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Celebrate International Day of Happiness March 20th, 2014!

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Yes, It Exists: Live Happy Magazine! (All Photos By Gail. Click Any Image to Enlarge for Detail.)

The most popular song in the country right now is Pharrell Williams ridiculously contagious anthem, “Happy,” whose upbeat lyrics are full of positive advice for any day. But just in case you need a reminder, or a bit of gentle encouragement in your own life, you can get involved with creating and spreading Acts of Happiness on International Day of Happiness, coming up on Thursday, March 20th.

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Earlier this week Actsofhappiness.org helped to set the mood and promote its Acts of Happiness campaign with a Happiness Happy Hour, hosted by Krupp Kommunications. Originally conceived by the United Nations, International Day of Happiness will see Happiness Walls built in more than 25 cities around the country — including San Francisco, New York, Dallas and Atlanta — so that people everywhere can celebrate and post their Acts of Happiness to spread and share joy.

Composing Acts of Happiness
Composing an Act of Happiness for the Wall.

The Wall of Happiness
Happiness Wall

To launch the campaign, Happiness Happy Hour attendees posted their own Acts of Happiness (#HappyActs) to start a Happiness Wall right there in the K2 Offices.

It was very fun and inspiring to share each others’ Acts of Happiness stories while enjoying tasty snacks and refreshing beverages, provided by K2.

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Remember that no act of kindness is ever wasted and even what seems like a small gesture can have an impact that changes lives. Read about more fun ways that you and your friends can get involved in International Day of Happiness and find the location of a Happiness Wall near you at This Link.

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Mark Kostabi Giant Painted Guitar at the Cutting Room NYC

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All Photos By Gail’s iPad

The Cutting Room is a somewhat upscale, intimate music venue here in Manhattan that features a foodie-friendly menu, a bar shaped like a guitar neck and interior décor not entirely dissimilar to that of a Hard Rock Café. At some point in the past couple of years, The Cutting Room, which originally had a vibe much closer to a British Pub than a hip Rock Club, moved from West 24th Street (now home to many excellent restaurants) to 44 East 32nd Street and Park Avenue. You can now literally crawl, if necessary, to or from the club and the 33rd Street stop on the number 6 train. So, convenient!

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Kostabi Guitar Detail

One of the things I like about the inside of The Cutting Room is all of the bitchen original art they have. Right near the front door hangs a group of Black & White painted portraits of The Beatles that would knock your socks off, and inside the room where the bands play they have a half a dozen or so paintings by Mark Kostabi, who is one of my favorite contemporary artists. What will grab your eye while you are still on the street, however, is the oversize Guitar Sculpture displayed in the front window, which was painted by Kostabi as well. It is totally awesome.

Find out more about The Cutting Room’s Happy Hour, take a Video Tour of the place and see what shows they have coming up at This Link.

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Teqa Brings Tacos & Tequila to NYC’s Murray Hill

While its doors opened just this past March, the word is already on the street about Teqa; a Mexican restaurant that does things just a bit differently. Filling a void in a neighborhood previously longing for an infusion of youthful vibrancy, this Taqueria & Tequileria (say that five times fast) is the creation of entrepreneurial owner Derek Axelrod, who’s enlisted the right All-Star team to make Teqa a success. In the kitchen, chef Lisa Schoen (also personal chef to Derek Jeter) creates a presentation of modern and traditional Mexican cuisine that draws from global influences, while in the dining room, Interior Design by Lesly Zamor combines the warmth of dark wood and leather with the rustic/modern touch of custom lighting (courtesy of Johnny Swing) to create a very comfortable and welcoming interior.


Tequila Bottle Chandelier by Johnny Swing

Now, consider that the Bartenders at Teqa mix refreshing signature cocktails from a tequila menu featuring over 100 different bottles, and you’ve scored with an establishment that appeals to both those who desire to satiate the appetite and those who also hunger for a nightlife vibe.

But us? We came to eat!


All Food Photos By Anne Raso

A generous portion of fresh, ripe Teqa Guacamole ($14) arrives on your table spiced to your desired level of heat at Mellow, Orange-Habanero or Mega Watt (or choose trio of all three for the same price).

If you’re not a Guacamole fan, do try the House made, tri-color Tortilla Chips and Salsa in a selection of flavors like roasted tomato, green tomatillo and shrimp-mango ($9 each flavor), or try a sampling of all three (see above photo) for $10.

Oaxaca Queso Fundido (warm melted cheese dip with chips, $11) is accompanied by tomatillo salsa and available in plain cheese (for purists) or with a choice of chorizo or ground beef (add $6) or veggies (add $4).


Hibiscus & Rose Maragarita and the Voodoo Child Cocktail

Other appetizers include the popular Teqa Nachos platter ($14) topped with a cheese blend, seasoned ground sirloin, black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo and cilantro crema. Quesadillas stuffed with wild mushrooms or BBQ pulled chicken ($11 each) round out the starters menu. A couple of shared appetizers could easily serve as a satisfying meal when accompanied by one or two of Teqa’s delicious cocktails such as the Voodoo Child with Tequila and fresh pineapple, or the Hibiscus & Rose Margarita.

Read More Of  This Review After The Jump!

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