goop mag #16

    I am fascinated by the growing science behind the energy of consciousness and its effects on matter. I have long had Dr. Emoto's coffee table book on how negativity changes the structure of water, how the molecules behave differently depending on the words or music being expressed around it. Below, Dr. Sadeghi explores further.

    Also we went to NYC last week and crushed a number of spots that deserve to make an update (and some that don't).

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    New York City Update

    We just spent 72-hours in the city—and ate and shopped our way through as many neighborhoods as possible. Here, the new-ish spots we’re most excited about.

    • The Nomad
    • The Nomad

      1170 Broadway, NoMad | 212.796.1500


      Situated next to the newly-opened Maison Kitsuné (and just blocks from the Ace), this section of NYC is probably never anyone's first choice location-wise—though it's actually incredibly convenient if you want to strike both uptown and down. The rooms here are hushed, dimly-lit, and opulent—while small, they get the job done. (The onsite restaurant is excellent, too.)

    • All'onda


      22 E. 13th St., East Village | 212.231.2236


      Chef Chris Jaeckle teamed up with restaurateur Chris Cannon (Michael White’s former business partner) to open this well-dressed restaurant in the village. The first floor—occupied solely by the bar—is generally packed, thanks in no small part to the fact they are currently not taking reservations for two. The menu is Venetian with touches of Japan—evidenced by the crudos. There are a lot of versions of uni bucatini on restaurant menus these days, but Jaeckle’s was one of the best we’ve tried.

    • Black Seed Bagel

      Black Seed Bagel

      170 Elizabeth St., Nolita | 212.730.1950


      This newcomer is drawing big crowds, which we totally get: The hand-rolled, wood-fired bagel sandwiches are actually easy to eat (they’re much smaller than their brethren), and for the most part, they’re great—particularly for those times when the only thing that will satisfy is a bagel sandwich. Favorites include: beet-cured gravlax, a basic tuna salad, Tobiko spread, and the egg salad (though it's heavy on the dill).

    • Estela


      47 E. Houston St., Nolita | 212.219.7693


      We couldn't be more thrilled that Igancio Mattos (formerly of Chez Panisse, Il Buco, and Isa) now has a spot on East Houston. The dishes are of a Mediterranean slant, and while they're unfamiliar and unexpected, he never sacrifices taste or pleasure for innovation. There are many swoon moments on the menu: Egg salad on matzo, raw scallops with yuzu, beef tartare with sunchoke (the texture of this was incredible), and ricotta dumplings. It’s a small spot with rustic accents that never threaten to overshadow the food. It can get quite loud, and tables can be hard to come by, but if you can get one, go.

    • Glasserie
      Photo by: Remy Amezcua


      95 Commercial St., Greenpoint | 718.389.0640


      Perched on the northern tip of Brooklyn, and housed in a former glass factory, this is inarguably Greenpoint's most notable new opening—which says a lot, as it’s a burgeoning culinary scene. Chef Elmdad Shem Tov's heritage influences the menu significantly, as flourishes from Israel and the Middle East dot the contemporary offerings.

    • Russ & Daughters Café

      Russ & Daughters Café

      127 Orchard St., Lower East Side | 212.475.4881


      If given our druthers, we’d take-out from the 1914 original on East Houston anytime (we can turn an everything bagel, cream cheese, Gaspe Nova smoked salmon, onions, tomatoes, and wasabi roe into a bit of an art form), but sometimes you just want to sit and eat. Enter the wonderfully turned-out, old-world café (about a ten minute walk from the mothership, with waits that are two or three times that long). We heartily recommend the classic open face sandwich, the super heebster nosh with wasabi roe, and matzo ball soup. We're dying to try their chocolate babka french toast, along with their potato pancakes, which are topped with Gaspe Nova smoked salmon and a sunny side up egg.

