In Their Own Words: Four Entrepreneurs’ Favorite Apps

What do a dominatrix, two celebrity chefs, and a fitness founder have in common? Not much. So we brought them all together under one umbrella question: “What is your favorite app?”And like most things that can fit inside your phone and purse, these apps give great insight into who these stop-at-nothing entrepreneurs are. It’s like hacking into someone’s cellphone, but with descriptive consent. Here are these four visionaries’ favorite apps, in their own words.

Aarón Sanchez
Aarón Sanchez is the co-star of two Food Network series (Chopped and Heat Seekers), and the culinary visionary behind NYC’s taqueria Tacombi, Kansas City’s Mestizo, and Crossroads restaurant at House of Blues nationwide. Sanchez was recently a guest chef at the White House and received the “National Award” at the Flavors of Passion Awards, honoring the nation’s best Latin chefs.

"Since my wife, a pro musician, and I are constantly on the road, we like to use SongKick to find which of our favorite bands are playing in the cities we travel to. It’s also a great way to track lesser-known artists who may not have the reach of bigger acts. It’s brilliant.”

Brynn Jinnett
Brynn Jinnett is a former dancer with the New York City Ballet and the founder of Refine Method, a chain of boutique circuit training studios in NYC, whose clients have included Ivanka Trump and Kelly Ripa. Rooted in the latest research in exercise science, Refine exercises your body by using its own weight – pairing squats, kicks, and pushes with its own unique pulley system and high-intensity cardio. Since opening in 2010, Jinnett’s Method has exploded, expanding to three locations across NYC.

“My favorite app is MindBody Biz Mode [FREE], which allows me to schedule clients on my iPhone. With our third location opening this month on the Upper West Side, it’s great to be able to manage multiple locations while on the go!”

Hung Huynh
As the executive chef of NYC’s Catch seafood restaurant in Meatpacking and third season-winner of Top Chef, Hung Huynh is joining with EMM Group again to open the second outpost of Catch in South Beach, inside the James Royal Palm on Collins Avenue.

“My favorite app, Seafood Watch [FREE], keeps me up-to-date with current and fresh fish from the area’s nearby restaurants and stores, inspires new ideas, and educates me on the importance of sustainable seafood.”

Nina Payne
Nina Payne is the founder and president of Domi Dollz, a company of professional dominatrixes who bring kink out of the dungeon and into the mainstream with their New York-based workshops and educational performances. This month, the Dollz are launching their first eBook titled Kinky Amour; with personal stories and kinky tips from Payne and company, as well as video tutorials and photographs, the Dollz’ teachings will be downloadable and available worldwide.

“The Domi Dollz love the Dirty Game – Truth or Dare app [FREE]: it’s a huge collection of very naughty and wild truth or dares. It’s such fun to revisit the game we played as teenagers, bring the app to parties, and spice things up.” 

Super Saturday in the Hamptons: I Missed Kelly Ripa

I missed Kelly Ripa. After driving nearly three hours to a large field in Southampton with my best friend and a bag of trail mix to attend Super Saturday, I missed the most revered guest at the Hampton’s most charitable annual summer event.

Super Saturday is what it says it is: it’s a Super event on a day called Saturday where celebrities (like Kelly Ripa, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member (and Paris Hilton’s aunt) Kyle Richards, and Tiffani Thiessen) and a bunch of very charitable folk descend upon a lawn and shop, eat, and mingle for several hours—and then tweet about it later.

The best part. Well, wait, there are two parts:

1. Top designer clothes are sold at heavily discounted prices, à la Loehmann’s. Sant Ambroeus caters.

2. All the money raised via luxury raffle, expensive entry tickets, and on-site spending benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. This year, Super Saturday raised $3.6 million. 

But anyway, back to the main point: I missed Kelly Ripa. Most likely because I was too busy eating my second plate of Sant Ambroeus bow-tie pasta and/or surveying the line for psychic readings with Betsy Wahmann and/or devouring a corn husk.

The downside was that a lot of the designer clothes, such as Free People, alice + olivia, Diane von Furstenberg, and Intermix, nearly sold out within the first hour, and by hour we mean “ the secret hour,” when the people with VIP tickets were able to get into the tent at noon—60 minutes before everyone else—and snatch up all the really good clothes, leaving the ordinary guests with the not-as-good-but-still-fashionable clothes.

