Office Chatter: NKPR’s Favourite NYC Eats

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My staff tends to travel to New York a lot! Whether for business or a weekend getaway, one of our favourite things to do in the city (or anywhere really) is eat! New York has some of the best food in the world and asking everyone to choose their favourite restaurant and meal was no easy task! In fact, I still refuse to pick just one! (Right now I LOVE Lure and Peasent!)

From food trucks to local eateries and world-class institutions, check out my staff’s New York City restaurant recommendations!








Aimee’s Pick – Handmade Cavatelli & Braised Short Ribs at David Burke Townhouse
“You can’t beat fall-off-the-bone meat and truffle mousse!”









Sarah’s Pick – Steak Tartare at Balthazar
“The perfect lunch on a day of shopping in Soho.”








Erica’s Pick – Lamb & Chicken Combo at 53rd and 6th Halal Cart
“Out of all the celebrity restaurants and fine New York food I’ve tasted, nothing compares to this little tin of heaven. I can’t explain why it’s so delicious but I will tell you I’ve waited in line for 2 hours in the middle of winter just to eat here. That’s commitment!” 








Bunmi’s Pick – Griddle Special at Bubby’s (Tribeca)
“I LOVED the GRIDDLE SPECIAL: Two sour cream or sourdough pancakes, two eggs any style, housemade sausage, house-cured heritage bacon or scrapple. I had this with a side of grits and cheese! Just sensational!! What breakfast should be!”









Justin’s Pick – Mexican-style Corn on the Cob at Cafe Habana 
“Inspired by a storied Mexico City lunch joint where legend has it, Che and Fidel plotted the Cuban revolution, this place has the best “mexican-style” corn you will ever eat in your entire life. Not to mention the rest of the menu, which might be the best Cuban you can get in NYC!!”











Rebecca’s Pick – Fried Chicken and Waffles at David Burke Kitchen
“I went with a group who shared a variety of jars and starters. For my main, I ordered the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles which is my #1 guiltiest pleasure and had the peanut butter chocolate cake for dessert.”











Kaley’s Pick – The Grand Opulence Sundae at Serendipity 
“The 23K edible gold leaf really sells it for me…rent well spent :)” We think she’s joking…. right?

What’s your favourite meal in New York City? Tell us in the comments, or tweet us @natashankpr!

Two Year Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake a Shattering Reminder of Ongoing Need for Help

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It’s easy to get lost in the craziness of the holiday season, indulge in a bit of post-holiday shopping and bask in the glorious foods on offer during this time of year.

While having fun, spending time with family and friends and indulging a little after a hard year’s work is important, please take time to remember those in Haiti, who will be marking two years since the devastating earthquake hit the nation this month.

January 12, 2010 – a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti at a depth of 8.1 miles, killing over 200,000 Haitians and continues to this day to affect the lives of those in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

Despite efforts to rebuild Haiti since the destruction in 2010, most Haitian communities are still living in immense poverty, most living in tent camps, suffering life-threatening illnesses such as Cholera, and having no access to nutritious meals, medical treatments or quality education

Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), an organization created by Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis is an organization near and dear to my heart.  We encourage peace and social justice and address issues of poverty in the poorest communities in Haiti through programs focused on education, health and dignity.

APJ was on the ground when the earthquake hit and saw first-hand how the earthquake shattered the lives of Haitians and continues to have rippling effects throughout the communities.

Through the efforts of APJ supporters and board members such as Olivia Wilde, Gerard Butler, John Hamm, Madeleine Stowe and Susan Sarandon, APJ has been working to rebuild the communities in Haiti over the last two years, including creating the first free secondary school in Haiti and providing free life-saving medical care for Haitians.  Although so many accomplishments have been made in Haiti, so much more still needs to be done.

APJ Founder, Paul Haggis visits the nation many times a year, and lends his thoughts to the situation pre and post-earthquake.

“Before the earthquake, Haiti was already in desperate need of help.  Today those needs are even greater.  Many promises of massive foreign aid were never kept. As a result, reconstruction is almost non-existent. Children today live in the slums, in tiny crowded rooms with mud floors, tin roofs, no electricity, no plumbing or water.  Right up until last year these children had no access to education past grade six. Now they do, due to the generosity of APJ donors, and the proven effectiveness of our Haitian partners,” Paul Haggis.


