WHAT TO DRINK
NYC Beer Week: Beers for (Ten) Days

In the infamous words of Dave Chappelle-cum-Samuel L. Jackson: beer, it'll get you drunk. That's right, starting today, Friday, 20th, through March 1st, New York City Beer Week will be celebrating everything craft beer with tastings, festivals, meal pairings and generally every kind of event that will quench your need for (fine) brew.

Think a 5 course feast, with each course paired with a craft beer from one of the five boroughs (Five Borough Beer Tasting & Dinner), a dialogue on beer culture accompanied by… beers, Rare Beer Night featuring 10 taps, and for those ambitious sud fiends, there’s even a NYC Beer Trail you can check out and check off your list.

For a complete list of events, visit the NYC Brewers Guild website.

WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Pick: Eat Foie Gras for Your Valentine's Day Dinner at STK

This Saturday, February 14th, there's a reason to celebrate in L.A. No, it's not love, unless that love is for the delectable delicacy foie gras. Head to STK LA, treat yourself to some foie gras, and eat your elegant face off to herald the return of the long-absent dish, which has been banned in L.A. for the last two years. (Controversial it may be, not-delicious it is not).

On Saturday, STK's Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu will debute the the indulgent French dish as one of the menu’s starter options (for an extra cost that will be so worth it). Besides the much missed foie gras, STK's Valentine’s Day 2015 menu also includes mouth-watering items like Butter Poached King Crab, Pan Seared Muscovy Duck and Dry Aged NY Austrailian Wagyu.

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Valentine's Day Cocktails

Whether you’re happily shackled, newly single, or reveling in that hazy period before one of you ventures the “so, what are we” conversation, you can’t deny it: Valentine’s Day is here. Loving or cloying, for most of us, Valentine’s Day means we’re gonna need extra liquid courage to get through the day and to marathon Netflix alone in drunken dignity celebrate with a little more zing.

We’re here to help you with that. Below are some of the best Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails that restaurants and bars across New York City have thought up to set the mood for you lovebirds/make you hate your single life. If you’re one of the former, then go forth and sample these love potions at their respective establishments or make them with your darling for some hands-on fun (if you know what we're saying). If you’re one of the latter, don’t be jellz, you should still make these delicious concoctions so you can drown your sorrow/notGAF. But with class (see: rose smoke).

WEEKEND PICKS
Stuff Your Face with Fine Cuisine at dineL.A.'s Restaurant Week

It’s the end of January. While the rest of the country toils in winter cold and misery, L.A. will be enjoying a balmy 76-degree weather that’s, verbatim, “sunny and beautiful.” The only thing that could possibly make this weekend even more delightful – actually we could think of a few other things - would be if they somehow made all the best restaurants in the city offer specially priced prix-fixe meals so you can run around all weekend, bathing in deliciousness and sunshine.

Well, lucky you, because that is exactly what’s happening this weekend at dineL.A.'s Res taurant Week. (Warning: the sheer number and diversity of restaurants will make you cry tears of joy.) The two-week event showcases Los Angeles as a top dining destination by having the city’s premier restaurants offer a selection of prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus that are much cheaper than they usually are. The event goes on until February 1st, so you’ll also have next week to glut yourself. But why wait? Get started this weekend so you can stuff your face with as much nom as possible enjoy the finest culinary experiences L.A. has to offer.

DIPLOMATICO RUM Emily Abrams
A Look at the U.S. Final of the Diplomático Rum World Tournament

The judges have spoken. Nick Meyer of Brilliantshine in Santa Monica, California, won over the judges in the U.S. final competition of the Diplomático Rum World Tournament with his cocktail “Chimpin’ Aint Easy”. Meyer will now be the U.S. Ambassador at the World Tournament in Venezuela this upcoming April where representatives from 28 countries will compete for the title of Diplomático World Ambassador. The U.S final competition took place this past Monday, January 12th, at the Domaine Select Wine Estates headquarters in New York City.

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Hungry for Apps?

