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Dinner Adventures with veryniceNY

At verynice, we like to break out of the daily routine once in a while. Our favorite kind of adventure? Anything food-related. Last week, the veryniceNY team went on an epic dinner quest to the marrow, a contemporary German/Italian restaurant in the West Village. This was part of NYC Restaurant Week, a city-wide event in which participating restaurants offer promotions and special prix fixe menus to diners. 

Just a few of the amazing dishes from the three course pix fixe.

Just a few of the amazing dishes from the three course pix fixe.

Our meal highlights included chicken milanese (rich and flavorful with a perfect peppery bite of rocket), stuffed cabbage (hearty and delightfully complex), and beer braised mussels (a more modern and flavorful take on mussels in broth). I mean, how can you go wrong? 

Yogurt panna cotta.

Yogurt panna cotta.

This beauty above was (past tense as it's now devoured, of course) our yogurt panna cotta. It was delicate and velvety and accented brilliantly with a honey, caramel, blueberry, and lavender compote. Perhaps the best part of the evening— at least according to those of us with the sweet tooth. 

The veryniceNY team, aka happy campers!

The veryniceNY team, aka happy campers!

Pictured above is a very happy veryniceNY team. We came; we saw; we ate (arguably too much). Restaurant week equals a stunning success, and we recommend you make it down to the marrow or any of the participating restaurants before the end of Restaurant Week on August 15. 

Check back for more verynice food adventures— coming to the blog sooner rather than later (as we just cannot help ourselves when delicious food is nearby). 

RenaeveryniceNY, veryniceteam
Welcome (back) to veryniceLA, Noah!

Remember our Volunteer in Residence (and creator of our amazing Space Slam workshop), Noah Goldberg-Jaffe? Well, he’s officially back on the team! As a Volunteer in Residence, Noah worked on business and marketing strategy, workshop design and facilitation, and account management. This time, he’ll still be managing accounts— as our Junior Accounts Manager!

Even though he’s not technically new to verynice, we still put Noah through the obligatory first day interview. We got his thoughts on everything from making a global impact to LA’s lack of trees. Check it out! 

Hey, Noah! Welcome (back) to the team! Can you tell us how your role here at verynice has evolved?

My role at verynice is evolving into a position where I now have more opportunities to work with the whole office. I am excited to continue to learn from all the passionate and talented members of the verynice team as we continue to simultaneously grow and make a positive global impact!


Speaking of making a global impact, why is it important for both the corporate and nonprofit spaces to have a social conscience? 

For-profit and nonprofit businesses alike must have a social conscience because the world isn't going to change itself. I believe that humans are inherently good, but in order for the average person to make a sustaining impact, it must be incorporated into his or her daily life.  Integrating social awareness into the business world will help to create the systemic impact this world needs.


You've done some awesome work abroad! Tell us about your research in Lesotho! 

 I was lucky enough to apply and receive a fellowship through my alma mater, Occidental College, to travel to and conduct research in Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho. I conducted an independent qualitative study on the cultural and vocational efficacy of the educational model of a small independent learning center there in Maseru.  The center, called Seliba Sa Boithuto ("SSB"), or fountain of learning in the native tongue of Sesotho. Because of the overall positivity I found in the responses of the former learners, SSB was able to use my report as a tool to prove their worth to potential international donors.


Awesome. Aside from your focus on enacting change, anything else we should know?

I love to read, run, and adventure outside. I grew up in a small town in the woods in New Hampshire, and I still mistake LA's big buildings for trees sometimes (just kidding, but really where are all the trees?!)


Thanks, Noah! 


Stay tuned for more from veryniceLA and updates on Noah’s gradual acclimation to the urban landscape here in Los Angeles. 

Welcome to veryniceLA, Josiah!

The verynice team is expanding! We just welcomed our newest member, Josiah Pak— Junior Designer, to the veryniceLA office. We sat down for coffee on Josiah's first day, and he shared everything from his thoughts about design and social change to his prediction for the next big food trend. See below for Josiah's full interview and join us in giving him a verynice welcome!   

Hi, Josiah! Tell us about your new role here at verynice. 

El Júnior Designer

I’ve been very privileged to grow up with parents who positively stress the importance of giving back to society by helping others. So I ventured into the world of design to hopefully one day make some sort of impact to some sort of community in our society. I’m absolutely ecstatic to join the verynice team because I feel they do exactly that. Though 50% of the work we do here is pro-bono, I feel like 100% of the heart and effort lie in the general desire to make an impact in our community. So I’m equally thankful and optimistic about being part of this team. 

Beware of El Júnior Designer.

Sweet. We'll make sure to put El Júnior Designer as the title on your new business cards. So, the desire to enact social change absolutely informs our work here at verynice. Can you tell us your thoughts on how design, specifically, can impact the community? 

Design is a language understood by many, therefore allowing it to reach many. And honestly, I’d rather look, experience, and learn from good design than anything else. So I believe that design is definitely needed to enact change because we need a form of communication that not only reaches many, but also stirs interest. Plus, it’s really nice to look at.

Wow, so your last design gig was with Whole Foods. Would you call yourself a big foodie? 

I don’t think I have enough dough in the bank to consider myself a foodie— being a foodie is quite expensive! However, I do consider myself to be an adventurous eater— there is nothing that stops me from trying out new foods. Just a few weeks ago, a fellow Angelino introduced me to Boat noodles, a Thai beef noodle soup made with cow blood. I know what you’re thinking. That sounds weird, Josiah. But let me tell you, Boat noodles will be the new Pho.

Follow-up question: any LA favorites (food-wise) to share?

There are so many! But I’m going to cheat and say: Boat noodles from Sapp Coffee Shop off of Hollywood and Kingsley in Thai Town. Like many dingy hole-in-the-walls, they’re cash only! They also have a killer Thai tea— the perfect gradient of orange to cream.


Okay, we're definitely going to Sapp Coffee Shop ASAP. Anything else we should know about you? Something quirky? 

Hmm. My right wrist bends slightly less than my left wrist? I once lost most of my front teeth leaving me with a set of killer grills. I don’t know— I guess you’ll have to learn for yourself.


Thanks, Josiah! 

Stay tuned for more updates about Josiah, the verynice design team, and a full review of Thai Boat noodles.