John Friia

Freelance Journalist

Location icon United States

From New York City to Long Island, I've covered an array of topics that inform readers.


Manhattan With A Twist

How About Some Sake?

Whenever people go to a hibachi or Japanese style restaurant, it is nearly impossible not to order hot sake or a sake bomb. For Westerners, many perceive sake as a hot drink, but there is much more to it and for hundreds of years it has been considered the Japanese version of wine.

Brewing Fresh Coffee with Single Cup Coffee

Nothing fuels a New Yorker more than a powerful cup of coffee, and nothing makes them happier than a quick and delicious cup o' joe. Since Keurig launched the Single Cup Coffee Brewer, coffee aficionados have enjoyed the convenience and various blends that are made just for them in their famous K-Cups.

Farewell to a Baseball Legend

As the baseball season comes to an end, it is time for one of New York's most beloved athletes to officially hangup their pinstripes. Derek Jeter has become the face of the New York Yankees, and in honor of his retirement, Steiner Sports is offering an intimate afternoon with the famous shortstop.

Fierce Footwear from Konstantina Tzovolou

Out of all the accessories a woman can wear, nothing makes a bigger statement than a pair of fierce heels. New fashion designer KONSTANTINA TZOVOLOU understands the importance of fashionable heels, with the launch of her self-name brand. "It's definitely my love for shoes," Tzovolou said about starting her new line.

Behind The Red Doors

On the corner of 114 th Street and Pleasant Avenue in East Harlem sits a restaurant that every foodie dreams to dine at, but few are able to walk through the red doors. Since its opening in 1896, Rao's has entertained past presidents, celebrities and everyone in between, while serving family style Italian cuisine.

It's Time for Vacation Summer Fun

Get ready to pack the suitcase, take off from work, and have some fun because it's time to book a vacation. Everyone knows that envious feeling of logging on to Facebook or Instagram and seeing your friends on beautiful beaches, but now it's your turn to brag.

Summer Sips Downtown

Guess what time of year it is? Forget calling it summer, New Yorkers know it as rooftop bar season. Throughout the city there are numerous places to visit, but they all come down to two categories, the overrated, extremely crowded rooftop and the relaxed, let's actually enjoy our night rooftop.

Escape to Revel Resorts

Just three hours away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan lays a resort that makes visitors feel as if they are on an island instead of the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. If the drive along Revel Boulevard does not impress the arriving guest, once they walk through the doors and notice how massive the hotel is, they will realize Revel Resorts was the right choice.

A West Village Italian Gem: Pagani

In a city blanketed with restaurants, especially specializing in Italian cuisine, people might feel they tried it all, but there are always hidden gems in Manhattan. Nestled on the corner of Bleecker Street and 7th Avenue in the West Village is Pagani , a refreshing take on Italian cuisine while paying homage to the building's past.

Getting to Know DUMBO

New York boasts numerous desirable places to live, but none have seen as much attention as DUMBO in Brooklyn. With a stunning view of the skyline, unique shops and not as congested as Manhattan, there is nothing not to love about the area, which is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.

Get Ready NYC, It's Pride Week!

It's time to pick out your outfit, grab some friends and a rainbow flag and party because next week is one of the most anticipated events in the LGBT community, PRIDE Week. From marching in the parade to rocking with Demi Lovato on the pier, this year there is no shortage of events to celebrate.

Teatime for Adults

After a long day at the office there is one thing that everyone needs to do...find a good place for happy hour. Even though every restaurant and bar has their own specials, BFB on the Highline offers some of the best cocktails at an unbeatable price.

Why Drag at The OUT

Since RuPaul's Drag Race finished for the season and New York's own Bianca Del Rio was crowned the winner, people are having a drag queen void. The OUT Hotel and Dragged Around the World unveiled a new exhibit by Magnus Hastings that showcases over 70 iconic drag queens entitled, As people walk throughout the hotel's lobby, they will notice the walls covered in drag.

