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Dance Moms alone is proof that fact beats fiction. But for real, unedited tales of weird behavior, just ask an NYC cab driver about his average shift.
For today’s video, we did exactly that — and beyond the usual “People have had sex where you’re sitting” anecdotes, the stories were delightful. Among other insights, we found out what grates on their nerves, who leaves the best tips (including one celeb), and why they like their work.
The video is part of our new, ongoing NYC series “On the Job,” in which we ask local service professionals to sound off about the interesting things they experience. The idea came after we asked bartenders for dating advice and realized those guys were troves of info.
Which is way more than we can say about Bachelor Pad.
What could be better than a ham and cheese sandwich? A ham and cheese sandwich made with bechamel sauce and mustard, that’s what. In this video, French Revolution blogger Kerry Saretsky shows us how it’s done.
For more French-inspired recipes and information on Saretsky, go to frenchrevolutionfood.com.
No Bastille Day fete would be complete without an adult beverage (or three). French Revolution blogger Kerry Saretsky’s take on a Kir Royale mixes sorbet, pink champagne, and vodka.
You’ve got your sunscreen, towel, and bathing suit. But are you fully armed for the beach? In this video, trainer Will Torres demos three exercises that’ll make your biceps appear more toned immediately.
For more information on Torres and his new West Village personal training gym, go to willspace.com.
Music: “Test Drive” by Zapac
The prevalence of short shorts, upper lip sweat, and ghostly white legs can mean only one thing: Summer has arrived. (Hooray!)
And with it a renewed vigor to go out and — if you’re single — meet new people. It’s easier said than done.
In today’s video, DailyCandy staffers solicit advice from bartenders at a few of our favorite Manhattan watering holes. What do people do right and wrong when introducing themselves? Should girls send guys drinks? What’s the sexiest thing to order? And, of course, how should you hit on the bartender?
As we suspected, they’ve seen a lot — from men talking about themselves too much on a first date to a wife confronting her cheating husband.
It’s gettin’ hot in here.
Want more dating advice? Get it from some precocious 5-year-olds or, as always, our Office Guy.
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain. But here in our office, it’s nothing but sunshine on the second floor.
That’s because British singer/songwriter Eliza Doolittle — who took the name from Audrey Hepburn’s My Fair Lady character of yore — performed her cheerful new song, “Moneybox,” on our couch for today’s video. Her unbelievable voice, accompanied by only a guitarist, had even our tech guys swaying.
Doolittle just released her eponymous album in the U.S. and was the talk of Coachella. She also has a fashion sense we can appreciate (as soon as she walked in, she zeroed in on the picture of Suno x Loeffler Randall sandals we’d pasted on the wall).
Isn’t she loverly?
Buy Doolittle’s latest album online at amazon.com. To keep listening, go to her Myspace page. For more music, check out our videos with Christina Courtin, Regina Spektor, and Freelance Whales.
In a recent dream, you were drinking tea on a cloud with NeNe Leakes when half unicorn/half David Schwimmer came over to ask for your digits.
We can’t make this glorious dream come true, but Brooklyn-based artist Aurora Andrews can immortalize it — or anything else — in one of her ink/watercolor illustrations.
The charming Andrews, who never goes anywhere without pen and paper, is now accepting commissions. Describe a vivid dream (as mentioned), submit a picture of a favorite thing, or pose for her, as some DailyCandy staffers did in today’s video.
Illustrations start at around $200 and increase in price based on difficulty and size. But your lasting keepsake will stand out in a way 487 Facebook pics never could.
And that’s what dreams are made of.
To see more artwork, go to auroraandrews.com. To contact Andrews, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love: Ain’t it grand? Except when it’s not — and you have to stay in bed, because small things (minivan commercials, the store being out of Cool Ranch Doritos, happy couples) make you sob.
To help us remember when it was all cupids and hearts, we enlisted the help of some children, all 5 to 8 years old. We asked them about everything from whom they love (and if they have boyfriends/girlfriends) to how to mend a broken heart.
One little girl, who was initially shy, boldly proclaimed she’d recently seen her parents kissing — on the lips. Another said she doesn’t want to get married unless it’s to her little brother.
Which should be enough to get us through Valentine’s Day, with or without chips. Want another feel-good video? Here’s one in which we asked people about what makes them happy.