    • Narcissa


      21 Cooper Square, East Village | 212.228.3344


      If you’re in the mood to go somewhere with a scene (with a capital S), look no further than this sprawling spot at the base of the East Village's Standard Hotel. Order a Penicillin (not officially on the menu, but delicious nonetheless), and ask for a booth: The veggies are particularly strong here (they’re sourced from André Balazs’ Hudson Valley farm), including creamed horseradish dressed beets, Brussels sprouts leaf salad, and carrot fries. The outdoor patio is a great option, too, as you don't feel like you're sitting right on the street.

    • Decoy
      Photo by: Evan Sung


      529 ½ Hudson St., West Village | 212.691.9700


      This just-opened, Peking Duck-dedicated spot—tucked away in a converted laundromat beneath RedFarm—has the sort of exquisite Chinese food that you’d expect from Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng. While the Peking Duck was excellent (you have to reserve one in advance), we were most blown away by the uni noodle and octopus salad and the crab fried rice.

    • Dover


      412 Court St., Carroll Gardens | 347.987.3545


      Unlike at its sister-restaurant, Battersby, you can order à la carte here in addition to the tasting menu. This is a boon as you'll want to sample as many of these New American dishes as possible. From a hamachi with homemade ponzu, radish, and sesame, to cauliflower topped with raisins, pistachios and colatura, to a garganelli with duck ragu and wild ramps, the dishes are excitingly creative, seasonal, and tasty. The pale wood and small tabletops feel a bit casual for the sophistication of the dishes and the price point, but we liked that it was so low-key.

    • Sushi Nakazawa

      Sushi Nakazawa

      23 Commerce St., West Village | 212.924.2212


      There’s currently a two-month wait for a seat at Nakazawa’s bar, a chef whose claim to fame is having worked under Jiro. Pedigree aside, the wait for the restaurant makes total sense: You'll get 20 perfect pieces of nigiri. The cuts are gorgeous, and it’s dressed up ever so slightly with just an ingredient or two (yuzu paste, lemon, salt).

    • Sweetgreen
      Photo by: Bess Adler


      1164 Broadway, NoMad | 646.449.8884
      413 Greenwich St., Tribeca | 646.922.8572


      We’re big fans of this sustainability-first spot, which finally opened in New York City (there are locations in D.C., Philly, and Boston). The focus is on local farmers, proper sourcing, and environmental respect, which is also reflected in the hands-down delicious food. Besides the build-your-own salad bar, the bowl-centric dishes range from Mexican-inspired salads to basic cobbs—and in the true spirit of transparency, they reveal calorie content, too. Come lunchtime, the lines extend around the block. In short: These can’t open fast enough.

    • Whitmans


      406 E. 9th St., East Village | 212.228.8011


      Though they're famous for the Juicy Lucy (two hamburger patties sandwiched around a dollop of pimiento cheese), we actually like the Turkey Burger best (fried egg on top optional). They offer pretty much everything else we’ve ever craved for lunch, including an excellent kale salad (along with requisite kale chips), sweet potato fries, and the perfect grilled cheese.

    • Dover Street Market

      Dover Street Market

      160 Lexington Ave., Murray Hill | 646.837.7750


      Spanning seven narrow stories in Murray Hill (yes, Murray Hill), Dover Street Market is like a fair funhouse for fashion: Every nook, cranny, and balcony is lined with some of the most inspiring shopping set dressing in New York City. You’d expect nothing less from Rei Kawakubo, the founder of Comme des Garçons, who has an eye for the most cutting-edge labels around. Like its counterparts in London and Tokyo, DSM boasts a Rose Bakery, making this the sort of place where you can literally spend five hours.

    • La Garçonne

      La Garçonne

      465 Greenwich St., Tribeca | 646.553.3303


      This much-loved e-tailer just opened a bricks-and-mortar outpost—and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Slick and all-white, the loft-y space is dotted with wooden racks, which are filled with all the greatest hits from the site, including cutting-edge tailoring from Yohji Yamamoto, Grecian dresses from Zero + Maria Cornejo, and feminine skirts and dresses from Simone Rocha.

