Mother’s Day: The Royal Treatment

Planet Botkier May 11, 2012

She carried you for 9 months, nurtures you through life, and gives love with warmth and comfort. Whether she is an aunt, grandmother, stepmother, or nanny, with or without children, but has cared for a child like they are her own then she deserves to be celebrated and cared for. Mom is special and she, without a doubt, is the most important person in your life so treat her by making her day a relaxing one.

Photo credit: alittlemuse.com

Mommy Monica’s Pick:

Mother’s Day comes once a year so a special and unique gift will come a long way. Show your appreciation and love with a Botkier Mother’s Day bag. Mom will not only carry you in her heart but will walk with you in her hand with the VALENTINA Satchel in Natural Snake.


Breakfast in Bed:

Mom shouldn’t have to do make breakfast for anyone on this special day. She should be treated to a royal breakfast in bed. Dad and the kids, why don’t you show mommy that her cooking classes she gave you came in handy. Knowing what mom likes for breakfast is always the safe way to go, but if you want to be adventurous here are a few recipes so mom can enjoy wonderful breakfast in bed, or brunch if she feels like sleeping in.

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict by Katherine Martinelli

Photo credit: Katherine Martinelli

14 ounces frozen puff pastry, defrosted

8 eggs

6 ounces smoked salmon

Hollandaise Sauce

Finely chopped parsley or chives

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 3. Unroll the puff pastry (it should be about 1/4-inch thick). 4. Using a cookie cutter or large glass, cut out 8 (4-inch) circles. 5. If you don’t have room for all 8 circles at once, roll up the extra puff pastry scraps in a ball and roll out to 1/4-inch thick and cut out the remaining circles. 6. Transfer the pastry circles to the prepared baking sheet. 7. Put in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until puffed up and golden brown. 8. Remove from the oven and set aside. 9. Meanwhile, poach the eggs. 10. Fill a small pot or shallow pan with 3 inches or so of water. 11. Heat over medium heat until just simmering (not boiling). 12. From just above the surface, crack an egg into the water (you can cook multiple at a time depending on the size of your pot or pan). 13. Poach for about 3 minutes, or until the eggs are set. 14. Using a slotted spoon, remove the eggs from the water and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. 15. Repeat with the remaining eggs. 16. Put two puff pastry disks on each of four plates. 17. Top with smoked salmon, then one poached egg per disk. 18. Drizzle hollandaise sauce over and garnish with chopped parsley or chives.

Beer Waffles With Bacon And Tomatoes from Seriouseats


For the Waffles

1 3/4 cups (about 8 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs, separated

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (6 ounces), melted

1 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup porter ale

Cooking spray

Waffle iron

For the Sauce and Assembly

16 strips thick-cut bacon

12 scallions, thinly sliced

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons dry mustard

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup porter ale

2 large egg yolks

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper

16 thick slices tomato from 4 large, ripe tomatoes

1. For the Waffles: Preheat oven to 300°F. Place a baking sheet on lower-middle rack. Heat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. 2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, melted butter, buttermilk, and ale. 3. In clean, dry bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until firm, but not dry, peaks form. 4. Whisk beer mixture into flour mixture until incorporated. With rubber spatula, fold in egg whites. 5. Lightly coat waffle iron with cooking spray. Cook waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions, until crisp and golden. With tongs, carefully transfer to baking sheet in oven and repeat procedure until you run out of batter.

6. For the Sauce: Cook bacon in 2 to 3 batches in large skillet over medium heat until crisp and golden. Reserve 2 tablespoons fat, and discard any additional rendered fat accumulated between batches. With slotted spoon, transfer cooked bacon paper towel-lined plate. Alternatively, line dinner plate with 2 layers paper towels. Arrange 4 bacon slices on top, then cover with 2 more layers paper towels. Microwave 4 to 6 minutes until crisp. Repeat with remaining bacon and fresh paper towels. 7. Cook scallions over medium heat in rendered bacon fat (if you microwaved the bacon, cook the scallions in 2 tablespoons butter) until softened, about 3 minutes. Reserve. 8. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until pale golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in Worcestershire, dry mustard, and cayenne and cook 30 seconds. In a slow, steady stream add cream and ale, whisking constantly and vigorously to avoid lumps. Whisk in egg yolks. Add cheese, cook, and stir until completely melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 9. For the Assembly: Transfer waffles on tray to cooling rack and increase oven heat to broil. Break each bacon strip in half. Top each waffle with 4 pieces bacon and 2 slices tomato, then sprinkle with the cooked scallions. Spoon about 1/4 cup sauce over each and broil on top rack until bubbling and brown at the edges.