In life, there are a few things everyone can agree are awesome: Harry Potter. Mac ’n’ cheese. Puppies. And Regina Spektor.
So the release of the latter’s amazing new CD/DVD Live in London was the perfect excuse to meet her — and find out what she’s really like. With video camera in tow, we asked her about everything from karaoke to movies she’s embarrassed she hasn’t seen.
As for the album, we’ll go ahead and say if you’ve never been to one of her concerts (and seen her perform songs like “Fidelity,” “Us,” and “Eet”), it’s almost just as great.
We’re sure your holiday gift recipients will feel the same.
To buy Live in London, go to reginaspektor.com. While you’re waiting for it to arrive, watch our exclusive video of Spektor performing her hit song “On the Radio” (filmed at The Greene Space at WNYC).
Still on the fence about buying Regina Spektor’s new CD/DVD, Live in London? To get a taste of what she’s like in concert, check out this exclusive performance of “On the Radio” she did for us at The Greene Space at WNYC. Even if you’ve heard the song a hundred times, our video’s still pretty mesmerizing.
To buy Live in London, go to reginaspektor.com. While you’re waiting for it to arrive, watch our interview with the artist herself.
It’s the day before Thanksgiving and our brains are stuffing. And turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, candied yams, honey baked ham … well, you get the point.
But we know this holiday’s not just about food but also about gratitude. So on a beautiful day last week, we walked around New York and asked people what they’ll be thankful for tomorrow. We were incredibly touched by everyone’s answers — and hope you will be, too.
And while we’re at it: Thank you so, so much, readers, for another wonderful year. Happy holidays.
Music: Pilot Touhill
Modestly speaking, you were a big shot in high school: Latin club president, lacrosse captain, mathlete, and, oh, prom queen.
Yet none of it could’ve fully prepared you for owning a small business.
But the DailyCandy Academy can — and did for the winners of our inaugural Start Small, Go Big Contest, sponsored by InkSM from Chase.
In today’s video, see what the one-day crash course in entrepreneurship entailed (including mentoring from industry titans like designer Isaac Mizrahi and chef Marcus Samuelsson) and meet the three fledgling business owners (narrowed from 3,000+ entries with 40,000 votes).
We hope it inspires you to enter next summer for a chance to attend. Did we mention each winner received a check for $10,000?
That gets an A+ in our book.
For more information, go to dailycandy.com/startsmallgobig. Want to keep watching? Check out footage from our star-studded 10th Anniversary party.
Music: Fum Fum Fyes
It’s no secret. We like to party. A lot.
So to celebrate our 10th Anniversary (yay!) in October, we decided to throw one of the biggest shindigs in DailyCandy history. The venue: Gansevoort Park in New York. The attendees: our smartest and most innovative friends from fashion, food, media, and tech industries.
Thank you for an amazing decade.
We all know how enticing Ricky’s is this time of year, with the werewolf guy handing out flyers and people walking around wearing hot pink Elvis wigs.
But why buy when you can DIY? Here are sixteen great last-minute costume ideas — all presented in less than 90 seconds in today’s video — that won’t require you to elbow through a crowded shop.
We’ve got so many memes and utter randomness, you might think we’re crazy. But if fully embracing October 31 is wrong, we don’t want to be right.
Hope we don’t scare you too much.
For more detailed instructions, check out our gallery. Still not sure what you want to be? Here’s last year’s Halloween video. And if you’ve got little ones, check out our favorite children’s costumes.
Your guests are due in ten, and you’re shoving a fistful of wilty deli flowers into a vase.
Those bodega blooms have more potential than you might think. In today’s video, renowned artist/floral designer Katsuya Nishimori — formerly of Takashimaya Floral and cofounder of the recently opened Florisity in the Flatiron — has tips for making a beautiful French-inspired arrangement for less than $25. Really, you’ll be amazed how good a deli bouquet can look.
Of course, we can’t discount the pros of going to a florist (more variety, bigger blooms, longer flower life, and the magic touch). But if you can fool one or two people in the meantime, consider it a success.
Florisity, 1 West 19th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (212-366-0891 or florisity.com). If this puts a bloom in your bonnet, go to one of Florisity’s beginner’s classes on November 3 or 10, 6-8 p.m., $225.