But that’s okay, because what’s one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure or whatever. Just when I thought I couldn’t find anything to buy amid the soggy, muggy weather in the middle of this field—I did. Hanging on a rack at the Junk Food booth was the perfect t-shirt: a bright blue Batman t-shirt.

And suddenly, all of my cares faded away. Like the fact that it was raining and we were going to drive back in it. Or that we were probably going to have stop at a gas station bathroom to pee on the way. Or that we ran out of trail mix. But most of all, I didn’t mind that I missed Kelly Ripa. And that made my Saturday a lot more super.

Seth Meyers Will Not Join Kelly Ripa on ‘Live!’

Luckily we weren’t the only ones who thought casting SNL head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers as Regis Philbin’s permanent replacement was a nutty idea. Meyers has commented on the record that he won’t be joining Kelly Ripa on the morning chat show. 

"No, no, no, no, no," Meyers told The Orlando Sun-Sentinal on Monday afternoon. (He did not retract with "yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.") As the rest of the country gears up for a potentially stressful election season, Meyers is excited to hop back behind the desk in his schoolboy blazer. "I’m really in love with the job I have. I’m very excited to be going back [to “SNL”] for the election season, which is always fun.”

Meanwhile, the two frontrunners are opera singer Josh Groban and NFL veteran Michael Strahan, whoever that is. (C’mon, I just dropped a deep-cut Destiny’s Child ref, OK?) And Kelly Ripa was quick to comment about Meyers’s chances at taking the co-hosting gig."When you see Seth Meyers in the morning, it is like looking at a vampire," she said. Gee, I wonder what made him decide to pass on the new job opportunity?

‘SNL’s Seth Meyers Might Be The Man To Fill Regis Philbin’s Shoes

Here’s a casting notice that came out of nowhere: Seth Meyers is in the lead to replace Regis Philbin on Live! With Kelly. Since Philbin’s retirement in November 2011, Live! has cycled through a number of guest hosts, including fan favorites Neil Patrick Harris and Anderson Cooper. But now the gossip blog Showbiz 411 reports that Saturday Night Live‘s head writer Meyers could permanently fill the seat as Ripa’s contractually-obligated-to-be-chipper sidekick.

Meyers has reportedly beaten other possible replacements football player Michael Strahan (ummm?) and opera singer Josh Groban (what in the what now?) for the gabby daytime role. Showbiz 411 says Meyers will begin a five-day co-hosting stint this July 9 to test his perkiness factor. Better make that a double espresso, Seth. 

This news is all well and good and certainly deserved for a witty dreamboat, who also seems like a genuinely  nice guy. But let’s not tiptoe around the real news here. If Seth Meyers leaves Weekend Update for Live’s Cutest Kid Search, who is going to interview Stefon?

Kelly Ripa & Cartier Spread the Cheer

As the city inches toward a state of depression, holiday bashes are getting canceled faster than the stock market plummets, leaving city dwellers with fewer options for communal revelry. But today, Cartier lit up Fifth Avenue with some much-needed holiday cheer as Kelly Ripa and hubby Mark Consuelos came out to host the 29th anniversary of the Cartier Holiday Bow celebration at the Cartier Mansion. Maybe New Yorkers can’t afford to fund their fancy holiday festivities, but in times of despair, it’s more important than ever to maintain old-timey traditions, right? According to Cartier exec Frederic de Narp, “important” doesn’t even begin to describe it. “It’s essential, it’s not important, its essential. Cartier was born 162 years ago. Recessions and downturns, Cartier went through so many of them, but the holiday season is the holiday season.”

“It was created thousands of years ago, and its very important to people. We’ve been here for nearly a century in this amazing mansion, so it’s our responsibility to kick off the holiday season, which we’ve been doing for 29 years. We will never forget this event, which is very cherished by New Yorkers.” In the spirit of giving, the brand unveiled a holiday card collection designed by the children of The Art of Elysium, which will donate 100 percent of profits to the charity. “Giving back to kids battling serious conditions is what we decided to do this year by partnering with Art of Elysium, which is a dear organization that we’ve been supporting for more than three years,” De Narp said. “It’s very important to give back to the community and give back to the children, especially in this moment.”