Singing With Swish

Broadway's biggest stars came out to support Swish's annual Songs in the Key of Equality. Hosted by ABC News correspondent Sara Haines, the night was filled with music, laughter and pride at Le Poisson Rouge . From Broadway tunes to today's hits, the stars covered everything.

A Gentleman's Father's Day

It's almost that time of year that we take a moment to thank and appreciate our father. Picking the perfect gift can sometimes be a difficult task, but DEWAR'S Scotch whiskey and Freemans Sporting Club announced a partnership that will making the gift giving process a little easier.

Tequila Lovers' Retreat

If the weekend long festivities of Cinco de Mayo last week were not enough for party goers, then people should consider heading down to Mexico, where the celebration is non-stop. Book a stay at Casa Magna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa , which is one of the few resorts in the world that creates its own brand of tequila.

Cross the Atlantic and Visit Nikki Beach

Summer is coming and people are going to face one of the hardest questions...where should they go on vacation? Dominican Republic, Aruba and Cancun all sound nice, but people want a new and refreshing place to stay.

Modern Art Takes Over Downtown

People of the art world are flocking to the historic 69th Regiment Armory for the inaugural Downtown Fair , a new modern and contemporary art fair with over 50 international art galleries displaying artwork. The Downtown Fair provides a fresh alternative to acquire and view never before exhibited works in an intimate light.

Red or White, What's Your Delight?

The vineyards of Italy, Napa Valley and even Long Island have dominated the wine industry, but there is one country that is making a comeback. The old world wine of Bulgaria is making their place in the modern wine market.

Accessorize for a Cause

Fasten your seat's going to be a fashion statement! Snap2Live belts are one of the latest stylish accessories taking the world by storm, all while tackling a global issue. Using a simple design of a standard seat belt and transforming it into fashion, creator and social entrepreneur Ernesto Arguello aims to spread awareness of road safety.

Rocking with Music Legends

Behind the doors of Carroll Place, patrons rocked out to the music of a former New York Yankee and music legends during the Rock and Blues Charity Concert last week. Benefiting the Ocular Immunology & Uveitis Foundation, performers included Bernie Williams, Jay Jay French, Tabitha Fair and more.

Tasting Around Town with Teresa Moore

Before the fun begins and drinks are passed around, the moments leading up to that first sip can be stressful. What should you wear? Where is the latest New York hotspot? Are you overdressed for that place? Are you hot or not? Accomplished model and foodie Teresa Moore tackles those questions with her new blog Teresa Tastes.

Fashion Gives Back at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2014

Fashion royalty came out to support the 11th Annual New York Fundraiser of Jeffery Fashion Cares . Transforming the 69th Regiment Armory into a fashion oasis the night was hosted by Anna Chlumsky. The annual fundraiser benefits organizations throughout the city and country that help members of the LGBT community.

Welcome to the Dream Cafe

Walking through the doors at the Redeemer Presbyterian Concert Hall, people are transported to Rhymeington USA, where the Dream Café & Spa is ready inspire all its visitors. The Dream Café , a self-help musical comedy written and directed by Katie O'Regan, is a show for the entire family.

Giant Eggs Take Over New York

It may sound like a scene out of Orson Wells' War of the Worlds, but New Yorkers are stumbling upon giant eggs that are taking over notable landmarks. Over 260 large eggs are part of the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt , which is a public art display and interactive contest to raise awareness and funds for charity.

Listen Up, Men: Tips from Pirooz Sarshar

Men are curious about how they should take care of themselves, but rarely ask questions because of the possibility of damaging their masculinity. Pirooz Sarshar, founder and head coach at PRZMan , tackles those questions to help men and guide them in the right direction of being a gentleman.

Grab a Coffee or Beer at The Roost

In a city blanketed with Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts, classic coffee shops need to separate themselves from the rest. The Roost , located in Alphabet City, creates a rustic and welcoming vibe once patrons walk through the doors. Once served organic coffee from the Brooklyn Roasting Company, patrons also enjoy delicious freshly baked pastries sourced from Balthazar Bakery.

