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Tori Mazzeo

Ariana Grande: A Profile

Ariana Grande: A Profile

We often see Ariana Grande make headlines for her work as one of the world’s leading contemporary recording artists. But more recently she has made headlines because of the whirlwind of incidents that have happened within her personal life – the most prominent being Grande’s quick engagement to Pete Davidson and their sudden breakup four months later. I couldn’t help…

Film Review: Crazy Rich Asians

When I ventured to the movies to see Crazy Rich Asians, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, considering I had not read Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel beforehand. As the novel Crazy Rich Asians had gotten rave reviews, I wondered if director, Jon Chu’s, take was going to fulfill viewers’ expectations. Was it going to be another movie to add…
Twenty-Two at Tao Downtown

Twenty-Two at Tao Downtown

It is a Saturday night in Manhattan. After a few hours spent getting ready, my roommate, Kennedy, rushes me downstairs and out to the curb where she frantically pulls me into a cab to avoid missing our 8:30 reservation. As soon as we slide into the back seat, she alerts the cab driver “Take the fastest route! We’re in a…
Joe’s Pizza

Joe’s Pizza

For my magazine writing class, I was tasked with writing a restaurant review without mentioning the taste or smell of the food served. I’ll always remember it as my freshman year go-to spot. The perfect way to end a night out. Home to the classic New York slice. And yes, I’m talking about Joe’s Pizza. If the long lines out…
Easy Hummus

Easy Hummus

I enjoy cooking and eating healthy, and one of my favorite snacks is hummus with rice crackers or cut up veggies. Hummus is super easy to make and packed with protein. The recipe below is my favorite and always a big hit! Hummus Ingredients: 4 cups garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained (about 2 1/2 cans) 1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste) 1/3…
Life Lessons – Changing Directions

Life Lessons – Changing Directions

The following is a biography piece I wrote for one of my NYU writing classes. We spent the semester examining biographies and interviews. My dad graciously agreed to participate in the process and allowed me to share his story. Growing up, my dad, Vincent Mazzeo, dreamed of being a professional athlete. Throughout his high school career he was a superstar…
No-Bake Coconut/Oatmeal Cookies

No-Bake Coconut/Oatmeal Cookies

I have a confession to make… I am seriously addicted to dark chocolate! (or anything coated with dark chocolate, literally anything… However, nuts and pretzels hold a special place in my heart). So, this confession leads me to the next recipe I’d like to share with you: No-Bake Coconut/Oatmeal Cookies. These cookies are a win on so many levels. Not…
Why I Would Love to Chat With Carrie Bradshaw

Why I Would Love to Chat With Carrie Bradshaw

Successful writer and fashion icon, as well as independent, creative, well-intentioned, and chic…Yes, I am referring to Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. Perhaps what makes this fictional character so admirable and endearing is her complexity. She appears so together but, in reality, she is a flawed icon. It is this multiplicity and depth of character that makes her…
Throwing it Back to My Senior Prom

Throwing it Back to My Senior Prom

After recently being bombarded with prom images on every form of social media, I began to feel a little nostalgic and decided it would be fun to do a throwback post and relive my senior prom moments (if only briefly). As the pictures of flowing gowns and smiling couples filled my newsfeed, I could vividly recall the excitement of all…
A Stroll In Central Park

A Stroll In Central Park

I could detect the foul smell of manure as I approached the southeast corner after a leisurely stroll up fifth avenue. As expected, a line of snow white horses dressed in vibrant colored feather hats flooded my vision. I stood on the cobblestone sidewalk. I was here… I had arrived at one of the only places in Manhattan where real…