If you haven’t been let into the cool kid club that is Birchbox (we waited for what felt like forever and a day) or any other mailings clubs for that matter, then Lot18's Tasting Room should be the first on your to do list. These clubs combine the sheer joy of receiving real mail in this digital age while allowing you to preview products, and occasionally services, that may have gone unnoticed in your search for the perfect BB cream, dog toy, or whatever delivered-to-your-door causing instant satisfaction service you’re currently subscribed to. Throw some wine delivered right to your house into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for success.
The controversy over genetically-modified foods came to a head this weekend, as protesters in 52 countries rallied against the St. Louis-based GMO giant Monsanto.
Demonstrators in the “March Against Monsanto” have called for legislation making labeling mandatory for all foods containing GMOs. Many also demand further scientific research about the risks of GMOs, or a general ban on genetically-modified foods.
Trendy sandwich shop, ‘wichcraft, celebrates a flourishing decade of sandwiches. First opening its doors in 2003, ‘wichcraft and its beloved fans have much to rejoice on this ten year anniversary.
To toast the special occasion, co-founder and chef Tom Colicchio created a new mouthwatering sandwich. This specialty surprise is prepared on a ciabatta roll with robiola (a soft Italian cheese made from goat and sheep milk), mortadella, arugula, salsa verde, pickled red onions, and roasted garlic puree—sandwich perfection at its finest! The counterpart to the mortadella sandwich is a tasty cocktail created by Bombay Sapphire gin. Bombay Sapphire gin, Sapphire ‘Tin Shandy, Belgian-style wheat ale, and freshly squeezed lemon juice combine to make up this divine blend. This drink will be offered at three of ‘wichcraft’s New York City locations (the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and in the Starrett-Lehigh Building at 601 W 26th Street). ‘wichcraft will also be busy preparing the “anniversary sandwich” at each of its sixteen locations in San Francisco and the Big Apple. Try this delectable delight while it’s available through July.
Now that the alcohol-induced haze has started to settle, let’s take a look back at the week-long cocktail party that is the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. The week kicked off with their glamorous annual Gala held at the New York Public Library and from that starting point not a guest in attendance found their glass empty. MCC spirit lovers attended tasting after tasting, seminars and lectures, cocktail parties and good old fashion bar hopping in celebration of all things cocktail related. Joonbug, like many in the city, looked forward to the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic and attended as many events as our livers could handle. Here’s a rundown of our favorite events along with our new favorite cocktail den, and spirits and products we discovered along the way.
It’s hard to believe that Memorial Day Weekend is here already since the weather in NYC doesn’t seem to match up with the appropriate seasons anymore. With Memorial Day comes barbeques, festivals and fairs, and hopefully some beach-worthy sunshine and what better way to enjoy these summertime staples than a nice, cold summer-inspired cocktail? Below you’ll find cocktail recipes mixed with all your summertime favorites like iced tea, lemonade, fruit punch, fresh fruit, and even a red velvet strawberry shortcake. One sip of these cocktails and you’ll be singing ‘summertime and the livings’ easy’ faster than it takes to step into your favorite pair of flip flops.
Looking for the perfect restaurant to WOW your date? Son Cubano in Edgewater is the perfect place! Located right on Riverwalk Place, the view of the New York skyline will definitely impress your date along with the elegant decor that transports you back to opulent Havana in the 1950s.
Son Cubano, meaning the sound of Cuba, has the most exquisite Cuban cuisine menu in North Jersey. They are open Monday through Sunday, serving brunch, lunch, and dinner. Brunch is only served on Sunday and their hours vary. A must-have on the menu is their guacamole for those guac lovers. Dinner menu highlights include Pulpo Octopus with thinly sliced Spanish octupus with spicy tomamto sauce, the Sole del Alma entree of steamed sole wrapped in banana leaf, cilantro pesto with steamed vegetables, and Son Cubano's Famous Pernil prepared with Berkshire pork shank slow roasted with corn chorizo stew. A must-have dessert for flan fans is Son Cubano's Trio de Flan, a sampling of three different flans with flavors including creamy vanilla, tangy pineapple, and coconut flan. Also, Son Cubano offers a wide variety of wines and cocktails and be sure to try their red sangria, it is AMAZING!
Coming off the heels of Cinco de Mayo, many might be thinking twice about inviting tequila to the party. If your head hurts, your mouth is dry, and your liver is crying: you probably overdid it. Next time, celebrate in style with a luxury sipping tequila like Casa Dragones, your body will thank you.
Whiskey and scotch have some stiff competition these days. Luxury brands are crafting sipping spirits from rum to tequila that will easily compete with their caramel-colored counterparts. One of our favorites to hit the market is the high-end sipping tequila Casa Dragones.
Mother’s Day is one of the biggest dining out holidays of the year because no mom should be put to work on her special day. Can you blame her? Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th, which is just one week away! Show your mom gratitude and appreciation for all that she’s done over the years by treating her at one of these fabulous restaurants. The 10 restaurants featured on this list are some of the best-of-the-best New Jersey has to offer. Book your reservations now before these spots fill-up.
Lincoln Harbor, Pier D-T Weehawken, NJ
This upcoming weekend kicks off the summer partying scene with Cinco de Mayo parties all over the country but there’s also another event worth celebrating this weekend that honors all things southern. The “greatest two minutes in sports” gives you an excuse to wear a ridiculous bonnet with feathers, tulle, and more while sipping on a traditional drink, the mint julep. Bad bets and thoroughbred racehorses aside, the 139th Annual Kentucky Derby is reason to celebrate with these events, drink specials, and snacks.
For Cinco de Mayo don’t rely on the tired cocktails and beers designated for the holiday. There's so much more than icy lime margaritas, Corona bottles, and shots of Jose. Expand your cocktail repertoire! Tequila is a versatile spirit and can make an array of drinks using herbs, fruit, flowers, and more. Mezcal, tequila’s smoky cousin can be used in traditional-style margaritas or used to create a unique smoky punch. Don’t think that Corona and Dos Equis are your only options if you’re more of a beer drinker. The Mexican brand, Bohemia, is a delicious Pilsner-style beer that can be kicked up a notch with a simple rim of chipotle. For fans of the traditional chilled rice drink, Horchata, you’ll love it even more when it’s spiked with rum! Below you’ll find cocktails that everyone at your fiesta will love. Cheers!
You’ve got the tequila, Coronas, and the frozen margarita machine packed with ice to kick off the first weekend of May. Chances are you bought maracas and the biggest sombrero you could find from the party store. The only thing missing is great eats to round out your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Here are five recipes to make your Cinco de Mayo unforgettable and probably help keep you off the floor after doing one too many tequila shots!