted of these four juicy burgers:
The Down Under Aussie Burger: Fire roasted and Pickled Beet Root, Pineapple Rings charred on an open fire, Malaysian spicy Pork Jerky, French Fries & a sunny side up Egg
The Chili Relleno Burger: Melty Jack Cheese, grilled Tomato Red Sauce, Poblano Chili dipped in a light Egg Batter and fried to a crisp!
The Pastrami Burger: Homemade Pastrami Spice crusted burger with Sauerkraut & Deli Mustard on a Pretzel Bun
Hippy Forager Burger: Beef Patty topped with a melange of wild mushrooms, spring onions, truffled tomato sauce & smoked gouda cheese sauce
Below are two of our favorites from the menu (for pictures of all the burgers, click here):
(Hippy Forager Burger)
(The Down Under Aussie Burger. Just look at how amazing this is mmm)
The event lasted for roughly 2 hours and towards the end we were asked to vote on our favorite burger. The winning burger was the Hippy Forager Burger and it is now the official 67 Burger for National Hamburger Month. We can’t wait to go back and try it again!
Off the top, what are three things you would easily associate New York City with? Were any of them fashion, food, or travel? It’s rare to find someone who covers it all. Enter Audrey Ong of Audrey Allure.
From just looking at her blog structure, you immediately understand that it’s not just fashion/style forward by seeing her Inspirational Tuesdays, Tasty Thursdays, and Fitness Fridays posts, but rather a blog of a true New Yorker who knows the ins and outs of the city.
We couldn’t be more happier with all the local recommendations and tips she has provided so far!
(Gunmetal + Amethyst necklace post)
About Audrey Allure
I’m Audrey Ong, the blogger behind Audrey Allure. I’m a New Yorker, fashion & music lover, foodie, and an adventurer.
I post about fashion, art, entertainment, food, literature, and my life. Weekly inspirational posts as well as daily songs are posted & IFB approved :)
(Tasty Thursdays: Magnifico Giornata Event)
(Fitness Fridays: DMF Class)
From outdoor festivals to food recommendations, Audrey’s Romio profile has it all. Looking for a place to run besides Central Park in NYC? She’s got recommendations for that as well. Follow her profile by clicking here
Why we love Audrey Allure
Living in NYC is a lifestyle. Audrey’s recommendations help us make the most of it.
For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond and balance one another - Andre Putman
After a long day of work, it’s always a pleasure coming back to the comfort of your own home, but if it lacks character and inspiration, it’s not serving its full potential. For that reason we reached out to Elizabeth McClure of Irreverently Inspired, a professional interior designer with a vast knowledge of things to do and places to visit to give your home a facelift on a budget!
(From Elizabeth’s designer of the day post: Miles Redd)
About Irreverently Inspired
I am a professional interior designer working for a high end residential interior designer in New York City. Working for a designer allows me to learn more about the business aspect of the design industry, experience a plethora of different client situations and I also get to experience some of the chicest and most sought after residences in NYC. I mean, who can complain? Not this chick. I do freelance design on the side and I have a couple up and coming projects up my sleeve.
Aside from her expertise of all things interior design, Elizabeth is also passionate about discovering the best that NYC has to offer, whether it’s restaurants, hotels, museums, or parks.
Check out all the great local recommendations and tips on her Romio profile here.
Why we love Irreverently Inspired
Elizabeth will pretty much do anything for a laugh and dreams in contrasting colors.