    • Joinery


      263 S. 1st St., Williamsburg | 347.889.6164


      Styled like an old-school farmhouse—with pale wood floors and a charred ceiling—the sensibility here is rustic-minimalist. The rustic part comes care of hand-worked pine and rope chairs and glazed mugs by Signe Yberg; the minimalist component is offered up by simple Winter Sessions key fobs and woven cotton bedding from Brazil. While the racks are lined with tops and dresses by labels like Kordal and Jesse Kamm, we fell hardest for the home goods.

    • Sharktooth


      111 Grand St., Williamsburg | 718.451.2233


      Devoted solely to antique textiles—from overdyed quilts, to Khamseh and Turkish Milas rugs—the pieces here are clearly hard-won, and very reasonably priced considering their quality and provenance. Whether redecorating, or just hunting for ideas, this is one of those spots that offers inspiration in spades.

    Print All Over Me
    With our long-standing penchant for all things personalized and custom-made, Print All Over Me is pretty much ticking all our boxes. Upload your image from instagram (the items below are from @goop) or your own archive and design a baseball cap, sweatshirt, tote, or pillow. You can even add your piece to the #PrintAllOverMe shop and collect royalties, if you've ever wanted to scratch that particular itch.
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    Figure of Speech:
    How the Words We Choose Shape Our Lives

    By Dr. Habib Sadeghi
    Words have power. Their meaning crystallizes perceptions that shape our beliefs, drive our behavior, and ultimately, create our world. Their power arises from our emotional responses when we read, speak, or hear them. Just say the word "fire" while barbequing, or in the workplace, or in a crowded theater, and you’ll get three completely different but powerful emotional and energetic reactions.

    The Illusion of Life
    Quantum physics long ago determined that physical matter doesn’t really exist, that everything is just energy in different states of vibration. Nobel Prize winning physicist Werner Heisenberg once stated, "Atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities, rather than one of things or facts." This energy vibrates at an infinite number of subtle frequencies that cause it to appear as all the different creations we see in our world. There has been a great deal of research in recent years as to whether the universe we live in is actually a holographic experience, and it seems that this is very close to the truth.

    And so, it seems life is more of an energy flow than a collection of solid things. What that means for us is that if we stay conscious of the energy we contain, based on the emotions we feel, we can make deliberate choices that alter our frequency and create the realities we desire. If we’re feeling down about something, we can choose to reframe the situation and raise our own spirits. With a renewed perspective and a higher, more positive energetic vibration, we stand a much better chance of bringing good into our lives, rather than bitterly repeating old mistakes.

    Words are extremely powerful tools that we can use to uplift our personal energy and improve our lives, though we’re often not conscious of the words we speak, read, and expose ourselves to. Yes, even the words of others can easily affect our personal vibration. Spend a few minutes with a chronic complainer who uses all sorts of negative terms, and you’ll feel your personal energy bottom out. Words have great power, so choose them (and your friends) wisely!

    Words & Water
    Japanese scientist, Masaru Emoto performed some of the most fascinating experiments on the effect that words have on energy in the 1990’s. When frozen, water that’s free from all impurities will form beautiful ice crystals that look exactly like snowflakes under a microscope. Water that’s polluted, or has additives like fluoride, will freeze without forming crystals. In his experiments, Emoto poured pure water into vials labeled with negative phrases like "I hate you" or "fear." After 24 hours, the water was frozen, and no longer crystallized under the microscope: It yielded gray, misshapen clumps instead of beautiful lace-like crystals. In contrast, Emoto placed labels that said things like "I Love You," or "Peace" on vials of polluted water, and after 24 hours, they produced gleaming, perfectly hexagonal crystals. Emoto’s experiments proved that energy generated by positive or negative words can actually change the physical structure of an object. The results of his experiments were detailed in a series of books beginning with The Hidden Messages in Water, where you can see the astounding before and after photos of these incredible water crystals.