APJ’s efforts to-date and the situation in Haiti include:

  • The first free high school in the nation; the Academy for Peace and Justice. Upon reaching capacity in 2014 the Academy will provide life changing free education to 3,000 students;
  • All students at the Academy receive a full scholarship, including tuition, uniforms and a nutritious meal – often the only meal many of the children will receive in a day. Meals are provided by APJ partner The World Food Program;
  • In 2012, APJ will partner with the We Are the World for Haiti Foundation to build the state-of-the-art Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie School of Music.  The school will be a new division to the nation’s only free college for art and technology, the Artists Institute of Haiti;
  • APJ also supports the St Luke Family Hospital, which provides free medical care to the poorest and most vulnerable people in Port-au-Prince, including the Academy’s students and families;
  • APJ has enabled over 2,000 life-saving emergency surgeries at the St. Luke Hospital;
  • APJ also helped fund The St Philomene Cholera Center, which was able to open 36 hours after the epidemic hit and has treated 20,000 patients, 50% of whom would have died without medical treatment;
  • APJ has worked closely with Rick Frechette, a physician and community organizer who has been working in Haiti for over 25 years. Frechette and his St Luke Foundation of 1200 Haitian employees have extensive relationships with grassroots networks in Haiti.

APJ is working with Haitian partners to make long-term changes, to build quality institutions to serve the poor.  In doing so APJ efforts are helping give birth to a new generation of Haitian leaders.  It is Haitian people who will solve their problems – they just need a fair chance to do it.

How Can You Help?

Susan Sarandon and fellow Board Members are calling out to everyone to dig deep and support APJ’s efforts in Haiti.

“Please join us and help us rebuild this devastated community – give generously in honor of those whose lives were forever changed,” Susan Sarandon.

Donate online via and support a nation in desperate need.

Follow @artistsforpeace

Tech Talk: Creating a blog for your brand

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Wake up!

It’s 2012 and blogging is no longer a mystery medium, but rather an amazing tool for personal and corporate use! Blogs have become a placeholder for news, videos, photos and contesting. Blogging for your brand can allow you to monitor conversations and further promote your products and services successfully.

Generating site traffic

It’s now common to use agencies with digital media services to grow blog audiences by building creative campaigns with long-term management plans. As a result of your blog’s popularity, clicks will drive traffic back to your product page. You can further promote growth by sharing across social networks.

Why it’s beneficial for brands?

A well-managed blog provides a rich user experience when compared to brand corporate sites. The key for building a fan base is providing a well-supported and maintained blog with unique, relevant content. Take We-Vibe for instance, their blog is a great outlet to promote the We-Vibe 3 by sharing content such as their weekly “We-Vibe Position of the Week” post or articles on sexual wellness. This content can then be leveraged by sharing on Twitter and Facebook which drives more traffic to the corporate site. Over time the brand will increase in social media presence, so it’s crucial to use a professional service for ongoing customer retention during, before and after a campaign.

Types of blogs

Wordpress is one of the most popular blogging platforms. This free open source platform offers self-hosting and plugins making it a scalable solution. You can also create a free account on

Google’s Blogger is another platform that lets you publish content from Microsoft Word, Google Docs and Windows Live Writer with drag and drop actions. It integrates with your Gmail tools such as the new Google+.

Tumblr is a blogging platform that keeps simplicity in mind. Tumblr gives you the power to share almost anything you want, post text, photos, quotes, links, music and video. You can share media from your phone, desktop and email. NKPR’s Tumblr page provides live shots of events.

SquareSpace offers custom domain names at a monthly rate. You can build, customize and manage your blog with their built-in controls. There is also an app for the iPhone & iPad for their platform.

Ultimately there are many online platforms to publish your brand’s blog, but keep in mind, the most important factor is how great the content is. Harness the power of sharing information by getting a blog for your brand.

– André Morgan

The IT List: January 6

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? This week’s IT List celebrates the start of 2012! Our prediction so far… it’s going to be an amazing year!