1) Delectable

This app is for all the wine lovers dreaming of becoming wine connoisseurs. Simply snap a photo of a wine label and get ratings and other information instantaneously (#fakeittillyoumakeit). This easy to use app lets you keep track of your favorite wines and share recommendations with your friends. App users are able to see what is trending and new wines on the market. The best part of this app is users are able to buy wine right from their phones and have wine delivered anywhere you want! This app is free and is available for iPhone users.

LIQUID COURAGE
Whisky Live Returns for its 11th Anniversary to Chelsea Piers

Produced by Whisky Magazine, the annnual renowned tasting event, Whisky Live, is one of New York's most exciting evening to whisky lovers! This event is an undeniably splendid chance to sample premium single malt scotches, bourbons, ryes and Irish whiskies on Manhattan's waterfront with stunning views of the Hudson river. Not only is it a platform to taste but also to mingle with representatives from very well known distillieries like Johnnie Walker, Glenmorangie, Ardberg, The Glenlivet, Beam and Heaven Hill. Whisky Live features award-winning whiskies from producers across America and internationally (Scotland, Ireland, Australia, etc.).

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
An evening of Art, Beer & Cheese at Sugarlift

Sugarlift is a hot new art gallery founded with the mission of connecting a new generation of artists and collectors. Launched in November of 2014, this art gallery offers the best of both worlds with offerings both online and in a brick and mortar location in Bushwick.

Last week, Blake Jordan of Hops and Hocks took a group through a tasting is a craft beers paired with cheeses with Brooklyn-based cheese enthusiast and educator Pam Brewer. With each pairing Sugarlift co-founder Wright Harvey shared a work of art from a local artist.

HOW-TO
DIY Pork and Chive Dumplings

With the New Year comes hopeful resolutions motivation to learn new skills. If you're looking to up your culinary ante, give homemade dumplings a try! The secrets to fresh and flavorful Chinese dumplings are quality meat and vegetables. The best part about making homemade dumplings is that you know exactly what you’re eating, which usually can be a questionable subject when you order from a restaurant. While dumplings taste significantly better when you make the dough from scratch, a package of dumpling wrappers can be purchased at your local Chinese grocery store. Although this dumpling recipe uses pork and chives, you could easily get creative and use anything your heart desires for the dumpling filling. Also it’s completely up to you whether you want to steam, fry or boil your little works of art once they’re assembled.

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Three Sizzling Recipes Using Chris Santos’ New Rattler BBQ Sauce


While many of you may know him as one of the core judges on our favorite Food Network Show Chopped, Celebrity Chef Chris Santos has been an influential culinary presence in the NYC food scene ever since the opening of his unique restaurant concept with The Stanton Social in 2005. Santos blew up the culinary scene once again in 2010 with the opening of the popular upscale restaurant and lounge, Beauty and Essex on the Lower East Side, cleverly disguised as an old school Pawn shop. Santos’ newest culinary adventure is the creation of a new signature BBQ sauce, Rattler Barbeque Sauce—“Barbeque with a bite”. Santos and Steve Seabury from High River Sauces have collaborated to create this addictive combination of smokiness using Cascabel chilies, vine-ripened tomatoes, rich molasses, robust coffee and a splash of soy with honey and raisins for sweetness. This sauce works well with vegetables, pork, chicken, fish, burgers and many more of your favorite foods. We tested the Rattler BBQ sauce and have perfected three smoky and sweet recipes to try at home!

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
A Taste of Bavaria at Paulaner



Earlier this week we had the opportunity to step into a Bavarian world and taste some of the most amazing food and drink around. Paulaner is a modern take on the traditional beer hall with great food and it's conveniently located at on Bowery.

Wolfgang Ban's (also of Michelin-starred Seäsonal) latest contemporary Bavarian restaurant is located directly inside an active microbrewery. Reclaimed wood provides a warm contrast to the industrial chic of imposing copper and steel fermentation tanks. Most impressively, everything from the beer to the bread, the sausage to the schnitzel, the pretzels to the stollen, is made in-house with locally sourced ingredients.