    The Power of Gratitude
    In another experiment, Emoto tested the power of spoken words. He placed two cups of cooked white rice in two separate mason jars and fixed the lids in place, labeling one jar "Thank You" and the other, "You Fool." The jars were left in an elementary school classroom, and the students were instructed to speak the words on the labels to the corresponding jars twice a day. After 30 days, the rice in the jar that was constantly insulted had shriveled into a black, gelatinous mass. The rice in the jar that was thanked was as white and fluffy as the day it was made. This dramatic example of the power of words is also detailed in Emoto’s books.

    Throw-away Words
    How many times a day do we throw our words away? We say things like, "I hate my hair," "I’m so stupid," "I’m such a klutz." We never think that these words bring negative energy into our vibration and affect us on a physical level, but they do. Emoto’s experiments were conducted with water. Why? Because sound vibration travels through water four times faster than it does through open air. Consider the fact that your body is over 70% water and you’ll understand how quickly the vibration from negative words resonates in your cells. Ancient scriptures tell us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. As it turns out, that’s not a metaphor.

    Say That Again
    Some of us are in the habit of using the same negative words over and over again out of habit. The problem is that the more we hear, read, or speak a word or phrase, the more power it has over us. This is because the brain uses repetition to learn, searching for patterns and consistency as a way to make sense of the world around us. Only after being burned a few times can we understand that fire is always hot. You may not remember the exact end date of the Civil War, but odds are you still know what 8 x 9 is because you had to repeat your multiplication tables over and over again, drilling it into your consciousness. I’m sure you’ve experienced having a song stuck in your head all day long, and try as you might, you just can’t get the melody out of your head. Repetition is the most powerful tool to imprint something into our minds and keep it there.

    This is of particular concern when we consider a phenomenon called the Illusion of Truth Effect. It basically proves that any statement we read, see, or speak regularly is seen as more valid than one we’re exposed to only occasionally. Amazingly, it makes no difference whether the information is true or false. The only thing that matters is how often we’re exposed to it. Research from the University of California at Santa Barbara clearly shows that a weak message repeated twice becomes more valid than a strong message heard only once. Even one repetition has the power to change our minds. The same goes for pictures, which are just thoughts and ideas concentrated into an image. Repetition increases our mental validation of anything we’re exposed to, which is why it works so well in political propaganda.

    If we’re not fully conscious of what we’re exposing ourselves to, consistency will trump truth every time. Now consider how many times you’ve falsely called yourself stupid, untalented, ugly, or anything else, and you begin to understand how your internal propaganda shapes a false self-image.

    To consciously harness the power of words for your benefit, start with the ones you’re using.

    Everyone is doing the best they can at any moment in time with the consciousness they have to work with, including you. Be kind and offer yourself the same empathy and compassion you’d extend to anyone else.

    Never make your body, or something you’ve accomplished, or anything else in your life the butt of a joke. Words have power, and quantum energy doesn’t have a sense of humor.

    It’s impossible for your words to resonate in anyone else’s body but your own.

    Instead of saying that a meal was terrible say, "I’ve had better." You’ve basically said what you wanted to say without putting negative energy through your body—you even used a positive word to do it!

    Instead of saying something like you had a good time at a concert, ramp up the positive energy by saying great, terrific, or fantastic, instead. These feel much better and generate a bigger energetic response in the body.

    limit the time you spend with them or find better friends. Negative energy has a way of dragging everything surrounding it in, like a big black hole. Avoid it when you can.

    Put affirmations on sticky notes around your home and office that say wonderful things about you, your family, or your goals. Wear clothes that have positive messages or phrases on them. Imagine the kind of positive energy you’ll be generating for yourself when you’re wearing positivity all day long. As you keep doing these things, you use the power of repetition in a highly effective way for your benefit. You have the power to change your world, and using words consciously is one of the quickest ways to shift the energy you bring into your life.

    Summer Remixes
      Song1   Song2  
      Phantogram - Fall In Love
    (Figgy Remix)
      Coldplay - Midnight
    (Giorgio Moroder Remix)
      Song3   Song4  
      Sky Ferreira - You´re Not The One (Cid Rim Remix)   Beyoncé – Drunk in Love feat. Jay Z (Kanye West Remix)  

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