HOW-TO
Chill Out With Summer "Poptails" - Cocktail Popsicles That Is

There’s no shame in packing some alcohol when you’re going on a picnic, right? Of course not! That being said, it’s much more fun to mix-up the booze and turn it into a sweet treat for your next summer outing. Say hello to spiked popsicles, the trendy dessert which satisfies your sweet tooth with a playful kick of alcohol. The next time you’re going out in the summer heat, pack these refreshers in a cooler to take with you, and indulge in some outdoor fun coupled with “adult” sweets.

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DAILY BITES
Cuba Brings Old Havana to the West Village

Story by Rachel Montella

Photography by Shiri Lara

It’s summertime in the city, and let’s be honest…we’re all secretly longing for an escape to some faraway paradise where we can relax with a mojito in our hand. And while we may not be able to jet down to Havana for the weekend, we can definitely experience its cuisine, culture, and music at Cuba in the heart of the West Village.

From the moment we stepped through the door, we were instantly amazed by the vibrant atmosphere. The rhythmic beats of salsa music filled the air, and at a small table in the front, there was a man hand-rolling cigars. The aromas of traditional Cuban cuisine wafted through the dining room. It felt like we had been transported, and Thompson Street had somehow become a street in Old Havana.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Instant Cupcakes…From a Spray Can


We’ve all heard of the sinfully delicious ‘Microwave Mug Cake,’ or ‘5-minute cake’…but what about Spray Cake? This cake-batter-in-a-can fad is taking instant cake to an entire new level. When you’re in the mood for a freshly baked cupcake…expect it ASAP. An innovative way to prepare cupcakes and cakes by simply adding heat, Spray Cake utilizes ‘on-demand organic’ batter in an aerosolized can.

When using Spray Cake, your cupcakes will be popping out of the oven in less than a minute. And as far as freshness goes, this instant batter stays fresh for weeks (so you can splurge whenever you'd like)!

LIQUID COURAGE
All Hail National Scotch Day


This Sunday, July 27th is an extremely exciting, anticipated holiday for Scotch connoisseurs and fanatics. All hail National Scotch Day!

* Hakkasan New York

For those celebrating National Scotch Day in the city, you are in for an awesome treat. A prime venue to sip and savor top-notch Scotch on this festive date is Hakkasan New York. Whether you choose to relish the venue’s scrumptious signature dim-sum brunch, or are craving a divine dinner, Hakkasan’s modern-Cantonese fare pairs ultimately with the venue’s impressive Scotch selection.

LIQUID COURAGE
Celebrate National Tequila Day--Here's How!

Today is National Tequila Day. We don’t know why, exactly, but we do know that it’s a great excuse to bust out all of your favorite tequila cocktails, and try out some brand new ones, too! Here are all the exciting, tequila-themed ways to celebrate today.


Troy Liquor Bar (Downstairs, 675 Hudson St.) is serving a brand-new cocktail, the Forbidden Fruit, made with Don Julio Silver, Yellow Chartreuse, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup for an modern, herbaceous twist on the classic paloma.

DAILY BITES
NYC's Trendiest Go-To Cafe


Located within the quaintness and charm of the West Village, Presstea™ is a staple to this trendy neighborhood. Not only do coffee lovers willingly convert to tea fanatics at this café; Presstea™ completely revitalizes and changes the way we look, taste and think about tea. The unique signature tea drinks are made with a creative modern technique, comparable to an espresso machine: “it presses the tea leaves to release concentrated shots, extracting more of the tea’s flavor than traditional methods.” Say goodbye to bland teas and sugary coffee drinks from chain cafes…because once your taste buds meet Presstea™, you will never want to go back!

TOP 5
NYC's Sexiest Hot Dogs

The age old saying goes, “Less is more,” but for one day, and one day only, we would like to challenge this. Wednesday, July 23rd marks National Hot Dog day and the perfect opportunity to enjoy the classic American treat in modern fashion. Eateries all over NYC are offering indulgent, savory takes on the old-time staple and all of them will leave your mouth watering. We’ve rounded up our top picks just for you, and with only a few days left till the big day, you better get to picking!


1. The Ditch Dog at Ditch Plains (29 Bedford St.)-

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Boyz II Men Celebrates The Return of Wendy's Pretzel Bun

Boyz II Men is back again to celebrate Wendy’s Pretzel bun! They recently released their #PretzelLoveSongs video celebrating fan’s joy of being reunited with the pretzel bun, which Wendy’s announced is back this summer on both its Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger and Pretzel Pub Chicken. Be sure to check out the video on Wendy’s Facebook and YouTube playlist

TOP 5
French Fries: Fully Loaded

Who actually hates french fries? No one that's who!

French fries are the ultimate, indulgent snack food. A good old classic, they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, tastes, and fun. And in more recent years, loaded fries are becoming a bigger staple in the food industry, as this model allows you to, quite literally, put anything on them. If you love fancy, unique fries as much as we do here at Joonbug.com, then check out this list of some of the best and most unique loaded French fry concoctions!


1. S’mores Fries at Sticky’s Finger Joint (484 3rd Ave.)-
We’ve told you about Sticky’s Finger Joint’s newest location before, but this fun restaurant is taking their menu to a new level (as hard as that is) with their loaded fries. Their fries are already delicious and loaded, but they are now offering S’mores Fries. Sweet and savory goodness are meeting crispy perfection with this mixture. These fries are topped with a homemade marshmallow sauce, homemade chocolate sauce, tiny marshmallows, and crushed graham crackers. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, then nothing will.


SWEET TOOTH
Beat the Heat this Swim Week with Sorbet

Satisfy your sugar fix without sabotaging your bikini body. Just in time for Swim Week, Yogen Früz has released three scintillating summer flavors. At just 110 calories per serving, these mouthwatering mocktails are the perfect escape from Miami’s summer swelter.

The Mojito Sorbet is a refreshing medley of mint and lime that instantly cools your taste buds. The Strawberry Daiquiri Sorbet is a tropical tart perfect for stacking high with fresh fruit toppings. If you get caught in one of Florida’s infamous rainstorms, the Pina Colada Frozen Yogurt is a comforting creamy infusion of shredded coconut and pineapple.

BEHIND THE PLATE
Applebee's is Officially Possibly Enforcing "No Tech Tuesday," Maybe

Isn’t it annoying when the person you’re eating with is texting the entire time? Or, even worse, when there’s a loud telephone conversation happening at the table next to you? Well, it seems that Applebee’s has begun taking steps to prohibit cellphone use one day per week with their latest program: No Tech Tuesday!

Or… maybe they aren’t? The phrase is self explanatory — no technology on Tuesdays — but the company claims to have no plans to restrict tech usage at the present time. So far, Applebee's has only filed the trademark application, but with the family-forward movements they’ve been making as of late, this could potentially assist in drawing in an older crowd to dine during the week. For a short period of time, representatives refused to comment on the reasoning behind the trademarking of this phrase. Finally, spokesman Dan Smith stated that guests can use technology however they’d like, and the trademark is simply to protect themselves in the future. According to Mr. Smith, "There's absolutely zero percent linkage between No Tech Tuesday and anything in the restaurant."