Mommy Day to Do:

It would be a crime to say that there is nothing to do in NYC for Mother’s Day. You may not want to say that out loud. It’s not that there is nothing to do rather what you should choose from those everlasting lists. The Botkier team has a list that can help you with the break down. If you’re looking for a special and unique way to celebrate your Mama, check out our top 5 ideas for Mother’s Day 2012 in NYC. Every mother has a different personality so choose what suit her best. Remember it’s her day but also your day to show appreciation with your gestures of love.

Glamourfied on the Rooftop: Kick-start Mother’s Day Weekend with high fashion at the premier Empire Hotel. Mom can mingle with the A-list crowd of industry elites. Fashion Show will feature celebrity designers showcasing new collections.

Date: May 11th, doors open @ 9pm. Fashion Show at 11pm. 
After Party to 4am

Location: The Empire Hotel Rooftop

Price: free admission!

Age Suitability: 21 and up

For complimentary entry-say HERBERT FOX at door

More info: Email: esverildellc@gmail.com / urbangypsynyc@gmail.com

Mother’s Day Flower Workshop and Tea: The Peninsula Hotel is hosting a floral arrangement workshop partnered with Flowers of the World on Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 5PM. Spend some bonding time with Mom over flowers and linger over the Peninsula’s afternoon tea and champagne.

Location: 700 Fifth Avenue 
New York, NY 10019

Cost: $165
*Includes Workshop and Afternoon Tea*

Mother’s Day Cruise Aboard World Yacht: World Yacht is setting sail on Mother’s Day cruises for the whole family. Choose from a brunch cruise (boarding 11:30AM) with a special buffet (tickets start at $50) or a dinner cruise (boarding at 6PM) with a four-course dinner and dancing (tickets start at $70).

Departure: Pier 81 (West 41st Street and the Hudson River)

Mother’s Day Unbelievable Cupcake Decorating at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: On Mother’s Day, Ripley’s Times Square is offering free admission for moms and cupcake decorating at this the one-of-a-kind attraction. Ripley’s Times Square has partnered with Sonii Cakes and Catering to create the ultimate cupcake decorating workshop for Mother’s Day. Design unbelievable creations with over-sized cupcakes, colorful frosting and unusual toppings, from chocolate covered insects to Pop Rocks.

Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Price: Free admission for mothers. All moms must be accompanied by at least one paid full-price child admission. Cupcake decorating included in price.

Sushi Samba: They will be offering a selection of tasty Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian inspired dishes in addition to their regular à la carte dishes. Specials include Housemade Quinoa Waffles, Lobster Eggs Benedict and Snow Crab Frittata. There will be live music from a Bossa Nova band which moms can enjoy as they sip on their Mother’s Day cocktail made of freshly muddled orange, triple sec, orange juice and fresh guava.

Date: May 13th from 11:00 am to 4 pm

Location: Sushi Samba, 87 7th Avenue South at Barrow

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY #BOTKIERMAMAS!

COMMENTS (0)

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Plan Your New York Minute

Planet Botkier March 09, 2012

New Yorkers tend to be stuck in the New York Minute aka planning last minute. Life in New York is nothing if not busy. Our lovely city has so much to offer we are often too busy to take advantage of it! Have no fear Team Botkier has laid out some very cool plans for your weekend! Listed below are some great places and events you can fit into that busy schedule.


BYOB Painting Workshops

Unwind with a glass of Pinot Noir and a paintbrush in hand. Release your weeks stress at Paint Along NYC.

When: March 9th

Info: www.paintalongnyc.com

International Youth Musicians Festival

See today’s youth show their passion for music at the annual musicians festival.

When: Saturday March 10th at 8pm

Info: www.youthmusicinternational.com

Woman’s HerStory Weekend

Celebrate woman’s history month by discovering those women who helped shape our lives, one of many being the First Lady Michelle Obama

When: Saturday March 10th -11th 10am-5pm

Info: www.heartofbrooklyn.org/calendar

Super Linda Restaurant

Super Linda is the new Latin hotspot! Enjoy a caliente night with friends, filled with Spanish hits and Mexican cuisine.

109 West Broadway  New York, NY 
10013

Info: www.superlindanyc.com

New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival

Catch groundbreaking kiddie flicks at venues throughout the city at this 15th annual fest. This weekend, try to score tickets to Disneynature film Chimpanzee, quirky movie Lotte and the Moonstone Secret or Japanese animated feature A Letter to Momo.

When: March 2nd-25th

Info: http://www.gkids.com/

Youthquake: The 1960’s Revolution

Check out how the 60’s Revolution influenced fashion today at the FIT Museum.

When: March 6th- April 7th

Info: http://fitnyc.edu/12043.asp

Artexpo New York

Preview innovative art at Artexpo New York for 2012 featuring over 100 diverse artists. Some featured galleries: J&D International Inc., Shinkle photography LLC, Studio 84 West, Inc.