Buenos Aires Oasis at Four Seasons Hotel

Tango down to Buenos Aires and relax like royalty at the newly renovated Four Season Hotel Buenos Aires . The rich vibrant history and modern day luxuries await visitors as they check in to their rooms in the historicalwhich includes seven one-of-a-kind suites, offering opportunities to experience the city's history firsthand.

Behind the Threads: CooLuxStylin

Fashionistos have all heard the sayings "treat the world as your runway" and "fashion changes but style is eternal." Echoing throughout the streets of New York, those words have inspired numerous fashion designers to take their visions and make it a reality.

Start the Weekend with the Hot Mess Drag Revue

Get ready to kickstart the weekend with non-stop uncontrollable laughter as the queens of the Hot Mess Drag Revue strut their stuff on the stage at 42West every Friday night. Hosted by the incomparable and fabulous Bianca Del Rio, current contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race, no one is spared from the raunchy jokes that makes the entire audience laugh and say, "oh no she didn't."

Double Happiness: A Tale of Love, Loss and One Forever Family

Life is like a rollercoaster filled with ups and downs, twist and turns that no one can expect, but people learn to sit back and enjoy the ride. Even in their darkest hour, there is light of positivity that begins to shine.

Celebrate National Margarita Day!

Get ready to honor America's favorite tequila drink, as if you needed a reason, and raise your glass because it's National Margarita Day, tomorrow February 22nd. Grab the lime, salt and tequila and find out why so many people fall in love with this sweet, tangy, and irresistible cocktail.

Jack Black's Clean Shave

Whether a guy prefers a goatee, mustache, or even a 5 o'clock shadow, there comes a time when shaving is unavoidable. When it gets to that unbearably oily feel a nice shave is the only cure, but with the large selection of shaving creams and razors it might be hard to figure out what is good to use.

Ten Years of Spice Market

Ten years ago the face of New York culinary delights transformed when Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Phil Suarez opened Spice Market in the Meatpacking District. Walking through the doors, visitors are taken away from the cobble stone streets and hustle and bustle of New York and transposed to the enticing world of Asian decor and cuisine.

Building Change with Jessica Stam

Before walking the runway in this season's hottest fashion shows, some models supported their friend and fellow Victoria's Secret model Jessica Stam at the Building Blocks for Change Winter Ball. The night was filled with drinks, high fashion and more, and party goers enjoyed the ball as the music echoed throughout the iconic Angel Oresanz Foundation in the Lower East Side.

Impress Your Lover on Valentine's Day

The most romantic time of the year is here and as it gets closer to February 14th people are trying to figure out ways to impress their valentine. Restaurants throughout the city are offering special prix-fixe menus that are filled with gourmet specialties that will make a memorable night.

A Texas Barbecue at Morgan's

A little piece of Texas can be found on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Saint Mark's Avenue in Brooklyn. Behind the doors of Morgan's , patrons are welcomed to a rustic atmosphere filled with distinctive Texan memorabilia, which is the perfect place to watch the next big game or have dinner with friends.

Making A Statement with Leo's Wisdom

Stylists and fashion aficionados can agree that the one item that completes an outfit is the jewelry and accessories, but for men that can be a difficult task to accomplish. With a small selection of men's jewelry on the market, many of the items can be low quality or do not fit the style of the fashionisto.

Manhattan With A Twist
Escape to the Hyatt Regency Aruba

As Mother Nature continues to deliver winter's fury, some New Yorkers are trying to escape the cold to relax, unwind and thaw out. Nestled in the southern Caribbean, Aruba has become the go to place for winter travel. From January to March, Carnival season thrives throughout the island and holds spectacular parades and contests for locals and visitors.


Shopping For A Cause

Lord & Taylor holds second annual SHOP SMART. do good! fundraising event to benefit charities around the area.