The Hip List: Mommy Must Haves

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo gives mommies some tips and tricks to feeling your best before, during, and after pregnancy! Check out her “Mommy Must Haves” here:

Cake Lingerie- Set of Four Panties
These ultra-soft cotton panties are both comfortable and sexy for any mommy-to-be! They are cut to sit slightly below the tummy but provide full coverage and narrow lace leg for discretion under clothing. They come in sets of four in neutrals and bright colors! $39,

Cake Lingerie Seamless Maternity Nursing Bra
This nursing bra is functional for any mommy before, during, or after nursing. It has a razor back for full support and comfort and contains a side sling for discreet feeding and shape. In addition to nude, it also comes in a variety of colors and also has a matching panty available! $53,

Premama provides drinkable prenatal vitamins for complete maternity wellness. Premama contains 14 essential vitamins and minerals for a mommy-to-be during pregnancy and is perfect for mixing with a morning smoothie! Premama is gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan and also is known to calm nausea and morning sickness. $28.55, Amazon

Hourglass Angel Waist Cincher
The Hourglass Angel Waist Cincher by Amia is exactly what you need to get your body back in shape post-pregnancy. It’s made of power latex and flexi-boning for firm compression with flexibility and comfort and uses hook-and-eye closures for precision fit. In addition, it’s guaranteed to visible decreases your waist 1-4 inches for a more firmed and flattened midsection! $54, Hourglass Angel


Tour of Carrino Provisions with HGTV’s Anthony Carrino

“The Cousins on Hip New Jersey” is sponsored by eLEND.

Old world charm collides with new world flavor at Jersey City‘s Carrino Provisions!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino and HGTV’s “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” co-star Anthony Carrino chatted about this wondrous Italian marketplace.

“We wanted to do a market for a long time, and when I met my business partners, [everything fell into place],” Anthony said.

His partners include co-star of #AMDK, his cousin John Colaneri; Dale Talde, of Top Chef fame; David Massoni and John Bush.  The team also owns Talde Jersey City, located right next door at 8 Erie Street.

Carrino Provisions offers a world of Italian delicacies (including the best olive oil you will ever have in your life!)  Their offerings include an Illy Coffee bar; 65 feet of market cases that contain the finest meat and cheeses, homemade pasta and desserts, and fresh seafood; an outdoor courtyard; and cafe.  That’s amore!

“Basically the idea here, is that you can come and eat with us, take food home that we made for you, or buy our ingredients and cook your favorites off our menu!”

As for the décor, Anthony said he and his #KitchenCousin adopted a “less is more” approach.

“Italian food packaging is light, airy and colorful.   We thought, the more stark we kept the shell, the better the colors would speak through the products.”

During the warm weather months, Carrino Provisions hosts an outdoor BBQ.  Every Tuesday from 6-10pm, Chef Talde takes over the courtyard and grills special surprise selections.  Your and your friends can enjoy this all-you-can-eat and drink fest for only $30/person!

For more on Carrino Provisions, visit


The Cousins and Talde Jersey City

“The Cousins on Hip New Jersey” is sponsored by eLEND.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat at a table for four at Talde Jersey City, an Asian-American restaurant with one hip secret. Joined by some of the restaurant partners- Dale TaldeAnthony Carrinoand David Massoni Lisa Marie got the inside scoop on this trendy eatery.

Talde JC is one of six hotspots commissioned by The Three Kings Restaurant Group, owned and operated by David, Dale & John Bush. The trio joined forces with Anthony and John Colaneri of HGTV’s “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” to bring a new flavor into The Cousins‘ beloved Garden State!  (Also check out their other joint, Carrino Provisions).

While Anthony and John were the creativity behind the atmosphere, Dale’s Filipino roots allowed the entire concept to come to life.

“We wanted to put food that was inspired from how and where I grew up,” Dale, of Top Chef and Chopped fame, said. “We’re just trying to have fun and put great food, great atmosphere, great design, great drinks and great service together.”

As for the décor, Anthony said the industrial style of the building, the fusion of Asian and American cultures, and Dale’s overall flavor were all tools in the construction.

“I understand family pride and I understand the passion that goes into it, so for me I wanted to play off of his food,” Anthony explained.

When the steamy plates are placed on the table, they are served with an aura of sharing, much like the potluck styled meals Dale is accustomed to. The partners said sometimes the waiters can’t keep up with the pace of customer orders, not just placed for themselves, but for the table!

“It makes for a party for almost every dining experience that’s happening here!” David explained.

Now that you know about the above-ground Talde JC experience, we’ll let you in on their big secret: Miss Wong’s. It’s a speakeasy bar located downstairs, perfect for before or after dinner cocktails. Pass us a few over here!

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