Q&A Residential Hotel Rounds Out Offering with New Staff and More Amenities

Q&A Residential Hotel Rounds Out Offering with New Staff and More Amenities

(New York, NY) January 30, 2017 – Q&A Residential Hotel today announced key staff and amenity additions.  Recently, hospitality veteran Axel Fischer joined the Q&A team as General Manager, and Julianne Lewis joined as Sales Manager. Hotel amenities received a boost as well, with the completion of fitness center, La Palestra, and new menu items at Black Fox Coffee. City Acres, the two-level organic market, is slated to open this spring. “We’re thrilled to have such a seasoned team managing our hotel”, said Steve Brown, CEO and President of parent company Furnished Quarters. “Additionally, we can now offer guests more with their stay, including a huge luxury fitness and wellness center, gourmet coffee bar that offers breakfast and lunch, and soon guests can shop at a gourmet organic market located right in the building.” Axel Fischer joins Q&A Hotel with more than 15 years of experience in the international hospitality industry.  He most recently served as Hotel Manager for The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel by Starwood. Prior to that, Fischer’s executive level experience included Assistant General Manager at Dream Downtown and General Manager at Manhattan’s Night Theatre District hotel. Julianne Lewis, a seasoned hotelier, whose last role was with Accor Hotels, has now become part of the team as Sales Manager. Previous experience during her 15 years in the industry includes sales management roles at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the Denihan Hospitality Group, and Gild Hall. La Palestra, the 21,000 square foot state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center has now completed all construction and is fully open.  Guests have access to top-of-the-line fitness equipment not typically found in most...
Winter Recipe: Skillet Mix with Sweet Potatoes, Chorizo, Black Beans and more

Winter Recipe: Skillet Mix with Sweet Potatoes, Chorizo, Black Beans and more

Picture this: you’re cuddled up on the couch wearing your warm, fuzzy socks with a great flick on the TV. OR, you’re rushing home through a wintery-mix after a long work day, it’s practically bed time but you’re famished. What‘s for dinner? Something hearty, healthy yet easy to make; enter skillet mix with chorizo, black beans, kale and more! Here’s how you can warm you foodie soul without having to spend hours in the kitchen or compromising your diet: Ingredients 3.5 oz of chorizo 15 oz can of black beans (rinsed) 1 large sweet potato (1.5 in. cubes) 2-3 large leaves of kale (green or purple, can also substitute spinach) 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 small onion, chopped 2-3 cloves of garlic 1 tsp of cumin ½ tsp of cinnamon Small handful of queso fresco (or mozzarella) Pinch of salt and pepper Preparation Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the cubed sweet potato on a flat cooking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes. Place 2 tbsp of EEOO in large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casings from chorizo, place in pan and break up into small crumbles using the back of the spoon. Add onions and cook until tender (3-5 minutes). Add minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Remove the ribs from the kale and loosely chop. Add to skillet, then top with cinnamon. Cook down kale for a minute. Add the beans but before mixing them in, top with cumin. Finally, add the sweet potatoes (with a little bit of the leftover oil drippings if you’re using kale)....
Eataly Downtown

Eataly Downtown

Fear not! You no longer have to travel to Midtown’s Flatiron District to explore Eataly’s greatest wonders—there is a new (ish) Eataly in FiDi. Located on the third floor of World Trade Center Tower 4, the 40,000 square-foot space offers a mix of new services, including breakfast, and a variety of the classics, like their renowned cheese and meat counters. It has been said that one can spend an entire day there from breakfast until dinner. Well, we challenged this notion and did so ourselves! Here are a few exciting things you can do while exploring Eataly Downtown: Grab some juice. Eataly added a popular breakfast option! Juice Bar serves a selection of freshly-pressed juices and smoothies. Full of flavor, each drink is packed with nutritious fruits and vegetables that are sourced from sustainable regional farms. Shop until you drop. From meats to cheese, chocolate to coffee and beer to wine, everything you ever need to stock your pantry and refrigerator is sold at Eataly. Keep in mind, the theme for the FiDi location is bread so there are a few more counters available to satisfy your warm, fluffy yet crunchy cravings.. Eataly’s wood-burning oven was brought over from Spain and assembled on location brick by brick. It doesn’t get more authentic than that. Learn something new. Aside from the variety of cook books and kitchen guides, Eataly also provides cooking classes and demonstrations. Sign up and attend any of the foodiversita classes, their free food “university” courses. Learn how to shape gnocchi or taste the difference between Tuscany and Sicily extra virgin olive oil. Classes are daily and...
Business Tips: 6 Apps to Pass Time When Traveling for Business

Business Tips: 6 Apps to Pass Time When Traveling for Business

Planes, trains and automobiles – we all use them to move from point A to point B, especially when traveling for business. While mass transportation has evolved and is highly efficient, delays are inevitable. Why spend countless hours waiting in and airport staring off into space when you can utilize your time effectively and resourcefully? Here’s a list of the best 6 apps to help you pass time when traveling for business: TED TED, short for Technology, Entertainment and Design, began in 1984 as a conference to cover important topics from business to science to global issues. As a nonprofit dedicated to educate all viewers who are passionate about learning and engaging, it’s now become an influential database with over 23,000 powerful talks. TED is a great way to spend hours at the airport productively learning about new topics to stir your curiosity. Paper by FiftyThree Do you have a lot of time on your hands while traveling for business? Or are you pressed for time trying to find a moment to clear your head and take notes? Regardless, Paper by FiftyThree allows you to sketch, diagram and take notes on the go. It’s the perfect way to jot down last minute ideas or draw out endless streams of conscious. Dots Everyone loves dots! A simple game at best, Dots’ minimalist approach allows gamers to reach a meditative state while still exercising cognitive skills. It’s a great way to pass time while in route, waiting for transportation or in between meetings. Audio Books Rather than jamming out to mindless tunes, download Audiobooks from Audible. Membership costs about $15 a month...
4 Fun Things To Do In Lower Manhattan During January 2017

4 Fun Things To Do In Lower Manhattan During January 2017

Give yourself a pat on the back – you survived the holiday season in NYC! While you may have thought the plethora of things to do in this great city peaked with the celebrations of November and December, there are still plenty of new and exciting things to do to kick off the new year! Whether you’re looking for an educational walking tour or something new in the performing arts scene, there are a host of exciting activities happening in New York City this January: 2nd Avenue Subway OPEN (72nd Street Station, 86th Street Station and 96th Street Station on Second Avenue, New York) After nearly 100 years, the 2nd Avenue Subway is finally open! An extension of the Q train, riders are able to access the Upper East Side with ease. The MTA also commissioned various local artists to design each station. Check out the stunning mosaics by acclaimed artist Church Close at the 86th Street Station. Phantom of the Opera (January 9 – June 17; Majestic Theatre, 247 West 44th Street, New York) Spend an evening watching the timeless yet tragic love story, Phantom of the Opera. Based upon the tale of a masked man who’s obsessed with a well-known Paris Opera House performer, the evolution of this dark,  jaw-dropping, performance will leave you wanting more! Discount tickets for $89 are available Monday through Thursday. Jewish Film Festival (January 11 – 24; Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theatre, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York) The New York Jewish Film Festival is back and this year’s line-up of films and documentaries are even better than last. The Jewish Museum...