New Year’s Eve may have passed, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating. Tasty holiday drinks from SKYY Vodka, Campari, and Cabo Wabo Tequila  are sure to keep the party going all year long. [Toronto Sun]

We are loving Pantone’s 2012 Colour of the Year! (note Tangerine Tango filled blog post below) Stay on-trend with this sheer blouse from RW&CO.’s spring collection! [Toronto Sun]

One of  the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and get fit! But you don’t have to kill yourself in the gym to get results. Introduce walking into your routine to kickstart your fitness goals! Our favourite walking shoe – the very cool Fila Skeletoes! [Insert Magazine]

Bling in the New Year with essie Luxeffects polishes! The sparkle doesn’t have to stop after New Year’s Eve and these essie polishes will help you shine throughout 2012! [Beauty Connexion]

New Year, New Colour

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Happy New Year!

One of my favourite parts about starting a new year is checking out the emerging trends in fashion and beauty! In December, colour company Pantone named Tangerine Tango, a vibrant reddish orange as their 2012 Colour of the Year. We love this on-trend shade and have started to see the vivacious hue everywhere! Pantone calls the colour “sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive,” and we agree!

Want to add some Tangerine Tango to your life?

RW&CO. Dolman Sleeve Shirt
Stop traffic in this bright, boho chic blouse! Available at RW&CO. stores nationally.

House of Marley Positive Vibrations headphones
Make a statement with House of Marley headphones, offering superior sound and vibrant style! Available at Future Shop and

essie polish in Tangerine
They say nails are your best accessory, so treat them to this stylish shade! Available at select salons.

Stila’s Mango Crush Lip & Cheek Stain
Brighten up your cheeks and pout with this warm hue! Available at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques.

Aperol Spritz
This Italian aperitif is gaining popularity in Canada. Perhaps due to its tangerine colouring? Available at LCBO and select liquor stores nationally.

Do you love Tangerine Tango as much as we do? Tell us in the comments, or tweet us @natashankpr!

The IT List: December 22

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Feeling the holiday crunch? This week is all about last minute gift guides and these amazing items are on the top of our list!

With limited edition palettes on shelves, beauty experts everywhere agree the holiday season is the best time to buy!  The latest and greatest – Stila’s Dream in Full Colour Palette features 29 eye shadows, seven cheek colours and a waterproof eyeliner. [ Globe and Mail ]

We love the look of Kiehl’s limited edition Jeff Koons Crème de Corps holiday collection. The best part, Kiehl’s will donate $200,000 of the profits to The Koons Family Institute on International Law and Policy, an initative of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. Now how’s that for a gift that keeps on giving? [ Front Row Mag ]

Front page worthy gift ideas? House of Marley’s Positive Vibrations Headphones are a bright and vibrant way to enjoy music! [ 24 Hours ] Also in this issue, be sure to pick up a travel pillow for any long flights this holiday season. We love this memory foam option from Obusforme!

NKPR Celebrates the Holidays!

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On Friday, our office celebrated the holidays with a party at La Société! I must say, nobody does an event like NKPR and our own holiday party was no exception. Everyone was feeling the holiday spirit and excited to enjoy the afternoon soirée!

Party highlights included:

  •  The delicious French cuisine from La Société including New York strip loin, Atlantic salmon, platters of frites and a three-tiered seafood dish called The Grand Tower with oysters, prawns, tuna tartare, hamachi and King crab legs!
  • Our annual Secret Santa Exchange! Jordan received an adorable pair of patterned tights from Rebecca, Nicole gifted Natasha with stylish Chanel cupcakes, Heather impressed us all with her expert wrapping skills and Brittany tricked André, NKPR’s resident tech expert, with clues from a fake Gmail address!
  • Spending time with everyone before the holidays. We always have the best time together!

Check out photos of the NKPR holiday party below!

Andre bringing the holiday spirit in his Santa hat!

Andre in a Santa hat!

NKPR girls sipping champagne before the party!

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Bunmi modelling a Chanel bag won by Cherith. Jealous!

Nicole gifts Natasha with Chanel embossed cupcakes!

André and Jeannette enjoying La Societe!

Cheers to the Holidays!

-Kristin Newbigging