Photos courtesy of Adidas.
If you don't know the name Maria Kirilenko (left), we're sure you know her good friend, Stella McCartney. Maria was Stella's muse when she launched her exclusive line with Adidas back in 2006. Maria also showed off her modeling chops as part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2009. However, this Russian-born beauty is just as stunning on the court as she is off. Next week, Maria will be playing in her ninth U.S. Open championship, at the young age of 24, having finished in the third round of last year's match, and now hoping to break through to the quarter finals.
If Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (right) takes it all the way at the U.S. Open, she won't be able to pop bottles to celebrate…at least not legally. The 20-year-old tennis star is no stranger to grand slams having won the honor of ITF World Junior Champion five years ago. We honestly don't expect much less from a lady whose immediate, and extended family history reads like a sports hall of fame.
Within his first three years of going pro, Marcos (right) climbed the ranks to break the top 10 players. Now the nearly-10-year professional, attends his 6th U.S. Open tournament. This past year, the Cyprus native has gained most notoriety with a win at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament. He enters the U.S. Open having won nearly as many matches this year as he had loss, but a real court-side superstar nonetheless.
Founded in Flushing, NY, in 1995, Joe's Shanghai quickly became a diner's staple. Offering hungry New Yorkers on a budget the juiciest of soup dumplings—both pork and crab. If you're a dumpling nut, this is a must eat on your list of dumpling houses.
136-21 37th Avenue (near Main Street); 718-539-3838.
The summer is all about BBQs and beers. Why not continue your summer with a little Korean BBQ? Mapo is known for their generous portions of kobe beef short ribs grilled to perfection. Not a meat lover? Indulge in Banchan (the small gratis dishes of pickles and salads brought to you before the meal), spicy tofu, veggie pancakes, or raw crabs served in zesty pepper sauce.
14924 41st Avenue (near Frame Place); 718-886-8292.
Looking to dip your proverbial toe in South America? Take a hop, skip, and a cab ride over to Pio Pio, and you'll be staring into the belly of the best ceviche and traditional Peruvian rotisserie chicken in town. Offering attentive service and more than generous portions, Pio Pio's Peruvian palace will have you rubbing your belly in no time.
84-02 Northern Blvd (between 84 and 85 streets); 718-426-4900.
Drooling for something a little sweet and refreshing? Treat yourself to some shaved ice from Snopo in the New World mall. This sweet tooth's temple of worship offers up frozen treats in the form of flavor infused shaved ice. The technique includes adding milk; giving the ice a fluffy not quite ice cream, not quite flavor-ice texture. Flavors like green matcha (green tea), lychee, honey dew, and coffee can be embellished with toppings from tapioca balls to red beans. Sound complicated? Don't fret, The New World Mall also boasts some other delicious food options.
New World Mall Food Court; 40-21 Main Street (near 40th Road).
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