When: Saturday March 24th 10am-7pm & Saturday March 25th 10am-6pm

Info: http://artexponewyork.com/attendees/buy-tickets

Monica’s New York Minute Hotspots

Miss Lily’s Jamaican Brunch

A great new twist to brunch try a Jamaican breakfast. We love the Ackee and Saltfish featuring the yummiest festivals around. That’s Jamaican for fried dough! The vibes are cool and laid back, good music and drinks too.

Info: www.misslilysnyc.com

Tucker Store

Gaby and the Tucker gang have opened a Soho flagship where you can find all her amazing prints! Easy to wear dresses and blouses are faves.

Info: http://shop.tuckerbygabybasora.com

Le Baron

Top French nightlife owner Andre Sariava has made his way to NYC so get exclusive at Le Baron located in Chinatown.

Info: www.clublebaron.com

COMMENTS (0)

, , , , , , ,

Fashion’s Night Out… a night in at Botkier NoLIta!

Planet Botkier September 09, 2011

Fashion’s Night Out turned out to be a fabulous night in for us down at our NoLIta boutique. We hosted a DIY party where Botkier Babes came down to decorate their very own eco friendly totes with Swarovski crystals, iron-ons, leather, studs and more! All proceeds from the sale of the totes went to benefit Oxfam.

Monica Botkier and Aimee Song from Song of Style

Goodies donated by Swarovski Elements…

Botkier Babe No. 1

Nadia of FrouFrouu with her cool and minimalist DIY design, love!

Great example of the iron-on details we had. This one is inspired by the Flint group for Fall.

Beautiful work ladies!

The scene at Botkier, Aimee and Nadia gettin’ their DIY on!

Lindsay from NY Busy Girl and her lovely creation.

heylilahey

COMMENTS (0)

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Nolita Diaries: Suddenly Summertime

Planet Botkier April 27, 2011

Summertime seems to have suddenly arrived in Nolita and we don’t think there are enough words to describe how thrilled we are!

Finally, we can do without the layers, embrace the florals, put to use those sandals we just picked up last week hoping that we could have used them then (though the rain seemed to have had other plans!) and get back to wearing anything but BLACK!

A Summertime Must-Have that we love: the crossbody!

Without all the extra things one needs to stay warm and the fact that when it’s hot the last thing you really want to do is carry more than what you actually need, it’s the perfect bag.

The Lobos crossbody in Natural Sunburst is a keeper… more of a medium-sized bag than small, it’s literally the perfect bag for those of you who are just stepping out of the realm of “big bags only”.

We love the soft and supple leather, almost nude though it has a hint of “something else”. (Not your average neautral!) Oh and lets not forget the chain detailing which adds a touch of “downtown” to this everyday boho chic style!

With the perfect bag, you’ll be ready for the perfect day of strolling through Nolita!

Some of our favorite neighborhood spots to hit during the Summer:

The Prince Street Market – Between Mott and Mulberry Street – we love scouring the jewelry stalls here by local designers such as Astrid Schumacher!

The Little Cupcake Bakeshop – On the corner of Prince and Mott Street – They have the perfect iced-coffee to keep you going!

Coclico – On Mott Street between Prince and Houston – One of the best boutiques in the neighborhood – their assortment of summer dresses  is kind of crazy, which is why we love them!

Bit & Piece – On Mott Street between Prince and Houston – On a budget but still wanna dress to the nines? Stop by Bit and Piece for everything from your everyday basics to the perfect bikini!

Cafe Habana – On the corner of Elizabeth and Prince – One of the best Mexican restaurants in New York, which also happens to be right around the corner from us. We’re addicted to their corn and the fish sandwich, so good!  Dine any time though we recommend avoiding brunch hours during the weekend, unless you don’t mind a long wait.

There’s so much to discover in Nolita – we’ll be updating this list and sharing more of our favorite Summer Must-Haves soon.

Shop online or stop by our Nolita boutique today for your very own Lobos crossbody… and share with us what you love to do come Sunshine & Summertime!

COMMENTS (0)

, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

OUR NEW HOME

Planet Botkier January 28, 2010

A bevvy of bags at the Botkier Boutique

Although it’s only January, we’re proud to say one of our goals for 2010 has been checked off the list: our flagship store opened on January 11th! After searching for the perfect location and space, we opened a boutique in New York’s chic NoLIta district. A few of our favorite neighbors thus far: Cafe Gitane for the impeccable avocado toast, Le Labo and their exquisite collection of perfumes, and McNally Jackson Books, a suitable spot for a good read. You’re invited to visit our NoLIta residence at 246 Mott (At Prince St.)

The space was designed in a collaboration between Monica and interior designer Valerie Pasquiou to exude a unique and edgy downtown sophistication. Together they chose a palette of warm grays, copper infused purples, sexy blacks and custom metallic accents to create a modern luxe atmosphere. Our new home will spotlight one of a kind collectors items (Hello, Snakeskin Bianca!) and will be the perfect spot to get to know the bags in person.

COMMENTS (6)

, , , ,